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[APK Compendium] Google Docs, Sheets, Play Store, and Music Receive Minor Updates, and the Rest of This Week’s Updates

Update: Looks like we have another incremental update for Google Docs as well, bringing it to 1.3.144.19, up from 1.3.144.15.__This was a great week in terms of first party Google application updates. Wednesday afternoon, we first saw a significant update to Google Camera, which brought us self-timer, 16:9 capture support, and two new panoramic capture modes....

Next Version of Android to Bring Even More Root Headaches

About a week and a half ago, we took a look at a few recent AOSP merges initially spotted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that severely impact root app developers due to changes in SELinux, default runtime compiler, and the requirement of PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. These changes compounded previous headaches caused by commits that prevent SU from executing files...

Windows Phone 8.1 Gets an Official File Manager

Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month's Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center...

New Widget API Lets You Create Clocks and Widgets for the Sony SmartWatch 2

2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And as we saw at CES this past year, there are several fantastic smartwatch options on the horizon. But while many Android fans are eagerly awaiting Android Wear, many more have already entered the smartwatch world by way of existing devices like the Sony SmartWatch 2.About a month ago,...

[ROM Captured] Original Galaxy Gear Now Updated to Tizen

Earlier this month, we talked about how the original Samsung Galaxy Gear would receive an OS switch from Android to Tizen at some point in its lifespan. This wasn't too much of a surprise, given how the Galaxy Gear 2 was launched running Tizen and presumably Samsung would want all of its wearables running the same OS for application...

Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not...

Make Your Own Gapps Package with Ease

Much of what users commonly refer to as "Android" isn't actually a part of the OS itself, but rather first-party Google applications that have become integral to Android's functionality or look and feel. This includes apps like Gmail and the Google Play Store. And for most people, it's optimal to use these first party Google applications. But if you're...

Preproduction LG Smartwatch Gives Us an Early Glimpse at Android Wear

Ever since its initial unveiling back in March, we've talked quite a bit about Android Wear. Just a couple days after its launch, we covered the Android Wear emulator, apps that can run on the emulator, and a system dump to extract some of the Wear's software goodies. Then about a week ago, we talked about how to easily add rich Android Wear notifications to new...

Pin Important Notifications with PinNotif

Some things in life are more important than the others. The same thing applies to Android where certain notifications like SMS messages, Emails, and other forms of communication are more important than alerts from games and news applications. When we want something to be seen first, we generally pin it. You can find many stickies in almost every forum...

Google Shows Us What Devs Can Do with Android Wear Notifications

You may recall that just under a week ago, Google gave us some pointers on how to easily add rich Android Wear notifications into new and existing applications. Thanks to quite a lot of example code, as well as API similarities to those already present in traditional Android, Google's made it easy for third party developers to...

Sprint Galaxy Note II Finally Updated to KitKat, Open Source Files Available

Just one week before KitKat's unveiling in late November of last year, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II received an OTA update that brought the former flagship phablet to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It's now six months later, and up until now, the still relatively high-end device had not yet received its official update to KitKat. But thanks...

Official TWRP Arrives on the OnePlus One

Launched a little over a month ago, the OnePlus One has achieved almost mythical status thanks to its flagship-level specifications and fantastic software at a bargain basement price. Extremely limited availability aside, this new device from Oppo offshoot OnePlus seems to be one of the most desirable devices of early 2014---so desirable in fact, that we've already seen...