Android updates released as OTA packages are very easy to apply, but they also cause major headaches to custom ROM lovers. Every time an OTA comes out, we need to revert back to stock recovery, flash the update, and then flash our favorite custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod to get back all of our recovery features like Nandroid backups and the ability to flash SuperSU. I don’t even have to begin to cover how time consuming and frustrating this process is.
Unlike other operating systems, Android uses its own graphical image formats. Most of the images use in the OS are PNGs, but there are some devices that use the RLE image format for their kernel logos. This format provides a pretty good compression ratio and is very fast. Sadly, converting a PNG file to RLE isn’t easy and requires some tools. There are plenty of them, but not many can be described as cross-platform and don’t require ImageMagick to work properly.
The greatest thing about technology is its ability to keep us connected. However, technology can also impact our sleep, from waking us with notification noise to keeping us watching videos. Well, CyanogenMod has a QuietHours setting that mute notifications automatically. But what if you don’t want to install CyanogenMod or CyanogenMod doesn’t support your device?
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you have quiet hours on almost any device. XDA Forum Member kimifan316 created the XQuietHours module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check . . . READ ON »
Some quotes from movies are quite famous and end up being remembered for a long time. Sometimes they are long, sometimes short, but they are always catchy. If you ever watched Guardians of the Galaxy, you certainly know about what I’m talking about.
I am Groot! Yes you are right, one of the best, extremely lovable wooden characters played ever by Vin Diesel says nothing but this quote. Groot can put down roots on your Android device. It’s entirely possible, thanks to XDA Forum Member mikmitch who created a rather unusual Xposed Framework module that Grootifies almost every text field available . . . READ ON »
Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve the desired effect on your device.
One such guide was recently published by XDA Senior Member DanielFlorin who showed what could be done with the Sony Xperia phones to make their UI more beautiful. DanielFlorin’s guide contains instructions about how to make the status bar semi-transparent, how to move the toggles . . . READ ON »
The smartwatch madness continues. No further back than yesterday, we talked about LG uploading a video teaser showing off their upcoming LG G Watch R. Now, another Korean OEM decides to enter the game. The upcoming premiere of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which should take place in just over a week, will also be the launching point for a few wearable devices.
As the Samsung leakster Sammobile claims, the new smartwatch will be available to purchase a few months after Note 4 release, and it will contain a SIM card slot, which makes the device even more interesting. The currently released smartwatches are strongly tied down to smartphones, and without an active connection, these wrist . . . READ ON »
Most Android devices are stuffed with quite a few sensors used to determine countless variables like temperature, acceleration, and so on. These values are used mostly by Google Play Services, but developers here on XDA also make a good use of them directly in some very interesting projects.
One of the sensors that is commonly used by devs is the accelerometer. It’s used to determine whether the device is accelerating, and if so, at what rate. XDA Forum Member mrYoussef135 found potential in this sensor and decided to use motion to control device scrolling.
Tilt Scroll allows you to scroll in many application by just tilting the device. The . . . READ ON »
The Google Chromecast has become rootable once again! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L potentially being called Lemon Meringue Pie and be sure the check out the article talking about the Hotel and conference rates special for this year’s xda:devcon! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Xposed Framework is one of the most interesting projects available for Android. Almost every ROM, no matter whether it’s stock-based or not, can have extra features enabled or have existing features fixed. And the most interesting part of Xposed is that it works with almost every device, as well as most of the currently used Android versions.
One feature that can easily work in some ROMs but is often disabled is call recording. The Android OS can easily use your device’s hardware to record incoming and outgoing calls. To enable this feature, you need a software solution. One such solution . . . READ ON »
Two of the first three Android Wear devices have were released earlier this year at the Google I/O 2014 keynote back in June. Many of you decided to give one of these small devices a go, and you’ve already armed your wrists with the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch. But the true diva, the stylish and long anticipated Moto 360 still hasn’t been released. The circular smartwatch from Motorola is right around the corner, and it is set to premiere next week. But more than likely, that Moto 360 won’t be the only Android Wear smartwatch with a circular screen that will be unveiled before . . . READ ON »
Battery life is one of those things that still is a bit of an issue on modern Android devices. It’s also the subject for many discussions that take place on the forums. Android itself is somewhat of a battery hog, and Google is trying to do its best by adding Battery Historian, a feature to track down wakelocks. There are also plenty of third party solutions like scripts that help or make the situation even worse.
One device component that often reduces users’ battery life is Google Play Services. These services often wake up a device every 60 seconds and then keep it awake for 15 seconds in . . . READ ON »
In the past few years, design has become one of the top priorities in the software development cycle. Whether its intuitive layouts or appealing interfaces, users expect more from applications than just basic functions. Delightful animations, meaningful icons, harmonious color schemes–all these subtle factors enhance the overall experience the application provides, and in turn, keep the users satisfied and loyal. This importance of design has carried over to Android too, and good design is now one of the deciding factors that separates an app from the competition
The past year has been a big year for CyanogenMod. With events from becoming a corporation to deals to ship on phones like the OnePlus One, Cyanogen Inc has been busy. However, the community is still hard at work building CyanogenMod 11 based of Android KitKat 4.4. CyanogenMod gives you loads of customization and many people perfer its approach to mobile device operating over Google’s stock Android offering. Their latest Milestone for version 11 was recently released.