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Learn How To Make Your Own Small App

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Floating applications are very popular–not only here at XDA, but in Play Store as well. One of the first OEM that used floating application in its stock firmware was Sony. Small Apps are independent applications that can be used on top of other applications. For example, you can run a small calculator and perform some calculations while browsing a web page. Those apps can be launched from the small apps bar available by pressing the navigation button.

Small App can be developed really easy with Eclipse or any other compatible IDE. Sony even released its own SDK that makes development a bit easier. If you ever wanted to create your own small application, XDA Senior Member Geeks Empire wrote a comprehensi. . . READ ON »

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AndroidCtrl.dll Adds Universality to Your Development Project

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ADB and Fastboot are some of the most basic and yet most powerful tools available on Android. We use them practically on a daily basis to get bug reports or simply flash a kernel onto our devices. While these tools are good to the end user, developers may find them a bit limited and may want to enhance their capabilities a bit.

If you are a developer and you are looking for all-in-one library, XDA Senior Member k1ll3r8e has something that might interest you. AndroidCtrl.dll is a kind of AAPT/ADB/Fastboot/(apk/zip) Signer Framework written in C# .NET 4. It’s designed to provide a lot of predefined .NET functions to communicate with an Android device. This library can easily work both with roote. . . READ ON »

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The XDA Pebble Developer Challenge Voting Has Begun!

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Back in mid-late July (gosh, that seems a long time ago now!), we announced that we had paired up with Pebble to offer developers the opportunity to #MakeAwesomeHappen, and be in with the chance of winning a trip to Mountain View, CA, to meet up with Pebble at their Annual Developer Retreat. XDA and Pebble went through every single one of the proposals sent in by developers – we had a tough time selecting the finalists – but in the end we had to whittle down 95 brilliant entries to 20. Those 20 finalists were selected based on the innovation and originality shown in their proposals.

Now it’s down to you! XDA and Pebble will each be selecting a winner, but the third winner will be selected by a vote of yo. . . READ ON »

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Create and View Application Styles Easily with Stylesplash

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In the past few years, design has become one of the top priorities in the software development cycle. Whether its intuitive layouts or appealing interfaces, users expect more from applications than just basic functions. Delightful animations,  meaningful icons, harmonious color schemes–all these subtle factors enhance the overall experience the application provides, and in turn, keep the users satisfied and loyal. This importance of design has carried over to Android too, and good design is now one of the deciding factors that separates an app from the competition

In the spirit of making application design easier for developers, XDA Junior Member alexander.developer has released St. . . READ ON »

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Get Better Debug Data with Crash Report SDK

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Developing an application is a hard and often times ungratifying task. It also requires quite a lot of time and even more focus. No matter how good the application is, it will always contain some bugs that need to be squashed sooner or later. Developers can’t detect all the bugs on their own, so they are forced rely on user support requests. The majority of users don’t send crash reports though, so it’s really hard for developers to track down what’s wrong with their applications.

Luckily, there are some solutions that make a developer’s life a bit easier. One of them is a tool written by XDA Forum Member crashlog. The Crash Report SDK will send debug data using one of available . . . READ ON »

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Intel Partners with Unity to Support Android on Intel-Based Devices

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Intel, largely known for their long-standing reputation as the king of processors powering PCs and Macs, has lately been moving into the mobile market. With a number of devices already sporting Intel chips, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 being one of the more recognizable offerings, Intel hopes to make a splash in Android. It’s not as easy as it would seem, seeing as Android was developed natively for ARM processors, though Android does have x86 support. Any serious attempt from Intel to take a piece of the Android device pie will require developers to actually care about developing applications with Intel architecture support–and that has been difficult to come by. Until now.

Today Intel and U. . . READ ON »

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Here Are the Pebble Challenge Winners From Round 1

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With Round 1 of the Pebble Developer Challenge recently closing, they have now been contacted. We had quite the array of entrants, and after almost 100 entries the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 20 winners. We have listed them (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry:

  • SferaDev – GeekTheTime, provides a simple time watch with some random geek quotes. While this application seems to be irrelevant and simple, provides a unique experience to pebble users (aka Geeks!).
  • _-_goldfinger_-_ – A watch app that you would be able to estimate time to location. It would take in to account traffic status and be able to show the user time without/wi
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Pebble Developer Challenge Round 1 Closes

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A few weeks ago we told you about XDA partnering with Pebble for a developer challenge, and the response was amazing. We had almost 100 entrants with many different ideas and the judging on the part of Pebble and XDA was very difficult. That being said, we were able to pick 20 Round 1 winners and they are in the process of being contacted so that Pebble can send them their devices. If you were someone who entered, please check your XDA PM Inbox for a notification. As soon as they are all contacted we’ll announce them and then they will be creating their projects in the Pebble forum.

The next steps in the challenge are as follows:

Round 2 (August 15 – September 12, 2014):

  1. Finalists have 3 weeks to develop their apps a
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Easily Add Google Keep-Like Picker with ReminderDatePicker Library

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For some time, Google has placed a relatively heavy emphasis on design. This trend is resoundingly obvious in their minimalist homepage, as well as in the recently updated Android L Developer Preview. Design trends and guidelines, however, do not remain stagnant, but rather evolve and change every few years or so. New components, foundations, patterns and, even languages are constantly being released. And in keeping with the trend of change, Google does its fair share of design innovation. Although this became even more evident with the introduction of Material Design, various Google UI patterns have been emerging and establishing themselves.

One such pattern is the date and time p. . . READ ON »

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