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Partial Android Wear Source Uploaded to AOSP

Partial Android Wear Source Uploaded to AOSP

2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And thanks to its innovative interface and impressive functionality, the Android Wear platform is uniquely positioned to take this relatively young market by storm. It’s been just under one month since Google officially launched the first two Android Wear devices at the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now, developers have something to be excited about thanks to the partial source code release to the AOSP.

OK–stop hyperventilating for a second, and re-read that last sentence and the first word of this article’s title. Much like what we saw with the Android L developer . . . READ ON »

Street Panorama Combines Google Maps and Street View into One App

Google Maps is a must have application for every amateur world explorer. It’s fast, reliable, and saves us from getting lost on a daily basis. And with the addition of Street View, Maps has become one of the best and most widely used apps that Google has ever developed.

Even the greatest apps still have a room for improvement. XDA Forum Member markacme did something unusual and decided to combine Google Maps and Street View in a way that differs greatly from what Google offers. Markacme split the screen into two parts: The upper half shows the image from Street View, while the bottom shows the . . . READ ON »

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XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

This is the last part of a series of articles that reveals some of the processes, technology, and systems that keeps XDA running. It’s brought to you by our awesome host, LeaseWeb, which provides the brawny server infrastructure on which XDA runs. Previously we wrote about our moderator system and about the server configuration. In this final installment, our Developer Admin, pulser_g2, takes a look at how various programs have contributed to maintaining a developer-friendly environment in the forums.

A lot has changed at XDA over the years. Originally a site centered around Windows Mobile, things were very different. In the . . . READ ON »

XDA Partners with Pebble for Developer Challenge

XDA Partners with Pebble for Developer Challenge

Can you #MakeAwesomeHappen? Your app idea could win a Pebble and a trip to our 2nd Annual Developer Retreat in Mountain View, CA!

For those who haven’t kept up with the wearables market over the last year or so, you may not be aware of Pebble. Pebble is the smartwatch that 68,000+ people brought to life, crowdfunding a record $10.3MM on Kickstarter, and put wearable technology on the map. With a vibrant developer community and thriving ecosystem, Pebble is the platform for the best and brightest wearable apps. Pebble SDK 2 invites developers to build unique, delightful, and practical apps that push the . . . READ ON »

HTC One Mini Gets Sense 6, Control Tasker with Samsung Gear 2 – XDA Developer TV

HTC One Mini is receiving Sense 6! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the comprehensive guide to help you get started with CyanogenMod Theme Development. Also, be sure the check out the article showing you how to control Tasker with your Samsung Gear 2! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan released a video showing you how to root . . . READ ON »

Zilok Puts a New Spin on an Old Genre

Zilok Puts a New Spin on an Old Genre

Lately, we have been going through quite a few different types and styles of games here at the XDA Portal: classics, runners, physics based, and pretty much everything that we can think of. There are, however, other genres that are not that common yet equally entertaining. The question becomes, what happens when game styles get mixed? That is, after all, how most of the newer ones got created. Take for instance Beach Buggy Blitz. Someone had the idea of lumping in the old racing games with a runner and that was the end result. What if you grabbed the concepts . . . READ ON »

Samsung Wave and Wave 2 Receive Multi-Boot Functionality

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Samsung Wave and Wave 2 Receive Multi-Boot Functionality

Devices that originally shipped with Bada OS are a rare sight to behold nowadays. Running exclusively on the Wave line of Samsung devices, its legacy continues on in the form of Tizen OS, as well as the development community here in the XDA forums. And it’s in the latter where multi-boot functionality has been developed for these devices, namely the Samsung Wave and Wave 2.

Developed by XDA Senior Member BenzoX, the multi-boot functionality is based on a custom Fota (Badadroid’s counterpart of a bootloader) that is able to load two different kernels, which in turn allows for users to . . . READ ON »

We Want You to Be a Part of the XDA Developer TV Team – XDA Developer TV

XDA Developer TV is looking to add more talented people like you to the team. If this sounds like something you’d like to try, do not hesitate. All it takes is basic video skills, which we can help you learn, a non-linear editing program and the skills to use it, a camera capable of at least 1080p resolution, a love and knowledge of mobile devices and development, and the ability to teach and show people how to maximize their mobile experience.

What do you get? You get the enjoyment of spreading the knowledge you’ve learned on XDA to thousands of . . . READ ON »

Combat Android Battery Drain with LeanDroid

Combat Android Battery Drain with LeanDroid

Battery consumption is one of the weaker points on many modern Android devices. Smartphones need lots of juice to last more than a day on one charge, and they aren’t really optimized in terms of battery management. A few months back, we took a look at LeanData, a handy application that checks to see if your device needs a certain data connection and disables it when not needed. Disabling 4G, 3G, or WiFi helps to improve your battery life significantly.

After some major changes LeanData evolved into LeanDroid. XDA Senior Member Flyview implemented a long list of features that make LeanDroid a complex solution . . . READ ON »

Use Your Samsung Gear 2 to Control Tasker

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Use Your Samsung Gear 2 to Control Tasker

If we’re to switch out our traditional watches for smartwatches, they better do something that’s well worth the switch. The standards of what’s worthy or not are entirely subjective and up to our individual preferences, but I’m sure that one thing that it could do that we would all agree is ‘worth it’ would be to control the hugely popular Tasker app on your phone or tablet.

This is exactly what you can now do on your Samsung Gear 2, thanks to the tutorial written by XDA Forum Member Medox2. The procedure works with both Samsung devices that were Galaxy Gear compatible out of . . . READ ON »

Decline Unwanted Calls with HandyCalls

Decline Unwanted Calls with HandyCalls

Imagine a situation where you are beating your opponent in a popular multiplayer game, and you receive one or more unwanted calls. One second later, your current progress is gone. This is obviously a rather unpleasant situation to all gamers. AOSP ROMs are not prepared for such multitasking handling, and thus open a new window with caller information. You then have pretty much no choice to decline a call without closing your current application.

The upcoming Android L release will bring a heads-up incoming call notifications, but we all have to wait a while before it’s officially released. If you don’t use one . . . READ ON »

Get Your Phone Bill Under Control with Callistics

Get Your Phone Bill Under Control with Callistics

If you’re someone who enjoys talking on the phone, even during a time when voice calls have long been usurped as the most used function of a phone, it’s most probable that you’ve received nasty surprises in the past in the form of phone bills. And if you also happen to be someone who’s on a tight budget and have realized that perhaps daily late night phone conversations should be cut down a bit, Callistics might help.

An app developed by XDA Forum Member johnyf, Callistics performs a number of functions aimed at helping you get your phone bill . . . READ ON »

Pop the Bubbles with Circles

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Pop the Bubbles with Circles

Have you ever felt the need to have more than 10 fingers on your hands? How about a third hand? If you’ve never felt this way and you are curious as to why would anyone wish for something like this, then you definitely need to take a quick look at Circles by XDA Forum Member baseball4355.

Circles is a game analogous to that old game Whack-a-Mole, where you had to hit those furry creatures with a mallet as they come out of their holes. Essentially, your objective is to be as quick as possible and prevent the circles that pop . . . READ ON »

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