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Will Verduzco · May 3, 2014

Sliding-Ball is a Mobile Take on Marble Madness for the 3D Age

If you're anything like I am, you probably spent a good deal of your childhood playing the iconic Atari game Marble Madness. Since the mid 80s, not too many games have built on the the success of this concept, but the ones that have have seen great commercial success. Now, XDA Forum Member Bosnow hopes to bring back this classic game style with Sliding-Ball. As you may infer from the game's name, Sliding-Ball puts you in command of a ball that slides around the...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 3, 2014

Take Revenge on the Bobblers and Free Your Dobbler Friends

The Dobblers were happy creatures that lived in their land for ages. The grand Dobblers taught their younglings how to live a Dobbler life. Dobland was happy and full of joy. Then, the Booblers came and destroyed everything that the Dobblers loved. The poor Dobblers were then put in cages and their diamonds were stolen. Dobbler, who is the main character in the game, was on vacation, drinking his favorite Doblerjito with lemon while all this happened. After he returned, he decided to take action, and this...

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Will Verduzco · May 3, 2014

Latest Android Platform Stats Show KitKat Up to 8.5%, 2.x Down to 17.2%

Just as hump day has come to be known as Google Update Wednesday, the beginning of every month is when Google updates its Android Platform Stats. This information is of course invaluable to developers looking to better target their applications. And with this knowledge, app devs can then choose where to devote their limited resources. One month ago, we saw that Android 4.4.x KitKat had finally started to gain some traction. Back then, 4.4.x accounted for a grand total of 5.3% of devices with...

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Will Verduzco · May 2, 2014

[APK] Google Drive 1.3 Removes Editing Capabilities–You May Want to Pass for Now

Two days ago, Google released the new standalone Docs and Sheets apps. While Docs and Sheets offered a dramatically improved editing experience compared to what was previously available through the official Google Drive app, many quickly felt these new additions were redundant. After all, users could previously edit documents and spreadsheets directly through the Google Drive app, as well as the recently acquired QuickOffice suite. Let's also not forget that Google Drive, which itself was originally called Google Docs, still carried its vestigial Android package name: com.google.android.apps.docs-version. Now, Google has gone ahead and done...

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Will Verduzco · May 2, 2014

Mobile ODIN 4.20 Brings Support for Several Galaxy S5 Variants

We last talked about XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Mobile ODIN back in January with the launch of version 4. For those who don't recall, v4 brought quite a few new features such as the ability to flash modem images and support for several new Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 variants. Now, version 4.20 is here, and it packs a few goodies--no, not THAT. Mobile ODIN v4.20, which went live yesterday afternoon, packs two new features. First off, the injected SuperSU has been updated to version...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 2, 2014

Save Your Battery Life with WiFi Connection Manager

Without wireless connectivity, smartphones become rather pointless. Our phones have become mobile computers that can do practically all of the basic computing tasks we need on a day to day basis. However, extensive mobile data usage can be costly. Naturally, many then choose to connect to WiFi networks for data-intensive tasks. However, leaving WiFi enabled consumes quite a bit of battery life while searching for new networks. Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer bartito created a handy application that allows you to set an interval between WiFi...

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Conan Troutman · May 2, 2014

Web-Based Tool to Format and Filter Logcats

If you've ever pulled a logcat to help a developer find and fix an issue, you might have done so in one of several ways. There are numerous applications out there that allow you to generate logs quickly, easily, and usually with some degree of formatting and/or filtering. However, log files exported from Catlog, which seems to be a popular choice for people sending logs to developers, aren't always easy to look at and sift through---especially for those who may not...

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Jimmy McGee · May 2, 2014

Sprint G Flex, Galaxy S3, Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Receive KitKat, Oppo 7a Gets OTA Bugfixes – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for the Sprint LG G Flex and the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is rolling out! 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 Sprint Galaxy S III receiving KitKat and the OTA update for the Oppo Find 7a! 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 Developer TV...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 1, 2014

Sony’s EvolutionUI Brings “Gamification” to Android

Sony Mobile likes to surprise users. From time to time, they release some open-source projects including device trees for their handsets. But releasing device trees is not all that Sony does, as they often release other fun projects. Sony employee Pál Szász, otherwise known as XDA Sony Mobile Developer pal.szasz, recently announced a new concept: EvolutionUI. This UI is a quite new idea, and it works by adding achievements and gaming points to Android. Android's "gamification" can bring some fun to users and prompt them...

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Jimmy McGee · May 1, 2014

Android App Review: Get “Rheti” to Make Some Apps – XDA Developer TV

Here at XDA-Developers, we are developers at heart---it says so in our name. Because of this, we love tweaking our phones and creating widgets, themes, kernels, hacks, exploits, and more for our mobile devices. We also love apps. The journey to app development is a long, but enjoyable trek. So if you’ve ever wanted to start app development, there are resources for you. XDA Forum Member Rheti offers up an application that allows you to start developing an app of your own. In...

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Will Verduzco · May 1, 2014

[APK] Google Play Music 5.5 Brings Mobile Playlist Management

It is now officially Thursday everywhere around the globe, but mere technicalities such as the calendar day can't hold us Google down. What in the world could we be possibly talking about? Well, Google decided to continue its Update "Wednesday" with yet another app update. Previously we saw two new apps appear (Docs and Sheets), as well as updates to Google Search and Google Play Games. Now, we have an update to Google Play Music version 5.5.1509O.1140258. So what does Play Music 5.5...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 1, 2014

Find the Missing Libraries in a Ported ROM

Porting a new version of Android to an older device is a complicated process. The situation is much easier when the OEM decides to share the device tree with all necessary dependencies. But the vast majority of the time, the aftermarket developer needs to create this configuration from scratch or modify an existing tree from a similar device. Making a tree is one thing, but finding the appropriate library files to make it boot and work fully is another. Sometimes, when a device boots up, logcat indicates...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 30, 2014

[APK] Google Play Games 1.6 Brings Unified Inbox and Improved Visual Polish

Much like countless other hump days in recent memory, today was yet another Google Update Wednesday. We started off the day with two new applications (Docs and Sheets) that enabled a much richer content creation and viewing experience while on the go. We then saw a rather significant update to Google Search, which brought features like the new Parking Location card, a custom nicknames interface, and a much improved reminders interface. With these three major updates, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Google was done...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 30, 2014

[APK] Google Search 3.4 Brings Parking Location Card, New Reminder Interface, and Custom Nickname Management

Earlier today, Google released standalone versions of its Docs and Sheets apps.  But this wasn't all that Google had in store for us this Update Wednesday. The Google Search app has just received a major update to version 3.4.15.1143430, up from the previously available 3.3.11.1069658 build. And as one would expect from a major point revision update, this release brings quite a few new tricks. Perhaps most significantly, today's update to Google Search gives us a new Parking Location card, which detects and keeps track of...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 30, 2014

[APK] Google Releases Standalone Docs and Sheets Apps, Slides Coming Soon

You may recall that two weeks ago, Google diverged from its usual Update Wednesday course by bringing two new applications to the Play Store: Google Camera and Chrome Remote Desktop. Now just two weeks later, Google has released two new apps for our Android document editing pleasure. Google Docs and Google Sheets can be seen as extensions to the previous document and spreadsheet editing functionality that was available through the Google Drive app. But unlike editing through the Drive app, Docs and Sheets allow for a...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 30, 2014

Nvidia SHIELD April 2014 KitKat Update Brings Remote PC Game Streaming! – XDA Developer TV

Just over a month ago, Nvidia released a large update to the Nvidia Shield. Previously, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD unboxing, review, and a played a couple games on the device. However, many have wanted KitKat for the device, as well as an improved GameStream feature, which allows users to play PC games on their SHIELD devices. Luckily for us, Nvidia took everyone's “constructive” criticism and listened. They released an update that addressed various requests, updated the device to KitKat Android 4.4.2, and released...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 30, 2014

Control Big Devices with Just One Hand with Xposed

As we all know, it's growing increasingly difficult to get our hands on small, but still powerful devices. Featuring speedy processors as well as Full HD and soon even QHD screens, devices are getting bigger and bigger. Right now, a 6-inch phone is nothing unusual. Of course, having a big screen is great for media consumption, but everything has its pros and cons. As such, big devices are very often extremely difficult to use with just one hand. Thanks to an Xposed Module...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 29, 2014

Adjust Your Notification Volume with an App

Every situation requires a different approach. When we are walking around and our phones are in our pockets or backpack, our notification volume must be loud in order to be heard over the loud noises of the outside world. But when we're at home, notification sounds don't need to be nearly as loud in order to be heard. To achieve the desired goal, which is having loud notifications outside and quiet ones inside, you can use an application like Tasker. Configuring Tasker isn't easy, and...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 29, 2014

500 Firepaper Update to V2 Brings Major Overhaul

It's been a while since we talked about 500 Firepaper. For those who don't remember, it's an innovative application that downloads high quality wallpapers of various genres from the popular service 500px. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently announced a major overhaul to version 2.0. What's new in 500 Firepaper v2? The changelog is quite long and is covered on his Google+. These new features include a brand new option to pin a wallpaper for 7 days. Additionally, wallpaper history browsing has been refined, and it now supports swiping....

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Conan Troutman · Apr 29, 2014

Browse Your Favorite Communities Freely with Forum Fiend

Long gone are the days of solely using a desktop or laptop to access your favorite online content. Many sites and services now receive more visitors via mobile than desktop. But given that you're here on XDA, I probably didn't have to tell you that. Chances are that most of you have used a mobile app to access our forums---most likely, the official XDA forum app. The problem with dedicated forum applications is that you end up with one for every forum. And...

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