Posted May 22, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Will Verduzco
By now, it’s pretty hard to find someone who’s not yet heard of Bitcoin. Although Bitcoin (BTC) is the far and away most respected and the first digital coin to gain notoriety, it is far from the only cryptocurrency available. As such, there are a slew of alternatives to choose from, with new coins popping up practically every day. Among these so-called “altcoins,” Litecoin arguably reigns supreme.
For the uninitiated, there are two ways for the average consumer to acquire cryptocurrency: purchase / trade coins through a cryptocurrency exchange, or “mine” for coins by solving complex cryptographic equations using your CPU, GPU, or dedicated ASIC (ap. . . READ ON »
Posted May 22, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Will Verduzco
Two popular Samsung devices are receiving OTA updates today, and they are the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505) and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 5. While the former brings a new device mode and the latest evolution in KNOX technology to the S4 LTE, the latter provides the T-Mobile S5 with bugfixes and a few new tricks.
First up, we have the Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505). Today’s 130 MB OTA brings the device to firmware revision XXUGNE5. In addition to boosting overall performance, the update also brings two features from the S5 to the aging S4: kids mode and Knox 2 technology, which is expected to roll out to all other Knox-enabled devices in due time.
Next, we have the T-Mobile Galaxy S 5. This 131 MB upda. . . READ ON »
Posted May 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
One aspect of Android that can certainly stand to be improved is the microphone. Audio management is unfortunately almost nonexistent, which should really not be the case in an OS as mature and popular as Android. But although this has been forgotten by Google, ti hasn’t been forgotten by XDA’s forum members.
If you’ve ever looked for a way to change microphone settings in Android, we have a good news for you. XDA Recognized Developer mikereidis (creator of Spirit FM) created an application that allows you to modify some hidden audio preferences in Android. The application intercepts calls to the original HAL using a shim-based technique. With the modification in . . . READ ON »
Posted May 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Most of us can remember T9 predictive text, and some of us still wish to use it. Of course we’d like to find contacts to call or email, but perhaps we’d like to be able to launch apps and much, much more. What you need to accomplish this is an all-encompassing application that can let you search with T9 predictive text.
XDA Forum Member luciferabby offers up an application that allows you to find, modify, and contact your contact and applications. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Dial’em All. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. Then, he gives his thoughts of the application, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Posted May 22, 2014 at 07:00 am by Will Verduzco
It’s no big secret that benchmarks rarely tell the whole story when it comes to measuring system performance. As we’ve seen countless times, it’s easy for manufacturers (and aftermarket developers) to game the system and give a false sense of speed. This first became an issue in the Android world with the use of ramdisks to inflate Quadrant scores via boosted I/O scores. But then last year, Samsung upped the cheating ante by adding benchmark-specific CPU clock speed optimizations and other manufacturers quickly followed suit.
Posted May 22, 2014 at 03:30 am by Will Verduzco
If you’ve ever asked Google Voice Search to set a timer for you, you may have been frustrated to see that rather than actually setting a timer, it would set an alarm. This has always been somewhat of a curious frustration, as the stock Android clock (and many OEM offerings) offer native timer functionality. This behavior isn’t just strange; it’s also inconvenient. For example, the Clock app’s timer functionality displays its countdown in the notification shade, whereas the alarm function only displays upcoming alarms. Moreover, the timer allows for second (rather than minute) precision.
Thankfully, Google has now implemented a Voice Search backend update that enables . . . READ ON »
Posted May 22, 2014 at 01:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
There are plenty ways of controlling your favorite music player. Probably the most common way is through your standard lock screen widget. These allow you to easily skip, repeat, or pause your songs without unlocking our devices. However, we don’t always listen to our music with our screens locked.
Of course most media players also allow us to control playback via our notification tray, but that’s not always ideal either. XDA Senior Member Flextrick presents Floating Music Widget, which as its name implies, allows users to change songs over any application.
While still in beta, it offers lots of customization options, such as the ability to change the transparency, size, and the . . . READ ON »
Posted May 21, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Boot animations are one of the first things that you see after turning on your device. They are in fact just a set of images in the specified PNG format, but they make a ROM seem unique. Sometimes, they are even our favorite part of a particular project. If you are an intermediate Android power user, it’s relatively easy for you to create a boot animation, but you need to have the right tools to do it without editing files manually. It’s a long process and why to choose the manual way when there are plenty of more optimized methods?
Posted May 21, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Although Android currently reigns supreme when it comes to overall, worldwide smartphone market share, this doesn’t exactly hold true in all market segments. One key area in which Google’s mobile juggernaut is lacking is enterprise. This should come as no surprise, because the nearly limitless diversity available within the Android ecosystem can also lead to nearly limitless support headaches for IT staff.
For some time now, Android has been trying to court the enterprise world. Samsung has gained some enterprise market traction, thanks in part to their Knox technology, and Google’s switch to SELinux Enforcing in KitKat has helped as well with regards to security concern. . . READ ON »