With Android L on the horizon, it’s no surprise that Google’s preparing itself for the upcoming major changes to its mobile platform. Undoubtedly, much of these changes are due to Android L’s new UI paradigm, Material Design. Just two days ago, Google issued a rather significant update to the Play Store that brought with it the first traces of Material Design. Now, Google’s given a similar makeover to its Chrome Browser beta channel.
Everyone likes screen real estate–no question about that. The sole idea of having more space available for your clutter of icons, widgets, and so on is what has fueled phone manufacturers to come up with screens so large that they barely fit in our pockets anymore. We do, however, always look for more, and one sure thing that many people could (and do) away with are the soft buttons (for devices with no hardware buttons) and the status bar.
There are apps such as video players and games that hide both the status bar and software navigation buttons while active. This is . . . READ ON »
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its . . . READ ON »
As we go international with xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28, we are thrilled to have our friends at Sony returning as a sponsor. The great thing about Sony is that they don’t just make a token effort; they bring it.
We’ve already talked about one of Sony’s presentations with Alin Jerpelea talk on Sony and AOSP. Today, we are happy to announce another great presentation from our friends at Sony for xda:devcon ’14. Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. With a core technical background in the home computer scene of . . . READ ON »
Lately, we have seen a rather drastic shift in the world of mobile device gaming. The infamous Angry Birds series has tried to reinvent itself again and again, attempting to continue reigning supreme over all else. However, it seems that it was not really enough, and it makes sense. After all, just how many times can you possibly sling a bird at pigs without looking for something else to do? Then, came the spawn from Hell known as Flappy Birds, closely followed by the likes of 2048, and several of the aforementioned games’ variations. Maybe, it is time to take a step back . . . READ ON »
How many times have you given your device to someone else in order to show them a picture, website, or something completely unrelated to your daily lives, only to find that person rummaging through your personal data including who you called and even your text messages? Surely, you can delete several of your records, but that can be immensely impractical due to the fact that you may need to call or write to those numbers again. There are also tools available that hide entire sections of your device from sight or even prevent access to them once the tool is . . . READ ON »
Some of you may have remembered a story on the Portal a few weeks back about a great tutorial on implementing the Split View feature into your own LG G2 KitKat ROM. Although welcomed by the LG G2 community, it wasn’t a very efficient solution as it required a ROM to be modified accordingly every time you have a fresh ROM installed, and it could only be undertaken by those who know their way around smali and baksmali editing.
Not too long ago here on the XDA Portal, we covered how Google had made good on their promise to allow Google Chromecast customers to finally cast and mirror their device screens onto the big screen through the little and inexpensive powerhouse. However, due to limitations on devices for which this feature had become available, our members stepped up to the plate and decided to “fix” Google’s mistake and gave the gift of mirror cast the home screen to pretty much all devices, with a few exceptions. But this article is not about Chromecast or even Google. Rather, we focus on . . . READ ON »
XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his XDA Unboxing series where he tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. Whether intentional or not, he has unboxed a few Samsung devices in his day. Everything from the original Samsung Galaxy II, the Galaxy Nexus, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, to the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4.
However, he doesn’t stop at striping it down to its bare bones. He talks with XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_troy about TWRP . . . READ ON »
The XDA Portal is a place where we like to talk about things that are interesting, fun, and sometimes unusual and unexpected. One recent project that we encountered is easily able to fall into all of the above criteria.
If you have some basic manual skills, the right materials, and a few minutes of free time, you can make your own DIY capacitive stylus in just few minutes. This hand-made tool will work with every device with a capacitive touchscreen and is pretty easy to make, even if you’ve had little to no experience with creating similar things. XDA Senior Member Sangeet007 made a tutorial explaining . . . READ ON »
Just one week ago, the Sprint HTC One M8 received its official update to the recently released Android 4.4.3. Now, HTC has released the GPL-mandated kernel source code for this update, as well as for an upcoming Android 4.4.3 update to the HTC One M7 (Developer Edition).
The kernel source for the Sprint HTC One M8 corresponds to software revision 2.16.651.4_R2, while the kernel source for the M7 Developer Edition corresponds to its 6.07.1540.1 update. Both kernels come in at Linux version 3.4.0, and they are for their devices’ respective Android 4.4.3 updates. As always, these files are of no major consequence to . . . READ ON »
It’s not Wednesday yet, but we’ve got a great Google first party Android app update to share. Rather than an app update in the traditional sense, today’s update is actually to the Google Play Store–and this new version packs quite a nice visual makeover that features a new and image-rich UI, as well as a hint of Material Design.
Today’s update to the Google Play Store brings the virtual storefront to version 4.9.13, up from version 4.8.22 that we shared just six days ago. And as you can expect from a relatively significant version number change, 4.9 brings a few very noticeable . . . READ ON »
In modern life, you can’t underestimate the power of
the dark side messaging applications like Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. These apps are used by millions every day, so it’s definitely a large user base.
If you use WhatsApp just for typing plain text messages without sending selfies or cat images to your friends, or maybe you often misclick selecting the photo or voice record buttons, you might be interesting to try an Xposed module made by XDA Senior Member jayshah.
Jayshash’s module allows you to entirely re-configure the look of the message bar by removing unnecessary elements. Users have options . . . READ ON »