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Survive as Long as You Can in Colorate

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Puzzle games have been prominent on mobile devices since well before Android. After all, who can forget the legendary Tetris grazing the monochromatic screen of the original Game Boy? And just like that, there are hundreds of other games where there is no real objective other than not losing and acquiring points. Then as time went on, we got away from blocks and turned to bubbles, jewels, and all sorts of other things that could potentially be matched in a Connect 4-like fashion. It so seems that evolution of these games (or rather their persistence) is set to continue on. With this in mind, XDA Forum Member AlPav brings us his first app in the Play Store, called Colorate.

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[APK] Gmail Gains Better Drive Support, Google Camera Gets Wear Integration, Search Given Incremental Update

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Although Google’s first party application update timing isn’t quite as predictable as it once was, “Google Update Wednesday” is still a thing. Today, Google has issued major updates to its first party Google Camera and Gmail apps, following up on a minor Google Search update that was issued yesterday.

The stars of the show here are Google Camera and Gmail. The update to Google Camera brings us up to version 2.3.017 (up from 2.2.024 a little over a month ago). This update brings support for Android Wear as well as a refreshed panorama mode interface. The new panorama and PhotoSphere interface increases visual polish by giving us larger and more visible guide circles, as well as a n. . . READ ON »

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Backported PAC Performance for Android 2.3 and Later

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There are always reasons for us to try new ROMs on our devices. Be it the UI stylings of the a particular offering, special feature not available elsewhere, or maybe it is just the right mix of built-in modifications meant to save you from flashing and installing individual mods on your current ROM. The problem here is that not all devices are capable of receiving the latest and greatest, no matter how hard a dev or group of devs may try. So, what if there is something that you love about a ROM but you simply cannot have it? That is when people like XDA Recognized Themer mariozawa come into play.

As the title of this article suggests, PACROM lovers out there who may not be able to update to the latest KitKa. . . READ ON »

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XDA Investigates: Smartphone Charging – XDA Developer TV

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We use our smartphones every day for various reasons: Email, text messaging, Hangouts, surfing the Web, streaming music, streaming movies, and occasionally even making phone calls. Try as they might, it seems like OEMs never give us enough battery  life. We’ve talked about external battery packs in the past, but XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler gives us a little information on the unsung hero of the smartphone world: chargers.

Adam talks about chargers and charging cords. He talks about what makes a good cord, and what makes a bad cord. He talks about aftermarket chargers, some of which offer many ports so you can charge all your devices without taking up every free outlet in your house. F. . . READ ON »

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Get an Early Glimpse of AnTuTu Benchmark 5!

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There are two kinds of people here at XDA-Developers: those who focus on the looks and functionality of a device, and those who focus almost exclusively on raw power, performance, and how well it stacks up against other devices within the same tier. The latter group relies heavily on certain types of apps and modifications that boost performance (tweakers, kernels with various governors, etc.), as well as benchmarks to measure said performance benefits.

Since the introduction to Android, we have seen various benchmarks that have allowed us to see how tweaking settings affects the performance of a device. One of the biggest names in this field is without a doubt AnTuTu Benchmark. For those not fam. . . READ ON »

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Google to Consider Changing SD Card Access Rules in Final Android L Release

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With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced a few changes that impacted the way in which SD cards are handled. As a result, user-installed applications are not longer allowed to access the entirety of your SD card partition. Instead, user-installed apps running on KitKat are only given full access to files and folders of their own creation.

The change in SD card behavior in KitKat was a very deliberate one–and one which was aimed at improving both security and overall SD card tidiness. As you would expect from such a marked change, both users and third party applications were caught in the cross-fire and left with broken apps and support nightmares. Luckily for those looking to r. . . READ ON »

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Google Voice Search Now Lets You Correct Misheard Queries

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As accurate as Google Voice Search has become over the years, it’s still far from perfect–especially for less common words or when issuing search queries in noisy environment such as a car or crowded area. Now, a Google Search backend update update has made Voice Search a bit smarter by allowing you to correct misheard queries.

Google Voice Search has demonstrated contextual awareness for quite some time. For example, if you search for “Show me pictures of Renaissance art,” it shows you pictures of Renaissance art as you would expect. If you then follow this up with, “how about Baroque,” you are then shown pictures of Baroque art. Today’s update takes thi. . . READ ON »

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: Clean Your Notification Panel – XDA Developer TV

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Speaking from personal experience, I know that no matter how hard I try to keep it clean, my Android Notification Tray gets as cluttered and dirty as the change tray in my car. Between the forty different instant messages and emails I get a day and other apps making their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to find stuff in one try. There has get to be a way to suppress those notifications that I don’t want.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you clean up your notification panel. XDA Senior Member defim created the NotifyClean module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 18%, Overtakes Gingerbread But Growth Slows

Google Android Platform Stats

It’s become quite customary for Google to release updated Android Platform Stats at the start of every month. These figures show the latest state of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem–valuable information for developers looking to better target their application development efforts.

When we last left off one month ago, we were pleased to note some rather significant progress in the right direction. Android 4.4.x KitKat was up to 13.6% from 8.5% the month before, resulting in a 60% relative growth. This figure kept pace with the 60% relative growth over the month before. Unfortunately, Android 2.x was still hanging around at 15.7% of devices last month.

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