Despite introducing many useful features and overall great performance and enhancements, Android 4.4 KitKat is not without its flaws. For many, it’s not quite the most stable OS released by Google, and one of the “features” that drive people crazy is the intermittent WiFi drop. It unfortunately hasn’t been fixed in the various releases since KitKat’s original unveiling.
If you suffer from intermittent WiFi connection drops, XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari provides a solution for this rather frustrating situation. In many cases, the whole issue is caused by nothing other than the OS checking for the connectivity status of our devices. When the client can’t be reached, the connection is reset. This can be fixed with a simple trick in your router’s configuration or WiFi settings on your Android device.
It’s still a bit of a shame that Google hasn’t managed to fix this issue in their product, despite how many other hotfixes have been released. Hopefully the upcoming Android L(emon Meringue Pie) will finally resolve all these problems related to connectivity, since it’s one of the critical functions for any mobile device.
While we all wait for an official fix, you can fix your own WiFi drop issues by following the instructions provided in the WiFi Drop Fix guide thread.
Google presented their brand new UI for tablets alongside the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb back in early 2011. It was widely used on many devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1, at which point Google finally decided to end this project. The UI was replaced by the Phablet layout in Android 4.2. This Phablet UI is basically the phone layout stretched to match the tablet size.
Google went even further and removed the Tablet UI from source code in Android 4.4, so it’s very difficult to bring it back even by modifying the code. However, XDA Forum Member Exalm gives us an easy opportunity to get the Tablet UI back on your device. This modification comes in the form of an Xposed Framework module that works with the vast majority of AOSP-based ROMs. But due to some changes in the code, this module doesn’t work well with OmniROM and CyanogenMod.
In the current form, this module offers a fully working System Bar, Notification and Quick Settings Pop Up, IME switcher, as well as fully supported Immersive mode and transparency.
For some of you, the Tablet UI might simply be more functional and space efficient than the Phablet layout. If you want to bring back tablet UI layout to your AOSP-based tablet, go to the Tablet UI Xposed module thread give this piece of development a shot.
September 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! 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 the Nvidia SHIELD getting it’s first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared released a video showing you his Top 5 MODs for the LG G3. Then Newcomer RootJunky showed off how to root the LG G Watch. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
When the Moto G was initially released to the world in November of last year, very few actually believed that Motorola would be capable of producing a high quality smartphone with an unsubsidized price of under $200 US. In the nearly ten months since its original release, the G has more than proven that not only can a $200 smartphone be decent, but it could actually be quite desirable. Much of this comes down to its almost entirely vanilla flavor of Android, with only the most minimal OEM customizations. And building off of the success of the original, Motorola soon released a 4G variant of the device for not much more cost.
Despite the fantastic and untainted stock software, many still choose to replace the G’s firmware entirely and enter the world of custom ROMs. Now, a new milestone has been reached for the Moto G 4G, thanks to XDA Senior Member Somcom3X (with help from shabbypenguin). The device now rocks official CyanogenMod 11 nightlies, and since this is of the official variety, essentially everything works. Naturally, you’ll need to unlock your bootloader and flash a recovery first, but all the steps are listed in the official thread.
Now with even more aftermarket development love, the G continues to prove that a device doesn’t have to be an expensive flagship to be great. If you’re a Moto G 4G (peregrine) owner and you’d like to get in on the CM11 love, head over to the CyanogenMod 11 for the Moto G 4G ROM thread to get started.
The LG G3 has been LG’s breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3.
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top 5 LG G3 MODs. He talks about 5 Mods, that in no particular order that really help expand your LG G3’s capabilities. Jared talks about a lock screen mod, a camera mod, thermal mods, a split view mod, and Xposed Tweaksbox Module. So if you wanted to see what these MODs offer and get insight into how they run, check out this video!
August 29, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Secrecy encryption app goes open source! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of a news LG Android Wear device called the LG G Watch R and be sure the check out the article talking about an app called “I Am Groot!” 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 XQuietHours. Then AdamOutler talked about automating software builds with Jenkins. And later TK gave us a an Android App Review of CPU Monitor. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Is your Android device running slow? Is your Android device overheating? Are you a power user who wants to squeeze every morsel of power out of your device and optimize every cycle? Well, one of the best ways to answer these questions is to monitor your CPU and understand what’s using your devices clock cycles. Then you can decide if this action is appropriate or not.
XDA Forum Member cygnus.uvdb offers up a simple application that gives you a window into what items are using your processors power. In this video XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews CPU Monitor. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
August 27, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Many members of the XDA community come to learn and begin in the exciting world of software development. Once you’ve gone through the development process and written your software, you need to ensure that maintenance does not cause additional problems and the results are always completely reproducible. This is where a build automation system comes in to play. Jenkins is one such software which allows you to keep a hands-off approach to building and releasing your software.
In this episode of XDA Developer TV, AdamOutler talks about Jenkins. Jenkins is a build automation software which runs on Linux and Mac, as well as Windows with some effort. Jenkins can be triggered by Git or Subversion commit hooks on each commit and will allow a developer or project manager to know the build status of the software in real-time. Jenkins can be used to build Android Apps, Kernels, Android systems, and just about every other type of software out there. But it doesn’t just stop there. AdamOutler shows you his Jenkins system and gives examples of alternate uses such as generating HTML from TODO comments, creating documentation websites, managing complex releases and more. So check this video out.
In the last few months, we’ve talked about quite a few Sony Honami-related projects. The Sony Xperia Z1 is quite a popular device, due no doubt to its aesthetic UI that has been ported to other devices by many developers and themers.
Changing the look of your device’s framework to match the Honami isn’t as difficult as it may initially look. The situation gets even easier with a guide by XDA Senior Member KuaQ, which thoughtfully explains the process of transformation. KuaQ’s guide is place where you can learn how to make simple modifications like changing the theme accent color in Settings, the system progress bar, and more. All modifications can be done within minutes and they require no special skills in smali or other programming languages. To apply these modifications, you need to use one of popular APK extractors, and thankfully, all of the required information is presented in text and image form, so you won’t get lost in the middle of the process.
The available modifications can be applied to Sony devices, but if you don’t have one, worry not. You can make use of them on other devices as well, if you only want to make your OS look like the Honami.
If you are willing to sink your teeth into simple modding, you can find necessary resources by visiting the Honami transformation guide thread.
August 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The greatest thing about technology is its ability to keep us connected. However, technology can also impact our sleep, from waking us with notification noise to keeping us watching videos. Well, CyanogenMod has a QuietHours setting that mute notifications automatically. But what if you don’t want to install CyanogenMod or CyanogenMod doesn’t support your device?
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you have quiet hours on almost any device. XDA Forum Member kimifan316 created the XQuietHours module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
August 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Google Chromecast has become rootable once again! 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 potentially being called Lemon Meringue Pie and be sure the check out the article talking about the Hotel and conference rates special for this year’s xda:devcon! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Tom released a video showing you how to manually factory reset your Samsung Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch. Then Newcomer Droidmodd3rx showed off CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The past year has been a big year for CyanogenMod. With events from becoming a corporation to deals to ship on phones like the OnePlus One, Cyanogen Inc has been busy. However, the community is still hard at work building CyanogenMod 11 based of Android KitKat 4.4. CyanogenMod gives you loads of customization and many people perfer its approach to mobile device operating over Google’s stock Android offering. Their latest Milestone for version 11 was recently released.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx shows off CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9 on his HTC One M8. The main fetaures covered and talked about in today’s video are the CyanogenMod 11 Theme engine, which allows for almost unlimited customization, heads up notifications, and a few others. While we are showing the version on the HTC One M8, the features will be similar on any CyanogenMod 11 supported device. Grab your favorite beverage and check out this video.