With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced a few changes that impacted the way in which SD cards are handled. As a result, user-installed applications are not longer allowed to access the entirety of your SD card partition. Instead, user-installed apps running on KitKat are only given full access to files and folders of their own creation.
The change in SD card behavior in KitKat was a very deliberate one–and one which was aimed at improving both security and overall SD card tidiness. As you would expect from such a marked change, both users and third party applications were caught in the . . . READ ON »
As accurate as Google Voice Search has become over the years, it’s still far from perfect–especially for less common words or when issuing search queries in noisy environment such as a car or crowded area. Now, a Google Search backend update update has made Voice Search a bit smarter by allowing you to correct misheard queries.
Google Voice Search has demonstrated contextual awareness for quite some time. For example, if you search for “Show me pictures of Renaissance art,” it shows you pictures of Renaissance art as you would expect. If you then follow this up with, “how about Baroque,” you . . . READ ON »
Being able to monitor the system information of your Android device is important when you’re looking find out just how well our devices run under different situations–when playing a game, multitasking, or testing a new app or ROM. Of course, there are a plethora of options available on the Google Play Store that easily allow you to do this. However, they generally come in the form of stand-alone apps with widgets and persistent notifications. But if you’re wielding an Xperia device with Small Apps functionality, a much more convenient way is available thanks to XDA Senior Member hansip87.
System Monitor is a . . . READ ON »
Despite the widespread availability of large scale, source-built custom ROMs CyanogenMod is and will continue to be the go-to choice for a large number of users. It’s now been one month since we saw the CyanogenMod 11 M7 monthly snapshot release. Now, CM fans will be glad to know that the next monthly snapshot release is here.
The CyanogenMod 11 M8 release brings quite a lot to the table. For starters, M8 is the first official snapshot release based on Android 4.4.4. There is support for several new devices such as the Xperia Z2, Xiaomi Mi2, Oppo Find 7a/s, and . . . READ ON »
Speaking from personal experience, I know that no matter how hard I try to keep it clean, my Android Notification Tray gets as cluttered and dirty as the change tray in my car. Between the forty different instant messages and emails I get a day and other apps making their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to find stuff in one try. There has get to be a way to suppress those notifications that I don’t want.
2013 was a big year for Chinese manufacturer Oppo. Early in the year they became the first Chinese OEM to honor their obligations to the Linux kernel source by posting their GPLv2-licensed kernel for the Find5. Then they freely and willingly opened up to the developer community through a partnership with XDA, which ultimately led to CM’s release of CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1. And finally, at the end of 2013, they sponsored our first developer conference in Miami, FL.
After the warm reception Oppo received at xda:devcon ’13, they were so excited about our next iteration that they were . . . READ ON »
It’s become quite customary for Google to release updated Android Platform Stats at the start of every month. These figures show the latest state of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem–valuable information for developers looking to better target their application development efforts.
When we last left off one month ago, we were pleased to note some rather significant progress in the right direction. Android 4.4.x KitKat was up to 13.6% from 8.5% the month before, resulting in a 60% relative growth. This figure kept pace with the 60% relative growth over the month before. Unfortunately, Android 2.x was still hanging around at 15.7% . . . READ ON »
A few months have passed since the LG G2 started receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and with it, G2 owners have been enjoying some new features and benefits. Unfortunately, the one of the most standout features seen in other LG devices, Split View, didn’t quite make it into this update. No need to panic, however. Those who have gotten used to the feature on the G2 previously thanks to a port from the G Flex can now enjoy it once again because XDA Senior Member xdabbeb has written a tutorial on how to get it back.
Written specifically to work on the G2, xdabbeb’s tutorial . . . READ ON »
We recently added forums for two new devices here at XDA. The first is perhaps the most anticipated addition to the Android Wear lineup, while the second is a budget-friendly 10-inch tablet from LG. We are of course talking about the Moto 360 and LG G Pad 10.1.
First up, we have the Moto 360. This upcoming smartwatch is Motorola’s entry into the Android Wear world. Although we don’t know much about its hardware specifications, the device is set to make a rather significant splash in the smartphone world thanks to its stylish, circular face. We do, however, know that the 360 will . . . READ ON »
Anyone who’s ever delved into the world of overclocking will readily tell you that this is a field where the old adage “your mileage may vary” most definitely applies. But while individual luck of the draw will vary from chip to chip, there are certain factors that influence how well a particular chip overclocks or how low of a voltage it can put up with at any particular frequency.
Component manufacturers are well aware of this, and often use factors such as transistor leakage to selectively “bin” processors according to how highly they can clock or how little voltage is required . . . READ ON »
Android L has been ported to the Nexus 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of OmniROM landing on the Sony Z Ultra GPe. And in other porting news, the Jolla Phone Launcher has been ported to Android devices! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Over the past year, we’ve talked quite a bit about SideControl by XDA Senior Member Jawomo. For those who don’t remember, this app started out as a sidebar launcher, but it has grown into a much larger project capable of delivering your notifications and allowing you to perform up to 45 custom activities. Now, Jawomo is back with a new app called Floatify.
Floatify is essentially a floating notification center. When a notification is received, you are shown a translucent popup menu with stacked notifications. These notifications are interactive, just like they would be in your notification tray, and you are also . . . READ ON »
During the I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled Android L. Shortly thereafter, the Developer Preview was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, leaving owners of other Nexus devices with just screenshots and second hand impressions. Then, a glimmer of hope came as Google released the GPL mandated code for currently supported Nexus devices. All eyes then turned towards the development community. Would they come through with a port?