Check Download Status with Statusbar Download Progress

Statusbar Download Progress

Most download operations use the standard Android download manager, which provides developers with a robust and reliable solution. A few popular examples that make use of it include the Play Store, Chrome and the Xposed Installer. (If you’re curious, the “Downloads” app on your phone provides an interface for viewing files that have been downloaded using the Android download manager.)

If you want to view the progress of an ongoing download, you’d usually have to pull down the notification bar to do so. This can be distracting, and causes the current activity to lose focus (especially noticeable if you’re playing a quick game while waiting for your download to complete). F. . . READ ON »

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Best Mods for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – XDA TV


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been out for a little bit and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the phases of a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and then you’ve rooted it. So what do you do next?

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of what to do next. These suggestions include Amplify, ChromePie, Greenify and Wanam. There are many other mods mentioned as well. Check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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Ditch Messenger and Regain Facebook Chat on Android


Facebook is the undisputed king of the social sites (with others such as Google + gaining popularity… and fast). Because of this status, they can pretty much do anything and everything they please with their platform, and users are to either take it or leave it. One of Facebook’s latest moves, which royally annoyed a lot of people, was that they killed off chat functionality in their Android app. As an alternative, Facebook released what we know today as Facebook Messenger, which as its name rightfully implies, takes the place of the aging Facebook app feature. This change came coupled with a lot of talk and conspiratorial theories which pointed at Facebook essentially snooping on your every move . . . READ ON »

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Best Practices for Software Development w/ Chet Haase – BABBQ2014


Googler Chet Haase made a big appearance at the 5th annual Big Android BBQ. He talked about Android 5.0 Lollipop during the Opening Keynote. Additionally, he gave a talk entitled, “Best Practices for Software Development of Practical Practicing Software Practitioners”

Lead of the Android UI toolkit at Google, Chet and his team focus on animations, graphics, performance, and more. In this presentation, Chet talks about the latest in best practices for software developers. So if you wanted to learn more about software development best practices, or not, check out the video below!

If you missed it, two other session have been uploaded from the Big Android BBQ for your enjoyment, the User Experience se. . . READ ON »

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Lollipop Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10, .NET Open Sourced! – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, 7 and 10 are now available! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia L, and be sure the check out the article talking about Microsoft Open Sourcing the .Net Framework. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for ScreenOffAnimation. Then, TK showed you how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Weak Control. Pull u. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

Chromecast Family Games

“It is the calm before the storm.” Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we’re referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks and Nexus 6 references few and far between. But on 15th October, all hell broke loose, and a fair amount of Android activity was seen. The Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 announcements were important in their own right, but they were just a small part of the treats Google had in store for us.

In the time since then, we’ve seen factory image rollouts for the older Nexus dev. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Control Your Phone from Your Computer with Weak Control – XDA TV


Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse?

XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Weak Control.  TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms


Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application’s code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole.

Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is one of Microsoft’s most precious gems. Now, Microsoft will push its source to Github under the MIT license. This will surely improve compatibility between Windows and Linux applications that were using Mono, a complex open-source replication . . . READ ON »

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Bump Your LG G3 Kernel On-The-Fly


The LG G3 is one of the best devices released so far in 2014. Despite many hoops to jump through, its developers managed to root this phone and then release the Bump! utility to bypass the bootloader protection. With Bump!, developers can finally create custom ROMs and users can flash them on their devices.

To make the LG G3 compatible kernel with Bump!, it has to be signed with the correct key. Developers can either patch them manually or use the specially prepared Web service made by XDA Recognized Developer thecubed. The website prepared by thecubed and members of Team Codefire bumps the kernel on the go, so all you need to do is upload the boot image and wait for the signed version.

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