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jerdog · Aug 20, 2014

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

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...

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jerdog · Aug 11, 2014

Here Are the Pebble Challenge Winners From Round 1

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...

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jerdog · Aug 9, 2014

Pebble Developer Challenge Round 1 Closes

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...

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Faiz Malkani · Aug 8, 2014

Easily Add Google Keep-Like Picker with ReminderDatePicker Library

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 17, 2014

Learn How to Transform Your App into a Quantum Paper-Like Project

As you may already be aware, rumor has it that Google is planning to redefine the overall UI look and feel in Android. Not too long ago, we talked about Quantum Paper, the rumored unified UI that may define Google products across all platforms. These changes may be unveiled very soon, as Google is gearing up for its I/O event next week. If you are eager to achieve a similar effect to this rumored UI paradigm in your application, there are ways to make your own apps more Quantum...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 13, 2014

Android Studio 0.6.1 Brings SDK Level Dialog, Improved New Project Wizard, and More

Android Studio was first unveiled at last year's Google I/O conference. For the unaware, this IDE was created to streamline Android app development by bringing several key improvements over existing Eclipse-based solutions such as live code rendering across multiple layouts and much more. Ever since then, the app has received quite a few, rather significant updates. And now, it has received yet another significant addition. Just under a week ago, we talked about two updates to Android Studio, which brought several highly requested...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 11, 2014

Tired of Users Blocking the Ads in Your App?

Many Android developers make their livings with in-app advertisements. We know that as users, ads can be annoying, but in many cases, these are what pay the bills. Naturally, though, many end users then turn to ad blockers to bypass these ads. If you are an app developer, you know that fighting with Ad Blockers is often a losing battle. Luckily, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for such developers. XDA Forum Member Droidspirit released an open source library that...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 7, 2014

Android Studio 0.6.0 Released

The world was first introduced to Android Studio back in May of last year at Google I/O 2013. Based on Jetbrains IntelliJ, the Android Studio IDE was created to streamline the process of developing Android applications by offering features such as live code rendering across multiple device types, as well as the ability to easily add any Android API into your code immediately. Since its release, we've seen Android Studio mature into a genuinely useful tool for app developers. The last time we talked about...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 7, 2014

Add RSS Functionality to Your App with a Simple Library

Mobile devices have become replacements for full sized PCs in a variety of circumstances. Small and easily accessible, our phones are perfect companions for our daily activities. However, mobile network connections aren't always affordable, and often times, data transfer quotas prove problematic. Because of this, RSS is quite popular on mobile devices. If you were to try to create a good RSS reader app from scratch, you'd likely find that this is a difficult task. However, XDA Forum Member shirwa decided to make things a...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

JDroidLib out of Beta, Brings New Package Manager and Greater Command Flexibility

We first featured XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher‘s JDroidLib back in December of last year, as a Java-based alternative to the C# library AndroidLib. At the time, the JDroidLib library allowed developers to install ADB and fastboot on supported platforms. Then in March of this year, JDroidLib was given a substantial overhaul as it entered its beta stage. This update brought new features such as a revamped installation procedure to fix errors, device detection, the ability to pull device information, reboot methods, and the ability to execute any type of...

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Jimmy McGee · May 1, 2014

Android App Review: Get “Rheti” to Make Some Apps – XDA Developer TV

Here at XDA-Developers, we are developers at heart---it says so in our name. Because of this, we love tweaking our phones and creating widgets, themes, kernels, hacks, exploits, and more for our mobile devices. We also love apps. The journey to app development is a long, but enjoyable trek. So if you’ve ever wanted to start app development, there are resources for you. XDA Forum Member Rheti offers up an application that allows you to start developing an app of your own. In...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 27, 2014

Create Your Own Floating Apps with the Tooleap SDK

Not too long ago, we talked about Floating Calculator. And then just earlier today, we briefly covered Floating Mail. You may be wondering what ties these two apps together. Aside from the fact that both of these apps can be launched on top of your currently running app, they were both created using the Tooleap SDK by XDA Forum Member Tooleap. The Tooleap SDK allows developers to easily create floating applications, and in doing so, make their app accessible everywhere on the device. This...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 16, 2014

HTC Releases Dual Lens SDK for the HTC One M8 (2014)

One of the highlights of the HTC One M8 is its new dual lens camera system. Termed "Duo Camera," this innovative system allows the device to capture depth data in addition to standard imaging data. The Duo Camera System then maps this captured distance information to each pixel taken by the main camera in order to achieve various types of effects such as depth-of-field blur ( i.e. bokeh), as well as Lytro-style refocusing effects. Up until now, the full functionality of...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 22, 2014

How “Recent” Developer Cut His App’s Power Consumption

A little over a week ago, we took a quick look at the innovative application Recent by XDA Forum Member uuOuu. As its name implies, Recent brings all of your recently accessed applications, photos, and downloads to your fingertips with a handy and user-friendly radial menu. Given the application's innovative concept and brilliant execution, Recent amassed quite a loyal following of users. But while Recent offers substantial added functionality, many users found themselves unable to use the application due to its power demands....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 3, 2014

Major Update to JDroidLib Brings Easier Installation, Device Detection, and Functionality

You may recall that back in December, we briefly talked about XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher's JDroidLib. This library was conceptually based on the previously covered AndroidLib .NET library by Recognized Developer regaw_leinad, but built on Java in order to be compatible with more than .NET languages. When we previously covered JDroidLib, the project allowed users to easily install ADB and Fastboot on any every supported platform. However, we also noted that more features were in the works. Now, JDroidLib has made it into the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 4, 2014

Learn to Code Like a Boss with Best Android Practices Guide

Developing Android applications isn't easy. There are a variety of tools that help greatly like Eclipse and Android Studio, but the majority of your code still needs to be written manually. Building an application is one thing, but optimizing it is a totally different story. There are some best practices that should be followed to ease the development and debugging process, and now is as good a time as ever to get to know them a bit better. Some best...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Add Background Gmail Functionality to Your App

If you are creating a new application, you may have thought about adding in Gmail connectivity. After all, if the application is a social app, it's nice to be able to share things with friends. Even if it's not a social app, there are dozens of other reasons why you would perhaps want to allow for Emails to be sent directly from the app. In Android, there are various ways of accomplishing this. Most would go about this using the...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 28, 2013

Android App Review: 1-2-3 Draw Your Number with Draw2Dial – XDA Developer TV

Smartphones are smart because they are more than just phones, but let us not forget that they are indeed phones. You can use them to make calls. If you are the type of person who makes a lot of calls to a certain group of contacts or you just want to dial with swag, we have a solution for you. XDA Forum Member FanKryations offers gesture-based dialer. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Draw2Dial. TK shows off...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 27, 2013

How to Make an App Launch with Google Now – XDA Developer TV

We've covered How to Build an Android App in the past. We've showed you how to install Eclipse and Android SDK and how to write a root app. We even showed you how to develop with Arduino and the Google ADK. There is a lot of thought that needs to go into building an Android app. Building an Android App is not hard, but it is certainly not easy. In this video, XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler shows an example...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 11, 2013

Create Your Own Todo Webpage from Your Code

Brilliant ideas are funny things. Sometimes they refuse to come for weeks on end. Other times, however, they come at you like a flood. Naturally when you're coding, you don't have time to add in every brilliant idea all at once. In these instances, it's customary to add a todo section of commented out code stating what you intend to do once you have the time. Adding commented out todo code is useful because it helps keep your ideas sorted and in...

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