Developments

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...

Legendary Google Nexus One Gets Android 4.4 and Joins Its Younger Brothers

In recent days, we've informed you about a variety of official KitKat updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to some brand new devices like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions, each with powerful CPUs and newest drivers. But what happens with much older and unsupported devices? Do...

Control Your In-App Fonts with PerAppFonts Xposed Module

The Xposed frameworks gives a tremendous amount of freedom, when it comes to selecting which modules to use. It's a powerful tool, which offers hundreds of modules available to download as standalone applications. And with a recent update to work with Android 4.4, it's available to even more users. The display font is a UI element...

HTC One Google Play Editions Joins KitKat Team, OTA Available to Download

The Android 4.4 craziness is ongoing. More and more devices are getting official updates to KitKat. Today, we are happy to announce that the Google Play edition of HTC One is now a member of the KitKat family. A few days ago, we wrote about how HTC had delivered a GPe KitKat code to Google, and they were waiting for...

Xposed Framework Now Compatible with Android 4.4

Every now and then, stock ROMs may lack something that we love. Custom ROM developers often make magic happen with code and offer helpful solutions, but not everyone is either able or willing to load a custom ROM. You've surely heard about Xposed Framework by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89.We've written about Xposed extensively , and we...

How to Fix a Broken ROM Flash in Certain KitKat ROMs

Alongside the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google changed a quite a number of technical details. One of these included a completely different method of setting up permissions in the updater-script. Sound tricky? It should not, as few months ago we wrote about updater-script and how to use its various commands. In short, the previously used set_perms...