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Automate Your Device Settings on a Per-App Basis with µTask

Our mobile devices nowadays have dozens upon dozens of user-modifiable settings to play with. Unfortunately, however, not all of the settings are ideal in every situation. For example, if you load up Netflix, you may want to make sure that you're on WiFi or that your screen brightness is turned to an acceptable level. And...

PiBalance Keeps Track of Your Mobile Plan Usage and Balance through USSD Requests

While many have long since moved to "unlimited" talk/text/data plans, there are still quite a few on more limited plans. After all, what use is unlimited data if you're connected to WiFi all day? Similarly, if all your friends also have smartphones, texting is not really needed anymore either. And calling? Pfft. Ain't nobody got...

Android 4.4.2 Leaked Firmware Emerges for the Sony Xperia Z

Back in December of last year, Sony started rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to various former flagship devices such as the Xperia Z. Then back in March of this year, we heard that the Xperia Z would receive the official KitKat goods some time in Q2 of this year. And about a week ago, this was indirectly...

Scroll Through Lights and Shadows with 2D Platformer Phlux

Remember last year's indie game smash hit Thomas Was Alone? If you don't and you are a fan of 2D, side-scrolling platformers, I suggest you take a few minutes to go check it out. Now unfortunately, despite being a relatively undemanding game, there's no Thomas Was Alone port for Android. But thanks to XDA Junior Member Dipesh_Devil's...

The Typist Puts Your Mobile Typing Skills to the Test

Do you think that you're pretty quick on the virtual keys of your mobile device? Would you like a way of objectively quantifying exactly how fast your thumbs can tap or swipe along your on-screen keyboard, as well as tracking all progress? There are plenty of typing tests available for desktop OSes and even on the web....

Add a Bit of Flair to Your Status Bar with a Colored Gradient

Most of us want just a little bit of flair on our mobile devices. Generally, we accomplish this by adding a fancy wallpaper or aesthetically appealing set of icons, but there are almost countless ways to achieve this effect. One area not frequently adjusted by end users, however, is theming the ever present Android status bar. Google added their...

Forum Added for the OnePlus One

Just yesterday, OnePlus unveiled their first phone. This self-proclaimed "flagship killer," which was developed in collaboration with the CyanogenMod team, features bleeding edge specifications and top notch software, all while undercutting the Google's much loved Nexus 5 on price. Of course, we're talking about the OnePlus One. Naturally, many have asked us to create a set...

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Rolling Out to the Verizon Galaxy S 4

Earlier today, we saw Android 4.4.2 KitKat start making its way to international  Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 in certain regions. But the Note II isn't the only device getting some official KitKat love, as the Verizon variant of the former flagship Samsung Galaxy S 4 is now receiving its update to Google's latest and greatest as well. A week and...

[OTA + Root] Official Android 4.4.2 Lands on the International Galaxy Note II GT-N7100

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. Earlier this morning, Samsung started updating its former phablet flagship Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While this update comes quite a bit after many of Samsung's other devices and nearly six months after KitKat's late October release, this is certainly another case of...

Understanding Cross Compiling and How it Relates to Android

Cross compiling is the process of creating executable code for a platform other than the one actually doing the compiling. There are many reasons why this is of use, but arguably the most relevant is compiling for a platform that doesn't have the required tools to build for itself. A great example of cross compiling is building Android from source on...

Droid DNA Gets KitKat, Google Accidentally Sells More Glass? BBQLinux Android Dev Guide Available – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat for the Verizon Droid DNA is being rolled out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that HTC has updated its software release pages with Sense 6 upgrade info for older devices, as well as the...

One-Handed Mode Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S4

People may not realize it much, but this fascination with larger screen sizes on smartphones isn't all smiles for every techie out there. One of the best devices of 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, has a downside that small-handed users simply cannot get over that easily: its 5-inch screen. Yes, there is a Galaxy...