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Learn How to Make Your Own Theme

You don't need graduate degrees in the arts and computer science to create your own theme. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of the talent and a decent graphics editing program. When you are beginning your journey in theming, you can choose one of two paths: modify an existing theme using APK Tool...

AOKP Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9, OmniROM and Paranoid Android. However, there are even more unicorn-filled options out there. Custom ROMs that take charge grab the unicorn by the horn and customize that open source Android, until it glitters with bling. All custom ROM aim to...

Basics about APK Files and What You Can Do with Them

What's an APK? This question may sound trivial, but it's actually significant. You may think that an APK is just the format of those fancy files that you can install on your phone. You'd be right, but there is a while lot more that can be done with Android's application format in addition to (hopefully...

Google Issues Small, Wearable-Related Play Store Update

We can't say that we're too surprised to see Google feverishly updating its application before Android Lollipop's official release. One of Google's key applications, the Google Play Store, was updated to Material Design quite a while ago. However, a recent minor update has now bumped up the version number to 5.0.37 up from 5.0.32. This recent update is very...

Gmail 5.0 Brings Material Design and More

A few days ago, we saw an unofficial Gmail update to version 5.0. The previous update required users to uninstall the old Gmail version from their devices before installing the new APK due to a signature mismatch. As was expected at the time, the official rollout has begun taking place and Gmail 5.0 with Material...

Check Gradle Dependencies with Give Me Gradle!

There are multiple ways of compiling an Android application. You can use one of a variety of IDEs such as Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. You can also build it during the Android system compilation. Every method of compilation is different--maybe not exactly in terms of coding, but the build process as a whole. Android...

LG Challenge Round 1 Winners

With Round 1 of the LG Developer Challenge recently closing, they have now been contacted. We had quite the selection of entrants, and the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 9 winners. We have listed them (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry: SferaDev– HubToDate for LG, installing or removing an...

Device Review: Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses

Over the last few years, the world of wearables has truly gone from fantasy to reality. With the advent of devices like Google Glass, Android Wear, and the bevy of available fitness trackers, the mainstream is becoming more aware and interested in wearables. Epson took note of this trend as far back as 2011, when they...