Learn How to Create an Old School Dialer


XDA is not only a great source for custom ROMs, kernels, and various modifications for numerous devices–it’s also a great place to find tutorials and other materials that help you to understand the Android ecosystem better. These resources then help you on your quest of eventually becoming a developer. Every developer started off not knowing how to code, but learning and ambition can work wonders.

Creating your first project can take days or weeks if you are learning just by yourself. You can reduce this time significantly by following the video tutorial by XDA Senior Member sylsau. By following this guide you will become… a time traveler and change your currently used dialer to classic r. . . READ ON »

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USB Desktop Charger Roundup – XDA TV


Sometimes you learn one way to do something, and that’s the way you do it forever. You never learn another way because you think that’s just the way it is. However, there are many ways to charge your phone. You can struggle with the included charger, trying to find a outlet close enough to a table to rest your device. If you have many devices, they can be strewn around your house. Thankfully, there are other options out there.

In this episode of XDA TV, Producer Jordan reviews and discusses various USB Desktop Charger options. He reviews the RAVPower 50W/10A 6-Port Charging Station, the Anker 60W 6-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Anker 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ, the Bolse 2. . . READ ON »

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Google Adds New Features to Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs


In the last few months, Google has been working very hard to adapt all its apps to the new Material Design UI paradigm. Overhauling the UI was a big deal, but one of the main goals in app development is adding new features. Everyone loves features, so Google stepped up and delivered quite a few to several of its first party Android apps.

Google has pushed out updates of the following applications: Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Slides. The first thing you’ll notice are full hamburger menu icons. In addition, Docs now allows users to specify line spacing in the paragraph section, where users select one of the predefined values. Unfortunately, they can’t be edited manually. Sheets also received some tweaks. . . READ ON »

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Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble


Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone’s notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot of new features like support for custom watchfaces, support for the Pebble to cooperate with an application on your phone, the ability to show notifications from every application, and much more.

Earlier this year Android Wear was announced, a native Android API for wearables to make use of, which resulted in the release of a number of Android Wear watches this year. The great thing about devices using t. . . READ ON »

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Record or Broadcast Your Device Screen Using Shou.TV


In a world where static pictures have become monotonous and GIFs dominate the Internet, this paradigm shift has affected the mobile ecosystem as well, with screenshots slowly but steadily being replaced by screen recordings. Before Android 4.4 KitKat, there was no official solution to record the screens of Android devices, and the few solutions that did exist at the time used rudimentary capturing methods with below-par results. However, Google introduced ADB screen recording functionality in Android 4.4 KitKat, which made a lot of enthusiasts breathe easier.

The catch to the native functionality in KitKat was that the screen could only be recorded via ADB, and needed root to run independently. This . . . READ ON »

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Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line


Back in the summer of 2012, Sony made waves in the independent developer community when they partnered with Google to include the Sony Xperia S in the Android Open Source Project code base. After that experiment ended, they have continued to support AOSP on their released devices, with the Xperia Z3 being their most recent addition. Even confusing steps taken by Sony Mobile to purposely break the camera on their Z* line (since the Xperia Z1) if a user chooses to unlock the bootloader on their device (using tools Sony themselves provide) has not dampened the desire of developers  to have AOSP on their Xperia devices.

Sony has honored that desire again with recent activity on their SonyXperiaDev Github account a. . . READ ON »

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Battery History with More Details – XDA TV


When you use your device, there are always little programs in the background that could be sucking up your battery juice. There are many apps out there that can help you see what’s running in the background like WakeLock Detector. However, those apps can give you too much data. Sometimes you just want to go into your native Android battery stats and see all the applications using battery, not just a short list. If you still have access to the Xposed Framework, we may have a solution for you.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you see more apps in your battery stats. XDA Recognized Developer moneytoo created the Battery History XXL module. TK shows off the mod. . . READ ON »

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Enhance Screenshots Functionality by Adding a Delete Button


Screenshots are the best choice for users wishing to show off their current home screens or provide extra detailed bug reports for certain issues to app developers. Android has a built-in screenshot system that allows you to take a shot with a simple key combination. However, the built-in functionality could easily be improved by adding a delete button, because right now you need to open the gallery manually to delete unneeded images. Taking screenshots on Android would be much easier with a delete button available right after taking a shot.

XDA Senior Member sportik555 wrote a guide explaining how to add such button on Sony Xperia devices. The described method shows how to decompile the SystemUI of your cu. . . READ ON »

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GPe 2013 Moto G and Galaxy S4 Receive Lollipop – XDA TV


Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is available for the Moto G (2013) Google Play Edition! 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 using the OnePlus One front earpiece for Media Playback and be sure to check out the article talking about Sony showing you how to unlock Xperia Device bootloaders! 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 droidmodd3r shows you how to unroot a Nexus 6 using a Mac. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and XDA . . . READ ON »

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