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Android Things Developer Preview 4 Released, New Hardware and Full Google Assistant SDK Added

Yesterday marked the release of Android Things Developer Preview 4, inching ever closer to the official release of Google’s low-power OS made for IoT devices. Details were posted in a blog entry on the Android-developers website. What’s New Earlier this month Google announced a partnership with AIY by releasing a co-produced build-your-own Google Home kit. Built on...

Install Blackberry Apps, Launcher, Keyboard on any Android Device With ‘Blackberry Manager’ [XDA Spotlight]

Blackberry has long been known for its triumphs in software and security. Since the company’s 2015 decision to put its newest devices exclusively on the Android OS, Blackberry and Android’s software worlds have been settling in together, attempting to take the best from what the other has to offer. In an effort to bring some...

“Forget Windows Use Linux” is a USB-Bootable Distro for your Android Recovery Needs [XDA Spotlight]

Microsoft’s Windows platform has been the single most widely-used desktop OS for decades, only recently sliding to second place behind Android as the most popular operating system used to browse the Internet. As popular as these two platforms are, unfortunately there are still intercommunication issues that can frustrate any user who owns a Windows computer...

See Your Mail Before It Arrives With USPS’s New Informed Delivery Service

Have you ever had a traffic ticket in the mail that you were unaware of until the consequences of which worsened? Maybe you’ve been on the lookout for an important letter of another variety, perhaps a college acceptance letter or paycheck. Though modern technology has brought us to often look past traditional mail, it’s still...

Host Your Own Cross-Platform Password Manager With KeePass [XDA Spotlight]

If you're signed up for a bunch of different online websites and services, then you likely juggle a ton of different passwords for many different places. It’s commonly known that having the same password for multiple accounts is significantly less secure than choosing a different password for each account. Unfortunately, with this variety and increased...

More Samsung Galaxy S8 Images, [Almost] Complete Spec Sheet Leaked

With only days until Samsung’s official announcement, a near complete specification sheet and multiple [seemingly] official images have surfaced in a post from none other than Roland Quandt over at WinFuture.de. Adding to the already leaked accessories list, which included a look at the desktop docking station unofficially referred to as the Dex Station, WinFuture has what may be the...

Guide: Sending a Logcat to Help Debug Your Favorite App

It’s happened to us all at one point or another. There’s no shame in admitting it. Sometimes, Android apps crash. Whether you're using a completely stock device to run Google Maps or a highly-customized ROM with an Xposed module to enhance Google Hangouts, application crashes and other issues can occur and even become quite a...

EFIDroid: A Second-Stage Bootloader Using UEFI Firmware to Multiboot [XDA Spotlight]

Dual booting and multi-ROM implementations have been a major challenge for Android developers for quite some time. Previous solutions have typically needed substantial device-specific development and further support from ROM developers. Even then, they’re often more complicated than they’re worth for the average ROM user. EFIDroid seeks to remedy all of this. Formerly known as GRUB4Android,...

Developers, YouTubers, and Bloggers: Take Better Screenshots with QuickDemo [XDA Spotlight]

From the creators of PSPDFkit – a PDF framework used in Evernote and Dropbox, as well as its own standalone app – comes a free, open-source application for manipulating the contents of the Android status bar. QuickDemo for Android is a tool which leverages Marshmallow 6.0’s System UI Demo Mode in creating a user-friendly application for...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

Android Things Developer Preview 2 Released – Tensorflow, Peripheral I/O Among Lib’s Added

Today the Android Developers Blog announced the release of Developer Preview 2 for Android Things – Google’s lightweight, Android-based OS for all Things IoT. For those looking to build smart devices, or apps to interact with them, Android Things offers a platform which provides access to Google Play Services and the Google Cloud Platform while...

No More Roaming Fees: EU Members Can “Roam-Like-at-Home”

Today marked the end of successful negotiations to enact laws abolishing data roaming charges for members of the EU. The European Parliament, Council, and Commission have come to an agreement that will see the end of data roaming fees by June 15th of this year. With consumers seeing no direct charges, the agreement focused on...