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Tasker is Getting an Update with a Material Design UI

It seems the developer of Tasker is currently working on a Material Design theme for the popular Tasker application. Tasker has been one of our favorite applications here at XDA for a long time, and for good reason too. Whether we're using it to automatically avoid tolls during long trips, or using a plugin to...

The Linux Foundation Offers Free Open Source Licensing Course: “Compliance Basics for Developers”

Open Source has grown from a mere idea to a philosophy that drives some of the most crucial innovations around the world. The concept of reviewing code made by others, introducing your own changes, and then distributing the code back to the community creates a feedback loop that helps individual developers accomplish much more as a...

Titanium Backup Confirms It’s Working On Adding Support For Adoptable Storage

Titanium Backup is simply one of the most powerful tools for any rooted Android device out there. The app lets users backup and restore all of their installed apps and their user data, including all system apps and protected apps, across multiple ROMs. Now, the developer behind the app has confirmed that one more nifty feature...

Android Things Developer Preview 2 Released – Tensorflow, Peripheral I/O Among Lib’s Added

Today the Android Developers Blog announced the release of Developer Preview 2 for Android Things – Google’s lightweight, Android-based OS for all Things IoT. For those looking to build smart devices, or apps to interact with them, Android Things offers a platform which provides access to Google Play Services and the Google Cloud Platform while...

Enjoy Music Visualization on Every Screen with MUVIZ Nav Bar Audio Visualizer

Listening to your tunes while using your phone is a fairly common way to use your device. Unfortunately, if you want to listen to your music and see a visual representation of the audio playback, you would usually have to remain within the music app. That can be a bummer since it means you can't enjoy...

Larger S8 Model Reportedly Packing 3,500mAh Battery

Samsung's latest and greatest is coming our way once again, with the announcement of the Galaxy S8 models being only weeks away at this point. After the failure of the ill-fated Note 7, Samsung needs to hit a homerun with their next device. Leaks suggest that the Galaxy S8 will come in two variants, with rumors...

Google Play’s New Privacy Policy Rule Goes into Effect on March 15th

Back in December of last year, Google changed some rules for if and when developers must have a privacy policy for their applications and games. This new rule was published in the help section of the Developer Console, but it didn't say when Google would be actively enforcing it. Now, we're seeing emails go out to...

Faulty Batteries Caused a Small Fire in a Chinese Samsung SDI Plant

Samsung SDI has been making TVs and monitors for generations, but you probably know about them from the recent Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle. This subsidiary of Samsung was one of the suppliers of batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 and they'll be a big supplier of batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8 as well....

Android’s Distribution Numbers for February Show Nougat Passing 1%

As we begin another month here at XDA (where does the time go?), Google has released an updated set of distribution numbers for Android. This data was collected during a 7-day period that ended on February 6, 2017. So while it is a decent amount of time to collect data for information like this, actual numbers...

What are your thoughts on Android Wear 2.0 and the new LG Watches?

Now that the news cycle has settled down for the day, we were wondering what your thoughts are on the Android Wear 2.0 update and the LG Watch Sport/Style. For those of you who are out of the loop, Google today announced the next major upgrade to the Android Wear platform. The update will bring a...

Here are the Devices that Will Receive the Android Wear 2.0 Update

Android Wear 2.0 was officially announced today and it is poised to significantly change the smartwatch landscape when it starts rolling out to end users. Users purchasing a new smartwatch such as the upcoming LG Watch Style or LG Watch Sport will be able to experience Android Wear 2.0 right out of the box, but for owners...

Android Pay on Wear 2.0 will not work if your Smartphone has an Unlocked Bootloader

For those of you who have been clinging onto hope that Android Pay for Android Wear 2.0 would allow you to make mobile payments even if your device's bootloader is unlocked, we have some bad news to share. Google has confirmed to AndroidPolice Android Pay on the latest Wear 2.0 update will not work if the paired smartphone...