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Open Source App Teaches You Android in Android

Here at XDA, we are first and foremost focused on development. Without the developers, there would be no reason to have a site. Because of this, it is great when we find those looking to give back to the community and help teach others. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler has done a great job spearheading...

Let’s Talk About ADB

What is ADB? Most of you reading this will no doubt be aware of the Android Debug Bridge (or ADB for short), and have used it for one thing or another. However, if you are still relatively new to tweaking your device, ADB may seem almost like some kind of intimidating and geeky black art. In...

Fix for Empty App-Mounted Directories in Android 4.2

With the release of Android 4.2 came many new features, one of which was the support for multiple user accounts on the same device. Unfortunately this addition had a rather undesirable effect on a feature that many people found much more useful than being able to create a separate user account. As of version 4.2, apps such...

Free Android Development Tutorials

When I learned how to program Java, I sat down for about a month watching YouTube videos and reading tutorials trying to understand what I was seeing.  Because development is such a broad topic, and everyone thinks differently, one cannot have too many resources from which to absorb knowledge. This is why we decided to contribute to the development knowledge...

TrustZone, a Dimension of Multiple Worlds

TrustZone (a.k.a. TZ), in conjunction with Secure Element, is becoming more prevalent in modern devices.   The TrustZone acts as a buffer between the kernel and the hardware.   It prevents the kernel from directly interfacing with the hardware, but it also does so much more. We all want secure devices for certain things like keypad...

Highlights from This Year’s International CES

Another wonderful International CES has passed us by. The event was filled with many exciting displays, like the Intel Ultrabook Tree, but most important were the announcements made by many manufactures. Some announcements are still years out, embodying nothing more than an idea. Other announcements having working prototypes, while still others are in the final stages...

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a...

Verizon Note II Re-Locked? Don’t Panic, Bring a Towel, and Look Here

Update: Unfortunately, this exploit no longer appears to be working. People are having trouble flashing the appropriate firmware and cannot get back to an unlock state, so this method does not currently work and we don't recommend using it. A new method is in the works.     When XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released the bootloader unlock for...

Xperia X10 Camera Mod Brings Camera Improvements and More

On many older devices, most developers focus on updating the device to the latest version of Android. As we've seen before, really old devices are still getting updates. Does that mean that development comes to a halt for those stuck on stock ROMs? Not at all. Sony Xperia X10 users now have a camera mod for...

Jelly Bean 4.2.1 AOKP for Nexus Available, Free Android Backup and Kernel Config Apps – XDA Developer TV

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP for Nexus Devices. That and more news happened this week at XDA-Developers. Jordan reviews all the important stories from this week. Another story talks about Super Backup for your all-in-one needs. Additionally, Jordan talks about finding UART on Qualcomm variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Additionally, this week Jordan released three other...

Minimalistic Text Editor for Android

As mobile devices have evolved, so have the tools for performing every day tasks. What used to require Microsoft Office on a standard computer can now be accomplished with various mobile applications that can create, edit, and view Office documents (because Microsoft still can't figure out how to mobilize their mammoth, memory-hungry, piece of... oh...

First “User-Friendly” Build of XBMC for Android Emerges

By now, we're all familiar with XBMC. The megascale, multiplatform media player has become nearly ubiquitous in HTPC circles, far outgrowing its original home on its vestigial namesake, the original Microsoft Xbox. In fact, we've featured quite a few stories that talk about how to integrate XBMC Controller into your HTPC workflow, as well as...