Posts From Mike Szczys

Mike Szczys
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Mike Szczys is a professional musician but spends all his free time working with hobby electronics. As Contributing Editor for Hackaday.com he became interested in Android as some of the early hardware hacks started popping up on the Internet. What followed was a gradually rising addiction to all things Android.

How to Sign and Zipalign Your APK Files

When you get done coding and testing your shiny new app, you'll still have a couple of steps left to make it ready for prime time. There are plenty of ways to learn about signing APK files, but I found XDA Senior Member Nikwen's guide to give just enough of an overview without getting bogged down...

Root for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Works Across Multiple Carriers

If you're thinking about signing up for a carrier-subsidized Samsung Galaxy S4 here's a bit of good news: XDA Recognized Developer Djrbliss posted a rooting guide that is dead simple and works with all variations that use a Qualcomm processor (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.). The technique was originally developed for Motorola devices, and thus is called Motochopper. It will work...

Find People to Help Translate Labels in Your App

I used machine translation to make the image for this post, but anything more complicated that 'hello world' would probably have come out with an awkward syntax and lost meaning for many languages. That's why when it comes time to localize your app for many different languages, there's no substitute for having a real person...

Building with Apache Ant

It's pretty easy to build APKs using Eclipse, but The Apache Ant project brings a few things to the table which you might be interested in---especially if you're creating closed source apps. The package is designed to handle Java application builds (although it can be used with other languages as well). One of its best...

Library Repo Thread Helps You Find and Share Useful App Development Libraries

Putting together a killer app is hard enough without having to do everything yourself. That's where external libraries come in really handy. Whether you need to gain root access to run system commands, need help creating a PDF, or are looking at dealing with files; there's a resource that can get you there fast. XDA Senior...

Organized Way to Find or Become an Alpha/Beta App Tester

Users are fickle, and the only way to avoid their wrath when it comes to app development is to perform your due diligence by testing, testing, testing. For developers, this means finding people who know what they're doing and have a range of different devices that you don't own. On the other hand, how many...

Universal Arduino Serial Adapter will Interface with Android and More

If you're the kind of person who likes to tinker with the lower levels of Android devices, I think you're going to love this project. XDA Senior Member Kemonine96 came up with a design he calls the Universal Arduino Serial Adapter. As the name implies, it uses an Arduino board to connect to a serial interface...

Start Developing Apps in C# Instead of Java

Did you know you can write Android apps in C#? Now you do, so go forth and produce bountiful apps. Wait, you need more help than that? I figure that if you already know the language, setting up an IDE is half of the battle. Luckily, XDA Senior Member ScatteredHell wrote a guide that will get...

Google Glass API (Called Mirror) Available Now!

Want to write an app for Google Glass? If you think you've got to wait for the wearable computer to ship you're wrong. You can start right now because Google just released the Mirror API used to develop Google Glass software. If you can't wait to get your code on, they've got you covered with two...

Code for and Program Arduino Boards Using ArduinoDroid

Hobby electronics enthusiasts will be happy to learn of the arrival of an Arduino IDE for Android, which includes support for uploading sketches to the popular microcontroller development boards. ArduinoDroid hit Google Play a few days ago, and I gave it a whirl as soon as I had the chance. The APK is small and installs...

Bootloader Unlock for the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M

Dan Rosenberg (a.k.a. XDA Recognized Developer djrbliss) gets the credit for finding exploits on a lot of devices, and now you can add to it the line of Motorola units that use the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. There are currently three models included in this category, the Atrix HD, Razr HD, and Razr M. They're based...