Posted June 19, 2014 at 03:30 am by Will Verduzco
Ever since we first saw ART appear alongside the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we all knew that it would eventually replace the aging and relatively inefficient Dalvik runtime compiler. Well folks, the time is now upon us, as commits made late last night to the AOSP master branch show Dalvik getting the axe and ART being set as the default.
The changes in question are in the form of merged commits 98553 and 98618. The former is responsible for the removal of Dalvik from the AOSP master branch, and the latter switches the default runtime compiler to ART.
The changes in their full glory can be seen below:
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Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Will Verduzco
Earlier today, Google gave us yet another “Update Wednesday” with new versions of Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate. Seemingly not content with simply updating the above, Google has now given us one more: Google Email—no, not Gmail.
Over the past couple of years, Google’s made efforts to make much of the core Android independent of any particular Android version. Google’s done this by bringing many first party apps to the Play Store such as Gmail, Chrome, and Hangouts, as well as the introduction of Google Play Services. Google also recently brought the Camera app to the Play Store, along with a whole lot of added functionality.
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Posted June 18, 2014 at 05:00 pm by Will Verduzco
For some time now, we’ve heard rumors suggesting that Amazon was planning on releasing an Android-based smartphone. After many months of rumors, leaks, and hints, we finally have Amazon’s entry into the smartphone world. Earlier today, Amazon officially unveiled the Amazon Fire Phone, which will make its way to consumer hands on July 25, starting at $199 on-contract.
From the outset, Amazon worked hard to differentiate the Fire Phone from the sea of other Android smartphones. It hopes to accomplish this goal with the help of a number of innovative technologies including Dynamic Perspective, Firefly technology, Mayday, and Amazon Prime integration.. . . READ ON »
Posted June 18, 2014 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
We’re now halfway to Friday, and you know what that means. Just as we’ve grown to expect on Wednesdays, we’ve got our hands on quite a few first party Google application updates. Today’s updates come in the form of primarily bugfix updates to quite a few of Google’s first party Android apps–namely, Chrome Beta, Hangouts, Drive, and My Tracks–as well as a dogfood version of Translate.
First up, we have Chrome Beta, which actually received its update late last night. This release brings the app up to version 36.0.1985.81 (up from last month’s 36.0.1985.36). This update brings fixes for quite a few bugs including problems with the built-in translation fu. . . READ ON »
Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:00 am by Will Verduzco
The Android OS has offered unified, system-wide copy/paste functionality for quite some time. But like most implementations on the majority of OSes, the stock Android clipboard manager only retains the clipboard’s latest entry. Luckily there are tools available in order to expand the clipboard manager’s functionality.
One such tool was developed by XDA Senior Member plbelanger with his app Clipboard Admin. This application runs in the background and copies all clipboard entries into an SQL database for later viewing. But rather than truly integrating with the OS and letting you directly paste into text fields, users are only able to manually access or export the clippings.
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Posted June 18, 2014 at 07:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Here are XDA, we appreciate competition. Without Google competing against Apple’s (past) mobile dominance, we wouldn’t have the customization and innovative Android OS that we see today. But by the same token, Android could stagnate if there weren’t smaller dogs nipping at its heels. We’ve talked about Ubuntu Touch before. Today, we are going to talk about another option, Firefox OS.
Posted June 18, 2014 at 02:00 am by Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, we talked about how the Paranoid Android team released the first release candidate for their Android 4.4.3-based PA 4.4 ROM. For those who don’t remember, PA4.4 RC1 brought many new advancements. In addition to merging the latest goodies from Android 4.4.3, this release also brought an updated Hover notification system and support for the new CyanogenMod Theme Engine.
Now, the Paranoid Android team has gone ahead and released a second release candidate for PA 4.4, which primarily squashes several relatively impactful bugs.For starters, Hover, Peek, and Pie have seen basic improvements. Next, Quick Settings was received fixed theme support and other misce. . . READ ON »
Posted June 17, 2014 at 07:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
As you may already be aware, rumor has it that Google is planning to redefine the overall UI look and feel in Android. Not too long ago, we talked about Quantum Paper, the rumored unified UI that may define Google products across all platforms. These changes may be unveiled very soon, as Google is gearing up for its I/O event next week.
If you are eager to achieve a similar effect to this rumored UI paradigm in your application, there are ways to make your own apps more Quantum Paper-like. In order to show developers how to easily achieve this, XDA Senior Member krishneelg3 outlined the process. The tools that you need, in addition to basic coding knowledge, are an Android IDE like Ec. . . READ ON »
Posted June 17, 2014 at 03:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Adding a new wallpaper is perhaps one of the most noticeable ways we can spruce up our mobile devices. Although there’s nothing particularly fancy or impressive about changing one’s wallpaper image, doing so effectively changes your device’s overall feel. Perhaps that’s why Apple finally saw the light and allowed iOS users to set home screen wallpapers with iOS 4 in 2010. It’s OK, though–they’re always a few years behind. This is also why we’ve grown accustomed to seeing particular wallpapers on particular devices, ROMs, and OSes.