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Google Chromecast SDK Now Available to Developers, More Supported Apps to Come!

The $35 Google Chromecast has had a bit of a chequered history in its relatively short six-month lifespan. While the device offered streaming video and audio capabilities previously seen only in far more costly accessories, the list of officially supported services has always been quite sparse. At first this looked like it would be only a minor...

Give Your Samsung Galaxy Gear Some Love with Triangulum, its First Custom Kernel

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a somewhat unusual device. The smartwatch was originally designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3  and Galaxy S 4 flagships, and quickly became one of the most popular devices in its category. Despite this, it's still up for debate whether the Galaxy Gear will ever become a commercially successful device. This...

FSF Replicant Project Now Updated to Android 4.2

The actual core Android OS is open source. But as you may already know, there is an increasing number of proprietary, first-party Google applications in what most of us think of when we talk about "Android." These apps range from the Google Play Store to Hangouts to Maps, and everything in between. And with each passing...

Automated Device Lets You Automate Your Android Device with Rules

There are some great apps available for anyone looking to automate their Android devices such as Tasker and Llama Location Profiles, just to name a couple. But as with all things, there are a few setbacks, such as Tasker being a paid app, and Llama Location Profiles having limited activation conditions. Well, XDA Senior Member...

Phoenix Rises from the Ashes: Samsung Galaxy S II Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies

In the last few months, we've talked about various Android 4.4 ports for various well known devices. Some of them were quite surprising like the port for the HTC HD2, which was never intended to run Android in the first place. Other were expected, as they were fairly new devices with a strong development backing. Now, another...

The ART of Android

Android 4.4 KitKat is indeed a sweet update. It brought dozens of new features, and its decreased memory footprint allowed it to be ported to older devices relatively easily. One of the most interesting features hidden deep inside developers options is ART, a new runtime compiler poised to replace our good friend Dalvik. What is...

Meet OmniSwitch: An Innovative New Feature in OmniROM

OmniROM is one of the hottest new custom ROMs. It comes from developers including XDA Senior Recognized Developers Chainfire, XpLoDWilD, pulser_g2, and is definitely something that shouldn't be missed. During the past few months, the OmniROM team added a few of very interesting features like OpenDelta and Multi-Window, which is still described as a work-in-progress. Now, users who...

Easily Create Recovery Compatible Archives with Zip Creator

If you ever wanted to make a flashable ZIP, you certainly know how much work is needed to write a proper updater-script. Not so long ago, we presented a Windows-only tool and Geany add-on to find all your syntax errors, but you still had to enter all the commands on your own. Your updater-script nightmare is now...

Flash Different Text Fonts Through AROMA with FontFly

One of the simplest ways of giving your Android interface a new and refreshed look is to change the default font. Achieving this is easy, as all that’s required is switching the .ttf files in one of the system directories, hence the abundance of third-party apps in the Play Store requiring root access. And if...

Protect Your Privacy on Your Mobile Device with Pry-Fi

Given all of the personal information that we have stored on our mobile devices, Android phones could potentially serve as treasure troves of private data for those who wish to learn everything about you for profit. It's not only Google who is trying to learn everything about you. Rather, many other vendors that also collect...

Easily Flash a Hybrid Modem to Gain 4G LTE Connectivity on Your Nexus 4 without a PC

The Google Nexus 4 is a very popular phone. A powerful CPU, combined with 2 GB of RAM and a relatively low price at launch made it an ideal choice of many XDA community members, myself included. Despite being a great device, and one which is still extremely popular, the Nexus 4 has some issues with...

Android Preparing to Become a 64-bit OS, ART Will Replace Dalvik as Default Runtime Compiler

Android has become the major player in mobile operating systems, practically ever since Gingerbread was released. The little green robot has evolved from a small, niche operating system into something of a juggernaut. During the course of these years, Android developers have added tons of handful functions like JIT and ART compiler. Now is a good...