POSTS TAGGED: All Android
Posted December 16, 2014 at 07:00 pm by B1nny
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 »
Posted December 16, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
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 »
Posted December 16, 2014 at 11:10 am by jerdog
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.
Posted December 16, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
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 »
Posted December 15, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
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.
Posted December 15, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
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 »
Posted December 15, 2014 at 03:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Android Debug Bridge (or simply ADB) is a set of tools included in the Android SDK package. It consists of both client- and server-side programs that communicate with one another. To properly use ADB, your PC must have proper binaries, a command tool like Terminal or Command Prompt, and USB debugging must be enabled on yoru device.
ADB usage isn’t overly difficult, but sometimes entering long commands is a very tedious task. If you haven’t had a chance to use ADB before or just would like to make command usage more efficient, you should definitely check out a tool made by XDA Forum Member Lars124. Universal ADB-Helper is a Bash script that helps you use ADB in the most convenient way. It has the ADB bina. . . READ ON »
Posted December 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Samantha
The phrase “OK Google” has sort of become the catchphrase of Google Now across all devices running Android, be it the smartphone, the tablet, or the smartwatch. If you want something done, such as to do a Google search, set an alarm, or search for directions, simply say “OK Google” into your device and state your command.
Normally for many of us, you can only do this when you have Google Now actually running on your screen, meaning it’s not as simple as just commanding your device to do things with your voice – you need to actually hold the device in your hand and navigate to Google Now. But, if you have an offline voice recognition pack for your language or accent, it is possible for you to activate Google No. . . READ ON »
Posted December 14, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Adam Outler
You may know XDA Forum Member MichaelEGR, a.k.a. Michael Leahy. Michael is known for his work with OpenGL on Android. In fact, at the Big Android BBQ 2014, He gave a speech entitled “OpenGL ES 3.1 / Android Extensions Pack“. Today he has given more information for developers to use in the form of an apache licensed framework demo.
One of the things you find out quickly as a developer is that working with graphics can be, shall we say, frustrating. This is especially true when your graphics are something like a video. While there are quite a few apps using OpenGL, not too many of them are open, nor do the developers share their own acceleration frameworks. In this case, Michael has given you everything you . . . READ ON »