POSTS TAGGED: All Android
Posted October 21, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the XHangouts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 21, 2014 at 04:30 am by GermainZ
A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.
The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:
- A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
- An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho
Posted October 20, 2014 at 06:00 am by Jimmy McGee
The Android Lollipop Preview Images are now available! 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 Android L final API and marterial design support library going live and be sure the check out the article talking about the Micromax Canvas 5 which may ship with CyanogenMod! 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 Jared shows off the Best 3 Pro Camera Apps. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you how to unlock and root a Nexus Device. Then XDa TV posted the opening k. . . READ ON »
Posted October 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we’re not talking about lumberjack work. We’re talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don’t even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself.
To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per one log. It’s a big waste of internal storage and application grid. XDA Senior Member Bassel Bakr gave us the pleasure to meet Andy Log, the logging application to rule them all. The concept of Andy Log is very simple, yet innovative. The applicatio. . . READ ON »
Posted October 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Will Verduzco
As we’ve talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy use is difficult almost no matter what device you run–with the obvious exception of phablets like the Galaxy Note lineup.
Luckily, there are quite a few ways to stretch out your battery so you don’t have to be tethered to a charger all day. Obviously you could replace your kernel with a more battery friendly variant, and you could also mitigate the biggest battery drain culprit: screen brightness. Howev. . . READ ON »
Posted October 19, 2014 at 08:00 am by Jimmy McGee
It is official–Google has released the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus family is growing, and as we all know the great part of a Nexus device is that you can customize it to your heart’s content. While rooting, unlocking, and installing a custom recovery on a Nexus device is easy, sometimes you just want to click and go.
In today’s video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh‘s Nexus Root Toolkit. This kit allows you to to quickly and easily make your desired changes to your Nexus devices. This video gives an overview of the toolkit and shows you how to root, bootloader unlock, and install a custom recovery on your Nexus device. Grab your favorite b. . . READ ON »
Posted October 19, 2014 at 03:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Custom kernels are designed to make our devices run better, faster, and be more battery friendly than their stock counterparts. Kernel development is definitely not easy, as it requires lots of knowledge about the Linux ecosystem and coding ability. You can find multiple kernels available in basically any device subforum.
Kernel developers often create applications to keep their users on updated versions and to streamline the update process. Users can easily download the kernel and install it without even touching a USB cable, which is surely a convenient way of updating. However, not every developer creates such Android applications, so it might be a bit problematic to keep them up-to-date. XDA Re. . . READ ON »
Posted October 18, 2014 at 03:30 pm by Jimmy McGee
To kick off the great presentations at this years Big Android BBQ Googlers Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan and Chet Haase talk about Android’s progression from the beginning to now the time of Android’s version 5 release Lollipop – oddly timed to match the fifth Big Android BBQ. The talk starts with a discussion of Android over the years and the drive to keep innovating.
With speakers like Reto Meier, a manager of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, and Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google for Google Glass and Android Wear, you are going to get more than just a marketing talk. This group spoke more specifically about the many facets of Android and the additional fea. . . READ ON »
Posted October 18, 2014 at 07:00 am by Jimmy McGee
There are many Camera apps available for Android, some free, some not so free. Sometimes though you want more than just a standard camera app. The sensors are good enough on most devices now days that with the right app, you can do some pretty significant adjustments to your photos. The apps we cover today won’t make you Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams, but if you know to turn your phone into landscape mode before you take a picture, these may be of interest to you.
In today’s episode, XDA TV Producer Jared shows off the best 3 Pro Camera Apps. He talks about A Better Camera , Camera FV-5 and HD Camera. So if you wanted to use a pro camera for your Android device, check out this video!. . . READ ON »