If I asked you to guess which device had just received yet another OS to add to its collection (and what a collection it is), what would you say? Okay, forget that the title gave it away, you’d have known which device I was talking about.
The HTC HD2, not that it needs any introduction whatsoever, is an unstoppable monster of a device that has been a favorite with users and developers alike for over three and a half years now. As if that weren’t incredible enough, those users and developers are spread across 3 major platforms, not to mention the . . . READ ON »
How many times has your mum, dad or roommate come home with the groceries, only to forget the chocolates you asked them to buy just before they left? Or maybe they’re already out when you suddenly had the urge to munch on some whole grain chips? Well you can save the frustration because now you can just share all that onto the Shared Shopping List and they’ll know exactly what to get.
Every so often, an OEM will do things right. Well, nearly right anyway—right enough at least for their stock ROMS to only need some minor tweaks before they are almost perfect. More often than not though, these tweaks are things that can be tricky to implement for the average user—a user who will often find himself looking to install a custom ROM that is pretty close to stock with these desired tweaks added in. Usually that means downloading a pretty large file and then following the obligatory backup/flash/restore process that many of us now have down to a fine art. . . . READ ON »
If you take a moment to pull your attention away from XDA and look outside, you will see that Spring has sprung. That means it is time for Spring cleaning. So recycle those Jolt Cola bottles from around your desk and toss out those old pizza boxes.
While you are at it, don’t forget your Android Device. You device is filled up with temporary files and other apps you may not need. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to clean your device with Clean Master and SD Maid. Check out this video.
For most Android users, the battery consumption statistics accessed from the settings may be enough to know exactly what’s going on with the battery. However, for those who are looking for some more advanced and detailed data, the Battery Test Utility app may be of some helpful and practical use.
Developed by XDA Forum Member jacksparao, Battery Test Utility allows users to run different tests on an Android device to calculate an array of information regarding your battery and how it responds to video and music playback, as well as Internet browsing. Presented with a clinical, Holo user interface, . . . READ ON »
As time goes by and technology leaps forward, we get to enjoy the benefits of advancements right in the palm of our hands. Most mobile devices in this day and age are equipped with a wide array of onboard electronics and sensors, capable of making our experience with them more enjoyable and closer to what can only be described as intuitive. Rotating the device making the screen turn to landscape mode, keeping the device awake by virtue of its camera and face recognition software, and even something as simple as a magnetic compass to help us determine direction, are only . . . READ ON »
Development doesn’t always quite feel like development without the custom ROMs. They’re such a pivotal part of our mobile experience that a proper Android experience would be hard to come by without flashing a few first. So if you just happen to be contemplating building your own, XDA-University is a great place to start your journey at.
The How to build an Android ROM guide over at XDA University is a great introductory overview to help you get started. While it doesn’t actually go into the specifics of how to actually create each component that goes into a custom ROM, it provides beginners with a . . . READ ON »
Recently, HTC released its latest flagship device, the HTC One. The HTC One comes in variants including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. After numerous delays, the phone started shipping. And what do we do here at XDA developers once we get a new device? That’s right, we customize it.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you how to unlock the bootloader on the HTC One. This allows you to be about to install custom recoveries and customer ROMs. You can then gain root access to your device. Check out this video to find out who . . . READ ON »
Although much of our news here on the Portal revolves around the Android ecosystem, there is still a healthy development community catering to the needs of all things Windows. Whether it’s RT, Windows Phone, or even Windows Mobile; people are using these platforms, people are developing for them, and they will continue to do so long after the OEMs and Microsoft cease to. A prime example of this is a utility called Sharp7Eighter by XDA Forum Member lesmo_sft.
The purpose of Sharp7Eighter is to bring older devices that (have not yet been updated to WP7.8) up to speed and . . . READ ON »
Just recently, we featured a guide on how to decompile, recompile and sign APKs that has been of appreciable help to many Android users. However, if you’re stuck and don’t know how to put this into practice, and you’ve always wanted to either change the icons or names of apps on your Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, look no further than XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari‘s guide on how to do such simple modifications.
What M_J_Nazari has written is a straightforward, step-by-step guide on how to easily change the icon and/or name of the chosen app with your hand-picked custom icon or name. . . . READ ON »
Most of the tutorials out there to get you started in developing Android applications will recommend using Eclipse as an IDE (integrated development environment) and not without good reason. It’s a solid and dependable program that is intuitive and particularly friendly to those with minimal experience. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it was the only viable option given its popularity, but this is far from the truth and there are alternatives.
The official Google Play store is now available on the Nook HD. That story and more are covered by Kevin, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of the new Paranoid Android Halo and a custom kernel for the HTC One, which modifies its button’s function.
Kevin talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talked about Code Katas and The Curse of Knowledge regarding App Development. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Modifying and theming your Android device are both key tasks to enriching your Android experience, which is probably why members of the XDA community absolutely love modding and theming their devices. Today, we’ll be going over the basics of creating your own mod and theme for your Android device.
To get a good grasp on the fundamentals of modding, it’s recommended to refer to the Zip-based rom tweaking guide found at XDA-U. The guide lists what tools you need, and goes on to break down exactly what each folder of a zip-based rom consist of, and what function of . . . READ ON »