It seems like OEMs are stepping up their game, with regards to the quality of their devices’ sound and speakers. HTC kicked it off with the fabulous Boom Sound speakers on the original HTC One and its successor the One M8, as well as the mid-range Desire 600 and Desire 816, and Sony hopped on board later with their first front facing speakers debuting on the Xperia Z2. With the bar set up high, other OEMs, such as LG and their G3, may be feeling the heat.
With this said, if you’re an LG G3 owner and are not quite happy with the speakers, you may be interested in a tutorial written by XDA Senior Member spiderio. The tutorial teaches you how to boost the volume of the headphone and speakers on the G3, and involves a few changes to a couple xml files. As it’s not a standalone mod, you’re allowed the flexibility of setting your own volume limits, which may be different from person to person. And as always, make sure you make a backup of the original files in case you may want to revert the changes in the future.
If you would like to give this a go, head over to the volume tutorial thread for more information.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2 And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
If we’re to switch out our traditional watches for smartwatches, they better do something that’s well worth the switch. The standards of what’s worthy or not are entirely subjective and up to our individual preferences, but I’m sure that one thing that it could do that we would all agree is ‘worth it’ would be to control the hugely popular Tasker app on your phone or tablet.
This is exactly what you can now do on your Samsung Gear 2, thanks to the tutorial written by XDA Forum Member Medox2. The procedure works with both Samsung devices that were Galaxy Gear compatible out of the box, as well as non-Samsung devices that have been modded to work with the Gear, although there are some slightly different initial steps for each of them. After explaining these initial steps and the requirements needed thereafter, the tutorial goes through all the steps of setting up the configurations required on both your device and your Galaxy Gear. Furthermore, Medox2 has provided some additional, optional tips and tricks which may be of interest once you’ve got things all set up.
If you would like to try this out, be sure to head over to the Gear 2 Tasker Guide thread for more information.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your LG G3. Jordan recently reviewed the LG G3, and it has been released on the major carriers in the use. So as usual here at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G3 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. In fact, you could even use TowelRoot as of the time of this writing, so now you have options. So if you wanted to root your LG G3, take a moment and check this video out.
July 13, 2014 By: Samantha
Ever since it was announced and released earlier this year, the affordable and powerful Moto E has been embraced by a very active community here and hence has seen much development. Of course, this is also due to the open nature towards aftermarket support Motorola has given it, as seen with gestures such as the prompt release of the device’s kernel source and Motorola’s official method of unlocking the bootloader. With so much to play with, it is without a doubt that plenty of folks here have went out and gotten a Moto E for themselves, and if you find yourself a new owner of the device, the ‘all-in-on’ Moto E beginner’s guide is a great way to get things started.
Written by XDA Senior Member neo.ank, the tutorial is a very comprehensive rundown of all the basics and more that you’ll want to know about the device and how to mod it. This includes topics such as:
If such lingo and jargon do not seem familiar to you, the tutorial does a great job explaining what they are, as well as provide convenient links to helpful sites which may contain more resources and information.
A tutorial written with the beginner in mind, it is definitely worth checking out if you are new to the device and the aftermarket development community. So if you want to get started, head over to the Moto E primer guide thread.
July 9, 2014 By: Samantha
The Gear 2 is one of the many Samsung wearable devices released in 2014, and it builds on the first generation Galaxy Gear that came out last year. Specifications aside, the Gear 2 came with some relatively decent customization options out of the box such as changeable watch straps, clocks, wallpapers, and fonts. But for Android users, this is most certainly not enough to satisfy our (perhaps conditioned) need for greater customization and flexibility. This is exactly why XDA Forum Member renbren wrote a tutorial that teaches folks how to modify the Gear 2’s icons and insert new fonts of your own.
Tizen IDE, a rooted Gear 2, and a way of mounting the filesystem are pretty much the only requirements needed for you to complete the process. And once those prerequisites are taken care of, the procedure is relatively simple and straightforward–essentially consisting of connecting your Gear 2 to your PC, navigating the device’s directories with Tizen IDE, and replacing the existing PNG and font files with the ones you want.
It should be noted that the scaling and icon sizing on the Gear 2’s screen has not been completely figured out, so the size of icons that appear on the screen may be unpredictable. However, those who would like to give this a go can do so by visiting the Gear 2 icon and font customization thread.
July 7, 2014 By: Samantha
A few months have passed since the LG G2 started receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and with it, G2 owners have been enjoying some new features and benefits. Unfortunately, the one of the most standout features seen in other LG devices, Split View, didn’t quite make it into this update. No need to panic, however. Those who have gotten used to the feature on the G2 previously thanks to a port from the G Flex can now enjoy it once again because XDA Senior Member xdabbeb has written a tutorial on how to get it back.
Written specifically to work on the G2, xdabbeb’s tutorial enables you to implement Split View into a ROM that’s based on the official KitKat firmware. In order to do this, you’ll need to know your way around smali and baksmali, and know how to make minor Dalvik and smali edits. Other than that, all you need to do is follow the steps provided and you should be well on your way. To help you get started, xdabbeb has also provided handy ZIP packages with all the files you will need during the process.
So if you’re a ROM developer who’s looking to implement Split View into your ROM, be sure to head over to the original thread to check out the tutorial.
July 5, 2014 By: Samantha
Sony jumped into the pool relatively early when it comes to smart watches and wearables. With a history extending back to 2010 with the LiveView, it was not until the SmartWatch 2 that Sony had a rather solid offering with plenty of customization and aftermarket flexibility. If you have one of these devices strapped on your wrist right now, or want to get some development experience with wearables, you’ll certainly want to check out XDA Senior Member naheel azawy‘s tutorial on creating your own watch faces for the SmartWatch 2.
Naheel azawy keeps the tutorial brief and simple, without skimping out on thoroughness. Each individual step is clearly labelled and, if appropriate or needed, is accompanied by helpful screenshots going through the process. The tutorial also teaches a couple of additional tricks if you choose to incorporate them into your watch face, such as adding a date, reordering your watch faces, and having multiple watch faces in one app. Naheel azawy provides all the links to the resources you need to get started, such as Eclipse, the Android and Sony SDKs, and a resource package.
Naheel azawy’s tutorial is definitely a great starting point for both beginners and the experienced alike looking to get started on making their own watch faces for the SmartWatch 2. So if this has piqued your interests, put on your creative hat on and head over to the original thread to get started.
We all have preferences when it comes to the hardware aspects of screens on our smartphones and tablets, with some folks preferring screens that are TFT, AMOLED, or IPS. However, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the Nexus 5 has a pretty fantastic 5-inch IPS display. But as part of the Nexus family, we’ve come to expect much more flexibility and customization from the device, and in this case, with regards to the software behind the screen. To help Nexus 5 owners navigate this often confusing and, in some cases, rather technical area, XDA Senior Member yorici wrote a tutorial on how to calibrate the screen and more of your Nexus 5.
The tutorial is broken down into multiple parts, according to the sorts of customization you’re after. If you are looking for a quick and simple way of changing the software settings of your screen, you may want to check out the ‘profiles’ part of the tutorial. This part teaches you how to set and apply custom profiles for your screen. For those who’s looking to get a bit more technical, yorici provides a simple, yet thorough set of steps to properly calibrate your Nexus 5’s screen. If you come across any terms you haven’t heard before or are not familiar with, such as color temperature, gamma, and RGB, the tutorial gives a brief rundown of all the jargon, with helpful links you can check out if you want to find out more.
If you would like to find out more, be sure to visit the original thread for more information and discussion.
Kernel development is undoubtedly one of the most popular and important types of development here on XDA. There are literally thousands of kernel projects available on this site, spread across almost every supported device forum. Creating something original definitely isn’t easy, but given the Linux kernel’s open source nature, it’s easy to learn and incorporate external features into your own builds.
If you ever wondered how to make your favorite kernel even better, you are in the right place to learn! XDA Forum Member srsdani created yet another great video tutorial. This time, srsdani shows viewers how to play with kernel and add some things like CPU governors and I/O schedulers.
There is also a short video explaining how to use the make menuconfig option, which is very useful if you want to add some new features to existing kernel source. After following the steps shown in these videos, you should get ready to flash your new kernel image with the newly added functions. Then once you’ve gotten the hang of things, you can try with other features.
If you are eager to learn some of the basics regarding kernel development such as adding governors and schedulers, visit the original thread.
June 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Everyday, developers, hackers, and the NSA play a game of cat and mouse. This involves hackers trying to find their way around security measures, developers patching these holes, and the NSA spying on everyone. While we don’t have nearly enough time to talk about the implications of NSA spying on XDA Developer TV, AdamOutler does have the time to talk about what beginner developers can do to protect their applications from one class of rudimentary hacking.
In an earlier video, Adam demonstrated two easy methods of cheating an Android App. He demonstrated this using his own app Button Clicker. In this episode, Adam tackles memory hacking. Adam gives you a demonstration of how to secure your app against this type of attack.
If you wanted to protect your app against rudimentary memory hacks, check out this video. As demonstrated in the video, these simple solutions can all be defeated. However, they are good first measures for beginner developers to learn and build upon when pursuing stronger security measures.
May 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Oppo Find 7a. We’ve covered the Find 7a a lot recently, from a full review to its XDA unboxing, but there is one more thing left to do. As is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo prequel to the Find 7 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo Find 7a using tools from the XDA Developers Forums and, exceptionally, from Oppo themselves. The process is painless and straightforward and if you keep to Color ROM, and this won’t prevent you from getting OTAs from Oppo. So if you wanted to root your Oppo Find 7a, take a moment and check this video out.
We’ve come to expect nearly perfect camera performance in our modern day smartphones. If the image quality is just a tad shoddy in one respect, this issue is then multiplied tenfold in our ever so critical eyes. So it’s unfortunate that sometimes a flagship phone’s camera quality is not up to snuff, especially if you’ve paid big bucks for a flagship device. If you own an Xperia device and find yourself in such a situation, you may want to check out XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor Rizal Lovins‘s new tutorial on tweaking your camera app.
Written specifically for use on Sony Xperia devices, the tutorial teaches you how to tweak and modify numerous aspects of the camera app in order to make sure all future snapshots and videos look the way you want them to. The procedures explained do not require much prior knowledge—mainly decompiling and compiling APKs and smali editing—so pretty much anyone will be able to do this themselves. Modifications include:
As can be seen from the list, there’s a whole lot of tweaks you’ll be able to play with thanks to this tutorial, and they’re all relatively simple and straightforward. If you would like to find out more, be sure to check out the original thread for more information.