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Intel Partners with Unity to Support Android on Intel-Based Devices

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android on Intel Unity

Intel, largely known for their long-standing reputation as the king of processors powering PCs and Macs, has lately been moving into the mobile market. With a number of devices already sporting Intel chips, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 being one of the more recognizable offerings, Intel hopes to make a splash in Android. It’s not as easy as it would seem, seeing as Android was developed natively for ARM processors, though Android does have x86 support. Any serious attempt from Intel to take a piece of the Android device pie will require developers to actually care about developing applications with Intel architecture support–and that has been difficult to come by. Until now.

Today Intel and Unity are announcing that they are collaborating to help bring Android applications, and those familiar with Unity’s development platform, to Intel architecture natively. For those unfamiliar with Unity, it is a high-performance development platform capable of bringing 2D and 3D environments to life on multiple platforms. This added support includes all of Intel’s current (Intel® Core™ and Atom™) and future processors. Says Intel’s corporate vice president Doug Fisher:

“We’ve set a goal to ship 40 million Intel-based tablets this year and expect more than 100 Android tablet designs on Intel in the market by the end of this year,” said Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “Our collaboration with Unity will give its nearly 3 million developers the necessary software tools and support to build amazing Android experiences on Intel architecture.”

We look forward to seeing what our talented app developers on XDA are able to create using the power of Intel and Unity together. You can read more about the announcement here, or visit Intel’s Developer Zone.

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Motorola Droid X Receives Almost Fully Functional KitKat Port

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Motorola Droid X KitKat

While we are all wondering when Google will decide to officially release Android L and its Material Design-laden goods, those who own significantly older devices are in no way under the false impression that they will receive the update directly. One such device is the Motorola Droid X, which was released way back in July 2010 but is still used by quite a lot of people here on XDA.

This phone originally shipped with Eclair, and now it has received a pretty stable port of CyanogenMod 11, thanks to XDA Senior Members Palmbeach05 for his early work, Aaahh for the initial release, and m.ksy for maintaining the port. Yes, that’s right, a 4-year old device can run KitKat, and run it quite well. Initial ports were released back in March of this year, but recently the Droid X received an almost fully functional KitKat build. This is quite the achievement, considering that this smartphone has just 512 MB of RAM and a relatively slow CPU made by Texas Instruments–and we all remember the issues that the Galaxy Nexus faced as a result.

The only noticeable bug is unexpected camera behavior, which displays colors in blue–but it is probably still daily driver capable for all but the shutterbugs out there. When speaking about this port, we must also mention XDA Recognized Developer Quarx, who created a CM port for Motorola Defy, which was a base for Droid X.

If you still own Motorola Droid X, give it some KitKat love and sweetness. You can find the ROM by visiting the Moto Droid X KitKat development thread.

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First Tizen OS Custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Posted by wicked August - 10 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Galaxy Gear Tizen

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, alongside the premiere of many devices, Samsung introduced its first devices featuring the brand new mobile operating system Tizen OS. To date, it’s mainly been used in various smartwatches and wristbands, and eventually Samsung may use it as a replacement for Android.

For most of its life span, the Samsung Galaxy Gear was powered by Android. But since Samsung decide to replace the OS with Tizen, users have had no real choice and were forced to migrate to the new OS or stay on Android and eventually get left behind with regards to new features and apps. Additionally, there were no custom Tizen ROMs available for quite some time. Now the situation has changed, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980, who created a first custom Tizen-based ROM for Samsung Galaxy Gear.

TizenMod is based on the last XXUCNF1 stock ROM, which has been rooted and prepared to replace the stock ROM. TizenMod should be more battery friendly, and it has also been themed to look a little like Android L.

To try this device on your device, you need to use the newest Odin and flash it as a regular update. TizenMod is considered as stable, so you should not be worried about its stability.

If you own the original Samsung Galaxy Gear and have decided to switch to Tizen, you may want to give TizenMod a try. You can find it by visiting the TizenMod development thread.

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Efficiently Shrink ROM Update Zips with DeltaJen Tool

Posted by wicked August - 9 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

DeltaJen Delta Updates

Ever since the early days of Android, back when it had a reputation of being bug-riddled and lacking in performance, custom ROMs were always the solution. In those days, they were focused on providing performance optimization, lag removal, and bug fixes. But with each Android iteration, the operating system got better, and ROM developers saw their roles gradually change. Nowadays, custom ROMs focus on providing new features, user experience enhancement and interface tweaks in addition to just fixing bugs. Despite the change, the end user still clamours for the same thing, the latest update–however small or insignificant it may be.

Downloading an entire ROM zip just to get a small update does seem rather pointless, and somewhere down the line, a new solution in the form of Delta updates surfaced which only required you to download a small zip containing the required files. XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix has developed a nifty tool, DeltaJen, that works similarly by allowing you to make an incremental update for the ROM by comparing two ROM zips and promises extremely small updates.

Head over to the DeltaJen thread to get started with the tool. For now, DeltaJen does not fully support Windows, and Linux is the recommended choice. However, the zips it produces are compatible with any recovery. Happy flashing!

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Easily Add Google Keep-Like Picker with ReminderDatePicker Library

Posted by wicked August - 8 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

ReminderDatePicker Library

For some time, Google has placed a relatively heavy emphasis on design. This trend is resoundingly obvious in their minimalist homepage, as well as in the recently updated Android L Developer Preview. Design trends and guidelines, however, do not remain stagnant, but rather evolve and change every few years or so. New components, foundations, patterns and, even languages are constantly being released. And in keeping with the trend of change, Google does its fair share of design innovation. Although this became even more evident with the introduction of Material Design, various Google UI patterns have been emerging and establishing themselves.

One such pattern is the date and time picker introduced in Google Keep and later carried over other apps such as Google Now. This picker, in order to simplify the user experience, replaces times and dates with more natural terms such as “in one hour” or “tomorrow.” However, unlike the Google I/O app which is open sourced every year, Google Keep is closed source. How then, does one go about including this picker in one’s own app? Worry not, for XDA Senior Member SimplicityApks has the solution in the form of the ReminderDatePicker library. Besides being relatively easy to implement, the library manages to replicate the Google Keep experience perfectly. And since it’s open source under the Apache license, you are free to include this in your app in progress.

Head over to the ReminderDatePicker library thread to get started with implementing it in your own app, or if you want to go through the source code.

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Learn How to Run a ROM Off Your External SD Card

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Run ROM off your internal SD

Aftermarket modding has been around since practically the beginning of the modern day smartphone, but its build-up on Android has been pretty explosive. Since the early days of the HTC Dream right up to the current generation of devices, almost every device has received its fair share of third party modifications. These can come in the form of ROMs, kernels, scripts and more, but ROM development has taken front and center stage. Obviously, the word ROM stands for Read Only Memory. And for our modern devices, that’s the NAND-based Flash ROM that makes up their internal storage. However, in the development community, the term has come to mean a custom operating system image that you install (or flash) onto the internal storage of your device.

So what are you supposed to do if this internal memory gets corrupted somehow? Expensive paperweight? Not yet, as XDA Member lexelby was faced with this exact dilemma and detailed a solution. Lexelby’s method involves running a ROM off your external SD card, which requires you to partition your SD card into a format that will allow you to boot the ROM, such as the EXT4 format.

Head over to the dead mmc thread to get started, where lexelby posted the problem and subsequently, the solution, which states with a fair amount of confidence that it should be compatible with any device, given that the kernel supports kexec.

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Navigate with Your Samsung Gear 2 Using DMA Navi Watch

Posted by wicked August - 1 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

DMA Navi Watchface

Whether you’re travelling to a new destination or exploring some previously unvisited corner of your own city, you’re bound to get lost without navigation assistance. Google Maps has done wonders in this niche with turn-by-turn navigation, even in the remotest places. But nothing comes without drawbacks–and constantly unlocking your phone to check the next turn can be cumbersome and battery intensive. This can be remedied by using an Android Wear device and using the inbuilt navigation, but what about the Samsung Gear 2?

XDA Junior Member drashko has a solution in the form of the DMA Navi Watch, an app for the Samsung Gear 2 which behaves as a navigation-enabled watch face. This replacement watch face provides excellent versatility, without needing to open an app every time. The app accesses Google Navigation notifications from your device, so to get started simply get the app, enable the notification listener, and you’re good to go. When you’re not navigating or going on an adventure to places unknown, the app behaves as a normal watch face by displaying the time, date, and weather augmented with various customization options.

Head on over to the DMA Navi Watch thread to get started with the app or watch the instructional video. Bon voyage!

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Android 4.4.3-Based OmniROM Unofficial Build for the OnePlus One

Posted by wicked June - 6 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

OnePlus One

Quite often when any new phone is released, we at XDA wonder if  and when we’ll be able to install a custom ROM. But with the OnePlus One  delivering CyanogenMod 11s out of the box, it was more than likely this device would have custom firmwares available quickly. Today, we are seeing just that. Not long after the first devices hit their buyers’ doorsteps, an early unofficial build of OmniROM was released.

Keen observers will be quick to note that the device shipped with Android 4.4.2. However, this unofficial build includes the Android 4.4.3, which released by Google earlier this week and merged into OmniROM just two days ago.

Like most early builds, not everything works absolutely perfectly just yet. For example, the developer states that the current build has a few issues with the camera and storage. However, we don’t expect it to be too long before both issues are resolved. Also, since the hardware is essentially the same as devices such as the Oppo Find 7a, with the same device tree and source code, we don’t expect it to be too long before we see the OnePlus One receive official OmniROM nightlies.

Check out XDA Recognized Developer and Forum Moderator graffixnyc’s development thread for more information and download links.

Nexus 5 Gets Highly Functional Firefox OS Nightlies

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google’s Android dominates the mobile technology landscape, with practically every new device announced and released in the past couple of years sporting the OS. Because of this, it’s understandable to forget the existence of other options such as Mozilla’s Firefox OS. It pops up to remind you that it’s still kicking every once in a while, with the occasional port to devices such as the HTC HD2 and HTC Explorer. But other than that, Firefox OS doesn’t much noise, much like the quiet kid who sits in the back of the classroom in school.

With that said, Firefox OS has found its way onto the Nexus 5, a feat made possible by XDA Senior Member abtekk. Despite being a foreign OS to the device, the port can almost be used as a daily driver according to abtekk, with very few issues that still need to be ironed out. So far, the current issues only include a broken camera preview and lack of WPA2-Enterprise support. To install this port, you have to flash the provided images through fastboot. Also, make sure to make a backup of your SD card because abtekk warns that it’ll be wiped during the installation process.

If you own a Nexus 5 and want to give Firefox OS a whirl, make sure to head over to the original thread for more details.

Official CyanogenMod Available for the Xperia M

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone’s individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market.

One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their devices intended for the mid/low-range market is Xperia M, code named Nicki. The device features some decent technical specification consisting of a dual-core 1 GHz Krait 200 CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage.

FreeXperia announced official support for the Xperia M starting from FXP309. Much credit belongs to XDA Senior Member PecanCM, who did a great job bringing up the device tree and kernel. This announcement is a special one for FXP, as it’s the first device (and surely not last) to receive official support in 2014.

A new build for Xperia M is available to download on the project’s website. In the mean time, you can visit the thread by PecanCM and get the unofficial port for that device and read the full story on FXP blog.