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Forums Added for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Huawei Ascend Mate 2

Due to popular demand, we’ve recently added two new forums here at XDA-Developers. The first is a device many years in the making, a metal-laden phone by none other than plastic aficionado Samsung. The second is the successor to last year’s relatively popular Huawei Ascend Mate.

First up, we have the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This device is noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps most strikingly, this high end device features an aluminum sideband, as opposed to the company’s previous plastic devices. It features a powerful Exynos 5 octa-core processor with a quad-core 1.8 GHz A15 and quad-core 1.3GHz A7. It features 2 . . . READ ON »

Tweak Your Device Kernel Parameters with PACPerformance

Pretty much every large-scale, multi-device custom ROM that has gained a significant number of users has something that makes it unique. Some offer unique features, while others offer flawless performance, customizability, and stability–and a lucky few manage to accomplish all of the above handedly. One of the custom ROMs that many now call their default ROM is PAC ROM. For those who are unfamiliar, PAC ROM brings many of the goodies from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod together, and packages them into one, multi-purpose ROM. However, not everything that makes PAC ROM good comes from the aforementioned components. There’s also quite a . . . READ ON »

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Color Quiz Puts Your Color Combination Abilities to the Test

Quite a lot of fields require their practitioners to be well versed in colors and their combinations. If you’re a painter or photographer, you’re probably quite well familiar with the major colors and how they interact in both additive and subtractive color mixing. Unfortunately, the rest of the population doesn’t really get much exposure to such conditions, and at least to this editor’s eyes, colors all just seem to mix together. Luckily, however, there’s now a fun game called Color Quiz that lets you hone your color IQ with simple, yet addictive puzzles.

Color Quiz was created by XDA Forum Member Kukulza. . . . READ ON »

Android App Review: Answer Your Calls Without Missing a Beat! – XDA Developer TV

Our smartphones are multimedia gifts from above. They do everything; they can play games, watch videos, take pictures, surf the Internet, and even answer phones. However, sometimes answering the phone will interrupt your gaming or video watching experience. Well, this is acceptable no more!

XDA Forum Member xsmile711 offers up an application that gives you the ability to answer calls without leaving your game or videos. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews HandyCall.  TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

Hangar Updated to Handle More Apps and Better

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Hangar Updated to Handle More Apps and Better

Not too long ago, we covered an application that somewhat resembled the native Android task manager app, and pretty much did the same at the time. Hangar, developed by XDA Recognized Developer blk_jack has received various degrees of input from devs and users alike and has resurfaced as a major update to the application that we reviewed back then. In case you are not familiar with it, Hangar’s main objective is to keep all your most commonly used apps handy for you to use whenever you feel like it and without having to dig through the hundreds of apps that you likely . . . READ ON »

Set Up APKTool on Ubuntu in No Time

Set Up APKTool on Ubuntu in No Time

APKTool has been one of the main, and probably most influential application editing tools for quite some time on the Android platform. It has been available for Android users ever since devices had physical keyboards, back when Android seemed like just an experimental project. The first versions of the tool were released in 2010, so this was at the time when the Eclair ruled the world. APKTool in its many variations is still one of the most popular ways to change the contents of an app or stock firmware.

Using APKTool on Windows is very easy and doesn’t require much in the way of technical skills. All . . . READ ON »

Code Syntax Highlighting Enabled in the Forums

Code Syntax Highlighting Enabled in the Forums

We’ve just added a handy new feature to the forums for those who like to present code for others to view. For a while now, you’ve been able to use the [code][/code] markers to wrap code in a container. Now, you can specify what type of code you’re using to enable syntax highlighting, as shown in the attached image.

To enable this, use (in the case of javascript): [code=javascript][/code]. Other languages you can specify include js, css, c, cc, cpp, json, cs, java, bash, bsh, csh, sh, cv, py, python, perl, pl, rb, ruby, coffee, and rust. If you don’t want . . . READ ON »

Blackphone Gets Root Access in MORE Than Five Minutes

Security is a rather paramount issue in this day and age where sensitive technology is handed to people who probably should not have it until they are old enough to drive. People are as widely, overtly inappropriate on the Internet as they humanly can be, yet they have the audacity to reach out for web outlets whenever their “stuff” leaks out into the Internet. Then, these same people are the ones who complain that hackers and the government are after them because of all the important (eye of the beholder) text messages that are stored in their devices are gone. After . . . READ ON »

How to Root the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Jordan has covered the Nvidia SHIELD evolution closely and Nvidia just released the SHIELD Tablet. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the SHIELD tablet is no exception!

Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your SHIELD Tablet using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward, you use TowelRoot and are on your way. So if you wanted to root your SHIELD Tablet, take a moment . . . READ ON »

Turbo Editor Supercharges Your Device’s File Editing Functionality

File editing has never been one of the strong suites of smartphones and tablets for a variety of reasons–screen size and a lack of a physical keyboard being two predominant issues. While one can correctly state that some devices can fit the bill and handle a file editor, such as the hybrid tablets with physical keyboards or any other tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard, there’s still the issue of the absence of a powerful text editor, similar to the much acclaimed Notepad++ that desktop operating systems enjoy. Or at least, this was an issue.

In a well executed encapsulation of features offered . . . READ ON »

August 2014 android platform statsNear the beginning of every month, just like clockwork, Google updates its Developer Dashboard website with updated Android Platform Stats. As we’ve said many times in the past, these numbers show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation–both in terms of version/API adoption, as well as screen size and density, and OpenGL support. As such, this is all incredibly valuable information for developers looking to better target their application development efforts.

The last time we took a look at the Android Platform Stats just one month ago, we were pleased to see quite a bit of continued growth in the right direction. Android . . . READ ON »

Numix Calculator Lets You Add in Material Design Style

Just as was the case yesterday when we talked about unit conversion apps, there are dozens upon dozens of calculator apps available for Android. Due to this vast selection, there are different apps to pretty much fill any niche imaginable within the category. If you want a slightly more advanced calculator than the stock offering, you’re good to go. Want one that floats? Look no further. Want to calculate your wealth? No problemo. Want to figure out how many more miles you can drive before you’re left calling AAA? Again, no big deal. And if you want a . . . READ ON »

Google+ Update Brings Chromecast Support; Chrome Beta, Search, YouTube Get Minor Updates

We’re one day shy of Google’s traditional Update Wednesday, but despite this, the first party app updates for the week have already started rolling in. So far, we have a rather substantial update to the Google+ app, as well as minor incremental updates to Chrome beta, Search, and YouTube. And like always, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure.

First off, we have the most significant update, Google+. Today’s update brings us to version 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 just over two months ago). As you would expect in a jump from 4.4 to 4.5, today’s update packs quite . . . READ ON »

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