Posted October 15, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jimmy McGee
It is only a couple days until the fun and interesting festivities of this year’s Big Android BBQ start. Every year the event just keeps getting better and better. Last year, we interviewed OmniROM maintainer XpLoDWilD, TWRP Lead Dees_Troy and Tha Phlash. Additionally Jordan shared his experience.
In today’s episode, XDA TV Producer AdamOutler talks about the Big Android BBQ. He talks about all the people he’s excited to see. Also, he gives an overview of the Big Android BBQ App and its many features. So, check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 15, 2014 at 08:30 am by Will Verduzco
Will today be the day of the Nexus and the official unveiling of Android L (possibly Licorice or Lollipop)? Quite a few people seem to think so. Just yesterday, we talked about how the Google Nexus 6 may possibly be unveiled today, alongside the rumored official release of Android L (and possibly the HTC-built Google Nexus 9). And now, we’ve gone ahead and added a forum for Google and Motorola’s upcoming whale of a device with our new forum for the Google Nexus 6.
The Google Nexus 6 is a device that needs no introduction. Google’s and Motorola’s upcoming flagship Shamu has been leaked so many times in the last few weeks, that we can nearly taste its large, 5.2″ (or 5.9″, depe. . . READ ON »
Posted October 15, 2014 at 06:00 am by Will Verduzco
This past week has certainly been a good one for Google fans. In the span of the last seven days, we’ve seen updates to Chrome Stable, Hangouts for Chrome We even got to see a screenshot showing the Material Design-laden future of Google Now. Now, we’ve got yet another update to share, and this time it’s to the Chrome Beta channel.
Coming in at version 39.0.2171.25, Chrome Beta 39 brings many new feature additions that one would expect from a major version number bump. For starters, there’s a new “Reader Mode,” which can be accessed by pressing menu and clicking the Reader mode option (with a dog paw icon). Once enabled, Reader mode strips webpage formatting to make tex. . . READ ON »
Posted October 15, 2014 at 02:00 am by GermainZ
Charts give you a way to represent your data in a clear and concise manner. This becomes even more important on mobile devices, where screen sizes require you to provide your data in a straight forward manner, and users expect a simple representation instead of an overwhelming table.
There are several libraries that allow you to use charts in your applications already, but HelloCharts by XDA Forum Member lech0 is a new, easy to use library that supports several chart types. It also sets itself apart with quite a few features. As you would expect, it supports line, column and pie charts, as well as bubble charts. It also allows users to zoom, scroll and fling charts to focus on the area they’re interested in. D. . . READ ON »
Posted October 14, 2014 at 07:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
This year seems to be a very successful one for hackers with compromise data, and as such a very unfortunate year for users. Recent stories regarding the iCloud and Snapchat attacks only reiterate how we should frequently check and change our passwords and, if possible, enable two factor authentication. Folks on Reddit discovered a massive leak of Dropbox user names and passwords that could potentially be quite harmful to XDA and the Android community as a whole.
Reddit users claim that 7 million accounts have been compromised. But according to their official statement, this was a result of unrelated third party services, rather than a direct hack on Dropbox servers. That said, there is a somewhat lar. . . READ ON »
Posted October 14, 2014 at 03:45 pm by Tomek Kondrat
We know that rumors can grow tiresome after a while, and there have certainly been quite a few surrounding the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 releases. Now, there’s a new set of rumors that place both of these releases, as well as the official release of Android L, tomorrow.
The plot thickens after Forbes magazine announced that Google will release at least one of its devices tomorrow or Thursday (October 16), which means that we may likely be only hours away from seeing both of these devices in action. Earlier today, we also saw mentions about the next codename, Licorice, and the sculpture makers are now preparing a place for the upcoming figure. According to Forbes’s source, the new Nexus . . . READ ON »
Posted October 14, 2014 at 01:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Google’s lawn sculptures have become quite famous over the course of Android’s existence. They visually represent a particular Android version’s logo, and after they are erected, Google usually announces the official name of the corresponding OS version. The company that makes sculptures for Google, v, has begun some maintenance work and will more than likely place a new figure for Android L very soon. It seems that the newest Android won’t be called Lemon Meringue Pie like we once thought. According to Giovanni Calabrese and his teases, the Android L will stand for Licorice.
Posted October 14, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jimmy McGee
Many people use their phone as a navigation system. Typically, in car standalone navigation systems tell you to set the destination while the car is not moving. But lets be honest, how many of us do that all the time? To make matters worse, when you are doing it with Google Maps, Google makes you ignore and compete with multiple pop up tool tips.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you hide these potentially dangerous Google Maps tips. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the No Map Tips module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 14, 2014 at 06:00 am by GermainZ
When making an application, thinking about its design is often an underestimated but important step. After all, it’s what your users see, so it’s crucial to keep it clean and intuitive (especially for less technical apps). Depending on the nature of your app, it might be a good idea to plan this step ahead instead of implementing it straight away and testing it as you build it. A paper and pencil are good starting points to get the basic layout, but you’ll probably want to get a feel of how your app will really look onscreen before you start implementing your design.