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

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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 this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Rehti. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Create Your Own Floating Apps with the Tooleap SDK

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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 is done through the use of an ever present, chatheads-like floating bubble that can be repositioned. Clicking this bubble then launches a certain activity in your app from within a floating window. What makes Toole. . . READ ON »

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

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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 the Duo Camera System has only been accessible through HTC’s first party camera application. Today, however, HTC opened up the Duo Camera System API for use by third party developers.

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

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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.

After investigating the matter, uuOuu quickly got to the root of the matter and was able to cut down his app’s power consumption dramatically. And for the bene. . . READ ON »

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

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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 beta stage. And as expected, it packs quite a few new features including a revamped installation to fix some errors, device detection, the ability to pull device i. . . READ ON »

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Learn to Code Like a Boss with Best Android Practices Guide

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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 practices, tips, and tricks are already described in Android Developer pages, which is a compendium of knowledge and a vast number of resources. However, there are also some tips and tricks acquired through personal experience of XDA community members. One of . . . READ ON »

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Add Background Gmail Functionality to Your App

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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 Share intent and then having the selected content automatically populate in a new Gmail message. While this works and is the best solution in a variety of situations, there are other times in which you’d be better off keeping your users within the confines of your own app.

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

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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 the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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

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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 of some of the things you can do with some code. AdamOutler makes an app that allows him to launch web pages from Google Now. He talks code, explains what things are and shows you how it works. So if you’ve ever wanted to build an Android App, check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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