Improve the Hardware Speaker on Google Glass

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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 »

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Google Play Services 6.5 Updates Fit, Drive, and Wallet APIs

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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 »

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Lollipop Finally Lands on the Xperia Z3

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No more than a few weeks back, we talked about a video in which the Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 were running an AOSP build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It didn’t take long for them to deliver a device tree and the unified kernel that can be used to compile a ROM on your own build machines.

The provided source is enough to compile a ROM and boot it, but the ROM itself isn’t ready to become a daily driver. Some crucial things like RIL and camera were broken. XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor krabappel2548 focused on providing the most stable AOSP ROM for the Sony Xperia Z3, and in doing so, they managed to fix multiple software issues like WiFi, calls, and texting (sort of). While this ROM is still an early previe. . . READ ON »

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Unlimited Screen Recorder Captures Screencasts on Lollipop

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There are plenty of reasons why one would want to capture video from a mobile device. Perhaps you’re showing a friend or parent how to perform a certain task on Android, or maybe you’re in the mood to show off your skills in Angry Birds. Heck, you could even be a developer trying to educate your users. Whatever the case, creating and capturing screencasts can be quite useful.

Unfortunately, most applications that allow users to record a screencast are of the freemium variety. As such, there’s often a recording time limit, watermark, or abundant advertising toget in the way. Moreover, many of them don’t even work on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Luckily, XDA Senior Member Syntaxer came up wi. . . READ ON »

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ADB WiFi Connects Your PC and Phone–Even on Lollipop

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ADB (Android Debug Bridge) can be used to perform various actions like pulling a logcat, pushing and pulling the files, and much more. To connect your device to your computer, you normally need to use a USB cable, which must be plugged in to your device and a computer. Unfortunately, cables seem to like disappearing at the least opportune moments–when you have to pull a log, for instance.

With the ADB WiFi tool by XDA Recognized Developer bartito, you can put the cables to rest. ADB WiFi is an application that allows your device to be connected to your computer through your home WiFI connection. It works with every operating system that can be configured with ADB, as long as you own a rooted Android device. I. . . READ ON »

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Nvidia SHIELD Lollipop Coming, Project Tango Hits Google Play – XDA TV

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Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images are finally available for the Google Nexus 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet, and be sure the check out the article talking about Chainfire releasing CF-Auto-Root for the Lollipop Nexus Line of devices! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK talks about some of the Best Mods for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you the FuGoo Speake. . . READ ON »

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Effectively Optimize Your Media Scanner Service with Xposed

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Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android’s developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot.

The Media Scanner service itself doesn’t offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can’t control it. Well, you can’t do so easily without the Xposed Framework. XDA Forum Member thomashofmann decided to address the issues with Media Scanner by creating a module that provides quite a few tweaks. With this module, you can e. . . READ ON »

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CWM Nandbackup File Extractor Extracts Recovery Images

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Every piece of development work has to have its own starting point, and for various modified stock ROM projects, this begins with partition images. Perhaps the easiest way to obtain this material to work with is by creating a recovery image that can be extracted afterwards. Naturally, ClockworkMod is an easy tool with which developers can make backup images of every available partition.

Extracting the images created by ClockworkMod and other recoveries using Linux is quite simple. There is a tool called unyaffs that can extract the image with a single command. However, the situation on Windows is a bit tricky since you have to use Cygwin, which is pretty hard to configure for some. If you’ve experience. . . READ ON »

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Amaze File Manager is a Material-Compliant Root Browser

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There are dozens upon dozens of powerful file managers available for Android. There are also quite a few file managers that aren’t too painful to look at. Unfortunately, however, there aren’t too many Android file managers that fall under both categories by being powerful and also a pleasure to look at. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 hopes to change this with Amaze File Manager.

As its name suggests, Amaze File Manager is an Android file manager. It features an attractive Material Design-compliant interface, it offers intuitive and aesthetically pleasing navigation and browsing. In addition to simply looking nice, Amaze hopes to amaze you by offering power user features such as the ability t. . . READ ON »

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