Intel, largely known for their long-standing reputation as the king of processors powering PCs and Macs, has lately been moving into the mobile market. With a number of devices already sporting Intel chips, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 being one of the more recognizable offerings, Intel hopes to make a splash in Android. It’s not as easy as it would seem, seeing as Android was developed natively for ARM processors, though Android does have x86 support. Any serious attempt from Intel to take a piece of the Android device pie will require developers to actually care about developing . . . READ ON »
Recently, Google announced Android Wear to the world. Android Wear is the Android-based initiative from Google to standardize the world of wearable devices. This year at their I/O event, Google showed off two Android Wear devices: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.
Today, we will be reviewing the Samsung entry into the Android Wear market. The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s third mainstream smartwatch release, after the Galaxy Gear 1 and 2, and the first to sport Android Wear as the others sported Android and Tizen OS. . . . READ ON »
Just a few days ago, we took an in depth look at the Nvidia Shield Tablet and liked what we saw. Unfortunately, something was missing at the time, but we’ve gone ahead and rectified this. I am of course talking about a home forum here on XDA. Along for the ride, we’ve also added a forum for another new device, the Sharp Aquos Crystal.
First up is the Nvidia Shield Tablet. As you undoubtedly gathered from our full review, the Shield Tablet is a great device for those looking for a gaming-friendly tablet that offers stylus functionality . . . READ ON »
The secound release of the Android L Developer Preview may be the new hotness for all of the Nexus 5 and 7-2013 owners out there, but the rest of us are still living in the world of KitKat and all of its version number variants. The former flagship HTC One is obviously no exception in this regard, and it has been running KitKat for quite a while.
Now, the HTC One M7 has started receiving a new OTA update in certain regions. This update comes in at software version 6.09.401.5 and its main benefit is the upgrade to Android 4.4.3. It’s not the very latest Android 4.4.4, but it’s . . . READ ON »
The camera app on our Android smartphones and tablets isn’t something we focus on all that often. Usually, we use the built-in app or some third-party alternative like Focal by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, but most of us don’t even use all of the features to their fullest potential. However, the truth of the matter is that a good camera application can improve the quality of our photos and simply enhance our photography experience.
While we are all wondering when Google will decide to officially release Android L and its Material Design-laden goods, those who own significantly older devices are in no way under the false impression that they will receive the update directly. One such device is the Motorola Droid X, which was released way back in July 2010 but is still used by quite a lot of people here on XDA.
This phone originally shipped with Eclair, and now it has received a pretty stable port of CyanogenMod 11, thanks to XDA Senior Members Palmbeach05 for his early work, Aaahh for the initial . . . READ ON »
The greatest thing about technology is its ability to teach and promote personal growth. No one knows this to be truer than the technology enthusiasts who have procreated and have a little mini-them running around. However, sometimes this little spawn gets ahold of your phone, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and they sometimes make changes they should.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you create a kids mode on your phone to protect your device. XDA Senior Member WasseemB created the Kids Mode module. TK shows off the . . . READ ON »
Photography is something that everyone enjoys–be it a serene landscape or a vibrant concert, a sad scenario or a happy couple. And rightly so, because a thousand words cannot do justice to the direct message that a picture conveys. However, one can argue that despite pictures being able to convey a message clearly, they lack the ability to provide an explanation or the context of pictures, an ability that is the privilege of text. To remedy this, pictures began being captioned, but what about pictures that you click? Getting a sketching app and scribbling on the image is quite cumbersome and . . . READ ON »
There are many messenger apps available for Android. They use our Gmail addresses or phone numbers to communicate with other devices and users. Almost all such apps look pretty much the same and serve pretty much the same purpose. Now, Imagine a situation where instead of messages with emoticons, you are sending bananas to your friends. This idea sounds funny, but it’s absolutely real thanks to XDA Forum Member pytel.
The Ultimate Communication Tool, as the Bananas app likes to call itself, sends bananas (instead of short messages) to your friends. You can greet your friends with “Hello Banana,” invite them for a party with . . . READ ON »
GitHub is a Web-based distributed revision control and source code management system. It is home to quite a few open source projects here on XDA. Developers use GitHub to store sources for kernels, applications, libraries, and other projects on the Web. The main goal is to allow developers to keep records of their commits, which then enables other users to verify the work and help to improve the code. The service is so popular that XDA users can even link their GitHub profile with their XDA account.
The official GitHub application for Android lacks some crucial functions, so some alternative apps made by community are growing . . . READ ON »
Jcase and crew have rooted the Sprint LG G3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Sony releasing the open source files for the latest Sony Xperia Z1 update and be sure the check out the article talking about jailbreaking your Tizen powered Samsung Gear or Gear 2 Smartwatch! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
One of Android L’s most interesting features is its way of handling notifications, choosing to show a hovering dialog containing them, which you can interact with or swipe away. This allows you to view and interact with notifications without needing to pull down your notification shade and subsequently break your workflow. However, the source code for this was found in Android 4.4 KitKat and a similar feature was developed by the ParanoidAndroid team and baked into their ROMs.
LTE has slowly become the standard when it comes to mobile Internet in many countries. OEMs are always trying to include the newest hardware solutions, so having a phone or tablet with an LTE support is nothing unusual. As such, pretty much every flagship device ships with support for various bands of LTE.
By default, Android indicates which kind of connectivity is currently in place. This is shown in the top right corner of the screen, right next to the clock. Some OEMs prefer to display LTE, while others simply use a 4G icon instead. If you want to swap yours on the . . . READ ON »