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Will Verduzco · Jun 11, 2014

“Quantum Paper” to Bring a Simpler and More Cohesive UI to Google Products?

Google has made tremendous strides in improving both the quality and consistency of Android's user interface. Much of this drive began when the former webOS designer Matias Duarte was hired as Director of Android User Experience. We saw the first faint traces of his handiwork in Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb being the first release to fully showcase his trademark design sense. Despite all of the advancements that have been made in making Android itself more unified, the OS still feels...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 11, 2014

Help the Less Tech Savvy Use their Android Devices with Necta Launcher

The world of launchers in Android is nearly as vast as theming itself. There is something for each and every person out there--starting with the basic Google Experience Launcher, and moving to more complex offerings like Sense, TouchWiz, and various aftermarket solutions. These are great for the tech savvy and those who deal with Android devices frequently, but there are lots of people out there who have been caught off guard by the tidal waves of time and technology. The older tech and older...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 11, 2014

Basics on How to Stop People from Hacking Your Android App – XDA Developer TV

Everyday, developers, hackers, and the NSA play a game of cat and mouse. This involves hackers trying to find their way around security measures, developers patching these holes, and the NSA spying on everyone. While we don't have nearly enough time to talk about the implications of NSA spying on XDA Developer TV, AdamOutler does have the time to talk about what beginner developers can do to protect their applications from one class of rudimentary hacking. In an earlier video, Adam...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 11, 2014

Protecting Your Privacy: App Ops, Privacy Guard, and XPrivacy

After yesterday's article about Google's recent changes to the Play Store that post a number of privacy concerns for users, today we are going to look at the three most popular options for users to protect their own privacy on their Android devices. First though, let's take a look at how they work, and what they are for. Why Should I Care? Since the start, Android has had a permissions system, to allow users to control what apps are able to do on...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 11, 2014

Tired of Users Blocking the Ads in Your App?

Many Android developers make their livings with in-app advertisements. We know that as users, ads can be annoying, but in many cases, these are what pay the bills. Naturally, though, many end users then turn to ad blockers to bypass these ads. If you are an app developer, you know that fighting with Ad Blockers is often a losing battle. Luckily, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for such developers. XDA Forum Member Droidspirit released an open source library that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 10, 2014

Try the Xperia Z2’s What’s New App on any Xperia Device

The Sony Timescape UI, which is prominently featured on Xperia devices, has always had quite a few fans here on XDA. Xperia firmwares differ greatly from the AOSP look and feel, while bringing some interesting added applications like Track ID or a camera with many custom settings. Since the Xperia Z2 is Sony's flagship device, it features the richest set of apps available on Xperia devices. One such application, What's New, has been successfully ported by XDA Recognized Themer Ben Ling to work with every Xperia with...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 10, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Pin That Important Notification – XDA Developer TV

Who among us doesn’t occasionally get overwhelmed by the sheer number of notifications that pop up on our smartphones? Sometimes if we are not careful when clearing them, we may lose that important information that we wish to attend to. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you pin important notifications. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ created the PinNotif module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video. (more…)

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 10, 2014

Play Store Permissions Change Opens Door to Rogue Apps

XDA is normally about the latest and greatest. Whether we're talking about the latest firmware revision or device, most people in the Android tech community favor being on the bleeding edge. Sometimes, however, the latest isn't necessarily the greatest or the best way forward. As we recently covered here on the XDA Portal, Google released a new version of the Play Store, which among other things, allows the use of PayPal to purchase apps and simplifies the permissions interface shown to users. Under...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 10, 2014

Easy ADB Tool Makes Using ADB Simple on Windows

ADB is the most basic and in many circumstances, one of the most powerful Android debugging tools available. With ADB, one can easily install an app, flash your favorite ROM, or grab a logcat to help developers. ADB has one major disadvantage to newcomers, though, and that's command line. Command line is great for scripting, and practically every advanced user becomes or already is quite comfortable, but not everyone can remember various lengthy commands. Luckily, XDA Senior Member Mohamed Hashem created a tool for newcomers and people who like...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 9, 2014

XSense Brings Massive Customization to Sense-Based ROMs using Xposed

If you are an Xposed user and you own (or have owned) a Samsung or Nexus device, chances are that you've heard of XDA Recognized Developer wanam's fantastic Wanam Xposed modules. We first talked about wanam's module for Samsung TouchWiz ROMs back in August of last year. Not too long after, a similar module popped up for Nexus devices. For those who don't remember, these modules allow users to enjoy quite a few additional features and added customization without much effort. Now, wanam is back with...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 9, 2014

Receive Email from within Any App with FloatMail

While our Android-powered smartphones are fully capable of executing two complex tasks at the same time, their user interfaces and (relatively) small screens make true multitasking a bit less than idea. Certain OEMs have tried to fill in the gaps to varying degrees of success with features such as Samsung Multi-Window. But despite these additions, not every Android device allows its user to truly multitask out of the box. Luckily, we have floating applications. Floating apps help bridge the functionality gap between smartphones...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 9, 2014

OnePlus One Gets Unofficial 4.4.3 OmniROM, 2012 Nexus 7 Updated to Android 4.4.3 – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 7 (2012)! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is OmniROM 4.4.3 for the OnePlus One and Android 4.4.3 for the Moto X! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure the check out the other  videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 9, 2014

WakeUp Turns on Your Screen without the Power Button

Whether you've got a worn out power button or you simply don't like reaching for a hard to reach button on a plus-size device, there are plenty of reasons why one would want to avoid pressing the power button on a mobile device. Luckily, there are also quite a few ways to get around this such as apps that allow you to press the volume keys to wake your device or aftermarket kernels that offer double tap/slide to wake functionality. So...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2014

QuickClick Lets You Assign Actions to a Sequence of Volume Button Clicks

The touch screens on our modern devices provide a nearly unbeatable level of versatility and UI freedom. However, it's often still a bit easier to press a physical button than it is to futz around with virtual keys. Many of our readers may be a bit too young to remember, but back in the days of Windows Mobile, there was a fantastic app by XDA Senior Member Hundera called HButton that allowed users to map various tasks and apps to a device's hardware buttons. Now,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2014

Vibify Tells You When You Have New Notifications When You Pick Up Your Phone

Even though most phones nowadays have prominent notification LEDs, it's not uncommon for us to pick them up and stuff them in our pockets without noticing these sporadic flashes. Often times, we're either not looking at our devices when grabbing them or are simply too busy thinking about other things to actively check to see whether we have an incoming notification. Luckily, there are smart apps available that help us get around this issue. One such app comes from XDA Forum Member spirosbond. Vibify is a vibration smart alert...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 7, 2014

Android Studio 0.6.0 Released

The world was first introduced to Android Studio back in May of last year at Google I/O 2013. Based on Jetbrains IntelliJ, the Android Studio IDE was created to streamline the process of developing Android applications by offering features such as live code rendering across multiple device types, as well as the ability to easily add any Android API into your code immediately. Since its release, we've seen Android Studio mature into a genuinely useful tool for app developers. The last time we talked about...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 7, 2014

Add RSS Functionality to Your App with a Simple Library

Mobile devices have become replacements for full sized PCs in a variety of circumstances. Small and easily accessible, our phones are perfect companions for our daily activities. However, mobile network connections aren't always affordable, and often times, data transfer quotas prove problematic. Because of this, RSS is quite popular on mobile devices. If you were to try to create a good RSS reader app from scratch, you'd likely find that this is a difficult task. However, XDA Forum Member shirwa decided to make things a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 7, 2014

Floata Lets You Tweet from Any App

When talking about social networks, three major players come to mind. For most people, these are Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Facebook's official messaging client includes floating chat heads, and the result is quite nice looking and easy to use. This allows you to stay apprised of notifications while you have your main client hidden away in the background. If you'd like to have a similar effect with Twitter, Floata by XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad might be useful for you. Floata is a Twitter client that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 6, 2014

Building an Android App? Protect Your User’s Private Application Data

A good developer is always concerned about the security of his/her users. Revealing your app's private data to the public is generally a bad thing, and should almost always be avoided. As such, there are various ways to strengthen your app's privacy, and every new method should be evaluated. Privacy protection is especially important with Android applications, as there are frequent reports of app-related phishing and similar shady activities. You application's private data can now be stored a bit safer, thanks to XDA Forum Moderator Jonny....

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 6, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Released, Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit, Galaxy Gear Tizen Rooted! – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 5 and many more Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3 and Google announced a new Project Tango tablet! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA...

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