The Android L developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 have been updated!! 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 CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9 being available for supported devices and be sure the check out the article talking about bringing Android Aut- like functionality to your device with Digital Car! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Ubuntu, founded in 2004, has a long heritage as the most popular Linux desktop and cloud platform in the world, but in early 2013 they announced their foray into the mobile platform, followed quickly by their announcement of Ubuntu Touch. While it’s been a long road, Ubuntu has committed themselves to delivering on this platform with the plan to create a single, convergent Operating System that works across phones, tablets, TVs, and desktops. We were excited to have them sponsor xda:devcon ’13, and are ecstatic to have them back for xda:devcon ’14.
Ubuntu will be leading a few . . . READ ON »
If you’ve ever tried to get multiboot functionality to work on your Android device, you’ve probably heard of kexec. This is a method of live booting different kernels without having to flash them or using fastboot. Kexec has been used as the basis for bringing multiboot functionality to various devices such as the HTC Droid DNA and Sony Xperia M. And in fact, as of right now, it’s pretty much the only viable way of getting such feature working on your Android device.
With this said, we see another device taking the kexec route in order to boot multiple . . . READ ON »
It’s now been a little less than two months since Google I/O 2014. While the Mountain View giant talked about quite a few new technologies and releases during the conference, most of us here at XDA-Developers were undoubtedly most excited about Android L and the associated Developer Preview images for the Nexus 5 (hammerhead) and the WiFi-only edition of the Nexus 7-2013 (razor).
During the time we’ve had with the dev preview, we’ve all gotten a better taste of what Android L brings to the table, as well as certain bugs and other miscellaneous issues that have cropped up along the . . . READ ON »
Our phones have, over the years, become so much more than just a way to communicate with others. They are our gates into the Neverland of cyberspace, they are our trusty companions, reminding us that we need to get up for that important meeting, they are our way to ford downtime when we can do nothing else than wait. However, of all the aforementioned, the two things that people use the most are the camera and camcorder capabilities. Selfies, precious family moments, and video are but some of the on board tools that our devices offer. The latter capability, video, is . . . READ ON »
Being able to run an updated version of Android is probably one of the most important things that we look for when it comes to Android devices. This is exemplified in the countless updates we feature here on the XDA Portal every time there is an indication, a leak, and release of new firmware of the major devices in the Android world, making sure you get to enjoy the newest features, bug fixes, and more as early as possible.
There are also specific tools available to help keep your device on track. And since this is a development-oriented site, one of the members . . . READ ON »
A quick search of the Google Play Store for a Reddit app, and you get a bunch of results. There are almost as many results as there are subreddits. The conundrum than for an Android Reddit app, is the same as for a subreddit, which one is most appealing to me? Which one best suits my interests and needs? Which one doesn’t suck?
XDA Senior Member Theworld2020 offers up an application that gives you a lag free experience for accessing Reddit on your Android device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Pro Reader for Reddit. TK . . . READ ON »
Aftermarket modding has been around since practically the beginning of the modern day smartphone, but its build-up on Android has been pretty explosive. Since the early days of the HTC Dream right up to the current generation of devices, almost every device has received its fair share of third party modifications. These can come in the form of ROMs, kernels, scripts and more, but ROM development has taken front and center stage. Obviously, the word ROM stands for Read Only Memory. And for our modern devices, that’s the NAND-based Flash ROM that makes up their internal storage. However, in the development community, the term has . . . READ ON »
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that (most likely, but not always) means. It’s time for another Google Update Wednesday. Although we had no formal Google Update Wednesday last week, the fine folks over at Mountain View haven’t forgotten about us. Today, we receive two moderately sized updates to Google Play music and YouTube, as well as a minor update to Google Hangouts.
First up, we have the update to YouTube, which actually started making its way out to consumer devices late last night. Coming in at version 18.104.22.168 (up from 5.7), today’s update brings a few new tricks to . . . READ ON »
There are dozens upon dozens of replacement launchers available on Android. These all aim at making your applications (and other device features) a little bit easier and more convenient to access. But what about when you’re already in an application and I want to switch to a new app? Normally, you’d have to return to home, find the new app, and finally launch it. So in addition to traditional launchers, we’ve recently seen sidebar launchers grow rather popular since they allow users to launch apps directly from any running application. Now, XDA Forum Member ebtokyo wishes to take the concept of the sidebar . . . READ ON »
You may recall that earlier this year, we covered a simple Smai modification by XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor iamareebjamal that allowed users to change their battery stats color with a simple Smali modification. Such a modification isn’t exactly groundbreaking, as it just changes the way a certain (though often used) Settings page looks. However, as Google and OEMs place an increasing emphasis on UI styling, customizing a page’s look is more valuable than ever.
Let’s say that you wanted to go ahead and apply the modification listed above. Unfortunately, the guide only showed users how to do this through . . . READ ON »
The Sony Xperia Z2 has been out for a while, and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the various phases inherent to getting a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and you’ve even rooted it. So what do you do next?
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Sony Xperia Z2. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions include OK Google for Third Party Launchers, GEM Xperia Launcher . . . READ ON »
Don’t you hate the process of “grinding” in video games? For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, grinding (also known as “farming”) refers to tedious and repetitive actions that are performed in order to build up experience points, credits, or anything else within a game. Often times, these actions consist of clicking on certain onscreen items or drawing repetitive patterns on your touch screen.
Luckily, Android is far and away the most versatile and widely used mobile operating system today. By virtue of this, users can perform nearly limitless tasks on their mobile devices, and one such capability is to script . . . READ ON »