March 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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 announcement of Official CyanogenMod for the Sony Xperia M and that the Xperia Z2 camera has been ported to other Xperia Devices! 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 Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Wanam Kit, then Jordan talked about all the cool mobile games in the current Humble Bundle, and finally TK gave us an Android App Review of Navigation Layer. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
March 7, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
After making its way through most of the HTC’s One lineup, Android 4.4.2 is now starting to pop up on other recent devices from the Taiwanese OEM. The latest HTC device to receive an official udpate to 4.4.2 is the Butterfly S.
The 737 MB update, which has begun rolling out to many end user devices, comes in at software version 3.06.708.3. Aside from bumping up the Android version to 4.4.2, this update also brings cloud printing support, security enhancements, and new Bluetooth profiles. It also unfortunately removes Flash Player support from the default web browser, just like we’ve seen in other HTC KitKat updates.
The 4.4.2 update for the Butterfly S was first noticed by XDA Forum Member An69, who was also kind enough to mirror the OTA for all to enjoy. XDA Recognized Contributor LlabTooFeR then posted a picture of the OTA on his Twitter account showing the main changes of this OTA.
If you’re a Butterfly S owner looking for some official KitKat love, head over to the firmware thread and download the OTA.
[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
Last Friday, we wrote about how the Android 4.4.2 kernel source code was released for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In addition to being useful to developers in its on right, this also alluded to the possibility of an imminent OTA update for the device. It is now here, and thanks to the fine folks here on our forums, it has also been mirrored for your early updating pleasure.
Just like the earlier kernel source code release, this OTA comes in at software version UVUENB4, and as expected, it brings Android 4.4.2 to the device. Currently not much is known about this particular update in addition to the change in Android version, but it’s safe to assume that the update is inline with what we’ve seen for other variants of the device.
This update is being delivered to consumer devices in the form of a staged OTA rollout, so the update may not be immediately available on your device. Luckily, XDA Forum Member mrpnut was kind enough to mirror the update, and this was included in Senior Member allenjthomsen‘s update thread. And just in case those mirrors aren’t as quick as you’d like Senior Members Disconn3ct and dirtybudha also shared a couple of mirrors. And those of you looking to update via the ODIN files should visit Disconn3ct’s quick guide for doing so.
[Once again, many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
March 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Sometimes looking through the list of the different launchers available to navigate Android can be dizzying. It feels like you’ve stumbled into Bargain Bob’s Android Launcher Emporium and Warehouse! “I am currently overstocked on Android Launchers, and I am slashing prices. These prices are so low, THEY’RE CRAAAA-AAA-AAZY!!!!!!” But every once in a while, Launcher apps stand out with a great list of features.
XDA Forum Member wariat offers up a way to create shortcuts and navigate your device with different layers. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Navigation Layer. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
March 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet and are a gamer, you’ve no doubt heard of the ‘pay-what you-want’ and charitable giving game package called Humble Indie Bundle. In recent years, the Humble Bundle has moved away from solely featuring independent developer games, and has even expanded to include mobile devices.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talks about the most recent Humble Mobile Bundle, which includes the games Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, Zombie Gunship, and two other bonus games. In this video, Jordan talks about Catan, Vector, and Riptide GP2. So if you want to learn more about the Humble Bundle, check this video out, check out their site, and check out other XDA Developer TV videos.
In recent years, Google has introduced many goodies into Android. But bringing these new features doesn’t automatically mean that everything is fully streamlined—in fact, it’s often quite the opposite. One area that many would like to see some improvement in Android is the recent apps menu. Luckily, this was taken care of in OmniROM with OmniSwitch, but a totally different approach was presented by the SlimKat developers.
A totally reworked recent apps menu was presented by XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel, who did an amazing adding almost 3000 lines of code that are now available in the newest weekly. Much credit goes to Gabriele Mariotti, who made a base library used by the SlimROM Team and helped kufikugel with porting it to an AOSP build. The new recent apps menu differs from the original, consumes less memory, and offer a new way to preview your apps. A description would never be as accurate as the video, so here it is in action.
This new feature is available when installing anything later than the 3.4-WEEKLY-3166 version of SlimKat. You can find a download for your device by visiting your home device forum or project’s website.
And if you’re a Slim lover, you can consider helping out kufikugel, who is currently facing some bad times. You can learn more in this post. We hope some of you will show the spirit of community and help this skilled developer in his time of need.
March 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Siren’s song on pure Google, AOSP-inspired Nexus devices tempts the Android enthusiast masses like an evil Succubus. We are attracted to her sweet melody: pure Android with no OEM or carrier bloatware to slow down your device, just the pure natural taste of refreshing Android pureness from the waterfall fountain of Google. However, that doesn’t make your phone perfect, as there may still be some tweaks that you prefer.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your Nexus device. XDA Recognized Developer wanam created the Wanam Kit Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and presents its key features, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video. And if you don’t have a Nexus device but own a Samsung TouchWiz device, you can also check out the Wanam Xposed Module.
Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone’s individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market.
One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their devices intended for the mid/low-range market is Xperia M, code named Nicki. The device features some decent technical specification consisting of a dual-core 1 GHz Krait 200 CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage.
FreeXperia announced official support for the Xperia M starting from FXP309. Much credit belongs to XDA Senior Member PecanCM, who did a great job bringing up the device tree and kernel. This announcement is a special one for FXP, as it’s the first device (and surely not last) to receive official support in 2014.
A new build for Xperia M is available to download on the project’s website. In the mean time, you can visit the thread by PecanCM and get the unofficial port for that device and read the full story on FXP blog.
March 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat source code for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 been released! 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 the T-Mobile LG G2′s KitKat update is available as well and Android 4.4 has been leaked for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about adding 4k and 120 FPS abilities to the Stock LG Camera. Finally, Nokia treats developers well and the Nokia X has been rooted and loaded with Google Apps, the Play Store and Google Now! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
When it comes to cell phone photography, LG certainly manages to set itself apart from other OEMs. Although their cameras lack 20+ megapixel sensors, LG’s camera application offers lots of unique functionality. One such feature allows you to record a video at 120 FPS, in order to make slow motion video capture easy.
If you own a LG phone running KitKat, you may want to take a look at the guide presented by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™. This guide adds 4K resolution and 120 FPS video modes to the stock LG camera application. To successfully add those functions, some basic reverse engineering skill might be required.
The process is explained clearly and images are provided, so everything should work as intended without too much effort. And put your time management fears aside, as this mod will require only 5 minutes of your precious time. If you want to side-load the modified application back to your phone, Jishnu Sur™ added a zip file with a binary and required updater-script.
To get the most experience from your LG camera application, you should visit the guide thread and start modding some APKs.
March 2, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Since the release of Android 4.4.2, most custom ROMs have been rebased to Google’s latest and greatest. However, this transition isn’t always without issue, as it requires lots of work porting existing features to a newer OS version. Earlier today, we shared a guide on building PAC on your own PC, but now it’s a great time to start a fresh sync as PAC has now gone to Android 4.4.2.
PAC ROM still remains an All-in-One ROM, with all core features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod—hence the name PAC. And with the update to KitKat, the developers bring the following improvements:
As you can see, many cool features have been added here and there, and the ROM can finally be black like SlimROM. PAC is widely available for a large number of devices and has over 150 thousand total installations. A more detailed change log can be found on the team’s Gerrit and Github. The newest version of PAC can be found in various forum threads or on the official project website. You should also receive an OTA notification when the update is available for your device. Get your phones ready, as more and more ghosts will be eaten up by a happy yellow ball in the coming hours!
March 2, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Pac-Man isn’t just a funny-looking character from the earliest moments in gaming. PAC ROM is also the name of one of the most popular ROMs available for many devices here at XDA. The developers of PAC take the best features from popular ROMs like CM, Paranoid Android, and AOKP, and put them together while adding their personal flair.
PAC is pretty easy to port, even with a moderate amount of Android building knowledge. If you’ve ever tried to take a stab at building PAC, you might be interested in reading a guide by XDA Recognized Developer iurnait. The developer put together all the necessary information and wrote a step-by-step guide for building PAC. If your device has a working CyanogenMod device tree, you should be able to compile it from existing sources or even add official support for your device. The build process is scripted, so compiling should not be a big challenge. But nevertheless, the guide is very helpful.
[Thanks to my fellow news writer Samantha for the tip!]
March 1, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve already heard about the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2. The Z2 improves upon last year’s flagship Xperia Z1 in basically every area that counts—including replacing the previous model’s dreadfully bad screen. As such, we’ve already given Sony’s latest and greatest a place here in our forums.
Those of you looking to experience some of the Xperia Z2 goodies a bit early are in luck, as XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD managed to snag and release a system dump from the device. The firmware comes in at revision 17.1.A.0.289, and it packs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, as well as Sony’s latest custom UI.
While obviously end users can’t really do anything with this firmware dump other than stare at the pretty numbers and letters in the device’s build.prop, this firmware dump will hopefully allow devs to begin the porting process and bring many of the Z2′s goodies to other Xperia devices.
If you want to begin porting efforts based on this dump, head over to the firmware thread and get your download on.