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Get the AOSP Lock Screen on Your ICS-Powered Samsung Device

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Android is the only popular mobile operating system that allows users, developers, and OEMs to implement dramatic modifications to its user interface. Some OEMs such as Samsung, LG, and Sony release their devices with highly modified custom software, which differs greatly from Google’s version of Android that is seen in Nexus and GPe devices.

One of the aspects that is often changed in OEM skins is the lock screen. Almost every OEM has its own unique style of lock screen. But what to do when you want to have a bit of the AOSP taste in your device without fully switching . . . READ ON »

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Motorola Droid RAZR HD and M to Receive KitKat in a “Few More Weeks”

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Verizon and Motorola shocked us all back in November when the Verizon Moto X became the first non-Nexus device to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. But what about Motorola’s other devices on America’s largest mobile carrier? Naturally, many were quick to wonder if/when the 2012 Droid family (Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M) would receive the official KitKat goods.

Now, we’ve gotten official word that the update is not only coming, but that it will hit consumer devices very soon. This news comes directly from David Schuster, Senior Director of Software Product Management for Motorola. As stated . . . READ ON »

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[APK] YouTube Update to 5.6 Now Lets You Cast Live Video to Your Chromecast

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Earlier today, we talked about how Google brought two new apps to the Google Play Store. As welcome of an addition as these apps were, we were perhaps a bit too hasty in suggesting that today was not quite another Google Update Wednesday. Now, Google has issued a rather significant update to its YouTube app from version 5.5 to 5.6.

So what’s new in version 5.6.31? Google Chromecast owners are now given the option to cast live videos directly from the Android app. Some of you may recall that this feature was recently added to the desktop website. But . . . READ ON »

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[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.2 Now Rolling Out to the AT&T Galaxy S 4 Active

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A little under two months ago, AT&T started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the former flagship Galaxy S 4. Many Galaxy S 4 Active were then left wondering when their devices would receive their taste of Google’s latest tasty treat. Thankfully, the update has now begun rolling out, and KitKat is here in official capacity for the AT&T variant of the S4 Active i537.

Today’s update comes in the form of firmware build I537UCUCNC9. Aside from bumping up the Android version to the latest official 4.4.2 (no, Sprint—4.4.3 is not yet live), today’s update also brings all . . . READ ON »

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[APK] Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop for Mobile, Google Camera Appears in Play Store for All Devices

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It’s become quite common for Google to update many of its first party Android apps on Wednesdays. While today isn’t exactly a large-scale Update Wednesday like we’ve seen in the past, Google has just launched a couple of extremely tasty treats for Android users everywhere.

Chrome Remote Desktop for Mobile

First, we have Chrome Remote Desktop for Mobile. For those who may recall, Google launched Chrome Remote Desktop a few years ago for its desktop browsers. This allows users who have the appropriate web store app installed to access their primary computers from anywhere in the world, all courtesy of . . . READ ON »

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HTC Releases Dual Lens SDK for the HTC One M8 (2014)

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One of the highlights of the HTC One M8 is its new dual lens camera system. Termed “Duo Camera,” this innovative system allows the device to capture depth data in addition to standard imaging data. The Duo Camera System then maps this captured distance information to each pixel taken by the main camera in order to achieve various types of effects such as depth-of-field blur ( i.e. bokeh), as well as Lytro-style refocusing effects.

Up until now, the full functionality of the Duo Camera System has only been accessible through HTC’s first party camera application. Today, however, HTC opened up . . . READ ON »

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Google ATAP Reveals Project Ara Developer Kits and 100K Prize Challenge

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Project Ara Developer BoardToday, Paul Eremenko from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division announced a developer prize challenge and the upcoming availability of developer kits, which represent the Project Ara platform and enable developers to begin working on modules.

The developer boards will allow users to explore the Project Ara platform, and will include multiple reference “modules” on board so that hardware and software developers can begin to experiment with the platform–both in designing new modules and in getting existing software and Android OS running on the new devices.

The developer boards present an interesting opportunity for developers, as one of the primary challenges . . . READ ON »

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Configure Your System Settings on a Per-App Basis

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Do you ever like to make sure that certain device settings are enabled prior to entering a particular application? If you’re constantly streaming videos for example, it’s highly likely that you’re going to want to make sure that WiFi is enabled and your screen brightness is set high enough. What about when you open a mobile office suite? You probably don’t need WiFi to be enabled, but you’ll probably want to turn on Bluetooth to connect your external keyboard and/or mouse and you may even want to disable your screen timeout.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an application . . . READ ON »

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How to Hack An Android App (Don’t Try This at Home) – XDA Developer TV

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Listen, don’t cheat in your games. So don’t use the information you are about to learn to win by cheating. Winners never cheat, and cheaters never lose. But in a purely academic exercise, XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler shows you how one would cheat at a game so that you can detect someone who is cheating and report them to the proper authorities.

In this video, Adam demonstrates two easy methods of hacking an Android App.  He demonstrates this using his own app Spider Squisher Pro Extreme and Game Guardian. The methods covered are Input Tap Events and Memory . . . READ ON »

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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available!

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About two weeks ago at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Bringing the highly anticipated Cortana digital assistant, “Action Center” notifications, and much more home screen personalization, Windows Phone 8.1 is an upgrade far more significant than its “.1″ may suggest. Now, registered Windows Phone developers currently running WP8 on their devices can upgrade to the WP8.1 Developer Preview.

There are a few requirements and caveats with this developer preview. To install the upgrade on your WP8 device, you need to either have a Windows Phone Dev Center account, an active App Studio account, or . . . READ ON »

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[OTA Captured] Google Glass XE16 Update Brings KitKat, Photo Bundles, Photos in Hangouts, Voice Commands Sorting, and More

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product_7Earlier today, for one day only, Google opened up Glass Explorer Edition purchases to interested parties living in the US. Of course, you still have to plunk down $1500 in order to get your hands on this sleek piece of beta wearable tech. But for those looking to be on the bleeding edge, the investment is well worth it.

Back in December, Google Glass was updated to firmware version XE12. This brought many new features such as wink pics, Hangouts and YouTube Glassware, improved Play Music support, and improved Google Search cards. Now, Glass has received the long . . . READ ON »

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Prevent Unwanted Butt Dialing with Smart Pocket Guard

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You may recall that back in August of last year, we took a look at Air Swiper by XDA Senior Member helmanss. Air Swiper was rather innovative because it allowed users to control their devices by simply waving their hands. These gestures could then be used to do things like send text messages, unlock or lock your device, connect to wireless networks, and much more.

Now, helmanss has created another, somewhat related application called Smart Pocket Guard that also makes use of your device’s proximity sensor, albeit for a much different purpose. Rather than launching predefined tasks, Smart Pocket Guard . . . READ ON »

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