Project Tango Tablet Listed on Play Store


If you’ve been following Android hardware development in the last year, you almost certainly stumbled upon Project Tango–a feature rich tablet with multiple cameras and really tasty hardware specifications.

We’ve talked about Project Tango back in June, when Google announced it for a rather pricey sum of $1024. Now, the Project Tango tablet has officially been made available on the Google Play Store. Before you start looking for money under your grandma’s mattress, we need to warn you that it’s not for sale just quite yet.

$1024 seems like a rather high price for a device that us sold “as is.” If you manage to break it, you won’t be able to send it under warranty, and . . . READ ON »

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Check Download Status with Statusbar Download Progress

Statusbar Download Progress

Most download operations use the standard Android download manager, which provides developers with a robust and reliable solution. A few popular examples that make use of it include the Play Store, Chrome and the Xposed Installer. (If you’re curious, the “Downloads” app on your phone provides an interface for viewing files that have been downloaded using the Android download manager.)

If you want to view the progress of an ongoing download, you’d usually have to pull down the notification bar to do so. This can be distracting, and causes the current activity to lose focus (especially noticeable if you’re playing a quick game while waiting for your download to complete). F. . . READ ON »

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Android Lollipop Builds Land on Next Batch of Devices

Pile of smart phones

The Android hype rages on, as we continue to see source-built ports of this OS for many devices practically every day. Some of them are ready to be considered daily driver status, while others aren’t just yet. Regardless, they are all great because once again the community says no to arbitrary limitations imposed by OEMs.

A short while ago, we talked about the Sony Xperia L getting an Android 5.0 port. Since then, XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor varun.chitre15 managed to fix all remaining defects in an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 port. This means that the Xperia L has become one of the first non-Nexus devices to have a fully working custom build of Android 5.0 in place.

The mid-ranger from Sony . . . READ ON »

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Chainfire Releases CF-Auto-Roots For Nexus Line


Benjamin Franklin, the US Statesman from simpler times, gave the famous quote in 1789 that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I can’t fault him for not having the forethought to identify that there would be a few more certainties in life, and those would be “Chainfire releasing root for Nexus devices and providing analysis of the state of root on a new Google release.”

For those not familiar, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire has become the preeminent source for information related to root on Android devices as well as analysis of how Google is changing system security on their new Android OS updates. His Google+ post. . . READ ON »

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Best Mods for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – XDA TV


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been out for a little bit and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the phases of a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and then you’ve rooted it. So what do you do next?

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of what to do next. These suggestions include Amplify, ChromePie, Greenify and Wanam. There are many other mods mentioned as well. Check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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Ditch Messenger and Regain Facebook Chat on Android


Facebook is the undisputed king of the social sites (with others such as Google + gaining popularity… and fast). Because of this status, they can pretty much do anything and everything they please with their platform, and users are to either take it or leave it. One of Facebook’s latest moves, which royally annoyed a lot of people, was that they killed off chat functionality in their Android app. As an alternative, Facebook released what we know today as Facebook Messenger, which as its name rightfully implies, takes the place of the aging Facebook app feature. This change came coupled with a lot of talk and conspiratorial theories which pointed at Facebook essentially snooping on your every move . . . READ ON »

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Google Nexus 4 Finally Gets Lollipop Factory Image, Android Up to 5.0.0_r6


Google has finally released Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Google Nexus 4. The new factory image comes alongside yet another revision of the operating system: Android-5.0.0_rc6. The images for the mobile data variants of Nexus 7 (both years) are yet to be seen.

The previous batch of Android 5.0 was tagged with various versions: LRX21M for the Nexus Player, LRX21Q for the Nexus 9, LRX21O for the Nexus 5, and LRX 21P for the Wi-Fi variant of Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The build for Nexus 4 is labeled as build LRX21T and brings some minor changes related to audio issues and the WCNSS service.

XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix was kind enough to provide a diff showing code difference since the android-5.0.0_r. . . READ ON »

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Best Practices for Software Development w/ Chet Haase – BABBQ2014


Googler Chet Haase made a big appearance at the 5th annual Big Android BBQ. He talked about Android 5.0 Lollipop during the Opening Keynote. Additionally, he gave a talk entitled, “Best Practices for Software Development of Practical Practicing Software Practitioners”

Lead of the Android UI toolkit at Google, Chet and his team focus on animations, graphics, performance, and more. In this presentation, Chet talks about the latest in best practices for software developers. So if you wanted to learn more about software development best practices, or not, check out the video below!

If you missed it, two other session have been uploaded from the Big Android BBQ for your enjoyment, the User Experience se. . . READ ON »

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Lollipop Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10, .NET Open Sourced! – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, 7 and 10 are now available! 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 Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia L, and be sure the check out the article talking about Microsoft Open Sourcing the .Net Framework. 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 ScreenOffAnimation. Then, TK showed you how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Weak Control. Pull u. . . READ ON »

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