Developments

Easy Add a Rating Popup to Your Application

Every app and game developer undoubtedly knows about importance of having a good Google Play Store rating. These little stars very often determine whether app is commercially successful. Without ratings, many great apps will remain buried in the 20th page of your search results. Many applications display nag screens, prompting users to leave ratings in the...

Newbie-Friendly Tool Lets You Change the Look of Your Favorite Apps

Changing the look of open source apps is relatively easy. All you need to do is to download the source, add new images, and compile. Things get more complicated when the application's author does not provide the source code and the app needs to be decompiled and recompiled using something like APKtool. Aware of this situation,...

Roofer’s Guide Helps You Understand Git

If you are working with source code as a programmer writing an app or other project, you need a code revision control system. One of the most popular services used for this is git, which is widely used on sites like GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab. Git is a powerful tool that works on every major...

Small Phones Can Have KitKat Too–Xperia Tipo Gets an Unofficial CM11 Port

Over the years, Sony has released several devices with low-end hardware. But the lack of a good camera and a limited number of cores hasn't proven to be an insurmountable burden when porting Android 4.4 KitKat to devices such as the Motorola Defy and Google Nexus One. The Sony Xperia Tipo is one of these low...

PyAdb Python Library Helps Your PC and Phone Communicate

A few days, we talked about AndroPy, a Python library meant to improve communications between your Android device and your *Nix-based PC. While ADB is easy enough to work with for most, many beginners aren't quite familiar with this vital debugging tool. XDA Senior Member zantekk's AndroPy was only compatible with Linux systems running x86-64 architecture. However,...

Candy Shop Helps You Change the Look of Many Screen Elements with ZipThemer

Theming is one of the most interesting aspects of Android. Modifying the look of various UI elements often leads to as noticeable of an impact as getting new features. There are lots of ways to modify the look of your screen, but what to do when you want to modify only one element? There is an...

Android World Multitool Helps You with Common Android Tasks

Performing some of the basic tasks on Android device is easy but also time consuming. For example, if you want to install an application through adb, you need to type adb install and a full name of the APK. Of course, you need to have a working ADB to even think of adding something. There are...

Xposed Module to Cloak Root Access from Apps

Modifying your /system partition in Android requires root. It's nothing more than executing the su command, which then gives you the opportunity to push files onto the partition, among other things. Users with root access should be extremely careful, as it's relatively easy to soft brick a device and/or cause boot loops. There are a few...

Nexus Q Receives Unofficial KitKat Update and Becomes First Ball with Android 4.4

The Google Nexus Q was one of the most peculiar devices introduced by Google. This media streaming, exceptionally built sphere was presented alongside Google Nexus 7 (2012) in June 2012 and originally shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich. Google never released an update for it and never really gave it any product distribution, so XDA was the only...

Share Files Dynamically with Open Source Library

There is an almost infinite wealth of app development knowledge housed within Google's Developer Pages. However, not every solution presented by Google is the most optimal, and there is still plenty of room for some improvement. A good example is the ShareActionProvider class that is responsible for the share option within apps. You've undoubtedly encountered this...

Yet Another Way to Restore App Ops

Removing App Ops was one of the biggest unpleasant surprises in the recent 4.4.2 update---one that has been criticized throughout the industry. We already informed you of 3 methods of restoring this functionality. Now in addition to the Xposed module, smali workaround and root only application, there is one more way to bring it back to...

Full Screen Your Apps on KitKat with Immerse Me

Expanded Desktop, also known as Immersive Mode, is one of the coolest features available in CyanogenMod and other custom ROMs. For those unfamiliar, it is essentially full-screen mode, where the menu and status bar are hidden and appear when you pull your finger from top of the screen vertically. Many of you can't have (blame manufacturers...