Developments

xHangouts Update Brings Support for Xposed on Marshmallow and for the Latest Version of Hangouts

Hangouts on Android leaves much to be desired in terms of features, and so XDA Recognized Developer Kevin M made xHangouts - an Xposed module bringing new customization options for users looking to improve their Hangouts experience. Today, the developer announced an update for the app that allows it to work on the latest version of Hangouts as well as...

Sony Updates Its App Analyzation Tool ‘AppXplore’

If you're a developer looking for an app to help with the quality assurance process (or for checking out your competitors' apps), then you might be interested in Sony's free app analysis tool called AppXplore. It's a simple app, but it provides an incredible amount of useful data about each and every app. Main View When you launch the...

MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

The idea behind the "Internet of Things" has captivated our imaginations for many years. How cool would it be to control every appliance in your home without laying a single finger on the device? With the advent of smart home security systems like the Nest Cam, a variety of smart HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems,...

HappyID Shows You Contact Notes When You Need Them the Most

With the ease of meeting people and adding contacts to your smartphones today, you might have found yourself in a situation where you just couldn't remember who that "John Smith" in your contacts list was. Was it your classmate, that guy your friend introduced you to once, or someone else entirely? Thankfully, contact notes exist...

Motorola DROID Turbo Bootloader Finally Unlockable with SunShine 3.2 Beta

SunShine is a bootloader unlock tool that works on many different Motorola and HTC devices. The tool is continuously updated to support the unlocking of a wider range of devices as they discover new exploits to take advantage of. Today, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase has announced that SunShine has been updated to version 3.2 Beta with support for...

Windows Phone Internals Opens the Custom ROM World for Lumia Phones

Somewhere around a decade ago, when XDA was a little forum based in Netherlands, users gathered together to make some modifications to Windows phones. It was one of the few, if not only operating systems that allowed modding to such degree. Many amazing developers started their careers hacking their Windows Phone devices, but when Android appeared, everything changed. Microsoft decided...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Boots up its First AOSP ROM

Thanks to the efforts of the development community on XDA, you can have the option to switch over to an AOSP-based ROM - if you're willing to wait. Most flagship devices on the market have been blessed to operate on Snapdragon SoCs, making it easier for developers to port AOSP over to their hardware thanks...

Korean Samsung Gear S2 Receives Firmware Update

Samsung Gear S2 owners anticipating an update for their smartwatch should not expect to have to wait much longer, since the Korean model recently received a firmware update. XDA Senior Member supersoulfly describes the changes that they saw on their Gear S2 smartwatch, most of which include usability updates. Check out the XDA thread for a list of new...

Google Unveils Preview of Android Studio 2.0

Today is the first day of Google's Android Developer Summit and with the conference come many updates to core developer utilities. At the summit, Google unveiled a preview of Android Studio 2.0. One new feature that promises to speed up app deployment is "Instant Run" which allows you to quickly test your updated code on your device or...

Exploring the Android Ecosystem in China — Interview with Greenify’s OasisFeng

Android has dominated the mobile landscape for several years now, and it doesn't look like that dominance will disappear anytime soon. At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai revealed that there are 1 billion Android users. With the explosive developmental growth in places such as the African continent, India, and China, it's hard to predict Android's numbers...

Google releases Sample Game “Zooshi” to Demonstrate New C++ Game Libraries

Fun Propulsion Labs, a Google team dedicated to advancing the Android gaming ecosystem, has released an open-source, cross-platform game called "Zooshi." The game is written in C++ and is meant to serve as a demonstration of some new open-source game technologies released by Google. The team hopes that game developers will use Zooshi to learn how to...

Google Releases Brillo Source Code

At Google I/O, the company announced Brillo, the Android based-OS for the "Internet of Things" designed to run on embedded systems such as home appliances. Google promised developers more information about the OS, and previously posted a video explaining how the new OS works. Now, the company has released the source code for Brillo, so any developer looking...