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Mike Szczys · Jun 19, 2013

MicrowaveTimePicker Brings 4.2 TimePicker to 2.1+ Devices

It's frustrating to see slick new features that you can't use when supporting devices with older versions of Android. Sometimes Android adds in support for a few previous versions, like when the ActionBar was added. But other times, you're just going to have to do it yourself. That's what XDA Senior Member icechen1 did to make the slick looking TimePicker from Android 4.2 work with devices as old as 2.1 (Eclair). He's calling it MicrowaveTimePicker, which is a great descriptor. These...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 25, 2013

Building with Apache Ant

It's pretty easy to build APKs using Eclipse, but The Apache Ant project brings a few things to the table which you might be interested in---especially if you're creating closed source apps. The package is designed to handle Java application builds (although it can be used with other languages as well). One of its best traits is that it will help shrink the size of your code by parsing for unused variables, methods, and classes to then strip them out...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 24, 2013

Library Repo Thread Helps You Find and Share Useful App Development Libraries

Putting together a killer app is hard enough without having to do everything yourself. That's where external libraries come in really handy. Whether you need to gain root access to run system commands, need help creating a PDF, or are looking at dealing with files; there's a resource that can get you there fast. XDA Senior Member Bassie1995 is maintaining a thread of helpful library repositories. So far there almost a dozen listed, but I image that word will get around and the...

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