September 22, 2014 By: jerdog
Not too long ago MediaTek was very closed off towards the mobile developer community, especially sites like XDA. They saw no value in working with independent developers who live, breathe and sleep mobile. That has begun to change as of late, and MediaTek is even sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on Sept 26-28. They also recently partnered with Google on the Android One project and are continuing to submit kernel source code to the upstream projects with Google.
One of their recent initiatives has been to embrace the Maker community and plunge headlong into Internet of Things through their MediaTek Labs which is officially launching today. This new program is geared towards developers from across the spectrum to begin to explore IoT and wearables and hopefully integrate them into their daily lives. Marc Naddell, VP of MediaTek Labs said of their new initiative:
“With the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone – from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers – to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”
Their new initiative also features their LinkIt Development Platform, a reference platform based on the MediaTek Aster (MT2502) chipset. With this new platform, anyone can create wearable and IoT devices easily and with minimal expense. The platform is controlled by LinkIt OS, a new operating system based on Nucleus, and the device functionality itself may be implemented in C/C++ with the variety of APIs provided by MTK for the Aster platform. In addition MediaTek has also provided LinkIt SDK (for Arduino) which allows those familiar with the Arduino platform to integrate their ideas.
With their HW Dev Kit they are making the Hardware Reference Design free to use and alter, and it includes the PCB layout and board schematics, pin-out diagram, Aster GPIO table, and the Aster, Wi-Fi and GPS chipset datasheets. Through a partnership with Seeed Studios, MediaTek is making available their LinkIt ONE device for purchase with all the tools necessary to jumpstart your project.
For more information, and to read the full announcement from MediaTek, visit the MediaTek Labs website. Through a partnership with You can also visit our LinkIt ONE forum to discuss the platform and begin sharing the things you are creating.
We are extremely excited to see MediaTek continue to open up as a company, but we will continue to call on them to honor their usage of the Linux Kernel (and the GPLv2 licensing it requires). We know it doesn’t happen overnight, and so we will be the voice of support for them and engage them in a continual effort to support the community.
September 17, 2014 By: jerdog
Almost two months ago, we set out with Pebble to find three amazing apps/watch faces that developers would put together for the Pebble Watch. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries who took the smartwatch and stretched it to its limits, the voting came down to three winners for the Grand Prize.
The XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge was a 3-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best app and bring it to life with a watch of their own. Of the 20 proposals that we selected for the second phase, the developers of the best three apps have been invited to attend the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October. In addition, they also each received a Pebble Steel to flaunt!
There were a lot of really great entries to the second phase of the competition and all of them deserve a quick download! Check out the complete list of apps and watch faces that were made during the competition.
Without further ado, here are the winners of the XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge (in no particular order):
We and Pebble thank each and every one of the entrants, and hope that they will continue to be involved and create new and exciting applications for the Pebble Watch.
September 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch. We’ve showed you how to use the Samsung Gear Live Super Tool and we’ve shown you how to root the LG G Watch. Now we are going to show you how to install TWRP customer recovery on your Android Wear device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to install TWRP on the Samsung Gear Live. This process works on the LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.
Google’s Android Wear has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. Google is trying to streamline and standardize the wearable market. This helps take the focus off the experience of the base software and perhaps hardware, and focuses it on the actual Android Wear Apps themselves!
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows off his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. He talks about 5 apps and watch faces that in no particular order really help expand your Android Wear Device capabilities. TK talks about ACW Watch Face, Weather Wear Watch Face, MacroDroid – Device Automation, Lockable, Wear Mini Launcher, Wear Camera Remote and Wear Volume. So check out this video!
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
August 29, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Secrecy encryption app goes open source! 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 a news LG Android Wear device called the LG G Watch R and be sure the check out the article talking about an app called “I Am Groot!” That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for XQuietHours. Then AdamOutler talked about automating software builds with Jenkins. And later TK gave us a an Android App Review of CPU Monitor. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Do you want to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch? This can be either because you had a bad flash, you installed an app and now things just aren’t right, or because it’s just slowing down in general. There are many reasons to factory reset your device. The steps are quick and easy, but they are unique. The button combinations are different than most other devices because there really is only one button.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows off how to manually boot into the Samsung Gear Live’s bootloaders and factory reset the device. Grab your device and check out this video.
Recently, Google announced Android Wear to the world. Android Wear is the Android-based initiative from Google to standardize the world of wearable devices. This year at their I/O event, Google showed off two Android Wear devices: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.
Today, we will be reviewing the Samsung entry into the Android Wear market. The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s third mainstream smartwatch release, after the Galaxy Gear 1 and 2, and the first to sport Android Wear as the others sported Android and Tizen OS. READ ON »
August 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Gear Live is Samsung’s latest foray into the wearable smartwatch market. Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler unboxed the device the XDA way. But lets be honest, as cool as it is to see the insides of a minitaure smartdevice, when your Gear Live is bricked, you want it fixed. Here at XDA Developer TV we want to help you recover from such a tradegy, and additionally expand the capabilites of your device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor, Tomsgt, or Tom, shows off his Samsung Gear Live Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Samsung Gear Live. Tom shows you how to unlock your Samsung Gear Live, how to unbrick your Samsung Gear Live, how to install TWRP custom recovery on your Samsung Gear Live and how to restore your Samsung Gear Live to stock. Grab your device and check out this video.
July 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
TWRP has been released for Android Wear Devices such as the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the article talking about the AWToolkit that performs multiple operations on Android Wear. Also be sure the check out the article featuring the toolkit all LG G Watch owners need: the LG G Watch Tool! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan also talked about TK’s video showing you how to root the Sony Xperia Z2 and the addition of forums for the HTC Desire 610 and the LG G3 US carrier variants. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö University and during the evening he solves programming problems of various kinds. He is interested in open source projects and gets involved when he has a chance.
Göransson offers up an excellent presentation talking about software development using software development kits. This time wearables will be the focus. Wearable computing is a concept that has grown popular the recent years with devices such as interactive glasses, lifelogging cameras, smartwatches, wearable sensors, and more. Since Google IO 2014, many more SDKs are available to play with, if you’re interested in the new Wear SDK this session is for you. This talk will cover SDK development including notifications, apps, design, and more.
July 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PINshortcuts. Then, Adam Unboxed The XDA Way a Samsung Gear Live. And later, TK gave us an Android Wear App Review of EchoWear Song Search. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.