Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line


Back in the summer of 2012, Sony made waves in the independent developer community when they partnered with Google to include the Sony Xperia S in the Android Open Source Project code base. After that experiment ended, they have continued to support AOSP on their released devices, with the Xperia Z3 being their most recent addition. Even confusing steps taken by Sony Mobile to purposely break the camera on their Z* line (since the Xperia Z1) if a user chooses to unlock the bootloader on their device (using tools Sony themselves provide) has not dampened the desire of developers  to have AOSP on their Xperia devices.

Sony has honored that desire again with recent activity on their SonyXperiaDev Github account a. . . READ ON »

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New Relic & XDA One App Performance Monitoring [Sponsored]


A few months ago we posted about the incredible impact New Relic APM has had on our ability to debug web application processes on XDA, speeding the site and reducing server costs. As a result of our positive experience with the product, we decided to test New Relic Mobile with XDA One, our new app currently in alpha and available for download in the forums. While we have used other crash reporting software in the past, New Relic’s solution goes light years beyond basic logging of FCs. If you haven’t tried XDA One, go grab it (and help make it better by contributing to the code), as your data truly helps our development process.

Deploying New Relic was simple. Here’s the pull request with all change. . . READ ON »

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Battery History with More Details – XDA TV


When you use your device, there are always little programs in the background that could be sucking up your battery juice. There are many apps out there that can help you see what’s running in the background like WakeLock Detector. However, those apps can give you too much data. Sometimes you just want to go into your native Android battery stats and see all the applications using battery, not just a short list. If you still have access to the Xposed Framework, we may have a solution for you.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you see more apps in your battery stats. XDA Recognized Developer moneytoo created the Battery History XXL module. TK shows off the mod. . . READ ON »

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Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Update Brings Artificial Reality Rendering API


We’ve all heard of Google Glass, the spectacle wearable that just until recently, we all believed was only possible in sci-fi movies. However, a very similar prototype has also been worked on by Sony called SmartEyeglass, which looks like a bulky pair of swimming goggles fitted with a 3 megapixel camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, microphone, brightness sensor, and hefty battery pack. Needless to say, it’s not as sleek or chic as Google Glass, but kudos goes to Sony for exploring this area of technology.

With this said, Sony has just recently released a new version of its SmartEyeglass SDK that includes a new Artificial Reality (AR) rendering API. This allows you to have text and images rendered . . . READ ON »

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Enhance Screenshots Functionality by Adding a Delete Button


Screenshots are the best choice for users wishing to show off their current home screens or provide extra detailed bug reports for certain issues to app developers. Android has a built-in screenshot system that allows you to take a shot with a simple key combination. However, the built-in functionality could easily be improved by adding a delete button, because right now you need to open the gallery manually to delete unneeded images. Taking screenshots on Android would be much easier with a delete button available right after taking a shot.

XDA Senior Member sportik555 wrote a guide explaining how to add such button on Sony Xperia devices. The described method shows how to decompile the SystemUI of your cu. . . READ ON »

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Restore Your Softbricked Moto G after Lollipop Update

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Being one of the handful of devices released by when Motorola was still owned by Google, the Moto G has finally been updated to Android 5.0 in the past week through an OTA update and an update leak. As Moto G users are installing and experiencing Lollipop, it’s inevitable that some issues would occur, such as a softbrick, especially with the different variants of the device. So, if you’ve managed to get your Moto G softbricked after updating it, a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member GI0\/\NNI may help.

Consisting of 10 steps, the tutorial teaches users how to unbrick and restore their softbricked device after updating it to Android 5.0. It essentially consists of using ADB and Fastboot with CMD and flashing . . . READ ON »

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Moto 360 Officially Receives Android Lollipop


Not too long ago, we talked about Google releasing the watch face API for Android Wear. In the release notes surrounding the update, Android’s creators also stated that the Lollipop update would be released pretty soon to various Android Wear watches. Now, the update is available for download on the Moto 360.

Today’s update brings user interface enhancements that we’ve seen previously on other Lollipop-powered devices. Motorola posted the following list of improvements on its forum:

Android L: Updates Android Wear to the latest platform for consistency across Android devices for both consumers and developers.

3rd Party Watch Faces: Choose from a variety of public watch faces avail

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GPe 2013 Moto G and Galaxy S4 Receive Lollipop – XDA TV


Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is available for the Moto G (2013) Google Play Edition! 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 using the OnePlus One front earpiece for Media Playback and be sure to check out the article talking about Sony showing you how to unlock Xperia Device bootloaders! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3r shows you how to unroot a Nexus 6 using a Mac. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and XDA . . . READ ON »

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Simplify ADB Usage with Universal Utility


Android Debug Bridge (or simply ADB) is a set of tools included in the Android SDK package. It consists of both client- and server-side programs that communicate with one another. To properly use ADB, your PC must have proper binaries, a command tool like Terminal or Command Prompt, and USB debugging must be enabled on yoru device.

ADB usage isn’t overly difficult, but sometimes entering long commands is a very tedious task. If you haven’t had a chance to use ADB before or just would like to make command usage more efficient, you should definitely check out a tool made by XDA Forum Member Lars124. Universal ADB-Helper is a Bash script that helps you use ADB in the most convenient way. It has the ADB bina. . . READ ON »

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