Native screen recording is one of the new features of Android 4.4. Google finally decided to give its users the ability to capture a video of the contents of their screens. This is very useful in various situations, such as presenting a new feature or simply demonstration some instructions.
Unfortunately, the ADB command to do this is not the most convenient solution, as screen recording is limited to 30 seconds only. Luckily, this amazing feature can be added to almost every source-built ROM, thanks to XDA Senior Member 0xD34D, who decided to share his commits from ChameleonOS.
We won’t lie . . . READ ON »
Well over a year ago now, we brought you news of a tool that solved the problem of users not being able to distribute themes for paid apps. Remote Theme Injector did exactly as its name suggests and “injects” the necessary themed elements into an APK, thereby allowing themers to make their work on paid apps available without distributing warez. The tool was often updated by its developer, XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Diamondback, whose name you might recognise from another project, Virtuous Ten Studio.
The Remote Theme Injector has since been incorporated into VTS, . . . READ ON »
A device’s music player is one of the most important apps for almost everyone. This is because most of us love music and listen to it on various mobile devices and in various places. However, finding a good, free player is not an easy task. And finding a free and innovative player is almost impossible.
XDA Senior Member dakdroid came up with some interesting ideas and created an innovative player: Beat. The application uses floating controls similar to Facebook Chat Heads. Because of this, a small control panel is always visible, no matter which application is opened in the foreground.. . . READ ON »
Android 4.4 has been quite a hot topic for the last four weeks. Many of you already have it on your devices in the form of an official update or unofficial port. It brought a lot of improvements, but also made few previous features unavailable. One of these was the ability for non-system applications to access battery statistics.
Previously, external applications were able to access battery statistics to show how much our applications and games affected battery life. Luckily, XDA Forum Member gsamtan wrote an Xposed module to restore this ability in aftermarket battery monitors.
According to the author, this . . . READ ON »
The Google Play Edition of the HTC One was updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Then, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition got official KitKat too! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that kernel source for the previously mentioned KitKat devices are available, and how KitKat was also ported to the Google Nexus One. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
Since the beginning of Android, hardware changes have been easy to notice. Quad- and octa-core devices are nothing unusual now, and RAM and storage capacities make phones as powerful as some traditional PCs in certain respects. Unfortunately, they all have one major weakness: battery life. Even the biggest batteries still last a day or two of intensive use on phones and maybe few days on tablets.
Aftermarket kernel improvements can save a bit more of battery, which is a good beginning. Luckily, XDA Senior Member onexuan wrote an application to optimize battery usage in many ways. OnePowerGuard Pro gives users . . . READ ON »
The tempo of life is incredibly fast nowadays. Having to keep pace and an overall lack of time are main reasons why people use news feed readers. Information needs to be extremely fast and reliable… fast like a jet.
Many of you browse various news sites to get information about politics, technology, and sports. Browsing when mobile, however, can become difficult when connection speeds are less than ideal and pages are relatively heavy. In these situations, a good old-fashioned RSS reader is still one of best way to get information. Luckily, there are quite a few Android apps designed to . . . READ ON »
Big events in life hold a strong meaning to us. And when we plan such events, we start counting the days and minutes.
You may remember XDA Senior Member MOST2K2‘s application APPoint. Now, he brings us another productivity tool—this time in the form of a simple, yet customizable countdown widget that can be placed on your home screens.
As stated by the developer:
A simple countdown widget to never miss an important meeting, birthday, vacation.
You can add more than one event at the same time of course!
This app is a great way to stay focused on . . . READ ON »
Smartphones are smart because they are more than just phones, but let us not forget that they are indeed phones. You can use them to make calls. If you are the type of person who makes a lot of calls to a certain group of contacts or you just want to dial with swag, we have a solution for you.
XDA Forum Member FanKryations offers gesture-based dialer. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Draw2Dial. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Despite its flaws, the $35 Google Chromecast is a great little device for the price. While it has loads of untapped potential for those of you lucky enough to have root access, many of us are quick to forget about the device’s default functionality.
Google is now perhaps hoping to remind us of the device’s functionality by highlighting Chromecast-enabled applications in the mobile Google Play Store app. Strangely, this option isn’t very visible. To view it on your device, head over to the Apps section of the Play Store. Next to Games and Editor’s Choice, you will see . . . READ ON »
For those of you celebrating, we here at XDA-Developers would like to take a minute to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you’re spending the Holiday with a large group of friends and family or you’re relishing the company of a select few, we hope you have a grand time full of ROMs, kernels, device hacking… oh and of course, food.
Now as tonight’s evening binge fest quickly approaches, it’s a great opportunity to remember the reasons why we’re thankful. So we now turn it over to all of you: What mobile device-related “thing” are you most thankful for this . . . READ ON »
At this year’s Big Android Barbeque, a new player in the multi-device custom ROM world was announced. This was of course OmniROM, an open source project created by some of the greats in the Android development world such as XDA Senior Recognized Developers Xplodwild, Chainfire, Dees_Troy, and others.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen Android 4.4-based OmniROM builds appear for several devices. Now, the experience is about to get even more exciting, as nightlies are now available for 15 popular devices! The full list, along with links to their download pages can be found at . . . READ ON »
Remember how AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4 (I337) a couple of weeks ago? While there was no official word as to why, many users speculated that the same issues facing the international SGS3′s 4.3 update were plaguing the AT&T S 4. These included issues such as wake up lag, random freezing, battery drain, Bluetooth audio issues, stuttering music playback, freezes, poor multitasking, and WiFi issues.
Thankfully, it appears as if the issues have been resolved and the OTA is rolling out once again. This time, with a new version number. Rather . . . READ ON »