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Posted December 15, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Screenshots are the best choice for users wishing to show off their current home screens or provide extra detailed bug reports for certain issues to app developers. Android has a built-in screenshot system that allows you to take a shot with a simple key combination. However, the built-in functionality could easily be improved by adding a delete button, because right now you need to open the gallery manually to delete unneeded images. Taking screenshots on Android would be much easier with a delete button available right after taking a shot.
Posted December 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
For casual smartphone users, the bootloader is more than likely something of a mystery. Many users don’t know what it does, and there’s a fair chance that they’ve never even heard of it. For XDA users, the bootloader is something that allows us to flash custom kernels and ROMs. Some OEMs and carriers, however, lock the bootloader and don’t give users a chance to unlock it. Luckily, not all OEMs and carriers perform such a practice.
Quite a few times now, Sony has proven that it is a relatively developer friendly OEM. The Japanese OEM has since maintained a strong connection with the community, even hiring XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea as their Developer Relations Manage. . . READ ON »
Posted December 9, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Unlike Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique.
One OEM with quite a lot in terms of skin customization is Sony. Animations and fancy transitions are just a small part of Sony’s UI tweaks. If you feel that there could be more, XDA Senior Member kalel2012 prepared a guide that shows you how to add an animated background to the pulldown notification and system settings.
The provided m. . . READ ON »
Posted November 24, 2014 at 04:00 pm by jerdog
Mobile device companies like selling devices–it’s how they make their money and it’s how they fund the next device that’s already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There’s one thing that can be said though about Sony, and it’s this: They work really hard to encourage development on their devices, no matter how old they might be. They’ve consistently put out AOSP for their devices, given instructions on how to build custom kernels (which no other OEM does by the way), and provided tools to load custom builds on their original SmartWatch. With the recent release of their 3rd-gener. . . READ ON »
Posted November 6, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The Android Lollipop madness continues at an incredible pace and every few hours, we learn about new ROMs for various unsupported devices. There are some OEMs out there that have shown that they care about aftermarket ROM development. In the last few months, we’ve written quite a bit about the Sony AOSP program. Now, we have a chance to write about it once again.
Sony announced that there will be device trees, binaries, and a unified kernel for three of their latest flagship devices: the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3 / Z3 Compact. In fact, the developer team, with the help of XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, already managed to run it on the Xperia Z3. You can see the result on the v. . . READ ON »
Posted November 3, 2014 at 06:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Over the last few years, Android has become quite a complete mobile operating system. Numerous features and its open source nature make it an even more attractive choice both to developers and casual end users. Despite the overall greatness of the OS, there is still a little room for improvements–a fact that was demonstrated clearly with the awesomeness that is Android Lollipop and all of its new goodies!
One potentially useful feature that stock Android lacks is NTFS support. NTFS is a file system used both in Windows and certain UNIX-like operating systems. Support for this file system can be added by a suitable patch to the sdcardfs.ko kernel module. Such a patch has been provided by XDA Recognized De. . . READ ON »
Posted October 17, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Google Officially Announced Android 5.0 Lollipop! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Google Nexus 6, 9 and Player and be sure the check out the addition of Xperia Z1 and Z2 to Sony’s AOSP Program. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for NoMapTips. Then AdamOutler talked about the Big Android BBQ. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of Noyze. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 16, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Some device OEMs are definitely more developer friendly than others and actively work to support the third party development community. Among the top-tier vendors, only Sony cares about providing the necessary resources to make the Android a better operating system.
Not too long ago, we talked about how Sony launched the new Remote Device Lab, which allows developers to test applications on remote devices through the cloud, without the need to buy anything. That, however, is not everything that Sony has to offer. At xda:devcon ’14, the Sony Developer Relations Community Manager and XDA Senior Recognized Developer Alin Jerpelea mentioned that Sony is about to expand its AOSP program. These word. . . READ ON »
Posted October 1, 2014 at 05:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Sony will be offering its users the possibility to use AOSP ROMs as an alternative to the currently offered, skinned firmware. This is the result of agreement made with FXP group associated with both XDA and the CyanogenMod team, which took place a few years ago. One of the leaders of the project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, is heading this operation and was hired by Sony to lead the AOSP program.
AOSP support isn’t something new to Sony. Currently this Japanese OEM supports five devices—mainly flagship devices, but also the Xperia L, which is a popular mid-range device. Sony and Alin Jerpelea are planning to extend the program to other devices, which are yet to be released. Jerpelea . . . READ ON »