March 24, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
Going back what seems like eons in Internet time, we brought you news of a rather useful little application for Windows Phone 7 called VoiceTranslator by XDA Recognized Developer sensboston. In the time that’s passed, not only has the application been continually developed, but has also made it through to the final 64 of the Windows Phone Next App Star Contest.
The idea behind the app is simple, you talk into it, choose which language you’d like the speech translated into, and the application will then read it back to you in the chosen language. The translation takes place online and the app makes use of Google’s speech-to-text and text to speech APIs. However, you can enter the translations in text form if you’d prefer to. There’s support for several different languages, and those most commonly used can be assigned to an individual tile on the device’s main screen for easy access. The app will function on versions of Windows Phone from 7-8, and is available for free from the Marketplace.
Considering that the Next App Star Contest received over 9000 entries, making it through to the final 64 is an incredible achievement in itself so congratulations to sensboston for making it this far. The very best of luck for the remainder of the competition. If you would like to cast your vote for this app, you can do so from the link in the forum thread. By doing so, you will also be eligible to win a Nokia Lumia 920. Check out the application thread for more information.
March 22, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler has updated CASUAL for the Verizon Galaxy Note II and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the article about the deodexing and odexing converter.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve gives his explanation for switching Back to Android, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler gives his thoughts of Google I/O, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Android app review of aeGis. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
March 12, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Some people like to have their eBooks on a separate device, like a Kindle Fire HD. Some people like to use a dedicated e-reader app on their mobile devices. There are many different places to get eBooks. And sometimes, you just want an app that allows you to sideload your own eBooks.
XDA Senior Memeber Jim Chapman has an app that allows you to access eBooks from many different sources, as well as side load them to your devices. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve reviews the Windows Phone application Freda. Steve shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
There’s still a little over a month left in 2012, but we’ve already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devices. We featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad.
On the XDA Developer TV front, we saw various XDA Unboxings and a series on app production by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. We were kept up-to-date on the latest and greatest in mobile development news thanks to XDA TV Producer and News Recap Extraordinaire Jordan Keyes. We also saw various interesting app reviews by TK, we were given answers to questions we’ve all asked by Erica, and were made aware of several key issues thanks to Azrienoch and his legendary rants.
Now here’s where we need your help!
We want you to select your favorite XDA Developer TV videos and XDA news stories from 2012. In case you need a refresher of some of the other stories we’ve covered, head back over to the XDA Portal homepage, watch a few XDA Developer TV videos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Once you have a few favorites picked out, let us know by going to the discussion thread and sharing what stood out in your mind.
As always, if you’d like to provide some more detailed feedback regarding what you’d like to see in 2013, my PM box is always open. Finally, I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to all of you for giving us a reason create content. It’s been a pleasure.
October 16, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
We have been on a journey to show people how to build a Windows Phone app. Many people are enjoying that series, but they have questions. XDA Developer TV Producer Lance is here to move forward from the JSON introduction he gave in Part Three.
In part three, we learned how to BIND the incoming data from the JSON API in our application. Today we will learn how to make a class file for any JSON API Call. We’ll even use a simple website to generate a C# class and potentially save us hours of work, so check out part 4 today.
September 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Fresh from the Windows Phone bureau desk here at XDA Developer TV is another tutorial for how to build a Windows Phone App. XDA Developer TV Producer Lance is here to move forward from the OAuth introduction he gave in Part Two.
Using OAuth permits the end-user to see or agree to a specified third-party request and what type of access they need for the service or app to be functional. So now we learn how to take our OAuth Token and make a request with Webclient to Foursquare’s JSON API and deserialize the JSON feed with JSON.NET to bind the data in to objects.
September 7, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan returns to cover all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about the highlights from the Nokia and Windows Phone Event and Motorola Event. Jordan mentions the other great videos released this week from other XDA Developer TV Producers. Lance released his second episode of how to build a Windows Phone App and TK released his latest app review for Around Sound.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the AOKP nightlies for the Nexus 7. And in CyanogenMod news, Jordan mentions Xperia Acro S device getting CyangenMod 10 and 9. Also, mentioned is the Epic 4G getting CyanogenMod 10 nightlies. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 4, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
We recently began a series showing you around Windows Phone application creation. Part One talked about using NuGet. Now, XDA Developer TV Lance is here to start you off by showing you how to use OAuth.
OAuth is a security method used to ensure a secure connection to an API using a third party service. Did we mention it is secure? Using OAuth permits the end user to see or agree to a specified third party request and what type of access they need for the service or app to be functional. Typical uses would be to post your high score to Facebook or Twitter in a game or access your friends list in an application.
August 21, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are an avid viewer of XDA Developer TV, you know that we have been releasing some videos regarding building apps for the Android operating system. Also, according to a recent article, Windows Phone market share has grown from 1.6% to 2.7% over the past year. With that phenomenal growth in mind, we present our series on building a Windows Phone app.
Newcomer to XDA Developer TV Lance is here to start you off by showing you how to use NuGet with Visual Studio. NuGet is a package manager with a repository that allows you to type and click to install any specified project or package into your app. So get your white collared shirts on, and watch this video.
August 14, 2012 By: Pulser_G2
Here at XDA, we tend to use the Portal to help you discover some of the amazing development that goes on which you may not have noticed. On this occasion, we’re going to take a quick deviation from this to bring you some thoughts on the impact that smartphones have had on wider society, outwith the confines of the development community.
Lately, no matter where you get your news from, chances are you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of photographs and videos taken from smartphones. In days gone by, journalists would use their network of contacts and associates to try to find out what was going on in the world. If nothing was happening, they’d look for news and report back to their office. However with the advent of the smartphone, things have taken an interesting turn. The public is more readily connected than ever before, able to supply footage and photographs from events around the world.
While events in Syria unfold, the first pictures available came from activists on the ground. Using smartphones to capture photographs and videos, smartphone users then made them available for the world to see via services we are all familiar with including YouTube, Picasa. and Flickr. These photos can find their way into the mainstream news within a matter of hours of being posted! In a sense, it’s much harder now to prevent the truth (in the form of photographs and video) from leaving a country, despite tight controls on the conventional press (such as in the case of Syria).
In a somewhat similar but less dramatic series of events, the mainstream media has been heavily criticised from some corners due to its reluctance to cover the recent protests in Mexico over the presidential elections. Videos have been removed from services such as YouTube at the request of governments, and the “conventional” media within Mexico and the United States appear to be unwilling to cover stories surrounding these protests. In fact, the media “blackout” has been so effective that this may well be the first that many readers will have heard of these protests.
According to an article by GlobalPost, the message coming from those protesting is that the mainstream media is less useful. Instead, the best way to communicate and stay informed is via online social media sources, where media companies have much less control over the flow of information between people.
When something we take for granted is threatened, mankind has found a solution, often through technology. Will the smartphone prove the next item to be threatened, with more and more restrictions on Internet access? Or is the smartphone beyond censure? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
[Thanks to BB for the tip.]
A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710′s more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the ROM promises such exciting features as:
Full Unlock from UltraShot
Removed OEM applications (Nokia Drive, Maps, etc.)
Search key remapping
QuickLaunch menu for quick switching state of WiFi, 3G, Flight mode, Power save, etc.
Ability to access file system via WiFi/USB
Integrated Live ID, DppImplant no longer needed, but new key can also be banned
Added many color themes (screenshots)
Easy installation xap from browser or file manager
The developer has made it extremely clear that this ROM is for devices with Qualcomm bootloaders only, and that failure to follow directions could very well result in your phone becoming an expensive paperweight. Also of note is that the developer created this without actually owning the device.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, head over to the original thread and let the good times roll.
Just yesterday, AT&T launched the Samsung Focus 2. Although certainly not likely to win any awards based on specs alone, Samsung has graced the device with a 1.4 GHz processor, a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, and 8 gigs of internal memory. In terms of connectivity, the Focus 2 supports quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS, and dual-band 4G LTE connectivity. The device also preloaded with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
The device also promises to keep you untethered from power outlets thanks to its 1750 mAh battery, which delivers a claimed 6.5 and 10.4 days of standby on 4G LTE and 3G, respectively. Perhaps most importantly though, AT&T’s third LTE-enabled device rocking the Windows Phone OS comes in at a value-conscious $49 on-contract package.
What are you waiting for? If you just purchased one for yourself and are looking to get in on the discussion, visit the newly created forum.
April 3, 2012 By: jerdog
Yahoo built the framework as part of its Yahoo Cocktails suite of tools, and has now made Mojito available to be used and improved upon by all. As Yahoo states on their Mojito development page:
This framework would seem to be a great resource for low-end devices, which struggle to deal with increased application memory requirements and heavy network traffic. This enables developers to create apps that can run in any situation, regardless of the OS. The list of Yahoo apps currently utilizing Mojito are: