If you follow the custom ROM world closely, you have certainly noticed that some developers or teams use Gerrit to verify and implement the code that goes into their ROMs. It’s a popular way of controlling and reviewing code, as well as enhancing it, since the commits can be reviewed by other developers. Incoming commits can be merged, rejected or amended and then merged. This all combines to make the project better.
The Moto G is one of those, wallet friendly devices that is definitely not considered “low end.” In fact, this device from 2013 can easily compete with the “higher end” Google Nexus 4 on many levels. While the G has been updated to Android 4.4.4 a long while ago, the Boost Mobile variant was still stuck on an older Android firmware version. The situation has changed and now, all of you using Moto G on Sprint’s prepaid arm can expect an OTA update heading your way.
While most devices look pretty much the same, the curvaceous LG G Flex can surely be considered to be one of the most interesting phones ever released. The OEM behind the last two Nexus phones wanted to conquer the Android world and set a new trend with the Flex, but its high price and large size were barriers that regular users weren’t able to stomach.
Now it appears that the
force stubbornness is strong with LG, as the company will be announcing a second generation of LG G Flex later this year. Such information comes from an anonymous high-profile executive over at LG India. According to the source, the . . . READ ON »
Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z receive their official Android 4.4.4 update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One, and be sure the check out the article talking about removing the Band Restrictions from various Qualcomm devices. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Some time ago, Google decided to give up on Android and focus on Chrome OS as the main operating system for more traditional computing form factors. Since that time, we’ve seen Chrome OS ship on Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and the like. It seems that the engineers at Google changed their minds and decided to Androidify their second operating system by allowing it to run Android apps.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Google first mentioned this possibility back at Google I/O in late June. Now, Google has made good on that concept by launching an app called App Runtime for Chrome, which currently is at . . . READ ON »
We have lots of Linux people in our audience who will likely go “meh” at this, but for those of you who still use Windows and are not up to date on the latest happenings from our beloved Microsoft, you will be happy to read that the successor of Windows 8.1 is coming sometime soon. For the time being, due to lack of a better option, the outside media has decided to dub this new version known as Windows 9. It seems that several companies have gotten a hold of an early version of its Developer Preview, which should be out . . . READ ON »
Android is a beautiful platform, full of surprising and interesting ideas. Without a doubt, one of the coolest projects that has been introduced to the community in recent memory is MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar. This project allows you to boot many various ROMs and even operating systems from the SD Card of your device.
Not so long ago, MultiROM was ported over to the Moto G and its wallet-friendly brother, the Moto E. Those two devices aren’t the only non-Nexus phones that have gotten a working port. There are two new members in the MultiROM family, the OnePlus One and . . . READ ON »
As we’ve by now become accustomed, the beginning of the month marks when Google updates its Android Developer Dashboard website with updated Platform Distribution Stats. These numbers, which show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation both in terms of version/API adoption and graphics capabilities, become an incredibly valuable resource for Android application developers looking to better target their development efforts.
When we took a look at the Android Platform Stats back in August, we were pleased to see that KitKat was finally over 20% market share. Android 4.4.x KitKat was up to 20.9% from 17.9% the month before, resulting in . . . READ ON »
In this fast paced, gotta have it now world, sometimes a thought pops into your mind and before you can get to your note taking app on your Android device you get sidetracked from all your notifications. What you need to more room in your schedule. If that is not possible you need a way to create notes with your voice.
XDA Forum Member ohcrapitstim offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to give voice commands to leave a note to yourself. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Narrate. TK shows off the . . . READ ON »
Every country is different, and I’m not referring to the British having steering wheels on the right side of their cars. Sometimes, you might go to another country and find that your phone does not work. This is often caused by OEMs blocking the available or usable frequencies on the device. So called bands differ in every part of the world. For example in North America, GSM operates on the primary communication bands 850 MHz and 1900 MHz, while in Canada 1900 MHz is primary and 850 MHz is a backup. In Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia the bands providers use 900 . . . READ ON »
When Google launched Hangouts last year, it was marketed as a messaging and a video calling service, which allowed you to quickly send a message anywhere in the world or start a group video call at no cost. The service caught on quickly, complemented by its ease of use and the growth of Google+. And since then, it has accumulated a large user base as it stands. Over time, it went on to integrate SMS functionality as well, a step closer to the unification of all of the company’s communication services.
Earlier today, Google announced Hangouts v2.3, which takes the service even closer . . . READ ON »
Team Win Recovery Project, known more simply as TWRP, is one of the most popular custom recoveries available for Android. It has a nice layout, a ton of features in its easy to use UI, and it gives us the ability to dive into custom ROM world. This recovery is available for most popular devices–no matter if they are big or small. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff who developed most of the features, have updated the recovery and bumped its version to 2.8. It’s a major release so the list of changes is huge.
What’s new in the latest TWRP? The . . . READ ON »
Android L is shaping up to be one of the most important releases of Google’s ever so popular mobile OS. Many components have been rewritten, and the OS has gone 64-bit. Some system applications designed specifically for the latest developer preview version of Android L also work on previous versions, but the majority of them need to be ported. You can get some from the system dump that we talked about a few weeks ago.