September 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Moto G is one of those, wallet friendly devices that is definitely not considered “low end.” In fact, this device from 2013 can easily compete with the “higher end” Google Nexus 4 on many levels. While the G has been updated to Android 4.4.4 a long while ago, the Boost Mobile variant was still stuck on an older Android firmware version. The situation has changed and now, all of you using Moto G on Sprint’s prepaid arm can expect an OTA update heading your way.
As you all know, Android 4.4.4 is not exactly a major update. Google released it to fix some bugs related to stability and security, so don’t expect wonders after rebooting your device after updating. This update isn’t that boring as it may sounds, however. Motorola has added some of their own enhancements to the phone dialer, which received a new layout, and they added a few tweaks to the camera app.
Here’s a full changelog provided by Motorola:
Android™ 4.4.4, KitKat® – Android 4.4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes accuracy improvements to the power profile, several stability, framework and security fixes including update to OpenSSL.
Camera – Pause video recording – Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
Updated Phone dialler – Updated Phone dialler with a new graphical layout and colours to improve consistency and usability.
Enables Motorola Alert Application download – New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts. Now available for download from the Google Play Store.
If you own a Moto G on Boost Mobile, you should expect the OTA to arrive to your device shortly. Keep in mind that in order to receive and successfully apply this update, you first have to revert to stock recovery.
September 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z receive their official Android 4.4.4 update! 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 MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One, and be sure the check out the article talking about removing the Band Restrictions from various Qualcomm 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 Xposed Macro Expand. Then, rirozizo showed you how to flash factory Images on your Nexus device. And later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Narrate. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this fast paced, gotta have it now world, sometimes a thought pops into your mind and before you can get to your note taking app on your Android device you get sidetracked from all your notifications. What you need to more room in your schedule. If that is not possible you need a way to create notes with your voice.
XDA Forum Member ohcrapitstim offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to give voice commands to leave a note to yourself. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Narrate. TK shows off the application and shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
September 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nexus family is Google’s answer to what they believe the Android experience should be, pure and clean without OEM customization interferrence. It is for this reason that many developers like to build and develop on Nexuses (Nexii?). It is always best to develop on a clean device, and Google is kind enough to open source parts of Android and provide factory images for you to install.
In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Xposed Tuesday newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to install factory images on your Nexus device. He shows off the step using his Nexus 5, but these steps should work for any of the Nexus line of products. So, if you wanted a stock clean install of Android, check out this video.
September 10, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
While Sony is still struggling to provide KitKat for some of their mid-end phones from 2013 (still pending investigation), owners of flagship devices from this Japanese OEM should feel happy right about now. Sony has started to roll out an update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z bringing the latest Android 4.4.4 on board and fixing lots of bugs present in earlier firmware revisions.
When Sony released a KitKat update back in May, more than a few users have been complaining about bad battery life (not a big surprise) and a few additional minor issues that forced them to revert to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony was pretty slow in addressing the problems, but after four months, the OEM has finally decided to fix them and deliver an OTA update that should be ready to download in the next few days.
What have been fixed in the latest update? Here’s the list of enhancements.
Upgrade to Android 4.4.4
Better battery performance in some background applications
Email stability & performance enhanced
General improvements to MMS, Calendar, Wifi, Contacts & More
All of our latest bug fixes and enhancements
If you can’t wait for the official update, you can visit one of the threads mentioned below to put your fingers on FTF files waiting to be flashed via Flashtool. A big thanks should be given to XDA Senior Member Jamal_RS and XDA Forum Member xperian.ir for uploading the FTF files.
Hurry up, the FTF’s are waiting for you!
September 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Text messaging is one of the most popular ways to communicate currently. However, if you are a responsible adult and respect those around you, there are times where you can’t, or shouldn’t, spend a lot of time text messaging. What you need is a way to speed up common text entry.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you set macros that will automatically type in what you set it to type. XDA Forum Member mikmitch created the Xposed Macro Expand module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
September 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Moto 360 has been released! 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 Verizon HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat and be sure the check out the article talking about getting an Unlocked Moto X in any color! 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 RootJunky released a video showing you how to install TWRP on your Android Wear device. Then Newcomer droidmodd3rx showed off how to make any Android Device have the same software as the OnePlus One. 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.
September 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Oppo’s spunky offspring company OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the One, to much fanfare. It ships with a special version of CyanogenMod installed. Many people love CyanogenMod and would love to get their hands on a phone with this version. However, getting your hands on a OnePlus One is not as easy as going down to the store and buying one. The supply is limited and there are many paths to getting the opportunity to buy one, and some paths are very sketchy.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Senior Member zedomax‘s OnePlus One Conversion Kit. This kit allows you to install the special OnePlus One features like the OnePlusOne lock screen, camera, soundfx, whisper push, privacy guard, wallpapers, and more on any smartphone that runs CyanogenMod 11. 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.
September 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge and Sony announced the Xperia Z3 and the Smartwatch 3! 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 MultiROM being Ported to the Moto E and the Moto G and be sure the check out the article talking about webOS becoming LuneOS. 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 NLPUnBounce. Then TK talked about two solar charging options. And later TK gave us his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the onboard battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a two unique smartphone accessories, the PowerAdd 14w Portable Solar Charger and the Apollo 2 Solar Power Bank. These devices either charge your device with the power of the sun or is a power bank that can be charged with the sun, respectively. Is Solar Charging a gimmick or a smart way to charge your phone? Check out this video to find out.
September 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Xposed Modules are usually pretty simple. There are a few out there where a Smali edit or a change in build.prop would produce the same result. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time or desire to dig through mountains of build.prop fields to find what you are looking for. But that’s alright, Xposed Module creators have found and shared their tweaks for us.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the duration between wake locks for one of Google’s location services. XDA Senior Member cryptyk created the NLPUnBounce module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
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.