Posts From Martin Sweeney

Martin Sweeney
14 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.

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...

XDA Spotlight: Connect Third-Party APIs to Google Assistant using the Voice Assistant Webhook

Some owners of the Google Home may feel a bit disappointed at its lack of native features, but others such as myself are holding onto hope that third-party developers will be able to plug any holes in its functionality. We're excited to see the work some developers such as João Dias have put into supporting...

XDA Spotlight: Button Mapper, an App to Remap your Phone’s Hardware Buttons

Hardware buttons are increasingly becoming harder and harder to find on Android devices, with most devices these days retaining only the necessary power and volume buttons. Though some users prefer the sleek designs that on-screen navigational buttons offer, others miss having tactile buttons that could be utilized for specific purposes. Thankfully, you can have the...

Samsung Announces Android 7.0 Nougat Rollout Schedule for several Galaxy Models

Samsung has officially stated that the Android Nougat 7.0 rollout has begun for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, confirming earlier reports. The press release states that the rollout began 2 days ago and will be making its way to devices via an OTA update and will be available to owners of the devices...

Google Enhances Searches for Spotty Data Connections

Making Google searches while on poor data connections can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes you really, really want to find an answer to some question or you are looking up, but because you're barely out of network range, your search never goes through. Thankfully, Google is looking to alleviate some of those headaches. In an official...

Google Maps Starts Showing Parking Availability

According to Android Police, Google Maps seems to be rolling out a new feature that allows users to show parking information at a location. The extra feature seems to be part of the latest Google Maps v9.44 beta update to the application. The parking information shows up as small round "P" icon next to your destination,...

Android One Phones to Come to U.S. Mid-2017

Google is rumored to finally be bringing the Android One line of smartphones to the US. An exclusive report from The Information states that the first phone bearing the brand could launch as early as mid 2017. It is believed that the phone will be priced somewhere between $200 and $300. The report doesn't disclose which OEM the phone...

XDA Spotlight: Abusive Gym Reminder, an Open-Source App that Yells at you if you don’t Workout

Do you like being yelled at? Are army training boot camps your idea of a good time? Does being screamed at make you more motivated? Then we have have just the app for you. Say hello to the open-source Abusive Gym Reminder. This is an an application whose sole purpose is to send you abusive notifications everyday...

HTC Will Only Release 6 or 7 Phones in 2017

At the recent launch event of the HTC U Ultra and U Play in Taipei, Engadget's Richard Lai interviewed Chialin Chang, HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices business. During the interview, Mr. Chang confirmed that HTC is only planning to release 6 or 7 smartphones during 2017. The move will be a significant drop in the number of...
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