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.

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...

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review — An Actual Flagship Killer

Flagship smartphones are getting more and more expensive. In 2014, $750 would have gotten you the best-of-the-best flagship of that generation. Now, you're looking at almost twice that price for the absolute best. It's increasingly becoming more difficult to justify a $1,000+ purchase for a base variant unless you really need all the features a...

Amazfit PowerBuds Review – Fitness-oriented TWS earbuds with iffy heart rate detection

Thanks to Apple's AirPods, truly wireless earbuds have exploded in popularity in the last few years. The non-Apple alternatives range from bad to good and cheap to expensive, with no correlation implied. Today, we're going to talk about a mid-range set of Bluetooth TWS earbuds aimed at a different niche. The Huami Amazfit PowerBuds are...

Google introduces Play Billing Library version 3 and plans to make App Bundles a requirement in 2021

In-app purchases. As much as some may hate them, they're definitely here to stay. They're not without their advantages, though. An in-app purchase allows a developer to provide free and paid versions of their app without actually having to maintain two separate applications. If you publish your app on the Play Store, Google generally requires...

Google is redesigning the Play Console and adding new features to Android Studio, Kotlin, and Jetpack

The Android 11 Beta might have just been released, but if you're a developer, there's more to be excited about. Along with Android 11, Google is introducing a whole bunch of goodies for developers, including a new Google Play Console design, new versions of Android Studio, and a bunch of AndroidX and Kotlin updates. Google Play...

StrandHogg 2.0 Exploit Explained – Why Users and Android App Developers should care

It's 10:00 PM. Do you know where your Activities are? There's a new vulnerability that can be exploited on millions of Android devices, and it's a pretty nasty one, too. In a nutshell, this design flaw allows an attacker to present their own Activity (page) on top of another app's, potentially confusing the user into...

Google releases Android Studio 4.0 with a new Motion Editor, Build Analyzer, and more

It seems like just yesterday (if yesterday was February) that Android Studio 3.6 was released with a bunch of useful additions and needed fixes. Now, a day (three months) later, Google has pushed Android Studio 4.0 to stable with even more useful additions and needed fixes. Read on to learn more about what's new. Motion Editor The...

Here’s how to run a Minecraft Server from your Android phone, because why not

Have you ever wanted to run a Minecraft server from your phone? No? Well, now you can. Thanks to a set of instructions from Reddit user endmymisouri, you can use an unrooted Android device to host a Minecraft server. In all seriousness, this is a good way to make use of an old Android phone...

Google’s CameraX Android API will let third-party apps use the best features of the stock camera

There's a long-running joke on the Internet that you can tell if someone's using an Android phone by the bad quality of their selfies. While the memes are definitely exaggerating quite a bit, there's, unfortunately, a bit of truth behind them. Android phones have usually been ahead of iPhones in terms of camera performance, at...