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Another Take on Lock Screen Notifications with Notify Me

Notifications are handled through various methods on different platforms. Since the earliest Android versions, notifications have been available in the notification bar and sometimes as pop-ups. OEMs also implement different methods of showing them. For example, Motorola uses the Active Display on the Moto X, which basically replaces the notification LED. Yesterday we talked about AcDisplay, which...

Android 4.4.3 KTU84F to Begin Rolling Out to Nexus 5 Today (Update: Not Quite)

You may recall that we've seen quite a few Android 4.4.3 test builds pop up recently. But now, at least according to US third-place carrier Sprint, it will finally begin rolling out some time today--at least for the Google Nexus 5. The update was first spotted by XDA Forum Member GiantJay, who noticed a new build on...

Nokia X Camera Ported, Easily Flash Between Dalvik and ART, CF.lumen Released by Chainfire! – XDA Developer TV

You can now easily switch between Dalvik and ART if you're experiencing ART-related bootloops! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that the Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer has been ported to all Xperia Devices and the...

Samsung Galaxy Gear Toolkit Handles All Your Gear-Related Flashing Tasks

The smartwatch market is growing rapidly. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung introduced three new smartwatches ready to be paired with Galaxy devices. But Tizen is no fun, as developers haven't yet given it much attention. The company's previous smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, has already received love thanks to a custom ROM and kernel. Now,...

Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer Ported to All Xperia Devices Running KitKat or Jelly Bean

Launched this year at MWC, the Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony's flagship device for 2014. The device improves upon its predecessor in various ways such as a much better display, an improved processor, and so on. In addition to the hardware benefits, the Z2 also packs a few unique software tricks. One of the Z2's unique software features...

AcDisplay Update Brings Fixes and Less Motorolish Look

Under Google's influence, Motorola did a great job with their recent devices. Both the Moto X and Moto G are great options in their respective price points. The Moto X has no notification LED, so they developed Active Display to bring the notifications to the OLED panel. This feature then found itself ported to some...

Optimize Your Mobile 3D Graphics with GLTools

You may recall that a few years ago, we took a quick look at Chainfire3D. For those who don't remember, Chainfire3D allowed users to tweak various aspects of the 3D rendering pathway such as texture size and quality. The app also allowed users to load games meant for other devices thanks to its plugin system. Unfortunately...

Curb Your Social Networking Addiction with Socials Addict

As much as I hate to admit it, I spend far too much time on social networking sites. Be it updating my own status, browsing through my feeds, or stalking checking up on old friends, there's quite a lot to do when browsing G+, Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Unfortunately, these social networking sites are essentially instant...

Nokia X Camera Ported to Android 4.1+ Devices

While the Nokia X isn't exactly the lust-inducing, flagship-caliber device that we were all hoping for from the Finnish OEM's entrance into the Android world, the device and its software are still rather intriguing. In addition to making the Nokia X more functional by shoehorning external development onto the device, we've also seen porting efforts to...

Switch Between Dalvik and ART from Recovery with a Single AROMA-Based ZIP

You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a simple recovery-flashable ZIP by XDA Senior Member husen4u that allowed users to switch between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers directly from their custom recoveries. This tool actually came in the form of two scripts---one to enabled ART, and the other to enable Dalvik. Naturally, the previously...

Repartition to Increase Application Space on Some Sony Xperia Devices

Most devices sold nowadays come with emulated external storage. On many devices, this emulated SD card is located on the same partition as your installed applications and their data. But on certain other devices, it's located on a separate partition. There are various tradeoffs associated with each approach, most of which are beyond the scope of...

Monitor Your Xperia Firmware Updates with a Website

It's been a long time coming for some devices, but Sony is now rolling out Android 4.3 and 4.4 firmware updates to the majority of its lineup. But with so many devices and so many different versions of Android available for these different devices and their variants, it's quite easy to become confused. Because of the complexity,...