UX Design in Apps and ROMs w/ Kevin Bruckert – BABBQ2014


This year’s Big Android BBQ has come and gone. While the whole event was buzzing from the Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement and its discussion during the Opening Keynote, there were still other great sessions going on. One such session was put on by Kevin Bruckert, technical lead for the user interface area of the NVIDIA SHIELD line of products.

In Kevin’s presentation, we learned about UI design and the often overlooked part of Android development, user experience. It doesn’t matter if you are making a ROM, an app, or the next big game; having a good user interface is only part of the whole user experience equation.  So if you wanted to learn more about user experience, check out the video below!. . . READ ON »

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Bring Material Design Goodness to Your App with Support Library

Material Design Support Library

At Google I/O 2014, the next iteration of Android was announced and disseminated to the world in preview form. Despite the impressive API additions, Android L, or Lollipop as it was later revealed, quickly became famous for its refreshed user interface design language. Google has moved on from Holo UI and embraced the new “Material Design,” which is comprised of virtual paper and ink metaphors, rich and meaningful animations, as well bold and intentional graphics.

While Material Design apps were restricted to Android Lollipop at first, Google went on to launch an official support library that allows developers to backport the Material Theme to older platforms. The support library brings Th. . . READ ON »

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How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV


The Moto 360 is Motorola’s latest and roundest release in wearable smartwatch market. Of course as we like to do here on XDA, we want to unlock and root this device. However, given its wireless sync and charging features, doing so is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, a way has been found!

In today’s videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows of his Moto 360 Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Moto 360. RootJunky shows you how to unlock your bootloader, gain root access, and how to restore your Moto 360 to stock. All these processes require a special data cable, the video on how to make one can b. . . READ ON »

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Track Your Exercise Progress with Google Fit


Without a doubts, Google has essentially become somewhat of a spy, as the Mountain View company seemingly wants to know what you are doing at any given moment. To help us all stay in (relatively decent) shape, Google announced Android Fit, a basic activity tracker that tells you how many steps you have taken, miles cycled, and so on. Android Wear, which was formally announced at Google I/O, promised to bring full Fit support with Lollipop.

Just a few hours ago, an application went live that allows you to see how many calories have been burned during your daily jogs and exercise sessions. Here’s what Google Fit can do:

Reach your fitness goals

  • Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress th
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Google Makes One Minute Hangouts Calls Free Until 2015


Google Hangouts is a convenient way of staying in touch with your family and friends. With this communicator app, you can send text messages and now even make phone calls. The latter function is not that popular, so Google is trying to advertise the service a little bit. As a result, users from 25 countries will now have a chance to talk for one minute without charge.

The offer lasts until the end of our current year. In other words, from now until the start of 2015, you will be able to make minute-long phone calls for free through Hangouts in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Poland
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XDA Xposed Tuesday: Unlock Your Device Automatically with No Lock Home – XDA TV

No Lock Home

It is a very good idea to have a lock screen on your phone. The basic suggestion is to use a PIN code, and there are other options like Pattern and Face Unlock. Using these helps keep your phone and files private from casual snooping and prying eyes. But when you get home, you may not need the hassle.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you disable your lockscreen when you are on your home WiFi. XDA Recognized Developer moneytoo created the No Lock Home module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Convert Launcher Themes with Theme Converter

Theme Converter: Converting Launcher Themes

Most Android launchers are extremely customizable, and many users like to experiment with different launcher themes and icon packs to get the perfect look. Some launchers also allow you to pick icons on a per activity basis, which comes in handy when trying to give each page its own style, or if you just want to style the home screen without changing the app drawer’s icons.

While most launchers agree on a basic set of rules for themes and icon packs, originally made popular by ADW Launcher, some aren’t fully compatible with these standards or require themers to use their own methods for certain features (e.g. GO Launcher and icon masks). Similarly, some themes and icon packs are exclusive to certain . . . READ ON »

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Smile Clock Alarm Makes You Grin to Stop the Ring

Smile Clock Android Alarm

Let’s face it–waking up is a chore. There’s really no other way to describe being forced to leave the warm comfort of your bed and entering the cold world of work or school. However, a new alarm clock called Smile Clock by XDA Senior Member ntnel aims to change this by making your day start off with a smile.

Smile Clock, as its name implies, aims to make sure you start your day with a smile. This is accomplished in a number of ways. First, you are able to customize what you see and hear when your alarm goes off with custom picture(s) as well as whatever sound or music you’d like. Then rather than simply being able to click a button to snooze or disable the alarm, you must smile at your front facing c. . . READ ON »

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New LG Octa-core SoC, Ubuntu 14.10 – XDA TV


LG is set to release the Octa-Core “Nuclun” SoC on the LG G3 Screen! 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 the official release of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn and be sure the check out the article talking about damping the thermal throttling on the LG G3! 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 does an Android App Review of Google’s New Inbox. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video talking about the Big Android Giveaway. And if you missed it be sur. . . READ ON »

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