Meet Jack and Jill: Android’s Experimental Toolchain

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Earlier this week, Google finally pushed the stable version of Android Studio, replacing Eclipse with ADT plugin. It appears that the Mountain View company is on a roll, as they recently announced a very new and experimental toolchain named Jack and Jill.

Jack (Java Android Compiler Kit) and Jill (Jack Intermediate Library Linker) are the two tools at the core of the new toolchain. Google is encouraging developers to play with it a bit to see whether or not there are some noticeable improvements. Here’s a short explanation by Google regarding the new toolchain:

The Android Gradle plugin and Jack collect any .jack library files, along with your source code, and compiles them into a set of dex files. Durin

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Android Wear Watch Face API Available – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop kernel source is available for the HTC One M7 and M8 Google Play Edition! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Android Wear Watchface API and be sure to check out the article talking about Cyanogen and updating the OnePlus One globally, but not in India! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Xposed Screen Filter. Then TK showed us a comparison of many different power banks. Finally, TK gave us an Android App Review of C Not. . . READ ON »

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Remember Everything with Calendar Events Notifier


The calendar application has and will continue to be one of the most important tools on our mobile devices. Android’s developers quickly implemented the calendar application in a very early version of the OS, and since then, the application has seen some major updates. That said, it still serves one main function: organizing your life.

In the first party Google Android calendar, you can set a reminder for upcoming events. Unfortunately, it’s rather easy to miss notifications and skip events because our mobile phones and tablets are usually hidden deep inside our bags, and it’s often easy to forget about an important event.

XDA Recognized Developer bartito identified the problem and cr. . . READ ON »

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Protect Your Privacy with Krypton Web Browser


In recent years, we’ve heard quite a bit of various government agencies breaching their users’ privacy. In addition to national surveillance, Google and other large corporations collect data from users to generate revenue by personalizing and better targeting ads. To the privacy conscious, this is undoubtedly a concerning trend. As such, many developers have decided to take privacy matters into their own hands.

There are some browsers available on the Google Play Store that allow for private browsing. One of the safest is Krypton Web Browser, which comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member Kr36. This browser is tightly integrated with Tor, and although Tor isn’t perfect, it adds an appre. . . READ ON »

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Automate Your Scrolling with Smart Scroll Tools


Paper still has its value, but smart devices are slowly replacing traditional paper and pen, as well as classical books and traditional press. If you read a lot (and find yourself scrolling frequently), the screen of your tablet or smartphone may quickly become quite dirty and full of fingerprints, making the experience less than desirable. Luckily, there are some alternative and hopefully better methods of scrolling that will save you some time and frustration.

A few months ago, we wrote about Tilt Scroll by XDA Forum Member mrYoussef135. This application is able to scroll content in various applications using the built-in device accelerometer sensor. Not everyone likes to shake their device like a tamb. . . READ ON »

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Bring Back Jelly Bean Quick Toggles to Your KitKat Xperia ROM


Newer doesn’t always mean better. This fits the Android OS perfectly with regards to some solutions that are in fact less polished than their older counterparts. For many, the quick settings toggles used in stock Jelly Bean ROMs for Sony Xperia phones were ideal, since they were available right after pulling down the notification bar. In KitKat, these toggles were moved to the separate tab, making access a bit more cumbersome.

With some willingness and a bit of free time, you can easily bring back the Jelly Bean-style quick settings toggles to your KitKat Xperia ROM. XDA Senior Member anagramgenius wrote a guide in which the whole process is explained in detail. The method demonstrated by anagramgeniu. . . READ ON »

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Better Notifications with C Notice – XDA TV


In the past, we have reviewed much of the “C Series” of applications from an XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah. We talked about C Locker, C Floating and C Widget. All of these apps offer excellent solutions to certain problems. Well this developer is back at it with another great app.

XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah offers up app that lets you see your notifications without opening the tray. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews C Notice.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Youtube Now Supports Offline Playback in India

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If you’ve had your eyes on the headlines in September, you may have heard of plans by Google to enable Youtube support offline playback of videos in India. Announced at the Android One event, this would work by introducing an extra button with a downward arrow as an icon under the video, which if pressed, will prompt you to select the video quality you want to download. And being in India, such functionality for offline support will come as a much welcomed feature, especially by those with sparse access to 3G and 4G.

Scheduled to go live within a few weeks, the release of the feature was pushed back for months until, well, now, because it seems like this feature is finally rolling out in India. The release will be in st. . . READ ON »

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Google Hangouts Update Brings Stickers, Video Filters, More

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Google Hangouts is the company’s answer to Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger, and its users are finally being treated to a variety of new features that they can play with thanks to the new update from Google that was announced yesterday. These features include those which enhances both the fun factor, such as stickers and video filters, as well as usability and utility such as confirmed phone numbers and “last seen” timestamps.

It almost doesn’t seem possible that Google Hangouts didn’t officially offer stickers without the help of third party apps, since many other messaging apps have had support for quite some time. But with this new update, 16 new sticker packs including turtles . . . READ ON »

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