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Defend the Kingdom From Orcs and Vikings with Tower Bruiser

It's late Saturday evening, you've written a bunch of articles for the day, and you're winding down while getting ready to call it a night---OK, well maybe only two of those three items apply to you. In any case, rather than simply vegging out in front of the boobtube, you decide to load up a quick, yet entertaining...

My Cloud Player 9 for SoundCloud Brings Local Audio Playback and More!

We first talked about the alternative SoundCloud client My Cloud Player by XDA Senior Member dcucko back in October of last year. My Cloud Player was originally written to provide SoundCloud users with functionality that was unavailable in the official SoundCloud app. The aesthetically appealing player offered the ability to chart your most played songs, view your playback history, cache tracks for offline...

GPL-Mandated Moto E Kernel Source Finally Released, Razr M/HD Source Updated to KitKat

We've talked quite a bit about the highly affordable Moto E ever since its launch earlier this month. We first shared a system dump a little under two weeks ago, and that was quickly followed by a preliminary TWRP build. Then two days after that, Motorola graciously allowed us to bootloader unlock the device. Despite all of this early progress, one thing...

JDroidLib out of Beta, Brings New Package Manager and Greater Command Flexibility

We first featured XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher‘s JDroidLib back in December of last year, as a Java-based alternative to the C# library AndroidLib. At the time, the JDroidLib library allowed developers to install ADB and fastboot on supported platforms. Then in March of this year, JDroidLib was given a substantial overhaul as it entered its beta stage. This update brought new features such...

[OTA, RUU Available] Verizon HTC One Max Receives Sense 6

Over the past several weeks, we've seen several variants of HTC's former flagship M7 receive their official updates to Sense 6. This started with the Sense 6 roll out to developer and unlocked devices, and continued with updates to the T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T variants of the device. All of these M7 updates naturally lead many to wonder about the status...

[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....

AT&T HTC One M7 to Join the Party and Receive Sense 6 Early Next Week

Two weeks ago, we saw the Sense 6 roll out to the developer and unlocked variants of the HTC One M7. A couple days later, the T-Mobile variant of the HTC One M7 receive its taste of Sense 6. And then earlier this week, we saw HTC Sense 6 updates roll out to the Verizon and...

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,...

Learn About Java Listeners

The path to becoming a great Android developer is not straightforward. To make an application or modify an existing one, you need to know Java. To write a good application, you need to know all of the language's nuances. Much of this information is available in resources found here on XDA. Applications written in Java use listeners,...

[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...