Next Version of Android to Bring Even More Root Headaches

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About a week and a half ago, we took a look at a few recent AOSP merges initially spotted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that severely impact root app developers due to changes in SELinux, default runtime compiler, and the requirement of PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. These changes compounded previous headaches caused by commits that prevent SU from executing files stored on the /data partition. Luckily, potential workarounds for the above changes were quickly publicized by Chainfire when he updated his How to SU guide.

Now, the breakage continues, as new AOSP commits are poised to make life more difficult for root . . . READ ON »

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Windows Phone 8.1 Gets an Official File Manager

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Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month’s Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center notification handler, and improved device personalization options.

Despite all of WP8.1’s improvements, it still misses some key functionality that many power users would enjoy–most notably, a robust, built-in file manager. Yes, there’s no shortage of aftermarket file management apps for WP8/8.1, but having a go. . . READ ON »

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New Widget API Lets You Create Clocks and Widgets for the Sony SmartWatch 2

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2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And as we saw at CES this past year, there are several fantastic smartwatch options on the horizon. But while many Android fans are eagerly awaiting Android Wear, many more have already entered the smartwatch world by way of existing devices like the Sony SmartWatch 2.

About a month ago, Sony added the ability for end users to customize the watch face on their Sony SmartWatch 2. This is done using the SmartConnect app on a connected Android device. From there, users select from various clock types and widgets, and arrange them across the screen. But while this added significant flexibility to the end user, this was essentially a closed syst. . . READ ON »

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Learn About Java Listeners

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The path to becoming a great Android developer is not straightforward. To make an application or modify an existing one, you need to know Java. To write a good application, you need to know all of the language’s nuances. Much of this information is available in resources found here on XDA. Applications written in Java use listeners, small functions that launch an activity when you press a certain part of the screen.

XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad wrote a useful guide to help new coders understand listeners better and learn how to use them. The guide explains how to define a button in Java, initialize it, and add a listener to launch the activity. You will also learn how to add Checkboxes and Ra. . . READ ON »

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[ROM Captured] Original Galaxy Gear Now Updated to Tizen

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Earlier this month, we talked about how the original Samsung Galaxy Gear would receive an OS switch from Android to Tizen at some point in its lifespan. This wasn’t too much of a surprise, given how the Galaxy Gear 2 was launched running Tizen and presumably Samsung would want all of its wearables running the same OS for application compatibility. Now, that update is finally here, and the new firmware is finally making its way to consumer devices.

As we saw in the OS demo earlier this month, Tizen brings several new features such as sleep mode to measure your sleep patterns, a standalone music playback app, exercise mode to track physical activity, an updated clock UI with new wallpapers, and a . . . READ ON »

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LG G Watch Seen at LG Event, TWRP for OnePlus One, Firefox OS Nightlies for Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

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The preproduction LG Smartwatch gives an early look at Android Wear! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Official TWRP for the OnePlus One and Sense 6 for the Verizon and Sprint HTC One M7! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for the Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

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Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone’s list of things to theme, I suspect that a few of you out there spend just as much time looking at recovery as you do actually using your device.

For those of you who do theme your TWRP, XDA Senior Member ScumpinatoS created an application that might be of interest. It’s called sim. . . READ ON »

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Make Your Own Gapps Package with Ease

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Much of what users commonly refer to as “Android” isn’t actually a part of the OS itself, but rather first-party Google applications that have become integral to Android’s functionality or look and feel. This includes apps like Gmail and the Google Play Store. And for most people, it’s optimal to use these first party Google applications. But if you’re running a rooted device with a source-built custom ROM, chances are that you need to download a separate Gapps package.

Various Gapps packages are already available, as some big projects like AOSPA have released their own versions. But even with so many variants available, not everyone is able to find a pack. . . READ ON »

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Preproduction LG Smartwatch Gives Us an Early Glimpse at Android Wear

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Ever since its initial unveiling back in March, we’ve talked quite a bit about Android Wear. Just a couple days after its launch, we covered the Android Wear emulator, apps that can run on the emulator, and a system dump to extract some of the Wear’s software goodies. Then about a week ago, we talked about how to easily add rich Android Wear notifications to new and existing apps, and earlier today, we took a look at some examples of Wear notifications done well. With all of this, it’s safe to say that even though some questions remain, we have a pretty good idea of what Android Wear’s software will be like.

Despite the relatively clear picture that we already hav. . . READ ON »

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