Posted November 26, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Since the Android 5.0 Lollipop’s official release not too long ago, we’ve seen numerous unofficial ports make their way to quite a few devices. Not many OEMs have updated their handsets, and much of this is due to the amount of time required to port their modified UI layers. One such OEM that hasn’t yet updated its fleet is Samsung.
It appears that an official Lollipop for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 is right around the corner. XDA Recognized Developer and Forum Moderator garwynn released a leaked firmware that looks like a release candidate of the Lollipop for SM-G900P. To flash the build, you have to use one of the latest versions of Odin. After extracting the EXE, you need to select the tar. . . READ ON »
Posted November 26, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Will Verduzco
At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks.
Fast forward three years, and we’ve seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our devices evolved, so too did the Android OS and its aesthetic. In keeping with Android’s new Material Design UI paradigm, XDA Recognized Developer existz decided to give storm717’s open source app a material design makeover.
Just like the original app, t. . . READ ON »
Posted November 26, 2014 at 09:30 am by Jimmy McGee
There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game?
In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently TK reviewed Amazon’s newest Fire TV device. How does this compare to the Chromecast? Check out this video to find out!. . . READ ON »
Posted November 26, 2014 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Memory hungry Android applications are often responsible for making our device overheat. Having a highly active CPU and GPU can significantly decrease not only performance due to thermal throttling, but also battery life of your device because it’s working much harder. Furthermore, batteries less efficiently store charge when they’re running at above optimal batteries. And since batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles, you will eventually find that your battery discharges much faster than it did originally.
There are some things that you can do to make your battery last longer. Your battery’s temperature can be controlled by third party applications lik. . . READ ON »
Posted November 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Phones and tablets are getting more and more power hungry with each passing generation. Their battery capacities continue to rise, but still we have to face the problem of slowly charging and rapidly discharging batteries. A reasonable solution still hasn’t been developed, but it appears that some good news is just around the corner.
The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has developed a battery capable of storing a much higher charge more quickly than possible before. As a result, the battery can be fully charged in stunning 30 seconds. A prototype that is currently in use is still too bulky to be shipped with our super-slim smartphones, but StoreDot thinks that they will be able to make the batt. . . READ ON »
Posted November 25, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management.
Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications like ZArchiver, which was developed by XDA Forum Member Ant-ON. The application can be used create multiple file types like, 7zip, zip, bzip2, gzip–just to name just a few. The full list of supported formats to decompress . . . READ ON »
Posted November 25, 2014 at 01:00 pm by GermainZ
A few months ago, Google announced its newest flagship device, the Nexus 6, alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and some other sweet news (Lollipop!) Unlike previous phones in the Nexus line, the Nexus 6 featured some very impressive specs that pleased many users–though others were undoubtedly a bit less pleased with its higher price point. One particular feature that ended up in the Nexus 9 but not the Nexus 6 is double tap to wake.
If you happen to own the device codenamed shamu, then you might know that it was actually originally intended to have this option enabled by default. Unfortunately, it was disabled prior to release. Fortunately, it can be enabled back from the shell (using a terminal emulator or the AD. . . READ ON »
Posted November 25, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
In this day and age, you have quite a few apps installed and running on your Android device. Sometimes, having a lot of background processes can drain your battery. While the Android system does a good job of trying to maintain those background apps, sometimes it is better to just remove them. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes having an automated process makes it easier.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that automatically cleans your recent apps from your memory. XDA Senior Member safet.me created the Recent App Cleaner module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted November 25, 2014 at 04:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Android app developers have a few options when comes to Android IDEs. One of the most commonly used is the Android Studio. The IntelliJ Studio has been in active development for some time now. Android Studio is nearing its first stable release. As such, the first Release Candidate has been submitted to the Canary channel.
The release can still be described as not fully functional. There are a few bugs that still need to be ironed out, but the IDE will get its stable release shortly. In addition to some bug fixes, Android Studio has a new logo that is now available on the splash screen. The release candidate comes with Maven repository bundled up, so there is no need to be online in order to create a project.
Android St. . . READ ON »