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Developer Evangelist Michael Hall to Teach Ubuntu Touch Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

Android has become the dominant mobile operating system. Many of us love Android, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore any new mobile OSes that may come along. What if we ignored Android when it was first released? In that spirit of support of new ideas, XDA has added forums for other OSes such as...

Android App Review: Floating Messages with NinjaSMS – XDA Developer TV

Quite a few people were intrigued by the floating notifications feature of Facebook Home. But this isn’t the only way to get that. XDA Forum Member lordms12 offers up a messaging app that allows you to respond to incoming messages without leaving the screen you are on. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews...

Access the Status Bar Anywhere, Anytime

Full screen operations come with a couple of downsides, one of them being the absence of that all important status bar. Being the hub of notifications, reminders, and more, losing the status bar is a big sacrifice that one must make for some extra screen space. If you agree, you may want to check out...

Interview with Wael Nafee and Mostafa Gazar, Developers of NinjaSMS – XDA Rountables

Here at XDA, we are a community of tinkerers, enthusiast, developers, makers, hackers, and doers. Here, simple ideas to answer what-if questions become reality. XDA is a community of collaboration. People gather to exchange ideas and solutions. Today, XDA Developer TV Producer TK talks to Wael Nafee and Mostafa Gazar, the Developers of NinjaSMS. He asks...

Simplify Information Sharing on Non-NFC Phones with QrPort

Sharing quick notes with friends can often become more of a chore than it's worth. Sure you can send an email, but often this feels like taking a sledge hammer to a problem best served with a chisel. For those with NFC-enabled devices, small tidbits of data and contact information can be transferred readily and easily...

Ultimate Guide to NinePatch PNG Files

NinePatch or .9 PNG files are a nuisance for many. These awkward little blighters are the number one cause of Android themers throwing their PC out of the window. Despite being incredibly frustrating, once mastered they are also incredibly useful and allow the use of a single image in various different shapes and sizes. Getting to grips with...

Get Your APKs In Order with APK Organize

Organizing APKs on your PC is quite a tedious process. More likely than not, they're probably named as nonsensical gibberish, and trying to find a specific APK is akin to the 'needle in a haystack' cliche. That's probably why apps such as ApkRenamer are great tools for the typical Android user. If, however, you're looking for...

Elite Recognized Developer Jcase to Talk Android Security at XDA:DevCon 2013

At XDA, we get downright giddy when we see a heavily locked down device unlocked and rooted. An unlocked bootloader and rooted device opens the door for many options of custom ROMs. Without root we have no recovery, no ROMs, no kernel optimizations, and very limited other development. Most of us are guilty of just...

Floating Notifications and Multitasking with Open Sourced HALO – XDA Developer TV

The much maligned Android development known as Facebook Home has gone the way of the dodo bird. However, the “chat heads” feature of Facebook Messenger is still favored in the Paranoid Android feature called Halo. Halo was intended to bring a new level of multitasking to Paranoid Android ROMs by allowing the user to receive...

Spruce up Your Restarts with 81 Fantastic Boot Animations

If you're anything like I am, you dread the occasional moments when you realize that you must restart your device in order to accomplish some certain task. Be it a ROM flash, a cache flush, or simply a restart because your device that has been on for two consecutive months is starting to feel a...

Rethink Waking up with Alarm Clock Wise

Sometimes, some of the simplest concepts are the ones least likely to be re-imagined. However, they're also occasionally the ones that can benefit most from some fresh ideas. In my own experience, I know that a lowly alarm clock is hardly enough to trick my brain into believing that it has had enough rest. Thankfully, XDA Forum...

Major Update to AROMA Installer and File Manager

It's been some time since we last heard about an update to AROMA. Sure, we publish stories of modifications and tweaks that utilize the AROMA Installer to afford end users choice in customizing exactly what they are installing. However, XDA Recognized Developer amarullz has now given his AROMA Installer a rather hefty update. For those who haven't yet heard...