Posts From Zachary Wander

Zachary Wander
Zachary Wander

I write articles and develop apps for XDA. I'm also the developer of SystemUI Tuner. Yes, I'm bad at writing self-descriptions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra “Clear Cover” TPU Case Review

We have the shiny new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in our hands, a phone that costs a cool $1,300. That much money gets you a very good smartphone, but many users would still like to put a case on it for the added peace of mind on such an expensive purchase. There's no dearth...

Developers can now start building Windows apps with Flutter

Flutter is an open-source app development framework made by Google. One of its main goals is to make developing for multiple platforms easier, by allowing developers to share a single codebase across multiple targets. Up until now, you could use Flutter to build a unified application for Android, iOS, macOS, Linux, and the web. If...

Microsoft expands its App Assure program to Windows 10 on ARM PCs with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips

At Microsoft's annual Ignite developer conference, the company announced its latest collaboration with Qualcomm to improve app compatibility for Windows 10 on ARM PCs powered by the latter's Snapdragon compute platforms. Microsoft and Qualcomm have collaborated to expand the former's App Assure program to cover Windows 10 on ARM64 PCs. If you haven't heard of Microsoft...

I rooted my US Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and here’s what I’m doing with it

This is XDA Developers and, contrary to popular belief, we do actually talk about a lot of stuff concerning development. This article is a little different from the more news or tutorial-related content. In this, I talk about my opinions on root and its utility in 2020 and show you my rooted Samsung Galaxy Note...

Android 11 Features – What developers need to know about the new APIs

Android 11 is here, and with it, a whole bunch of changes from Android 10. And those changes mean that developers are going to need to update their apps to take advantage of everything Android 11 has to offer (and everything it restricts).This article goes over the more important API and feature changes and additions...

Tronsmart Apollo Bold Review — Affordable, Premium TWS Earbuds with Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo Plus

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish I had some Bluetooth earbuds, but I'm not sure what to buy"? If so you're probably overwhelmed by the number of truly wireless earbuds on the market these days. We've used and reviewed a fair few of them, and today, we're going to be reviewing the Tronsmart...

Google lists which Firebase SDKs require Google Play Services

Google is a pretty ubiquitous name in the Android space. Not only does the company own and maintain the Android Open Source Project itself, but it's also in charge of the largest distribution platform on Android: the Google Play Store and the underlying Google Mobile Services (GMS) suite. GMS is the important part here. Firebase,...

PSA: A Firebase Cloud Messaging exploit is likely behind strange push notifications from Microsoft Teams and Hangouts

It seems we can't go a day without another significant security flaw popping up somewhere in some software or service. This week seems to be the time for Firebase Cloud Messaging to run up against an easily-exploitable vulnerability. Firebase Cloud Messaging is a framework by Google to help make delivering notifications through apps on almost any...

Jetpack Compose, Google’s new UI toolkit for Android, is now in alpha

When it comes to developing an app, there are a lot of ways to go about it. You can choose which platform(s) to develop for, which programming language(s) you want to use, and so much more. Back in the fall of 2019, Google introduced a new framework for building UIs in Android, using Kotlin. Until now,...

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live are the most feature-rich wireless earbuds

The Galaxy Buds Live are Samsung's latest truly wireless earbuds, and as with any new product, Samsung hyped them up quite a bit. With the weird new design that lends them the "beans" nickname, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are sure to turn some heads. But the design isn't everything that goes into a pair...

Android App Basics: How to install Android Studio on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS

If you're just getting started in Android app development, you may or may not know of Android Studio. It's Google's official IDE (integrated development environment) made specifically for developing native Android apps. For Java or Kotlin Android apps, there's no better option in terms of ease of development. Of course, Android Studio is a development tool,...

Realme Buds Q Review: Good-sounding, Affordable TWS Earbuds with Issues

Remember when headphone jacks were a thing? Yeah, me neither. Thanks to a certain fruit sealing a 3.5mm hole in its glass slabs, and others following suit, Bluetooth earbuds and headphones have really taken off. As we have progressed since the move, cheaper and more accessible options were bound to appear. It's time to talk...