Developments

OmniROM Gets an Open-Source File Manager

Omni is an interesting project, with a lot of original contributions. Recently we talked about OpenDelta, an innovative OTA system created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. Now it's time to present you the built-in file manager with cloud integration: DocumentsUI by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. The new file manager is integrated into the frameworks, so it doesn't...

Transform Your Android Device into a Powerful Linux Machine with ZShaolin

As many of you undoubtedly know, Android is built atop the Linux kernel. This means that most of the commands known from Linux can be used in terminal emulator or adb shell. It's a limited list, however, as Linux offers a more extensive stock set of commands as well as easily addable external modules. Unfortunately, Android...

GravityBox Officially Available for Android 4.4 KitKat

The phenomenon of the  XDA Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed Framework is undeniable. After all, it brings lots of modules and freedom of choice, without installing custom ROMs. Just over a week ago we informed you that one of the most popular modules, GravityBox by XDA Senior Member C3C076, was being updated to support KitKat in beta form and add...

The Forgotten Galaxy Nexus Finally Receives Stable KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It was also the pride of Google and Samsung for a long time, and it still has quite a few stalwart fans. Good technical specification for its era combined with a then-amazing Super AMOLED HD screen equate to a device that is...

A New Android Communications Library: JDroidLib Java

Over a year ago, we talked about AndroidLib, the .NET assembly library written in C# that easily handles communication between a connected Android device and your program. It's a great and innovative project, but it is unfortunately limited to Windows systems, as .NET works only with C#, F#, Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual...

Custom ROM Now Available for the Google Chromecast

Android is one of the most amazing mobile OSes ever released. The ability to mod and customize the OS so easily gives almost unlimited possibilities. The highly modified and stripped version seem on the Google Chromecast also has some potential. Not too long ago, we presented a custom ROM and recovery for Samsung Galaxy Gear...

Perfect Your Screenshots with Advanced Screenshot Creator

Home screen customization is quite important to many users. Most of us like to keep our screens aesthetic. And from time to time, we want to share the look with our friends in real life or here on XDA. Unfortunately some ROMs don't offer screenshot functionality, so the Android-SDK must be used. It's very inconvenient to...

Make Android Application Debugging Easier with STrace

Logcat is a powerful diagnostic tool designed to help developers with debugging errors in their applications. Without it, fixing most of applications would be significantly more difficult. However, it appears that logcat is not the only diagnostic tool available to app developers. Now, there is an alternative tool ported by XDA Senior Member alireza7991. STrace is...

Add Screen Recording to Your KitKat Project ROM

Native screen recording is one of the new features of Android 4.4. Google finally decided to give its users the ability to capture a video of the contents of their screens. This is very useful in various situations, such as presenting a new feature or simply demonstration some instructions. Unfortunately, the ADB command to do this is...

Floating Music Controls with Beat Player

A device's music player is one of the most important apps for almost everyone. This is because most of us love music and listen to it on various mobile devices and in various places. However, finding a good, free player is not an easy task. And finding a free and innovative player is almost impossible. XDA...

Bring Back Battery Statistics on KitKat with Xposed Module

Android 4.4 has been quite a hot topic for the last four weeks. Many of you already have it on your devices in the form of an official update or unofficial port. It brought a lot of improvements, but also made few previous features unavailable. One of these was the ability for non-system applications to...

Get News Fast with NewsJet

The tempo of life is incredibly fast nowadays. Having to keep pace and an overall lack of time are main reasons why people use news feed readers. Information needs to be extremely fast and reliable... fast like a jet. Many of you browse various news sites to get information about politics, technology, and sports. Browsing when...