At this year’s Big Android Barbeque, a new player in the multi-device custom ROM world was announced. This was of course OmniROM, an open source project created by some of the greats in the Android development world such as XDA Senior Recognized Developers Xplodwild, Chainfire, Dees_Troy, and others.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen Android 4.4-based OmniROM builds appear for several devices. Now, the experience is about to get even more exciting, as nightlies are now available for 15 popular devices! The full list, along with links to their download pages can be found at . . . READ ON »
Remember how AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4 (I337) a couple of weeks ago? While there was no official word as to why, many users speculated that the same issues facing the international SGS3′s 4.3 update were plaguing the AT&T S 4. These included issues such as wake up lag, random freezing, battery drain, Bluetooth audio issues, stuttering music playback, freezes, poor multitasking, and WiFi issues.
Thankfully, it appears as if the issues have been resolved and the OTA is rolling out once again. This time, with a new version number. Rather . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we talked about the CyanogenMod Installer. For those who don’t remember, the CM Installer basically served as the easiest and most efficient way to install CyanogenMod onto your device. While most of our readers are more than capable of installing aftermarket firmwares the old fashioned way, the CM Installer was primarily aimed at users who want as easy of an experience as possible.
In recent days, we’ve informed you about a variety of official KitKat updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to some brand new devices like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions, each with powerful CPUs and newest drivers. But what happens with much older and unsupported devices? Do they gather dust? Not a chance at XDA.
The Google Nexus One, the company’s first flagship device from early 2010 (read more here) recently received an Android 4.4 port. The update was made by XDA Recognized Developer texasice and his team. . . . READ ON »
Our devices have turned from the communicators they were meant to be a decade and a half ago into multimedia powerhouses capable of doing most of what we do with other gadgets and larger equipment. Of course, the all-in-one aspect and reduction in component size come at a cost (normally quality), but that is a topic for another discussion. For all practical purposes, our devices are powerful enough to do what we want to do without having to be stuck in a room or waiting for others to do stuff for us.
One thing that has truly grown on mobile . . . READ ON »
We’ve covered How to Build an Android App in the past. We’ve showed you how to install Eclipse and Android SDK and how to write a root app. We even showed you how to develop with Arduino and the Google ADK. There is a lot of thought that needs to go into building an Android app. Building an Android App is not hard, but it is certainly not easy.
We have been writing about Xposed a lot lately, and this is all well deserved. Most of you have either heard about it, or have already installed it. Xposed Framework gives almost unlimited freedom in adding your favorite features into almost any ROM, no matter if it’s custom or stock. Xposed was recently updated to support Android 4.4 KitKat. And now, many of these modules can be used on Nexus 5 or other devices running KitKat.
One thing that’s lacking in Android devices is the ability to capture and save RAW image files and take multiple pictures with burst mode. Sure some devices feature burst mode, but it’s not built into the default Android camera application. This is about to change in the future, as Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano confirmed early rumors that such support will be making its way to Android in a future update.
“Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography. We will expose a developer API in a future release to expose more of the
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Not too long ago, we announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition was finally starting to receive its official Android 4.4 KitKat OTA. This news originally came directly from the Android Google+ page. And while the update arrived sooner than the OEM-skinned variants of these same devices, the timing wasn’t exactly stellar. After all, the Moto X managed to score KitKat before either of the Google Play edition devices.
Despite the less than ideal update timing, the two Google Play edition devices still managed to receive the update far before most consumer devices get their own official . . . READ ON »
Storage space isn’t quite as much of a problem nowadays compared to before. Phones and tablets are being pushed out the door with some comfortable internal memory specs such as up to 64 GB. This is even more true if you insert a sizeable MicroSD card on expandable devices. That said, not all OEMs include external storage or large caches of internal storage, so some owners who enjoy a considerable music library or movie collection continue to be bothered by the ‘low internal storage’ notification.
The Xposed frameworks gives a tremendous amount of freedom, when it comes to selecting which modules to use. It’s a powerful tool, which offers hundreds of modules available to download as standalone applications. And with a recent update to work with Android 4.4, it’s available to even more users.
The display font is a UI element that is very easy to change. However, changing it on your system partition results in a global change, so every application will use the same font. To prevent such situation, XDA Senior Member zst123 created an Xposed module that allows users to change the . . . READ ON »
No, it’s not Android 4.4 KitKat, but at least it’s a small step in the right direction. We’ve gotten word that the Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S 4. This comes nearly an entire month after we saw the same update roll out to the Verizon model.
The rollout was first discovered by XDA Senior Member macaumen, who shared shared screenshots and installation details for the new update. Not too long after, the update was then pulled and mirrored by the fine folks over at Sammobile. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member . . . READ ON »
Many Android enthusiasts are almost fanatical about what they have installed on their system and what they don’t. In fact, there are some of us who want a certain app to be installed so we can run it at will, but we don’t want the app to load on system startup. Using the Xposed Framework, you can do just that!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews BootManager. XDA Senior Member defim created this Xposed Module to help you control the apps that load on system startup. TK shows off the module and . . . READ ON »