Posted November 19, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to install Google factory images on your Nexus devices before. Now the latest factory images are of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. A lot of excitement have been buzzin around Lollipop. With its Material Design and other great improvements. Continuous improvement is a good thing. What if you are not ready to flash the last Lollipop image to your device? We won’t judge you, we promise. But let us show you what you are missing.
In this episode of XDA TV Producer rirozizo shows you what Lollipop looks like using his Nexus 4. He shows of the user interfact changes. He shows you the new notification panel. He talks about ambient display. If you wanted to see Lollipop in action, check out t. . . READ ON »
Posted November 19, 2014 at 10:00 am by Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update.
Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets, so cygery got back to work and created an similar Cell Radio connectivity widget for Android 5.0. Users can now freely control their data settings like in past Android versions. And when used in conjunction with the previously . . . READ ON »
Posted November 19, 2014 at 06:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Not too long ago, Nvidia announced the successor to the Nvidia Shield, which got redubbed the SHIELD Portable. The successor was the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. In the past, XDA TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD (Portable) unboxing, review, and a played a couple games, including streaming games from his PC to his SHIELD. Also, he showed you how you can play two hot PC games on the SHIELD natively, Half Life 2 and Portal.
Check out this video to watch Jordan talk about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release for the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet, which he reviewed not to long ago. Check out the material design user interface update. Additionally, Nvidia has released the Nvidia GRID On-Demand Gaming Service. Previously this wa. . . READ ON »
Posted November 18, 2014 at 09:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Google has begun rolling out an update to one of its lesser known (but still amazing) apps: Google Keep. It was fairly easy to predict that the newest version of the note taking app would be re-designed to meet the new Material Design UI instructions, and sure enough, it was.
In addition to the visual changes, Google Keep received a long list of under-the-hood changes. New in version 3.0, users can finally share their notes. This useful feature lets you share items like shopping lists, for example. A note can be shared with multiple people, so this is a nice way to orchestrate collaboration.
Searching notes is also much simpler, as you can now filter the notes by color or status (shared, etc.). The list of changes is q. . . READ ON »
Posted November 18, 2014 at 05:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
You may recall that back when Android 4.4 KitKat was the cool kids’ Android version and Android 5.0 was just a name floating on everybody’s lips, we spoke about the next Android version bringing root headaches. Fast forward to the present, Lollipop is rolling out quickly to Nexus devices and most of this year’s flagships, and we already have root access on it thanks to CF-Auto Root being patched accordingly. But due to the aforementioned hurdles and subsequent exploits, some root apps are still unable to acquire root permissions.
Posted November 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
It’s been a few months since Microsoft successfully acquired Nokia’s mobile technology division. As a result, we’ve seen a cut of 15% of Nokia’s global workforce of 18 thousand. More recently, Microsoft decided to cut the ties with the Nokia heritage by releasing the self-branded Microsoft Lumia 535.
If you thought that Nokia was but a ghost company, we’re pleased to announce that you are wrong. Nokia–the real one based in Finland–has announced a new device. This new device is a tablet that can favorably compare with the latest Nexus 9. The Nokia N1 tablet will be powered by Android and licensed by Google. This means that we will likely see Google apps pre-inst. . . READ ON »
Posted November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
If you’ve ever had to download something on your phone, you know that big files can take a while. Depending on your data coverage, small files might also take a while. So to kill time during a download, you go do other things on your phone. It would be nice if you didn’t have to pull open your notification tray to check the status of your download.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that shows a visual download completion indicator on your notification bar. XDA Recognized Contributor C3C076 created the Statusbar Download Progress module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted November 18, 2014 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Google Glass is one of those ridiculously expensive toys that every practically grown-up gadget lover wants pretty badly. Glass is like gadget enthusiast jewelry that has to be worn to Android-related event. But for all of its positives, there are some problems inherent to its implementation.
People with larger heads might have a problem with Google Glass’s audio quality. Due to a poorly positioned speaker, this can then lead to loads of frustration. Our favorite hardware hacker, XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler, did what he always does with his tools and prepared a handy solution that makes the speaker sound better for those with slightly larger heads. The process is very simple and not that exp. . . READ ON »
Posted November 17, 2014 at 08:30 pm by Will Verduzco
The last time we saw a major update to Google Play Services was back in September with the launch of Play Services 6.1. This update brought new ecommerse analytics tools, a tag manager, and an improved Drive API. Google Play Services 6.1 was then rolled out to all Play-enabled users via the Google Play Store roughly one month later, alongside a revised app settings icon. Now, approximately another month later, Google has yet again updated Play Services, this time to 6.5.
Google Play Services 6.5 brings quite a few additions to the company’s fragmentation-thwarting tool. For starters, version 6.5 updates the recently released Google Fit API. Using the Fit SDK, you can “supercharge your fitnes. . . READ ON »