Although we weren’t graced with the good fortune of receiving another Google Update Wednesday yesterday, the creator of our favorite little green robot has decided to share a few goodies with us today. These come in the form of first-party Android application updates for Chrome Beta and Google Keyboard.
Today’s update to Chrome Beta brings it to version 35.0.191634. As you would expect from a major version change, v35 brings quite a few new features. The most immediately noticeable is the ability to undo closing a tab. Before, one would have to navigate to the recently closed section of the . . . READ ON »
Way back in 2011, we talked about the interesting Chainfire3D plugin CF.lumen. For those of you who don’t remember, the plugin intelligently modified the color temperature of your device’s display based on the time of day and relative solar position. In other words, a customizable color filter would be added after sundown in the hopes of reducing eyestrain.
Unfortunately, however, the old CF.lumen plugin only worked with devices running Android 2.x. Now let’s fast forward to today, as XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s has brought CF.lumen back from the dead. Today’s new version of CF.lumen comes in at version 2.0, and . . . READ ON »
Back in October of last year, we talked in depth about malware on Android and the platform’s multiple layers of defense. One of the final pieces of puzzle is of course Android’s Verify Apps feature. And while only around 0.5% of applications end up triggering this security mechanism, it’s still a great safety net to have when dealing with closed source applications of untrusted origin.
The Verify Apps feature, which is available on devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or later, has traditionally scanned apps against known malware signatures as they are installed. Now, Google has expanded the functionality of Verify Apps with . . . READ ON »
Android applications are pretty easy to use, and some resources can be obtained directly from APK files. Much of this information is available in the XML manifest file that contains all of the relevant information about the app’s friendly name name, version, required SDK level, and more. If an APK has a decipherable package name, you can easily determine what application it is and even its version by looking at just the filename. However, it’s often difficult to determine an app’s true function when looking at com.developername.obscurepackagename.apk.
About 8 months ago, TK reviewed a lockscreen App called C Locker by XDA Senior Member astoncheah. Now, the app received a major update and overhaul. This new update allows users to use everything from a customizable ring to other widgets and lock screen customizations. The app is all new, so TK decided to check out the changes.
Stock Android has improved significantly since the days when it was barely usable. However, some OEMs still love to put significant amounts of bloat into their firmware, thinking that we all love to play demo games or use pointless applications.
If your phone is held back by unnecessary bloat or too many installed apps, you can do two things: wipe your device completely or use a tool like the one created by XDA Forum Member SuffAdvApps. App Eater, as its name implies, eats applications. It’s a simple uninstaller with many great features like batch uninstallation, sorting, and app search.. . . READ ON »
Few things have been as exciting in the mobile tech world as the promise of a fully modular smartphone. Project Ara, which was first announced only a few short months ago by Google’s ATAP team, seemed like an unrealistic dream at the time. But over the past few months, that dream has slowly been solidifying into something increasingly concrete thanks to hardware partners and next week’s Project Ara Developer Conference.
Now, Google has released version 0.10 of the Project Ara Module Development Kit (MDK). And inside, Google sheds light on the Ara platform itself and gives examples of . . . READ ON »
Pardon this break from our usual mobile development news for a short brief on a recent security vulnerability that affected XDA. Heartbleed is rightly considered to be one of the most dangerous bugs to hit the Internet in a long time, if not ever. Since XDA’s servers were vulnerable to this exploit, we wanted to let you know what we did to fix this problem and what steps you could do to mitigate an issue like this in the future.
As soon as the severity of this flaw was understood, we immediately patched our servers with the new version of . . . READ ON »
Remember back when we would have to send text messages via T9? You know, before the age of the modern smartphone? I know, I know. Many of you reading this are under the age of 20, and thus don’t really have a clear memory of the ’90s. Heck, I’m sure some of you were born in the ’00s, but go with me for a second.
One would think that banging out even short SMS messages with a standard numeric keypad would be a chore. And in a way, that’s certainly true when compared to full QWERTY keyboards and today’s amazing . . . READ ON »
Ever since its launch just a few short weeks ago, we’ve seen a flurry of development activity for the HTC One M8 (2014). This began with the WeakSauce root method, and has since continued with Firewater S-Off and a full GPe RUU. In other words, things are looking great on the dev front for this brand new device, but that doesn’t mean that everything’s peachy.
The world of Google Chromecast users is divided up into the Haves and the Have-Nots. By this, I am of course referring to whether or not a particular user was lucky enough to attain root access before the device updated itself to the root-blocking build 12840 OTA.
Earlier today, the Chromecast started receiving an OTA update to build 16664. No, this version does not bring back root access by way of a vulnerable bootloader. Rather, it offers bug fixes, stability improvements, saved volume preferences, improved IPv6 support, and improved DNS robustness. Now when dealing with a device in such . . . READ ON »
An announcement from Amazon recently caused the Internet a great deal of excitement. Amazon has expanded its Kindle empire and is attempting to take Google TV, and perhaps the Chromecast, head on with its new Amazon Fire TV. Running Android deep deep down, we recently added a forum for it!
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes a look at the Amazon Fire TV. TK shows off how use the various functions of the device. TK even shows you how to use the voice search, attach Bluetooth Controllers, and play games on the device. So check . . . READ ON »
Although the spec sheet of your Windows 8 or RT device may give a pretty big indication of its performance, it’s sometimes a lot more helpful if you have an idea of how well it performs in real life. But although there are plenty of software tools available to help you to do this, we thought that XDA members may be much more inclined to try something home-grown and open-source. This is where CPU Performance Tester comes in.