Posts From Martin Sweeney

Martin Sweeney
22 posts

Android enthusiast and Developer. I like to write code and not restrict myself to one specific area. You can find me in Web Development, Android, Database and security. I am just curious about all things computers and gadgets. Lately I have been fascinated with IOT.

Do Not Disturb Sync for Wear 2.0 — Regain Lost Functionality!

The Android Wear 2.0 upgrade added a lot of functionality to wear devices, however it also removed a few features as well. One of the features removed was the Do Not Disturb toggle between the phone and the wear device. XDA Junior member raimondas.rimkus liked the feature and decided to remedy the issue. The application can...

Lawnchair is a Customisable Pixel Launcher (No Root Necessary)

Lawnchair is a customisable launcher based on the Pixel launcher. Created by Senior XDA Member deletescape, its a promising new  launcher that does not require root. The list of features already available is already quite impressive, and I especially like the App Hiding,Changing Icon Size and Changing Grid size bits. The full list of features includes: ...

Reviewing App Translation Services: How to Make Your App Truly Global

Developing a unique, interesting Android application is requires one set of skills, but marketing your application requires another set of skills. There are many ways to spread the word about your great app or game, including posting on our very own Apps and Games forum or submitting your app to XDA Labs, but eventually you'll reach...

Build Android Apps on Debian using Only Debian Packages

If you're an Android developer who prefers to use a Debian machine for home or work, then you may be interested in a guide published by the official Debian blog on how to build Android applications using ONLY Debian packages. At this time, you can build applications only if it targets API Level 23 with build-tools-24...

[Update: 3rd ‘taimen’ Model] Google’s next Pixel Phones Possibly Code Named ‘muskie’ and ‘walleye’

Google has a history of code naming its hardware in a thalassic manner. The current generation Google Pixel is code named 'Sailfish' and before that Google named the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Shamu, Angler, and Bullhead respectively. In continuing that trend, Google appears to be code naming the next two Google Pixel...

Decompile and Modify APKs on the go with APKTool for Android [XDA Spotlight]

APKTool is a powerful piece of software developed by XDA Senior Member ibotpeaches. The tool allows you to reverse engineer APK files, allowing you to decode resource files so you can modify them and then recompile the application. It is extremely difficult to qualify just how important this tool is to the Android community, but a list...

Waze and Spotify Announce Integration to Allow Seamless Music Playback While Navigating

Waze and Spotify have partnered up to announce an interesting new integration between the two services. Through a combination of the services, you can now seamlessly navigate and listen to Spotify at the same time. Waze now gives you the ability to access your playlists and songs without switching applications as Spotify playlists are now accessible...

Termux – The Ultimate Linux Terminal Emulator for Android [XDA Spotlight]

Have you ever wanted a complete Linux terminal environment on your Android phone? Not just a terminal emulator with basic commands, but a comprehensive Linux command-line environment with all the utilities and packages you've grown accustomed to? If so, then Termux is the answer. Termux is a powerful terminal emulation software, which is similar to the popular...

Unshackle your Device from the Google Play Store with APKUpdater [XDA Spotlight]

With the Google Play Store reaching tens of billions of individual application installations over the course of its lifetime, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid using Google's app store. This is especially problematic for open source enthusiasts and/or privacy conscious folks who see the Google Play Store as a shackle on their device that...

Google’s Project Zero Discovered how to Bypass Samsung’s Knox Hypervisor (Fixed in January Patch)

Google's Project Zero team has verified a number of exploits that enable Samsung's phones running the supposedly-secure Samsung Knox security suite to be attacked. The blog notes that all vulnerabilities have been passed to Samsung who has actually released fixes for them in a January software update. Background As part of the Samsung Knox security software suite introduced by...

Microsoft Announces the Project Rome SDK for Android which Allows for the Control of Nearby Windows Devices

Though Android is by far the most popular handheld operating system, Microsoft's Windows is still the king of the desktop (sorry Linux/GNU friends, your year still hasn't come unfortunately). This means that for most of us, we're lugging around an Android device to handle fairly basic activities while we power through our work on a...

Google (Now) Launcher being discontinued by End of Q1 2017

Android Police have reported that Google has sent out emails informing OEMs that Google Now Launcher (GNL) is being discontinued with an almost immediate affect. The post explains that any new handsets with GNL preinstalled will not be certified by Google. Android Police's post references an email sent to OEMs that explains that they should...
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