May 22, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin wants to help make your life easier. (What a nice guy!) First he showed you the powerful Tasker App with its Advanced Uses, Intermediate uses , and Basic uses. Then, Kevin showed you an alternative to Tasker called Llama. He covered the basics and expanded on it.
In this part of the series, Kevin gives you what you asked for. Kevin shows you an alternative that has a spiffier UI and a easy to remember name: AutomateIt. So check out all the videos in this Tasker series and make your phone work for you. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
May 15, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin showed us Advanced, Intermediate , and Basic uses of Tasker. He also showed us Llama Location as an alternative to the powerful Tasker App. When Kevin showed you Llama Basics, you guys asked for more.
In this part of the series, Kevin gives you what you asked for. Kevin shows you some intermediate uses of Llama. So check out all the videos in this Tasker series, and make your phone work for you. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
May 8, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you take a moment to pull your attention away from XDA and look outside, you will see that Spring has sprung. That means it is time for Spring cleaning. So recycle those Jolt Cola bottles from around your desk and toss out those old pizza boxes.
While you are at it, don’t forget your Android Device. You device is filled up with temporary files and other apps you may not need. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to clean your device with Clean Master and SD Maid. Check out this video.
April 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Not too long ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin showed us some Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Uses for Tasker. Many viewers have asked for a cheaper or free alternative to the powerful Tasker App.
In this part of the series, Kevin shows one alternative to Tasker. He found an app called Llama. Kevin shows you some of the basics of Llama. So check out all four videos in this Tasker series, and make your phone work for you. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
The recently launched Application Development Forums are off to a great start, with people posting a wealth of information and tutorials covering everything from advanced topics such as developing apps in C# instead of Java to information for those who are perhaps just getting started. One such guide comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member Thatgrass. It shows you how to set up Ubuntu using VirtualBox.
VirtualBox, in case you aren’t already aware, is pretty much exactly what the name suggests. It is a virtual machine that effectively acts as a computer within a computer, allowing you to run another OS of your choice without leaving Windows, OSX, or the Linux-based OS that you use by default. This allows you to set up a development environment without dual booting or replacing your current operating system. The tutorial is still a work in progress, and it will eventually cover building Android from source and setting up an app development environment.
Everything you need to know to get a working installation of Ubuntu up and running via VirtualBox is outlined within the thread. The instructions are accompanied by easy-to-follow screenshots that will have you up and running in no time at all. It’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning to build from source using a VirtualBox, you’ll want to start with a reasonably well powered machine, as one of the downsides is that this new OS is will of course have to share both RAM and disk space with the existing OS. In the case of RAM, you can expect your current amount to be effectively halved and building from source will require a sizeable chunk of your hard drive.
Check out the tutorial thread for more information.
ADB and fastboot are both incredibly handy and easy-to-use options for manipulating your device, and we’ve mentioned both here on the Portal on several occasions. Whether you’re using Windows, Linux, or OSX, it’s generally not too difficult to get either of these set up and begin tinkering with your device. One thing I hadn’t previously seen though, until now that is, was how to set up ADB and fastboot on Google’s increasingly popular Chrome OS or its open source sibling, Chromium OS.
Once regarded by some as little more than a web browser in a box, Chrome OS and the ChromeBooks that ship with it are becoming increasingly popular. Thus, many people now seem quite content to replace their larger more capable notebooks with these highly portable and affordable devices. The downside to that of course is that a slimmed down operating system means less flexibility and features. For those of you who cannot go twenty minutes without messing about with a mobile device, this might make ChromeOS seem like a little bit more viable on-the-go option.
XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899 has written a guide covering the steps required to enable ADB and fastboot commands on Chrome and Cromium OS. There aren’t many steps and the process is fairly simple. After downloading the appropriate files and entering a few terminal commands, you should be good to go. You’ll need a ChromeBook (or something running Chrome/Chromium) and a little Linux knowledge or the ability to copy and paste terminal commands. A little knowledge sure does come in handy, though, if and when things don’t always go to plan. You’re also advised to have a hot beverage of your choice on hand while those files download.
If you’re running Chrome or Chromium OS and would like to try this for yourself, check out the tutorial thread for more information.
April 20, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nexus 7, combined with the Jelly Bean operating system, has finally made the Android tablet accessible and initiative. But there are a few things that aren’t quite so obvious, unless you know where they are. All these tips are standard functionality and don’t require any rooting or modifications to your tablet.
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer and newcomer Rob give you five tips you (possibly) don’t already know about modern Android devices. You’ll probably all know at least one of them, some of you will know three or four of them but we’ll be surprised if you know all them. I guarantee that if you know all of these tips Rob will give you your money back!*
*XDA Developers TV cannot be held responsible for such claims the content creator makes. And since this video is free, there’s a whole load of irony you’ll need to digest before you ask for a refund
April 17, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Building an Android App is not hard. However, it is certainly not easy. We have covered How to Build an Android App in the past. We’ve showed you how to install Eclipse and Android SDK and writing 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.
In this video, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler shows the process of developing an app, from an idea to a tangible piece of software. He shows you how to create a basic design, walks you through the coding process, and does some testing and refining. So if you’ve ever wanted to build an Android App, check this video out.
April 14, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Recently, XDA Developer TV has been talking about becoming a Hacker. What we mean by hacker is not the basement dwelling anarchist types, we mean the expert coding kinds. We talked about how to become a hacker, and last week we talked about ranking hacker schools. This week, we are talking about how to get accepted into a hacker school.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce interviews developers and people from the hacking school world to answer these questions. Interviews include Co-Founder of Mobile Makers Don Bora and Co-Founder at Hack Reactor Douglas Calhoun. Check out this video!
April 10, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
One of Android’s biggest features is widgets. You can view your email on your homescreen without actually opening the email app. This novel concept will reach Fruitland at some point, right after Apple patents the idea. Of course, Android widgets are not just limited to email. And they are not just limited to your homescreen.
With Dashclock you can put a bunch of information on your lock screen. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to set up Dashclock and its various extensions. With Dashclock, there are almost no limits to what you can do from your homescreen. Check out this video.
April 7, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Last week, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce interviewed Co-Founder of App Academy Kush Patel and Co-Founder of Mobile Makers Don Bora to talk about intense learning curriculum known as Hacker School. There were quite a few questions about what and where you could find such schools.
In this episode, Jayce names a few schools and talks about what they cover. Programming languages from Ruby on Rails to Java are covered. Jayce gives some advice on how to find out if the school is any good and what one might expect to pay for these schools. Check out this video!
April 2, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are a member of the XDA-Developers forums or a subscriber to XDA Developer TV, you are a power user. Sometimes you may be asked if you are “good with computers” by people looking for help (read: free support). If you are nice, you end up helping your friends and family. Often times, you have to make an in person visit. But there are options for you to use your Android device to remotely assist.
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows four different options for remote assistance. This tutorial includes Join.me, showmypc.com, TeamViewer (which we’ve reviewed in the past), and Splashtop. Check out this video.
March 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
So far in our Careers in Android series on XDA Developer TV, we’ve talked about the usefulness of Resumes, how to design an Android app, and the difference between a Good programmer and Great programmer. Now today we talk about education: what is the best way to learn to be a hacker, or to code.
In this episode XDA Developer TV, Producer Jayce interviews people from the learning world to answer this questions. Interviews include Kush Patel, Co-Founder of App Academy, and Don Bora, Co-Founder of Mobile Makers. Check out this video.