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Create ARChon Ready Packages on Your Android Device

Create ARChon Ready Packages on Your Android Device

A few days ago, we talked about ARChon. This extremely interesting project allows users to install Android applications right on the Chrome browser and use them on any operating system. This modified runtime can be used both by developers and users for educational, work, or simply “fun” purposes.

One of the most problematic aspects of ARChon was app conversion. It required a bit of a knowledge and executing some commands in command prompt. This can now be considered history, since the XDA Senior Member bpear96 has made an application that creates ARChon packages on the fly right on your Android device. As a result, . . . READ ON »

Xperia Z3 Smart Social Camera Ported to Other Sony Devices

Ever since the release of the Sony Xperia Z1, one particularly vaunted feature of Sony devices has been the “Smart Social Camera” software. While the app was initially exclusive to the Z1, it made its way to numerous other Sony devices with the Android 4.3 update. With the launch of Sony’s Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014, the Smart Social Camera was revamped and given numerous new features to enhance the device’s photo and video capturing experience. But with the launch merely a fortnight ago, the app remains exclusive to the Z3 for now, with its fate uncertain regarding whether older Xperias will . . . READ ON »

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Don’t Waste Internal Storage; Keep Obb Files on SD Card with Xposed

Obb is a data file format used by multiple game developers. Data stored in such a format often contains music, videos, and other large files that are downloaded after the APK is installed. This makes the APK smaller and easier for developers to maintain. (Imagine uploading 2 GB file every time when the app gets updated!)

Additional data files are stored in internal storage, which isn’t a perfect situation–especially for owners of devices with external SD card support. The internal storage gets full in very short time, even when it’s big, so it’s a good practice to use the external SD card to . . . READ ON »

How to Change Your Boot Animation – Android Basics 101 – XDA Developer TV

The great thing about Android is the vast possibilities when it comes to customization. When you root, you open up even more options for customization. One of those options is changing your boot animation. Why have the same stock boot animation as everyone else? You can find a vast selection of custom boot animations from simple graphic animations to animations that make your phone feel retro or pay homage to another device like a Playstation 2.

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to change the boot animation . . . READ ON »

GLUE Pictures Together to Create Vibrant Collages

GLUE Pictures Together to Create Vibrant Collages

Pictures tell a story deemed worthy of a thousand words. Whether its a picture of a toddler’s first steps or an aerial view of terrain, each picture is undoubtedly more effective and more expressive than describing said event with mere words. But stories are driven by imagination, and the human mind is limitless. Some stories cannot be told by a single picture and may be multi-faceted in nature. What then, is the solution to this? Collages, of course! But how does one go about creating collages in a smartphone driven world?

Fortunately, XDA Forum Member nihil0 has a solution in the form of . . . READ ON »

Recovery? Check. Root? Check. Android One Ready for Lift Off!

In the last few weeks, we have been written quite a lot about Android One devices. There’s plenty of good reason for this, as Google has released the first batch of Android One devices produced by Karbonn, Spice Mobile and Micromax. As a cherry on top, all of them have publicly available kernel source, which isn’t too common for devices running chipsets made by MediaTek.

Owners of these pretty much identical and pocket-friendly devices in India now have yet another reason to be happy. XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15 managed to port ClockworkMod recovery to every Android One device available. This also means that Micromax Canvas . . . READ ON »

Change the Style of Your Notifications with HeadsUp

Change the Style of Your Notifications with HeadsUp

Head Up notifications is one of these upcoming features that Android developers hid deep in the Android KitKat source code. It was discovered by the custom ROM community not too long ago, and nearly simultaneously ported to the majority of popular ROMs. This method of notifications has also been introduced as a standalone application and an Xposed Framework module.

One of the most interesting alternatives to this built in hidden code was recently released by XDA Recognized Developer AChep. HeadsUp is a fork of the quite popular AcDisplay application. The developer made quite a few improvements to make it . . . READ ON »

Google Play Store to Show Price Ranges for In-App Purchases

Google recently announced a change to Google Play Store policy that requires developers to provide a physical address if they want to sell their applications in Play Store. This change was pretty significant for the app developer community, but it’s not the only interesting modification that Google has in store for us. Another big change is waiting right around the corner, as Google decided to put information about in-app purchase prices on the application installation screen. Users will now see how much they will eventually have to pay to get the full application functionality.

Freemium applications and games are very popular–and that’s not just . . . READ ON »

XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Shut Up Your Phone – XDA Developer TV

So many different applications want to send us notifications that sometimes the vibration and message tone is non-stop. And as a citizen of this Earth let me tell you, it’s not just annoying to you, it is often more so to others. So be kind to your neighbors and control your phone.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you minimize the amount of notification sounds your phone plays. XDA Senior Member ofmb created the Less Frequent Notification module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, . . . READ ON »

Add Some Power to First Generation Snapdragon CPUs

Add Some Power to First Generation Snapdragon CPUs

Some older devices still remain very popular. Phones like the HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and HTC HD2 are considered legendary and have many developers still actively working on ROMs, kernels, and tweaks to keep these old devices kicking. All of these old devices feature the first generation Snapdragon SoC with the Adreno 200 GPU. And although top-notch back in its time, the SoC has long since been forgotten by all but just a few who keep these older devices.

It goes without saying that devices that use the QSD8x50 platform could stand to have their performance improved. Luckily, the Adreno 200 and Qualcomm . . . READ ON »

Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review

Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review

While we are still waiting for Android L to be officially released, the first mentions of Android M have been spotted in the Android Code review discussion group. Google looks to be continuing its Android naming scheme, and M seems to be the future successor for the yet unnamed Android L.

Android L was officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, which took place back in June. The official release date and even the full codename remain unknown, but multiple reports claim that we should expect Android L in less than one month.

The functionality discussed in the . . . READ ON »

Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

When you are starting your journey into any sort of development, it’s never easy at the beginning. Perhaps the best way to learn something new is by doing, and in the context of coding, this involves using some code samples and modifying them to gain experience. After you’ve become familiar with this for long enough, you can then make your own project from scratch. The same applies to Android applications—and not only the most basic ones. If you are looking for a good source of resources to enhance your knowledge, XDA is the perfect place for you!

If you ever dreamed about making your own application, a simple . . . READ ON »

Flyme OS Ported to the Google Nexus 5, Android L Will Have Default Data Encryption – XDA Developer TV

Flyme OS has been ported to the Google Nexus 5! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L having Data Encryption turned on by default and be sure the check out the article talking about how to compile your own kernel! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer droidmodd3rx released a video reviewing the WowWee MiP. . . . READ ON »

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