XDA community members are known for boosting the performance of their Android devices in much the same way that baby boomers would modify and improve their hot rod cars. One new feature of KitKat is poised to help improve application performance in Android. This feature is known as ART, though it’s still an experimental feature, there is rumor that it will be the default soon. But what is this talk about ART really? And what is ART?
It should come as absolutely no surprise that we at XDA-Developers take piracy very seriously. Not only does pirated content cause our site to face potential legal action, but the developers who create the applications we enjoy deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It is for this reason that we take a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to willful piracy.
You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a rather innovative application by XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase. TimePIN, as its name implies, allows users to use the current time as an unlock PIN for . . . READ ON »
Imagine there’s an icon pack that you’ve downloaded, installed, and absolutely love. After sifting through a whole lot of packs that looked great on paper but turned out otherwise on your home screen, you’ve finally found the one that fits in just right with your theme, wallpaper, and widgets combination. But as to be expected, there are still those couple of apps that went unthemed.
With that said, XDA Recognized Themer tung91 developed a mod and app that will help icon pack users get in touch with themers about missing icons for certain apps, as well as streamline the process . . . READ ON »
The mobile SoC market is highly dynamic and full of quite a few powerful solutions that have made their way into our flagship devices. We recently talked a bit about Nvidia’s Kepler-based Tegra K1, which will finally bring much of the company’s desktop graphics prowess into the mobile space.
Unfortunately, SoCs like the ARM Cortex-A15-based Tegra K1 (or its future 64-bit ARMv8-compatible Denver variant) are aimed squarely at the high-end. And rather than focusing on mid-range devices, most chip manufacturers instead re-purpose yesterday’s flagship architectures into today’s mid-range products. While this makes sense from a cost-cutting perspective for . . . READ ON »
Google Search has grown into quite a wonderful tool. Over the course of dozens of application updates and quite a few back-end improvements, Google’s virtual assistant has evolved into a solution that simply outclasses Apple’s Siri in the vast majority of cases.
Despite Google Search’s general superiority, there are a few situations here and there where Cupertino’s offering is slightly better. One example comes in the form of those cute little Easter Eggs and snarky replies (though we’re catching up!). Another is the lack of relationship-based awareness in voice commands. Thankfully, Google has now alleviated the latter with a . . . READ ON »
A little over a month ago, we first caught wind that an Android 4.3 build was being prepared for release on the Sony Xperia SP. And just one day later, we saw an Android 4.3 leak appear for the device. Then, Sony came clean about its update plans for the popular mid-range device through Twitter.
Now, the official Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia SP is finally here, although it’s currently only being rolled out to devices on Vodafone Australia. But what about those running other variants? Well, getting the OTA file is no big deal, as a simple . . . READ ON »
The Nokia Normandy has been the subject of so much hype, speculation, and controversy over the past few months that you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s actually a shipping product—or at the very least, something that has been officially announced, or even just confirmed by the manufacturer. Nevertheless, leaks and rumors continue pouring in about the device, it’s potential specifications, what it will look like, and its user interface.
The great thing about Android is you have your choice of apps to do just about everything. There are over 9000 different Messaging apps, so you can find the one you like best. There are at least 42 Photo Album apps, so pick the one you like best. But sometimes, apps can do the same thing and you want a way to easily select which will perform a certain task—well now you can.
Googorola may now be Motonovo, but this hasn’t stopped the expedient firmware updates for the critically acclaimed Moto X—at least not yet. Now, a wild update appears for the T-Mobile, unlocked, and GSM developer editions of the device, which brings the Moto X to the very latest flavor of Android KitKat, version 4.4.2.
A few days ago, the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X began receiving an incremental OTA to Android 4.4.2 as part of a limited release soak test. Coming in the form of software version 161.44.25, the release replaced the previous 140.44.3 (Android 4.4) software build. . . . READ ON »
In its relatively short lifespan, the highly regarded HTC One has proven to be no stranger to expedient software updates. The device, which initially launched with Android version 4.1, saw a rather expedient update to KitKat on its developer and unlocked editions just one month after the release of Google’s latest OS.
Naturally, carrier-branded updates are taking a bit longer, but HTC has already owned up to and apologized for this. To that end, we’ve already seen the update start rolling out to carrier-branded devices on Sprint and Verizon. But since 4.4.2 has already been live for . . . READ ON »
The Samsung Group Play app is pretty sweet in theory. The ability to play your songs on various devices at the same time can be a great social feature, as well as a less awkward alternative to struggling to hear a song your friends ‘must absolutely listen to,’ as it plays from your phone’s pitiful speaker. If this sounds like something you want to try on your unsupported device, you may want to check out Chorus.
ADB and Fastboot are invaluable tools for almost every Android user. Without them, flashing a kernel or system image would be much more difficult or even impossible. If you are an experienced user, you can download the Android SDK, click few times, add ADB and Fastboot to $PATH and happily torture your device with latest ROMs and kernels without worry that one small mistake will result as a plastic brick.
Having lived somewhere that’s sunny all year round, I still empathize with fellow Android users who live in places where snow exists. I imagine having a device with the ability to detect touches through gloves would be of great benefit, especially considering how capacitive touch screens work. But the unfortunate reality is that only a handful of devices cater to this, such as the Sony Xperia Sola with its unique “floating touch”, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The bad thing for Galaxy S 4 owners, especially those who do are running an . . . READ ON »