XDA and Leaseweb: Server Trial/Moto 360 Contest (Winners!)

lw2

About a month ago, we held a contest along with XDA’s host, Leaseweb, to give away a handful of server trials along with a Moto 360 (as the grand prize). To win, participants had to describe how they would use hosting services from Leaseweb as it relates to developing for Android. The best answer came from XDA Forum Member alireza7991, and he’s going to be getting a new Moto 360 as well as a free server trial.

Click “read on” to see his full response. Additionally, four other XDA Members will be getting a server trial because of their creative answers. Those four winners are ddggttff3, bassie1995, varun.chitre15, and MaR-V-iN. The winners will be contacted via PM with more det. . . READ ON »

1 comment Read On

Updated Android Lollipop Preview Images – XDA TV

Jordan1020

The Android Lollipop Preview Images are now available! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L final API and marterial design support library going live and be sure the check out the article talking about the Micromax Canvas 5 which may ship with CyanogenMod! 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 Jared shows off the Best 3 Pro Camera Apps. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you how to unlock and root a Nexus Device. Then XDa TV posted the opening k. . . READ ON »

1 comment Read On

Get a Complete Set of Logs with Andy Log

logs.jpg.scaled500

The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we’re not talking about lumberjack work. We’re talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don’t even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself.

To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per one log. It’s a big waste of internal storage and application grid. XDA Senior Member Bassel Bakr gave us the pleasure to meet Andy Log, the logging application to rule them all. The concept of Andy Log is very simple, yet innovative. The applicatio. . . READ ON »

2 comments Read On

Try Some Android Lollipop Applications on Your Device

Android-5.0-Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced and lucky users of Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 have a chance to try out the final developer preview. Google will soon release the full source code and begin the porting madness. If you crave some of the Android Lollipop experience on your older devices, XDA folks have prepared something for you already.

As you may already know, Android 5.0 introduced a new file structure. System applications are now placed in folders with odex file in an arm sub-folder. This makes them a little more difficult to use on older devices. Luckily XDA Recognized Contributor marcomarinho deodexed them and posted them as flashable archives, so you can taste some of the the sweet Lo. . . READ ON »

1 comment Read On

AutoCon Manages Your Connections to Perserve Battery Life

AutoCon Connection Manager

As we’ve talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy use is difficult almost no matter what device you run–with the obvious exception of phablets like the Galaxy Note lineup.

Luckily, there are quite a few ways to stretch out your battery so you don’t have to be tethered to a charger all day. Obviously you could replace your kernel with a more battery friendly variant, and you could also mitigate the biggest battery drain culprit: screen brightness. Howev. . . READ ON »

2 comments Read On

How to Unlock and Root a Nexus Device – XDA TV

nexusunlock

It is official–Google has released the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus family is growing, and as we all know the great part of a Nexus device is that you can customize it to your heart’s content. While rooting, unlocking, and installing a custom recovery on a Nexus device is easy, sometimes you just want to click and go.

In today’s video,  XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh‘s Nexus Root Toolkit. This kit allows you to to quickly and easily make your desired changes to your Nexus devices. This video gives an overview of the toolkit and shows you how to root, bootloader unlock, and install a custom recovery on your Nexus device. Grab your favorite b. . . READ ON »

2 comments Read On

Easily Load Your Favorite Kernels with Kernel Manager

image

Custom kernels are designed to make our devices run better, faster, and be more battery friendly than their stock counterparts. Kernel development is definitely not easy, as it requires lots of knowledge about the Linux ecosystem and coding ability. You can find multiple kernels available in basically any device subforum.

Kernel developers often create applications to keep their users on updated versions and to streamline the update process. Users can easily download the kernel and install it without even touching a USB cable, which is surely a convenient way of updating. However, not every developer creates such Android applications, so it might be a bit problematic to keep them up-to-date. XDA Re. . . READ ON »

2 comments Read On

Micromax Canvas 5 May Ship with CyanogenMod

CM-Hero

Update: It appears as if the source of our report has been called into question. Cyanogen, Inc. was unable to provide a comment, leading us to question the original sourced report by Droid Goblin.

Two weeks ago, we talked about how Cyanogen, Inc. was entering the Indian market teamed up with Micromax. Users should expect to see the resultant device this year, but the model and hardware specification have remained unknown, until now of course.

According to Droid Goblin, CyanogenMod will be used as a default firmware in the as of yet announced Micromax Canvas 5. The newest 5-inch Full HD smarthone from one of leading Indian vendors will be powered by a new Mediatek MT67xx octa-core SoC. The device will be supplem. . . READ ON »

5 comments Read On

Google’s Big Android BBQ Opening Keynote – XDA TV

BBQKeynote

To kick off the great presentations at this years Big Android BBQ Googlers Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan and Chet Haase talk about Android’s progression from the beginning to now the time of Android’s version 5 release Lollipop – oddly timed to match the fifth Big Android BBQ. The talk starts with a discussion of Android over the years and the drive to keep innovating.

With speakers like Reto Meier, a manager of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, and Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google for Google Glass and Android Wear, you are going to get more than just a marketing talk. This group spoke more specifically about the many facets of Android and the additional fea. . . READ ON »

2 comments Read On