Notifications are handled through various methods on different platforms. Since the earliest Android versions, notifications have been available in the notification bar and sometimes as pop-ups. OEMs also implement different methods of showing them. For example, Motorola uses the Active Display on the Moto X, which basically replaces the notification LED.
Yesterday we talked about AcDisplay, which brings ActiveDisplay-like functionality to all KitKat-based devices. A similar concept was presented quite some time ago by XDA Senior Member TpmKranz as the NotifyMe! project. Now, a year after its initial release, XDA Senior Member anandbibek has taken over the project and . . . READ ON »
Google will be holding its first Project Ara Developers’ Conference this April 15-16 in Mountain View, CA. The conference will be live-streamed, and in-person attendance is limited. Guess who will have a representative at the conference?
While the Project Ara MDK .10 has been released and the conference schedule is online, what details the conference will bring is largely unknown. According to the schedule, we should see some very firm details about what the final product will look like, specifications for module development, the hardware and software stacks, and even licensing details. As I am sure everyone else is . . . READ ON »
You may recall that we’ve seen quite a few Android 4.4.3 test builds pop up recently. But now, at least according to US third-place carrier Sprint, it will finally begin rolling out some time today–at least for the Google Nexus 5.
The update was first spotted by XDA Forum Member GiantJay, who noticed a new build on Sprint’s support pages. Thus far, we don’t really know much about this new
KTU48F KTU84F build, other than its build number and what’s mentioned in Sprint’s online update documentation.
According to Sprint, the changes are as follows:
- Enable Sprint Spark
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You can now easily switch between Dalvik and ART if you’re experiencing ART-related bootloops! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer has been ported to all Xperia Devices and the story about what to do now that you have a Samsung Galaxy S5! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out like the Nokia X camera being ported to Android 4.1+ devices and the . . . READ ON »
The smartwatch market is growing rapidly. At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung introduced three new smartwatches ready to be paired with Galaxy devices. But Tizen is no fun, as developers haven’t yet given it much attention. The company’s previous smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, has already received love thanks to a custom ROM and kernel.
Now, Galaxy Gear users can easily root, restore, and more thanks to a toolkit by XDA Retired Senior Moderator mskip. Android Toolkit for Gear is a complete solution for Windows users, as it can easily install drivers, download stock images, . . . READ ON »
Theming is an art. As such, making a beautiful theme is an extremely time consuming and challenging task. Preparing resources requires countless hours spent in a graphics editor app. Putting everything together into an application isn’t easy, but within XDA you’ll find a long list of guides and tutorials that help you understand the Android ecosystem better.
If you have some ideas regarding theming and don’t know where to start, you should read a guide written by XDA Senior Member SArnab©®. This guide explains how to create a theme in Eclipse for Xperia devices in step-by-step detail. The guide should . . . READ ON »
Launched this year at MWC, the Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship device for 2014. The device improves upon its predecessor in various ways such as a much better display, an improved processor, and so on.
In addition to the hardware benefits, the Z2 also packs a few unique software tricks. One of the Z2′s unique software features is X-Reality Photo and Video Enhancement. This option increases the sharpness and improves the colors on images and videos displayed through the native Gallery app. And now thanks to XDA Senior Member xperiaz2, you can enjoy X-Reality on any Xperia device running . . . READ ON »
Under Google’s influence, Motorola did a great job with their recent devices. Both the Moto X and Moto G are great options in their respective price points. The Moto X has no notification LED, so they developed Active Display to bring the notifications to the OLED panel. This feature then found itself ported to some well known ROMs like Chameleon OS and OmniROM. There are also applications available that ran with the idea and made it even better.
There is, and will continue to be, much debate regarding whether to Odex or Deodex a ROM. Some people prefer leaving ROMs Odexed for greater efficiency, while others prefer Deodexed ROMs and their freedom. This becomes even trickier when looking at OEMs, as some Odex their stock firmware, while others don’t. Sony is one of the OEMs that does Odex their ROMs.
If you’ve ever worked with APKTool to modify something in a precompiled ROM, you’ve certainly had to deodex a ROM. This can be done with several kitchens, scripts, or by executing commands in terminal. You can now Deodex . . . READ ON »
Back in October of last year, Google added SMS capabilities to their first party Hangouts app. But try as Google might, not everyone is crazy about this one-size-fits-all messaging solution. Instead, many still cling to the old AOSP messaging app, or any number of aftermarket alternatives, for their texting needs.
Although not everyone’s a fan of using Hangouts for SMS and MMS, it’s hard to argue with the merits of its UI. Hangouts is clean and streamlined—and thanks to its slide-out conversations menu, it’s also quite efficient. Looking to combine the old AOSP-derived CM10 messaging app with the nicer UI stylings . . . READ ON »
You may recall that a few years ago, we took a quick look at Chainfire3D. For those who don’t remember, Chainfire3D allowed users to tweak various aspects of the 3D rendering pathway such as texture size and quality. The app also allowed users to load games meant for other devices thanks to its plugin system.
Unfortunately due to massive changes in the rendering pathway used in Android 3.0 and above, Chainfire3D can no longer be used on modern devices. Luckily, there is one option out there that brings much of Chainfire3D’s functionality, as well as a few new tricks.. . . READ ON »
As much as I hate to admit it, I spend far too much time on social networking sites. Be it updating my own status, browsing through my feeds, or
stalking checking up on old friends, there’s quite a lot to do when browsing G+, Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
Unfortunately, these social networking sites are essentially instant death to any kind of productivity. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad created an app specifically designed to track the amount of time we waste when browsing various social networks.
Socials Addict currently tracks your usage of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Tumblr, and . . . READ ON »
While the Nokia X isn’t exactly the lust-inducing, flagship-caliber device that we were all hoping for from the Finnish OEM’s entrance into the Android world, the device and its software are still rather intriguing.
In addition to making the Nokia X more functional by shoehorning external development onto the device, we’ve also seen porting efforts to bring some of the Nokia X’s software to other devices. This began with porting the Nokia Store to other devices, and we later saw the Nokia X ROM running on the HTC HD2… well, sort of. Now thanks to the efforts of . . . READ ON »