April 9, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Recently, we talked about the differences between the Facebook App and the Twitter App on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. We looked at their differences and similarities, and if they even have the same functionality. Today, we continue to examine these questions.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you the native Instagram apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. He shows you how they look and talks about the differences, if any. So if you’ve ever wondered, check this video out.
April 8, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA held a roundtable discussion with Nvidia and Project SHIELD. 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 a discussion of the CyanogenMod Stats debacle and the Multifunction script for the Asus PadFone 2.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve had an App Shootout between the Twitter Apps of Android, Windows Phone and iOS and XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce rapped to us about Ranking Hacker Schools. Pull up a chair and 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 6, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Recently, we talked about the differences in the Facebook app on Windows Phone, Android, and iPhones. We looked at the differences, whether they were the same, and if they even have the same functionality. Today we continue to ask these questions.
In this episode XDA Developer TV Producer Steve shows you the native Twitter apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. He shows you how they look and talks about the differences, if any, between the apps. So if you ever wondered how they compare, check this video out.
April 5, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted the Samsung Galaxy S 4 successfully and variably. That story and more are covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of XDA’s April fools pranks, like us teaming up with Google to track iPhones and the Job Board shutting down.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gives us a tutorial to remotely support or access computers from your device, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler started development on his Google ADK 2012, and TK released an Android App Review of Wakelock Detector. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 4, 2013 By: jerdog
Not too long ago, we held our first XDA Roundtable with a few developers and enthusiasts. While it was a tad bit impromptu (read: “last minute”) it was a smashing success. We vowed we would do them again, and here we are with just a bit more warning.
NVIDIA announced at CES that they were bringing out their own gaming system based on Android, dubbed Project SHIELD. The device allows you to play all sorts of great games found on the Google Play Store, as well as play games from your PC via wireless streaming. Through a great relationship with NVIDIA, we will be doing a live hangout and getting a personalized demonstration of SHIELD as well as answering your questions.
The live hangout takes place Saturday April 6 at 1PM CST (UTC-5) and here’s how this is going to work:
We look forward to having you join us for what will be a great time.
April 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. Often this song is sung to children around the Christmas season, in an attempt to get children to behave. However, it could be easily applied to our Android devices.
XDA Forum Member ahikmat has a program to replace Santa in our little analogy. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Wakelock Detector. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
April 3, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Last year at Google I/O, Google released its ADK 2012. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler got a hold of the device and unboxed it after last years Google I/O. He showed off all the features of the device back then. He promptly placed it on his desk and left it in clock mode.
In this video, AdamOutler decided it was time to do something with it. You will see AdamOutler deal with the display portion of the device. He will show you have to make it display messages and change the colors it displays them. Finally, he overcomes the 6 character display limitation. Check out this video and get the source here.
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.
April 1, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Commodore VIC-20 Emulator now available for Android. 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 a comprehensive guide to ADB and creating one-click utilities.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan gives us a device review of the HTC Droid DNA and XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video on how to become a hacker. Pull up a chair and 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.
– A commonly found YouTube comment
Once every generation or so, a device gets to make this same proclamation: first to get a new processor, first to get more RAM, first to get a better camera. This generation, one of the key features appears to be screen resolution and, at least in North America, the HTC Droid DNA claims the prize of “first” device with a 1080p display.
Of course, the Droid DNA is not just another pretty face. It packs a definite punch with its quad-core processor and heaps of RAM, and though those things have become quite commonplace among the bevy of new devices on the market, the DNA is still a formidable device. But is it a device for a developer? Let’s find out…
The Droid DNA comes with the following specs on Verizon Wireless:
So yes, for all intents and purposes, it is an extremely powerful and well-built device.
In terms of actual usability, the hardware is amazing. Everything I threw at it just worked, no questions asked. Battery life was exceptional, lasting days and days on a single charge with extremely light usage, and more than a single day with heavier usage.
The camera, if it matters to you, is still very much a traditional cell phone camera. With enough light, it can produce some decent images, but as soon as the light dims, you get a lot of grain and motion blur. Some samples are provided in the video above.
The Droid DNA originally came out running Android version 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, with HTC Sense 4.0+. What’s the “+” for? I can only assume more Sense. It’s not the latest, greatest version of Sense available, but it was at the time of release. If Sense is something you enjoy, consider this device your cup of tea. Otherwise, you can always load up another launcher or root the device and replace any and/or all of it. Ahh, the beauty of Android.
Additionally, since it’s running Jelly Bean, you get the increased performance of the UI from Project Butter, but since it’s 4.1.1, you don’t have the added features from 4.2+ such as multiple user accounts, but depending on your point of view that might not be such a bad thing.
Approximately 9 days after the release of the Droid DNA, HTC dropped the kernel source and binaries to HTCDev.com. The device was quickly rooted, S-Off unlocked, and tons of custom ROMs and mods were created by the community.
However, for some reason, none of the larger projects seem to have added the DNA to their official lineups. There are quite a few CyanogenMod-based ROMs for the DNA and even a work-in-progress Ubuntu port for it, but nothing official.
Maybe it’s a lack of device adoption, or perhaps there’s something missing from the available sources from HTC. I’m not an Android developer, so it’s not my place to pass judgement on it.
Overall, from a consumer point of view, this is an extremely powerful, well-designed device with amazing battery life. It is very slim, lightweight, and no matter what you throw at it, odds are that it will perform admirably.
From a development point of view, there’s a ton of activity in the official forum here on XDA for the Droid DNA, but not so much from any “official,” larger projects.
At a $199 price point on-contract or $599 off-contract, it’s definitely an attractive device, but that decision is best left up to you and your preference. If you’re in the market for a Verizon device, head on down to your local store and try to lay your hands on this one and see how it fits you.
March 29, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod now comes with pie. Not cherry pie or apple pie, but it now features gesture controls similar to what’s found in Paranoid Android. 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 an article about configuring ADB and compiling from source on Fedora KDE.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve gives us an App Shootout of the Facebook app for the different mobile operating systems, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows us even more about Tasker, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Android app review of C Widget. Pull up a chair and check out this video.