Posted July 12, 2014 at 04:00 am by egzthunder1
Over the years, we have seen various different browsers on Android. They have all offered their unique features that differentiated them from others. Be it the smoothness of Dolphin (back before Chrome for Android), the openness of good ol’ fashioned Firefox, or the blazing speed of Opera’s mobile Web compression (again, before Chrome). They all brought their two cents of originality to the table. It seems that originality is not a dead art, and that there are people out there capable of squeezing a few more drops of coolness out of the tree that seemingly stopped bearing fruit many moons ago. Without further ado, XDA Forum Member popinterfaces brings us something unheard of on mobil. . . READ ON »
Posted July 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
With each passing day, we grow closer and closer to the eventual release of Android L. We could just sit around, waiting for Google to release the source code and system images, but waiting for an official release is far from being fun. XDA members love porting fun, and custom ROM development provides the required dose.
The Android L port for the Google Nexus 4 was more or less expected, and came relatively shortly after Google released the developer preview images for the N5 and N7-2013. Not many expected to see a HTC One (M7) port, but XDA Senior Member ssrij and a team of developers managed to port the Android L Developer Preview to this former flagship device.
The port is still in alpha sta. . . READ ON »
Posted July 11, 2014 at 05:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
Well, seeing as Google Now didn’t automatically write as I requested, it’s safe to say that Google Voice Search still has a number of limitations. When Google first demoed it, this feature was but a shadow of its current incarnation. Google Voice Search commands were unpractical, limited, and sometimes inaccurate. Each update augmented it and today, it can perform a wide range of tasks ranging from setting a reminder and placing a call to giving directions and playing music.
Yet, the list of its capabilities is somewhat conservative and limited to only basic tasks. Something like toggling the GPS would involve telling Google Now to open Settings and then navigating and toggling it man. . . READ ON »
Posted July 11, 2014 at 01:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Over the past few days, we’ve talked about two potential Android L features that may find their way into the final Android L release this fall. For those who don’t remember, these are of course customizable Quick Settings and a revised SD card access policy. Now, another user-submitted feature is slated to be added to the final Android L release this Fall, and it’s perhaps just as highly requested as the customizable Quick Settings menu. For those who didn’t quite catch it in the title, I’m talking about native Quick Torch functionality.
Google is likely to build in Quick Torch functionality into the final Android L release later this year. Just like the SD card access . . . READ ON »
CyanogenMod 11 M8 Updated to Android 4.4.4, Chromecast Mirrors Your Device Screen, LG G Watch Custom ROM! – XDA Developer TV
Posted July 11, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for supported devices! 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 Chromecast now being able to mirror your Android devices’ screen and what you can do with Android Wear! 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 NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted July 11, 2014 at 06:00 am by Will Verduzco
Just two days ago, we talked about how the Google Chromecast gained beta support for Android device screen mirroring. This new feature, which was originally discussed in the Google I/O 2014 keynote, is made possible by the latest Chromecast Android app update and the recently released Chromecast 17250 firmware.
While the newfound Android device mirroring capabilities are quite useful, they are also quite limited. Sure, the functionality works practically flawlessly on officially supported devices. However, only 14 devices are currently approved to screencast to the Chromecast.
Luckily, this is XDA-Developers, where dreams come true and OEM limitations removed. And like various other th. . . READ ON »
Posted July 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Will Verduzco
Quick–without thinking too much, come up with a short list of your five to ten favorite features found in custom ROMs. Chances are, one of these is the ability to customize your Quick Settings toggles. I’d even be willing to argue that for most people this is near or at the top of the list–aside from root access, of course.
Just two days ago, we talked about how Google was considering the possibility of changing the way external SD cards are handled in the final Android L release this Fall. Now, we have learned that Google is also contemplating adding a customizable Quick Settings interface in the final Android L release this Fall.
Just like the news on SD card handling, news of this possi. . . READ ON »
Posted July 10, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The first two Android Wear devices were officially released at this year’s Google I/O keynote. And with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, Google is breathing new life into the wearables world. As expected, this watch-sized Android version has received a good amount of user and development love in the XDA forums. Let’s see what can already be achieved with just few simple steps.
To try some development goodies, you must first unlock your smartwatch. This is quite easy, and works just like on a Nexus device. You need to enter to fastboot mode and type the magical fastboot oem unlock command. After that, the doors to the development world are wide open.
Posted July 10, 2014 at 03:00 pm by Samantha
Introduced back in 2012, the Sony Xperia Small Apps feature was perhaps the first major step in what has become an integral part of multitasking on Android devices. And since then, there have been plenty of useful small apps, as well as various mods and ports developed by XDA community members. Now two years on, the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon, especially when taking into account the four new small apps recently developed by XDA Recognized Developer and Themer Pranav Pandey.
Phone is the first of the four new Xperia small apps, and it allows you to conveniently access all your contacts, call log, and dial pad when you have another app running at the same time. The Phone small app come. . . READ ON »