ALL ANDROID Posts on XDA

Texas detective says the data encryption of modern Android phones is superior to iPhones

The US government has been trying to pressure companies like Apple to create a backdoor in its smartphones to help law enforcement agencies access encrypted data when needed. Such a backdoor could help agencies gather crucial information about a detainee, which can then be used as evidence in a court of law. However, critics have...

HMD Global’s Nokia 400 could be the first feature phone with Android

Android was originally designed to be used with keys but the introduction of the iPhone tipped the balance of the smartphone industry towards touchscreens. So, since its launch in 2008, Android devices has relied on touchscreens. With the growing demand to be online, smartphone companies have previously launched super-affordable Android Go edition smartphones and even...

Google Chrome is getting a grid tab layout, tab hover previews, in-search answers, and themes

With Made by Google 2019 just around the corner, you would expect all the announcements coming out of the tech giant to be hardware-related. But the latest news from the company is that Google Chrome is getting some pretty significant updates this Fall. And it's not just to the desktop browser, we're seeing changes to...

The History of Printing on Android and how the Mopria Alliance made it better

Prior to the debut of Android 8.0 Oreo's Default Print Service, printing documents on Android was easier said than done. Google's mobile operating system didn't gain native printer support until Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the exception of third-party solutions from the likes of Samsung, setting up a printer required vendor-specific plugins and drivers. But...

Google’s Former Head of Android Platform Security is now working on Fuchsia

While most of us are focused on Google's Android operating system, Google has quietly been working on another operating system called Fuchsia. We've seen it slowly progress over the years to the point where it can actually be installed on existing hardware—namely, the Google Pixelbook. We have a lot to learn about the fledgling OS...

Textto lets you send Text Messages through your PC without changing your SMS app

Tight integration between the devices you use every day contributes to a great overall user experience. While SMS might not be as popular in many countries around the world, it's still extremely popular in the United States. That's why many Americans were pleased at the news that Google might bring Android Messages to the web....

Chrome OS and Android Integration may go beyond SMS according to the latest commits

When the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were released, there was a rather interesting system app that was pre-installed on the two devices. Called "SMS Connect," the app will presumably help you sync your SMS with a Chromebook. While the app is currently non-functional, its setup activity can be accessed which allows us...

Opinion: Android is a Mess, But the Solution is Simpler Than You Think

Android is a mess. Don’t get me wrong -- there are definitely wonderful and beautiful things about Google’s mobile operating system. However, the amount of fragmentation between stock Android and OEM skins has gotten out of hand. Depending on whether you use a phone from Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ZTE, or OnePlus, you’re guaranteed to get...

Tips on Making a Killer Game: Interview with the Creators of Trivia Crack

The world of mobile development is filled with the ingenuity of coders from all over the globe. In their quest to contribute to what is already out there, sometimes you can come across something so unusual and unique that it takes the world by storm. It happened with Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Temple Run, Trivia...

Making a Wrong into a Right: After Violating GPL and Filing for Bankruptcy, Chinese OEM IUNI Releases Source Code

There are times in life when making the wrong decisions can have major repercussions in all the spheres that surround you. These repercussions can be so severe that they can literally turn your life upside down and nothing you say or do can change the self-consuming spiral that they set you on. Smartphone company IUNI...

Sony Loses Class Action Lawsuit in Waterproof Claims for Original Xperia Z Line

Arguably, one of the pioneers in the consumer sector for more "rugged" devices (or at the very least IP certification) has to be Sony. Back in 2012, they introduced the Xperia Z line of the devices, which marked a turning point for Sony in most of its philosophy as well as its design language. They completely overhauled...

Easy Lock Brings Double Tap To Sleep To Any Device (No Root)

The popular double-tap-to-sleep feature has been a staple of custom ROMs for a while. Unfortunately, users of locked devices can't make use of the feature if their device lacks such functionality in its stock ROM. XDA Senior Member aravindsagar created an Easy Lock app, to replicate the function so that it can be utilized on unrooted devices. The...