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Improve Your App’s Aesthetics with Header2ActionBar Library

XDA is the place where many amazing projects start. We have seen the first Android builds for the HTC HD2, first root on many devices, and many other epic projects. That's why we are calling XDA a place for developers, by developers. A few days ago we talked about about JDroidLib, which was meant to...

A New Android Communications Library: JDroidLib Java

Over a year ago, we talked about AndroidLib, the .NET assembly library written in C# that easily handles communication between a connected Android device and your program. It's a great and innovative project, but it is unfortunately limited to Windows systems, as .NET works only with C#, F#, Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual...

ReglOLib Helps Your Java App Communicate with the Windows Registry

If you're creating certain types of apps in Java that are geared towards Windows users, you may run into some difficulty accessing and making changes to the Windows registry from within your app. Unlike .Net, which has provisions specifically to allow this, Java doesn't inherently support this type of operation. This is initially what XDA Senior...

Remote Metadata Provider Library for Easily Music Controls

Recently, we featured a guide by XDA Senior Member Dr.Alexander_Breen aimed at bringing lockscreen-like music controls to your app. However, the method was overly complicated for many users. So in order to make the process easier, Dr.Alexander_Breen has created the open source library Remote Metadata Provider. And since it's licensed with Apache 2.0, you can use in...

Create Holo-Themed Demo Overlays with ShowcaseView

One week ago, we featured a guide by XDA Senior Member marty331 posted in our App Development forums aimed at helping application developers create in-app usage tutorials using transparent demo overlays atop application activities. However, not everybody is a designer able to create aesthetically appealing overlays. Luckily, XDA Senior Member nikwen discovered the open source ShowcaseView library by Alex Curran, which makes it easy to generate...

Open Source Android SMS and MMS Library

In our continuing coverage of the App Development forums here at XDA, we've featured various open source libraries that  enable you to quickly add in functionality into your app-in-progress without having to reinvent the wheel. These libraries have streamlined app development in topics ranging from UI design and data visualization  to application updates and everything in between.Now, thanks to XDA Senior Member klinkdawg,...

Optimize Your Mono Coding with Some Command Shortcuts

Are you a developer using Mono for Android to develop pseudo-cross platform code using C# or .Net? If so, you may wish to save a few keystrokes for commonly executed commands.XDA Senior Member ScatteredHell has created a DLL that works with Mono for Android to execute various commands. Originally, it supported obtaining system uptime, as well as...

Easily Add Animated Lists with ListViewAnimations

If you're creating an application that displays a list, you will likely want to use a ListView. Now if you wish to make it look nice with animations and additional features such as different view types and expandable items, you would ordinarily have to do the hard work and add in the functionality yourself.Thankfully, XDA...

Detect Proxy Settings in Your App with Android Proxy Library

Over the years, the process for connecting Android devices to proxy servers has changed dramatically. Originally only supporting global configuration, now configurations can be set on a per access point basis. Furthermore, applications such as OpenVPN can work globally on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and later.So what do you do if you're building an...

Prod Your App’s Users to Update with UpdateChecker Library

Think back to all those times when your non-tech savvy parents have called you over for free computer tech support. What's one unifying theme from all of these instances? If your loved ones are anything like mine, it's a horde of uninstalled updates awaiting approval. This is unfortunately all too common, as most of the...

Read Build.prop Values from Your App without Root

We've featured plenty of tools in the past that allow an end-user to modify his or her own build.prop. We've also featured a set of tools for app developers to incorporate that allow applications to modify the file. These (obviously) all require root access, as you're modifying system settings. However, to date we haven't featured a...

Easily Display Graphs and Charts in Your App with HoloGraphLibrary

It's no secret that visual aids such as charts and graphs help in effectively disseminating numerical information. After all, who really wants to read an essay of numbers? That feeling is only exacerbated when the reading is done on a small cell phone screen. Thankfully, as apps are becoming more and more visually enriched, dull...