Posts From Former Writer

AI in Smartphones: Separating Fact From Fiction, and Looking Ahead

As it goes every year, one hot feature sets a trend in technology, and suddenly every company boasts some variation of which that is uniquely theirs. This year, that feature is AI. Hot on the heels of Alexa's and Google Assistant’s holiday successes, Artificial Intelligence on phones has become the de facto must-have feature –...

[UPDATED] Smart Home & Home Automation Protocols Guide: Creating Your IoT Paradise

Smart home popularity has risen substantially over the past few years, and even the past few months. CES 2017 set the scene for another small explosion of these devices as Apple, Google, and Amazon all expanded their smart home ecosytems – albeit at different rates – with Amazon’s Alexa assistant boasting the most growth. Thrust into the...

Get Android Wear Notifications On Your Pebble

Back in 2012 a new Kickstarter project popped up showing a very unique device at the time: A smartwatch with the ability to properly show your phone's notifications, the ability to run apps and an open SDK for developers to write their own applications. Over the last two years the Pebble has gotten a lot...

AppDialer-T9 Makes Searching for Apps Easy and Fast

Applications for Android have come a long way. Gone are the days where there were only one or two good choices to accomplish a certain, relatively obscure task. Games have certainly improved dramatically, and productivity applications seem to gain new functionality at a breakneck pace. This increase in application availability coupled with increased device storage...

Highly Customizable Theming for the Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S III

Given that we focus our energies on development rather than theme creation, we don't talk about themes very often. However, once in a while, something to aid the process or those looking for something extra appears, which is worth mentioning. With so many themes shared on the site, it's often hard to find a specific theme that...

RT Jailbreak Tool Lets Users Install Non-Microsoft Executables on Windows RT

This is XDA Developers, and we like our devices a certain way. We like them unlocked, rooted, and free to do with as we please. However, very few devices are ever released in this condition. Thus, our large community of dedicated developers figure out a way to do it. After all, it's happened again and...

Lightning Browser for Tablets Gives Great Performance and a Small Footprint

When it comes to browser selection on Android, there are generally two types to choose from. There are stripped down, quick, small browsers and there are large, powerful, and feature filled browsers. Both have their various pros and cons. While most of us prefer full-featured browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, quite a few still...

New Galaxy Note 2 Bootloader Unlock Achieved, CASUAL Tool Updated

There is nothing better than a good story line. When it comes to good story lines on XDA, few are better than the Verizon locked bootloader debacle. It's always big news when one is unlocked, and it's always tragic when one is re-locked. This happened recently with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II. First, it...

Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Update for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100

It's no secret that Samsung has dropped the ball in some areas such as the Exynos brick bug and the lack of proper documentation. However, they managed to keep true to their word that the Samsung Galaxy S II would officially see Jelly Bean. This will put the device on software that is as up to date...

Phonster Combines Ingress and Pokemon Concepts for a Unique Gaming Experience

Gaming on Android has gotten a lot better in the last year. We're seeing full featured games that aren't just iterations of repetitive puzzles. Some have more involved campaigns or story lines, and others have immense multiplayer modes. One such example of a unique Android game is Ingress. Instead of playing in levels, Ingress uses...

Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft Surface (and Windows RT) with 50+ Tips and Tricks

Development and tweaks for the Microsoft Surface have been been catching steam lately. There are a group of developers porting regular Windows applications to Windows RT. There are also a couple of ways to alter touch screen settings. However, Windows RT is still a brand new operating system, and people using it for the first...

Rethink How You Open Apps with HomeFlip

Home screen replacements are made with many features in mind: customizability, speed, small file sizes, and many others. In some cases, they may not even be traditional "launchers" at all. There are apps out there that function as an application launcher, but are not exactly intended to replace your standard launcher. HomeFlip by XDA Forum Member id0x12345 falls...