The Universal Android Toolkit project by XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher has been around for almost two years. But while it was “Universal” in that it could be used on various different PC platforms, it didn’t completely live up to its name since only Windows computers could run the PC application. Now, however, Beatsleigher has rewritten the application in Java, allowing users of any major OS to get in on the fun.
Just as before, the toolkit features your standard ADB and Fastboot functionality. You can install, push, and pull APKs, and you can also use fasboot, access recovery commands, and . . . READ ON »
A couple of weeks ago, we announced a new initiative to better serve our Indian user base. But in addition to the new xda.in homepage, we would also like to highlight some of the most pertinent mobile news that relates to our second largest traffic source. As such, we would like to talk a little about DroidSync 2014, an Android developer and business conference that will take place early next month in Mumbai.
In a way, you can think of DroidSync as sort of an Indian Big Android BBQ. But rather than exclusively covering Android development, DroidSync 2014 also covers . . . READ ON »
Creating an Android build is a fun, but oftentimes difficult process. First of all, you need to use an UNIX-like OS such as Linux or Mac OS, and not everyone uses said OSes every day. Having a native set up of Ubuntu would be great to compile, but not all of you know that Android can be built on Windows as well.
Ubuntu, Windows, and basically every other OS can be run on a virtual machine using applications like VirtualBox. A system image can be shared, and XDA Senior Member sylentprofet has done just that. The OS used in the . . . READ ON »
When it comes to cell phone photography, LG certainly manages to set itself apart from other OEMs. Although their cameras lack 20+ megapixel sensors, LG’s camera application offers lots of unique functionality. One such feature allows you to record a video at 120 FPS, in order to make slow motion video capture easy.
If you own a LG phone running KitKat, you may want to take a look at the guide presented by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™. This guide adds 4K resolution and 120 FPS video modes to the stock LG camera application. To successfully add those functions, some . . . READ ON »
Since the release of Android 4.4.2, most custom ROMs have been rebased to Google’s latest and greatest. However, this transition isn’t always without issue, as it requires lots of work porting existing features to a newer OS version. Earlier today, we shared a guide on building PAC on your own PC, but now it’s a great time to start a fresh sync as PAC has now gone to Android 4.4.2.
PAC ROM still remains an All-in-One ROM, with all core features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod—hence the name PAC. And with the update to KitKat, the developers bring . . . READ ON »
Pac-Man isn’t just a funny-looking character from the earliest moments in gaming. PAC ROM is also the name of one of the most popular ROMs available for many devices here at XDA. The developers of PAC take the best features from popular ROMs like CM, Paranoid Android, and AOKP, and put them together while adding their personal flair.
PAC is pretty easy to port, even with a moderate amount of Android building knowledge. If you’ve ever tried to take a stab at building PAC, you might be interested in reading a guide by XDA Recognized Developer iurnait. The developer . . . READ ON »
Oppo is quite a a developer friendly OEM, and the Oppo N1 is quite the confirmation of this. The previous Oppo device, the Find 5 is also very successful. Good technical specification and great support from Oppo were paramount to its success. However, Oppo didn’t avoid making some weird decisions, such as granting only 2 GB of space for user data.
Allocating 2 GB to /userdata is rather strange, as the device came with up to 32 GB of internal storage. Rather, almost all new devices ship with /userdata and /sdcard on the same parent partition to share the available . . . READ ON »
The Asus Transformer TF300T is probably one of the earliest and most refined convertible tablets that the market has seen. It came with a well built and sturdy keyboard dock that featured a trackpad mouse, a full sized USB port, and even its own battery. Its insides weren’t lacking for its time either, packing a quad core processor clocking in at 1.2 GHz. With a spec sheet like this, it was no doubt a popular device with some great development history.
Two years later, the TF300T is still going strong, receiving its own unofficial port of MultiROM thanks to the . . . READ ON »
When your home screen feels dull and boring, it most likely means that your wallpaper needs to be changed. Your wallpaper is quite literally the centerpiece of your Android home screen, so keeping it fresh and in sync with your theme can be quite challenging.
There are applications like 500 Firepaper by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that change the wallpaper automatically, but some of you might prefer to do this manually. A great alternative was created by XDA Forum Moderator rwilco12. His app is essentially a gallery of nearly 1000 high resolution images of many categories. The app lets you select . . . READ ON »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve already heard about the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2. The Z2 improves upon last year’s flagship Xperia Z1 in basically every area that counts—including replacing the previous model’s dreadfully bad screen. As such, we’ve already given Sony’s latest and greatest a place here in our forums.
Those of you looking to experience some of the Xperia Z2 goodies a bit early are in luck, as XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD managed to snag and release a system dump from the device. The firmware comes in at revision 17.1.A.0.289, . . . READ ON »
The mobile SoC world is growing increasingly furtive. While to a certain degree this is to be expected, efforts to keep an company’s IP private often come at the cost of widespread aftermarket development support and true device freedom. However, there are some SoC manufacturers that walk a different line.
You may recall that about a year ago, Broadcom released EGL drivers for the Samsung Galaxy Y. This was largely due to a team of developers, lead by XDA Forum Member arbylaw, that contacted Broadcom requesting proprietary GPU drivers for the Samsung Galaxy Y in order to build . . . READ ON »
During the course of our 11 year history, we at XDA have seen OEMs display many different attitudes towards developers here at XDA, as well as the aftermarket development community as a whole. Perhaps the source of this ambivalence is twofold. On the plus side, aftermarket developers are able to add value to existing products by providing end users with additional features and higher levels of performance. But this blessing can also be a curse, as these software-enabled upgrades could potentially make users more content with their current hardware and unwilling to upgrade to the next generation of products.
Thankfully, . . . READ ON »
I, for one, am grateful that Flappy Bird can no longer be obtained through traditional channels. No longer do I have the social challenge of trying to achieve a higher score than friends, and no longer do I have an excuse to procrastinate and put aside all responsibilities in order to continuously tap a screen without getting out of bed for days on end. In fact, considering all the time and effort wasted thanks to Flappy Bird, I’m thinking sweet, sweet revenge is in order.