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You Can Download the Canary 1 Build of Android Studio Now, Supports Kotlin

Yesterday at Google I/O, it was revealed that Google would be bringing first-class support for Kotlin to Android. For those unaware, Kotlin has been regarded as a programming language that's easier to use than others because of how the syntax is setup. Not only that, but it can also be gradually introduced into existing products...

Google May Finally Enable Custom Themes Built on Sony’s RRO Framework

In case you aren't already aware, Google has released the second Android O Developer Preview (Android O DP2) during yesterday's I/O event. We've already done a deep dive into everything new we've found thus far, but there was one thing about DP2 that was bugging me. Everyone who received the beta update or manually flashed...

Google Introduces Support for Kotlin Programming Language, Shipping with Android Studio 3.0

Google I/O 2017 keeps on giving, and Android developers are being offered new and better ways to create excellent experiences for mobile. A big announcement today was the introduction of first-class Kotlin support, a well-regarded programming language that's able to power Android apps, and that is now shipping in Android Studio. Kotlin being officially supported by...

Google Publishes an Educational Daydream Elements (VR) Application in the Play Store

Google has been focusing on Virtual Reality ever since they started planning the Daydream VR platform. While they had dabbled in VR with their Google Cardboard initiative, it didn't seem like they were really dedicated to it until they were planning on launching Daydream. Now that they have their own VR viewer for Daydream compatible...

DirectChat Brings Facebook-like ChatHeads to Other Messaging Application

While there isn't any shortage of criticism about how Facebook runs their service, the ChatHeads feature for their messaging platform has received a lot of praise over the years. The sad part is that it is limited to Facebook's messaging service, but a new application from XDA Senior Member Gurjot95 called DirectChat looks to bring this feature to...

Here’s the APK for the New Jelly Browser from LineageOS 14.1

It was recently announced that the Jelly browser would be replacing the AOSP browser on new LineageOS builds. So XDA Senior Member mayanxoni built a standalone APK for it, to share it with users who rather not update or switch ROMs. The browser is targeted to low-end Android devices, features Chrome-like tabs in the recents menu,...

Stack Overflow Receives an Official App for Android and iOS

If you've had any experience or interest in programming, you've probably at least heard of StackOverflow.com. The website is one of the best resources for both fledgling developers looking to learn how to code as well as seasoned veterans looking to debug their existing work. Even your average user might have come across the website...

SkipSoft Toolkit for the OnePlus 3T allows you to Unlock the Bootloader, Root your Phone, Flash Firmware, and More

Although some of us like to learn how to manually unlock our phones, many people would prefer having access to an all-in-one toolkit that handles all of the steps for us. Various toolkits have been developed for other devices, of which the SkipSoft Android Toolkit is one of the more popular versions. This unified Android toolkit,...

OnePlus Releases Open Beta 16 for the OnePlus 3 & Open Beta 7 for the OnePlus 3T

OnePlus is ready to get their latest updates of their Open Beta software into the hands of those who own the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. So if you have the OnePlus 3, then you have access to Open Beta v16, while OnePlus 3T owners will be able to install Open Beta v7. Both...

Modify the Screen Saturation and Calibration on a Rooted LG G5 with KPPD

Many of our users may remember KCAL, a kernel patch that brings you advanced color/gamma control on a handful of Qualcomm SoCs. For users with root access but a locked bootloader (such as on the LG G4), the original developer of the KCAL patch came up with the KCAL Post-Processing Daemon (KPPD), which allows you to...

Unaltered, Prebuilt GCC and Linaro Toolchains to build your Custom ROM/Kernel

Basically, a toolchain is a bunch of development tools used in a chain (the output of one tool feeds into the input for the next tool, hence a toolchain), usually in order to compile source code (such as ROMs or kernels). Developers often use modified toolchains that can include optimizations for specific architectures focusing on performance...

Google’s Royalty-Free Answer to HEVC: A Look at AV1 and the Future of Video Codecs

Almost 5 years ago Google first released VP9, the royalty free video codec that aimed to replace H.264 as the primary codec for online streaming and media consumption. While VP9 was not completely successful in that task, it has laid the foundation for Google’s next generation codec, AOMedia Video 1 (AV1), which is looking extremely...