The recently unveiled Android L has changed quite a few things related to user experience, as well as some interface design nuances. Google presented its new design language, Material Design, which will soon replace the good old Holo in the majority of future applications.
Material Design is currently available only on Android L, and some lucky testers can try it out on the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 (2013). Developers have quite a bit of homework to do, as apps will eventually need to be updated to the new design guidelines to match Android’s new look.
One of the first applications modified to . . . READ ON »
Live from New York, its the XDA News Update hosted by Jordan Keyes! Ok, so maybe it’s not live, but Jordan does review all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the Nexus 5 receiving Android 4.4.4_R2 in selected countries and be sure the check out the announcement of the XDA Root Directory! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
A little over two months ago, the HTC One M7 and several other last generation HTC devices receive their official updates to Sense 6. Naturally, this left many to wonder when the M7′s smaller sibling, the HTC One Mini, would get its update. Well folks, the time is here, and the One Mini is now receiving its update.
Today’s update comes in the form of software version 4.09.401.3, and as you would expect from a major upgrade, it comes in at a rather hefty 493.61 MB. The update brings all of the latest Sense 6 features we’ve seen in other . . . READ ON »
We’ve already reported on two of the speakers scheduled for XDA:DevCon 2014. Sony’s Alin Jerpelea and Mozilla’s Alex Lakatos are joining us, as we go international with xda:devcon ’14. If you haven’t heard, it will be held in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. With many different governments spying on you, Android security is a big topic. So to cover the important information of Android security, full-time master student engineering at the department of Computer Science at the KU Leuven University Dario Incalza will . . . READ ON »
Yesterday, we had a rather typical Google Update Wednesday, with major updates to Google Wallet and Chrome Stable, as well as a minor update to the Google Play Store. Now, Google is following up on yesterday’s updates with a major revision to Google Maps, which brings elevation info when using biking navigation and better support for voice input.
Perhaps the most interesting new feature in Maps 8.2 is elevation information in route planning. When viewing route options in biking mode, you now get a visual representation of route altitude This feature is currently reserved for those using biking directions, as it wouldn’t be . . . READ ON »
Unlike Windows Phone or iOS, Android looks quite differently on various devices. OEM skins such as HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, or the lesser known Emotion UI look totally different than barebones AOSP. Clean Android might have lots of fans because of its simplicity, but not everyone is a fan of the default UI.
Almost every OS flaw be fixed either by the source amendments or by using Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and his partner in crime Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty. If you want a nice looking expanded notification background, XDA Recognized Developer serajr prepared something that might be of . . . READ ON »
Lets face it, we are all busy individuals. Many of us are always on the go, and despite needing constant Email communications, there is simply no time to sit down and skim through even important Emails. One solution to such problems has always been the ever popular voice assistant.
This concept is not new, as options have existed since the days of PocketPC such as Microsoft Voice Command, and probably even before that. But of course, these apps had grave limitations of only alerting you to incoming messages rather than reading them. In other words, if you are driving all by yourself . . . READ ON »
Try as the old giant might, Microsoft hasn’t done too well for itself in the mobile space recently. Although once the kings of the industry with Windows Mobile, its successor Windows Phone was never able to enjoy the same popularity. Much of this is undoubtedly due to a paucity of third party applications for the platform.
Not too long ago, Microsoft-owned Nokia decided to try a new approach in order to be a bit more competitive in this app-driven market. With that, they released the Android-powered Nokia X and Nokia X2 models. While not “Google Android,” these emerging market devices . . . READ ON »
Everyday, more and more crap gets uploaded to or created on the Internet. However, some of this stuff is funny, shocking, cats or memes–basically stuff you have to share with your friends. Often times, when you do share these links, you end up sending them a message with a link the size of Robert Downey Jr’s ego since the success of Iron Man!
XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib offers up an application that allows you share a link and have it be automagically shortened. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews ShortPaste. TK shows off the application, its . . . READ ON »
This year, xda:devcon will be held in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors like Sony, Oppo and OnePlus. Just a couple days ago we announced that Alin Jerpelea will be returning to talk about Sony and AOSP.
It’s Wednesday once again, and more often than not, that means that it’s time for another set of Google first party Android app updates. Today, we have major updates to Google Wallet and Chrome Stable, as well as a minor point revision to the Google Play Store.
First up, we have Google Wallet. Today’s update brings us to version 2.0-R172-v18 (up from the 2.0-R163-v17 update about two months ago). Despite not escalating much in terms of version number, it brings one key feature that has been in the works for some time: gift card management. In addition, it also allows you to ask . . . READ ON »
There are many ways of ‘bridging the gap’ with device synchronization between our Android devices and our PC. After all, for many of us, the PC is the main workhorse at home, school, or work. Despite this, our phones and tablets are just as important in many other situations. This is why we’ve sought to bring these things closer together through apps, PC clients, and synchronization features.
With this said, XDA Forum Member peaklabs.net has developed an app called MissingLink, which allows you to more easily communicate between the PC and an Android device, as well as between two Android devices. It . . . READ ON »
Recently. we talked about Floatify, a handy app by XDA Senior Member Jawomo that brings Android L-style floating notifications to your pre-L device. While the original release was already packed with a bunch of features like interactive notifications, the ability to open in xHalo, and lockscreen placement, there is always room for improvement in any product. Jawomo realized this and updated Floatify with a bunch of new features.
The latest release brings direct actions such as Reply, Call Back, and so on, and allows the user to respond to the notification from the lockscreen, without the need to open the app. . . . READ ON »