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Library Repo Thread Helps You Find and Share Useful App Development Libraries

Putting together a killer app is hard enough without having to do everything yourself. That's where external libraries come in really handy. Whether you need to gain root access to run system commands, need help creating a PDF, or are looking at dealing with files; there's a resource that can get you there fast. XDA Senior...

Goodbye Samsung! Hello HTC! Steve’s Change in OEMs – XDA Developer TV

If you’ve seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s video on switching from Windows Phone to Android, you know Steve has no problem sharing his thoughts. He has been reviewing apps on the different operating systems. He has been using Samsung Devices to represent Android and Windows Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung ATIV...

Introducing XDA:DevCon – A Conference For Developers By Developers

A little over a year ago, a thought began to permeate among some of the staff here at XDA: "Why doesn't XDA create its own conference?" After much exploring and discussion, and maybe even a few group hugs (inside joke), we're pleased to announce the first XDA:DevCon on August 9th to 11th. We want to offer...

Take Control of Multiple Players with Generic Music Controls

There are countless options available for music lovers regarding which application they use for listening to their favourite tracks. If you're anything like I am, you probably have an app for locally stored files, one for your Google Music collection, another for DLNA/UPNP, and we haven't even got to the numerous online streaming or radio apps...

Zombify Your Friends with Rotten Friends

It's not quite Halloween yet, but that's no reason to not get into the spirit of things 10 months early. XDA Forum Member HellGames has developed a niche little app called Rotten Friends for all those who may be fans of the horror genre. Rotten Friends is an app that allows you to transform, or zombify if you...

Xperia Z Joins Sibling in the AOSP Mix

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is Google giving the entire community (manufacturers, enthusiasts, developers, etc.)  the necessary building blocks to bring what many refer to as "stock Android" (more accurately "vanilla Android") to a device. The inherent problem with this is that the manufacturers are often the roadblock to such endeavors. Too often manufacturers...

Android App Review: Files Fly with SuperBeam – XDA Developer TV

For the last two weeks, we've talked about exploring your files. We reviewed the newest version of ES File Explorer.  Just last week, we compared it to Solid Explorer. But what if you want to share files with someone else quickly? NFC can be clunky, but WiFi Direct (for phones that support it) is a...

Facebook Away from the Facebook App with Fast Home Widgets

Not too long ago, XDA Forum Member taomorpheus released a rather interesting alternative to the current official Facebook app called Fast. The app is essentially a replacement for the original, bringing to the table a far simpler, less bloated, and much lighter client for the the infamous social media site. As good as it is, there is...

Not Enough Home Screens? WidgetShade Can Help

We currently have widgets for practically everything that we do. Our most commonly used apps have small sub-apps that sit comfortably in our home screens and are easily accessible by just pressing the Home button. However, there are times when we are doing other things that may require us to be away from the home...

Guide to Enable ADB and Fastboot on ChromeOS

ADB and fastboot are both incredibly handy and easy-to-use options for manipulating your device, and we've mentioned both here on the Portal on several occasions. Whether you're using Windows, Linux, or OSX, it's generally not too difficult to get either of these set up and begin tinkering with your device. One thing I hadn't previously seen...

Decompile and Recompile Classes.dex with Ease

It's fair to say that unless you've spent some time digging around inside APK files and making some heavy duty modifications to apps or the Android OS itself, you probably haven't come face-to-face with a .smali file in its natural environment. They are a common component in many of the most popular Android tweaks and...

Universal Arduino Interface for Android, XDA Hits 5 Million Members, New XDA University Tutorials Available! – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Socialife app has been ported to old Xperia Devices. 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 an universal Arduino interface for Android and XDA hitting 5 million members. Jordan talks about the other videos released...