Developments

Motorola Droid X Receives Almost Fully Functional KitKat Port

While we are all wondering when Google will decide to officially release Android L and its Material Design-laden goods, those who own significantly older devices are in no way under the false impression that they will receive the update directly. One such device is the Motorola Droid X, which was released way back in July 2010 but...

First Tizen OS Custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Gear

At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, alongside the premiere of many devices, Samsung introduced its first devices featuring the brand new mobile operating system Tizen OS. To date, it's mainly been used in various smartwatches and wristbands, and eventually Samsung may use it as a replacement for Android. For most of its life span, the Samsung Galaxy...

Efficiently Shrink ROM Update Zips with DeltaJen Tool

Ever since the early days of Android, back when it had a reputation of being bug-riddled and lacking in performance, custom ROMs were always the solution. In those days, they were focused on providing performance optimization, lag removal, and bug fixes. But with each Android iteration, the operating system got better, and ROM developers saw their roles gradually...

Easily Add Google Keep-Like Picker with ReminderDatePicker Library

For some time, Google has placed a relatively heavy emphasis on design. This trend is resoundingly obvious in their minimalist homepage, as well as in the recently updated Android L Developer Preview. Design trends and guidelines, however, do not remain stagnant, but rather evolve and change every few years or so. New components, foundations, patterns and, even languages are constantly being...

Learn How to Run a ROM Off Your External SD Card

Aftermarket modding has been around since practically the beginning of the modern day smartphone, but its build-up on Android has been pretty explosive. Since the early days of the HTC Dream right up to the current generation of devices, almost every device has received its fair share of third party modifications. These can come in the form...

Navigate with Your Samsung Gear 2 Using DMA Navi Watch

Whether you're travelling to a new destination or exploring some previously unvisited corner of your own city, you're bound to get lost without navigation assistance. Google Maps has done wonders in this niche with turn-by-turn navigation, even in the remotest places. But nothing comes without drawbacks--and constantly unlocking your phone to check the next turn...

Android 4.4.3-Based OmniROM Unofficial Build for the OnePlus One

Quite often when any new phone is released, we at XDA wonder if  and when we’ll be able to install a custom ROM. But with the OnePlus One  delivering CyanogenMod 11s out of the box, it was more than likely this device would have custom firmwares available quickly. Today, we are seeing just that. Not long after...

Nexus 5 Gets Highly Functional Firefox OS Nightlies

Google's Android dominates the mobile technology landscape, with practically every new device announced and released in the past couple of years sporting the OS. Because of this, it's understandable to forget the existence of other options such as Mozilla's Firefox OS. It pops up to remind you that it's still kicking every once in a while, with the...

Official CyanogenMod Available for the Xperia M

Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone's individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market. One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their...

Build Android on Windows, Mac. and Other OSes with Builduntu

Creating an Android build is a fun, but oftentimes difficult process. First of all, you need to use an UNIX-like OS such as Linux or Mac OS, and not everyone uses said OSes every day. Having a native set up of Ubuntu would be great to compile, but not all of you know that Android...

SlimKat Updated to 3.0, Lots of New Features and Helpful Tools

There's good news for all of you SlimROM lovers! The developer team behind the famous SlimBean and SlimKat ROMs is pleased to announce that SlimKat has now been updated to version 3.0. The ROM, which is officially available for almost 50 devices and has over 100,000 downloads every week, recently celebrated having acquired over 1...

Chrome Apps Coming to Android and iOS, What it Means to You as a App/Web Developer and End User

Back in September of last year, the Chrome team made Chrome apps a little bit more powerful. Rather than just being glorified web-apps, September's update allowed Chrome apps to work offline, function outside of distracting tabs and text boxes, receive desktop notifications, interact with connected peripherals, and launch directly from your computer like any other...