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Intro Guide to Android Client-Server Communication

As our mobile devices become increasingly connected, client-server communications are also becoming increasingly necessary. Thankfully, a new guide has emerged that helps users setup a RESTful web API. The new guide comes from XDA Forum Member Alkonic, and covers topics including setting up a database and PHP scrip, testing your new database server, and finally how to...

Unifying Cloud Storage on Android, Xperia Tablet Z Winners Announced! – XDA Developer TV

Sony Xperia illumination bar API released! That 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 using CloudCube to tame your clouds and news about Ariel Shimoni and XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013. Jordan talks about...

Download and Install Custom Recovery with One Click

Installing a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod and TWRP on your device isn't much of an arduous process. It'll only take about 5 to 10 minutes at most to connect your device to your PC in order to install your recovery of choice, maybe a tad bit longer if you need to find a recovery...

Beginner’s Guide to Changing App Icons on Xperia Devices

One of the first steps to theming brilliance for any aspiring themer is the changing of application icons, a skill that any experienced themer will undoubtedly need in their endeavors. And the great thing is, the process of doing so is not that difficult. Because of this, any novice can have a crack at it...

Easily Decompile and Recompile APKs with Android Apktool

Using a command line interface is a daunting task for many novice developers and themers. So its unfortunate that one of the most popular tools for modding and theming, APKtool, requires such input. This is why we've featured some noteworthy guides on how to use APKtool for its many purposes, such as decompiling and recompiling...

Be More than “Ramen Profitable” and Make Money as an App Developer – XDA Developer TV

A lot of hard work goes into making an app: blood, sweat, tears, and curses. When an app is finally released, it is the hope of one who's spent so much time to make some decent scratch. But often, they find they are only Ramen Profitable, meaning that they really only make a profit if...

Elite Recognized Developer Stericson to Talk Root Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

The main benefit to rooting one's Android device is the ability to run applications that are developed for root users. These applications allow you to take control of your device and do a wide variety of actions not normally permitted or possible without root access. Some of these applications allow you to take entire system-wide...

CloudCube Keeps All Your ‘Clouds’ In One Place

There is no shortage of cloud storage services out there. It seems like with every couple of months, there's a new one announced and marketed, offering some new twists and perks on top of a largely familiar set of features and functions. However, with this influx of variety and choice comes fragmentation of cloud storage...

TWRP Manager Makes Recovery (Even) Easier

A custom recovery is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who wants to make the most of his or her (rooted) device. Even if you aren't a fan of custom ROMs or kernels, you probably still use a custom recovery if for nothing but the ease of backing up and restoring your device. There are of...

Browse Image Threads on XDA without Hassle with Desktop Chrome

Threads dedicated to screenshots, wallpapers, signatures, and the like are always quite fun to browse through---either for the creativity boost for your next home screen set up or just to get a taste of what layouts other XDA forum goers have on their devices. Of course, in the format of a forum thread, you'll most...

APIs Released for the Illumination Bar on Xperia Devices

Further testament to Sony's increasing support for third-party developers comes with their release of 'experimental' APIs for that funky translucent illumination bar found on many of their phones such as the Xperia S. The new APIs will allow developers to play and experiment with the bar's functionality in various situations, apps, and ROMs. Announced at Sony's...

Mass Storage Mode for Sony Xperia S, P, and U

A feature that the Sony design team chose not to include in their early 2012 flagships was mass storage mode. While MTP has its advantages over USB mass storage, this exclusion left many users scratching their heads. Not only is USB mass storage faster,  it also wouldn't really hurt to have the choice. But all...