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Posts Tagged: Android 4.4 KitKat

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It’s been a while since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, and we’re slowly preparing for a new version cooked up somewhere in Google’s secret AOSP laboratories. With KitKat, Google for the first time decided to use transparency in Android’s ubiquitous status bar. It’s a great improvement in terms of aesthetics, but unfortunately not every app has this feature enabled. Fear not as with the help of XDA Senior Member StephenMilone‘s Xposed module, KitKat can start look better.

With this module, status bar transparency will be available in every application, not just the launcher and a handful of other apps. This module is experimental, and some applications like Gmail, Greenify, and even Xposed Installer itself may suffer some weird bugs or even stop working properly. The list of incompatible applications isn’t long though, and hopefully will get shorter with upcoming releases. Needless to say, this module will work only with API level 19+ (Android 4.4 and higher), where transparency has been enabled. To use this module, you need to root your device and enable the module in Xposed Framework Installer (which will stop working afterwards, so be prepared or don’t mark it on the list).

If you want translucent status bars in every app, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.

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Our smartphones are our lives. They store our contacts, emails, texts, bookmarks, and many other pieces of important information. So when your friend asks, “Hey my batteries dead can I use your phone,” you may constantly hover over them to make sure they don’t access your private data. There has to be a better way

XDA Forum Member appmobileplus offers up an application that allows you to lock others out of certain apps with a PIN. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Lockdown Pro. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.

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Verizon and Motorola shocked us all back in November when the Verizon Moto X became the first non-Nexus device to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. But what about Motorola’s other devices on America’s largest mobile carrier? Naturally, many were quick to wonder if/when the 2012 Droid family (Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M) would receive the official KitKat goods.

Now, we’ve gotten official word that the update is not only coming, but that it will hit consumer devices very soon. This news comes directly from David Schuster, Senior Director of Software Product Management for Motorola. As stated on David Schuster’s Google+:

 A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it. So stay tuned…..

Although we don’t have an update yet, it’s great to hear from an official source that KitKat is coming very soon. Keep checking back here on the XDA Portal, as well as the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M forums to get in on the update as soon as it’s live.

[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]

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A little under two months ago, AT&T started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the former flagship Galaxy S 4. Many  were then left wondering when their devices would receive their taste of Google’s latest tasty treat. Thankfully, the update has now begun rolling out, and KitKat is here in official capacity for the AT&T variant of the S4 Active i537.

Today’s update comes in the form of firmware build I537UCUCNC9. Aside from bumping up the Android version to the latest official 4.4.2 (no, Sprint—4.4.3 is not yet live), today’s update also brings all of the other goodies we’ve seen in other Samsung KitKat releases. This includes refined UI styling, full screen album art and media controls in the lock screen, a new location menu, wireless printing, and a new sound controls menu.

The update is currently making its way to consumer devices in the form of a staged OTA rollout. But of course, not all devices will be in the initial wave. Luckily, those wanting to get in on the update action a bit early can do so thanks to XDA Forum Member TreyLWalker, who mirrored the update for your sideloading pleasure.

You can learn more about the update on AT&T’s update support page. Share your experiences with the update in the comments below, and then head over to the 4.4 discussion thread to get in on the action. And if you want to update your device before you receive the OTA, head over to TreyLWalker’s mirror to get started sideloading.

[Screenshot courtesy of zombieguy85]

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Listen, don’t cheat in your games. So don’t use the information you are about to learn to win by cheating. Winners never cheat, and cheaters never lose. But in a purely academic exercise, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler shows you how one would cheat at a game so that you can detect someone who is cheating and report them to the proper authorities.

In this video, Adam demonstrates two easy methods of hacking an Android App.  He demonstrates this using his own app Spider Squisher Pro Extreme. The methods covered are Input Tap Events and Memory Editing.  Both require very little skill to master but are hacks nonetheless.  So if you wanted to be a simple game hacker check out this video.

Please note that although the website mentioned in the tutorial video can be used for illicit purposes such as piracy, XDA-Developers in no way advocates such usage. This site was used merely for demonstration purposes.

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In today’s modern world, your number gets in people’s hands, even if you are very careful. Well-meaning friends give your number to an insurance salesman. Or you ex can’t get over that fact that you left him or her and won’t stop calling. No matter how hard you try, eventually you are going to want to block a number from calling you.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that blocks phone numbers efficiently and easily. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Call Blocker Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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You may recall that we’ve seen quite a few Android 4.4.3 test builds pop up recently. But now, at least according to US third-place carrier Sprint, it will finally begin rolling out some time today–at least for the Google Nexus 5.

The update was first spotted by XDA Forum Member GiantJay, who noticed a new build on Sprint’s support pages. Thus far, we don’t really know much about this new KTU48F KTU84F build, other than its build number and what’s mentioned in Sprint’s online update documentation.

According to Sprint, the changes are as follows:

  • Enable Sprint Spark band 26 and band 41
  • Misc Android updates

In other words, not very much is known about what this upcoming update and its “Misc Android updates” will bring for users not on Sprint. We also have yet to see if this is the same build number for 4.4.3 that will roll out to other Nexus devices, or even if they will also receive an update today.

What fixes and/or enhancements do you think will make their way into 4.4.3? Make your way over to the comments section below and the original thread to get in on the discussion and speculation. The rollout has yet to begin, so obviously there’s no captured OTA to share, but keep checking back here on the XDA Portal because we’ll share the OTAs as soon as they’re available.

Update: As pointed out by reader Akshat Mittal, the previous build number was a typo on Sprint’s part, and has since been corrected on their support forums.

Update 2: Well, “today” has come and gone, and 4.4.3 is nowhere to be found. Looks like Sprint jumped the gun a bit here, guys.

Update 3: Now, Sprint has gone ahead and removed mention of KTU84F from its support page. Hopefully we still see Android 4.4.3 released soon.

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You can now easily switch between Dalvik and ART if you’re experiencing ART-related bootloops! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer has been ported to all Xperia Devices and the story about what to do now that you have a Samsung Galaxy S5! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out like the Nokia X camera being ported to Android 4.1+ devices and the announcement that Chainfire has re-released CF.lumen. Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.

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The smartwatch market is growing rapidly. At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung introduced three new smartwatches ready to be paired with Galaxy devices. But Tizen is no fun, as developers haven’t yet given it much attention. The company’s previous smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, has already received love thanks to a custom ROM and kernel.

Now, Galaxy Gear users can easily root, restore, and more thanks to a toolkit by XDA Retired Senior Moderator mskip. Android Toolkit for Gear is a complete solution for Windows users, as it can easily install drivers, download stock images, root the device, flash a recovery, show an ADB log, pull SD card contents, backup the device, and much more. The complete list of features is quite long, and can be viewed in its release thread.

With this tool, a Samsung Galaxy Gear owner is essentially ready for anything. If you run Windows and own a Gear smartwatch, visit the utility thread to get the most out of your device.

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Under Google’s influence, Motorola did a great job with their recent devices. Both the Moto X and Moto G are great options in their respective price points. The Moto X has no notification LED, so they developed Active Display to bring the notifications to the OLED panel. This feature then found itself ported to some well known ROMs like Chameleon OS and OmniROM. There are also applications available that ran with the idea and made it even better.

Back in February, we talked about AcDisplay by XDA Recognized Developer AChep. Since then, the project changed a lot (mostly due to Motorola’s interference) and a few new features was introduced. The list of improvements includes the ability to set a wallpaper rather than just a solid black background. There are also some minor fixes, updated translations, and compatibility with Xposed Framework. Also, users will no longer receive notifications from Android when entering KitKat Immersive Mode while using AcDisplay.

The application is distributed in two ways. The stable branch is available in Play Store, and the beta is hosted here on XDA. If you want to try out some active notifications on your KitKat-powered device, you should consider visiting the application thread and giving a new version of AcDisplay a shot.

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You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a simple recovery-flashable ZIP by XDA Senior Member husen4u that allowed users to switch between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers directly from their custom recoveries. This tool actually came in the form of two scripts—one to enabled ART, and the other to enable Dalvik.

Naturally, the previously covered tool would be even more efficient if the two functions were combined into a single, AROMA-based ZIP file. Well, this is basically what XDA Senior Member hnkotnis has done. The aptly titled D2A_RT allows you to choose between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers right from your custom recovery. And since this comes in the form of an AROMA-based package, these two functions are combined into a single ZIP.

Using the package is incredibly easy. You simply flash it like any other ZIP file from your custom recovery and then use your touch screen to select which runtime compiler to use.

If you’re looking for a single archive that lets you choose your runtime compiler directly from your recovery, head over to the original thread and give this a whirl.

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolled out to the Nvidia SHIELD! 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 story on how the Sprint HTC One M8 was updated to 1.54.651.8 and received a new extreme power savings mode and the news about the HTC One M8 receiving S-Off! 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 Crappalinks, as well as a video explaining everything you need to know about the new Amazon Fire TV. Finally, TK also gave us an Android App Review of the C Locker update. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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About 8 months ago, TK reviewed a lockscreen App called C Locker by XDA Senior Member astoncheah. Now, the app received a major update and overhaul. This new update allows users to use everything from a customizable ring to other widgets and lock screen customizations. The app is all new, so TK decided to check out the changes.

In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews C Locker again. TK shows off the application and its changes, so check out this app review.

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