The Chromecast is perhaps one of the most innovative $35 devices to come out in the last year. Until recently, you couldn’t do much with it except stream Netflix to your TV. But what about local content? I just want to just select some local media and cast away!
XDA Forum Member awjones offers up a way to show your local media on your Chromecast. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Castaway. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Though Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress has yet to formally come to a close for the year, the majority of significant announcements have already come to light. This year, Sony announced two flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet.
The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s successor to last year’s Xperia Z1. Building on the strengths of the previous device, the Z2 packs pretty much everything that made the Z1 great. It also brings several key improvements such as a significantly improved display, a slightly speedier quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 4k video recording. The Z2 Tablet then . . . READ ON »
The Nokia X is certainly a polarizing device. For ever fan of the device family’s affordable price tag and trademark Nokia build quality, there’s inevitably someone else to blast the company’s entrance into the Android world for not packing a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and WUXGA screen.
While the Nokia X is probably not the right phone for the majority of smartphone buyers, there are certainly a few things that the Finnish company got right in terms of product design and placement. To talk about these things, Nokia VP of Mobile Phone Marketing Jussi Nevanlinna fielded several user-generated questions ranging . . . READ ON »
It’s become quite a routine occurrence to have at least one of Google’s major first-party Android apps updated per week. This time, the latest “victim” is Google+, which received its update to version 4.3—and with it, a plethora of new photo-related options for your shutterbug pleasure.
The most significant update is in the new photo editing menu. Borrowed from Google’s recent Snapseed acquisition, G+ Photos now presents the user with many more photo editing tools. In addition to the standard crop/rotate/auto tools, you can now apply various image tweaks such as brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness through simple swipes. . . . READ ON »
Ever since the former Googorola’s ambitious Project Ara was first announced back in late October, many have been impatiently waiting for modular smartphones to make their way into consumer hands. Since then, we’ve talked a bit about some of the project’s potential pitfalls, as well as the first steps towards making it a reality. We even created a forum for Ara (and MDK Hacking and Development in general) in order to help encourage would-be developers to get started with module development.
It’s been a long time coming, and now the time is here. The Google Now Launcher is finally available in the Google Play Store, but there’s a catch: It’s only officially available for Google Play edition and Nexus devices running Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Google Now Launcher, otherwise known as the Google Experience Launcher, originally debuted on the Nexus 5 alongside its release back in October. While the launcher isn’t the most feature packed, there are nice addons available to tweak the functionality of the GEL to your liking.
During the past few months, we’ve seen the launcher appear on . . . READ ON »
What? Could that image to your right be real? Is that something that actually resembles Android running on the Android-powered Nokia X? OK, fine—there’s still a layer of Nokia customization thanks to that status bar, but this is what the Nokia X looks like running a much more traditional launcher.. . . READ ON »
The power and versatility of the Xposed Framework is undeniable. Hundreds of projects are already available in the dedicated Xposed Modules Forum, but every day a few new creations are added. The level of creativity is really amazing, as developers modify almost everything that’s available to modify. This includes system settings and even certain versions of applications.
One such modification was recently developed by XDA Forum Member lj3lj3, who created a module that adds functionality to the recent apps menu. By default, when an application is accessed from the recent apps menu, the end user can close it or . . . READ ON »
Mobile World Congress is happening right now. Chances are your FaceGramTwitterBook Plus feeds are being spammed with all the exciting announcements—everything from Sony’s new devices to Samsung and HTC, and that’s not all! There’s a good chance you missed something or have Kelly Bundyed it. That’s when you hear too much stuff and you loose the older information as it falls right out of your brain.
There is no need to fear because XDA Developer TV Producer Extraordinaire Jordan has scoured the web, RSS feeds, Social Media feeds, YouTube, and a Taco Bell Breakfast menu to compile all the information . . . READ ON »
The right to SIM unlock one’s mobile phone has been feverishly contested in recent years. But for the first time since a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that ruled cell phone unlocking a violation of the DMCA, progress has now been made to give consumers greater choice in network patronage.
Yesterday, a bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that allows for consumer cell phone unlocking for use on alternate networks. The bill passed by a 295-114 vote, and it essentially repeals a the Library of Congress’s 2012 ruling to not renew a DMCA exemption that . . . READ ON »
If you’re nice, you’ve probably lent out something of yours to someone. If you’re really nice, you might have lent out a couple more things to some people. And if you’re really nice, you probably need an app to track all the things you’ve lent out to people so you don’t forget them. But you’re not that nice, because otherwise you’ll just give these things away. So to all the really nice folks who also happen to use a Windows Phone 8 device, there’s now an app that will actually keep track of all the personal belongings that you’ve lent . . . READ ON »
It happens to the best of us. No, not that... Well, maybe that too, but what I’m really talking about is being so busy with your day-to-day life that you forget to keep track of your finances. This endemic is only getting worse as we progress in this perpetually busy age, thanks to the growing number of recurring bills and multiple sources of income from separate jobs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer bartito, there is now yet another tool available to help you better keep track of your finances, no matter how complex.
The aptly titled Pocket Book . . . READ ON »
A boot animation is the first thing a user sees after turning on a phone or tablet. This introductory part of the ROM is very important, and directly influences our experience of said ROM. For this, Android uses PNG files and a desc.txt bundled into one zip. The text file contains resolution and frame rate information so that the boot animation displays at the correct size and with the desired speed.
Making a public preview of boot animation wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Recording from a device with a video camera definitely doesn’t look professional, and the video quality . . . READ ON »