Android, iOS and Windows Mobile
Not too long ago, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Adam Outler launched the CASUAL-Dev website. The site’s goal was to help other developers make use of CASUAL, or Cross-platform Android Scripting Unified Auxiliary Loader, as a launching platform for future development work.
At launch, Adam’s site mainly described how to use the CASCADE IDE to create a CASPAC (CASUAL Package Action Container). From there, the site showed users how to turn a CASPAC into a full CASUAL package with CASPACkager. However, the site didn’t do much in the way of helping users get started the basics such as setting up the . . . READ ON »
Starting with Holo UI’s debut in Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom, Google has made great strides in bringing top-notch UI design to the platform. Better typography, flat design, and a chromeless (but still pretty) look are all now relatively commonplace thanks largely in part to Matias Duarte’s handiwork.
One aspect that hasn’t changed much over the years is the generic color gradient used in Holo Light and Holo Dark. While the gradients are generally unobtrusive and do a good job of adding a bit of flair without being over the top, some users would prefer to be able to . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) was updated to add support for several new platforms. Among those to benefit were MIUI users. With version 2.3, anyone running a MIUI ROM based on Android 4.0 or later could access the almost endless tweaks housed within the hundreds of Xposed modules currently available. Naturally, however, not every available module works perfectly on dramatically different ROMs such as ones based on MIUI.
Many of us have been using computers longer than we can remember. The dominant operating system for the longest time was Windows, and one thing Windows gave us was quick program switching with Alt+Tab. Wouldn’t it be nice to quickly swap apps on your Android phone with a live preview of the app you are flipping through?
XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib offers and app switching application that offers many great features your normal app switcher doesn’t have. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Switchr. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out . . . READ ON »
We first talked about Slide2wake with Touchcontrol in June of last year. Back then, the app only supported the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and many users wanted this functionality extended to other devices. XDA Recognized Developer bponury released a substantial update to his Touchcontrol app, adding support for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2013) as well.
The update also brings new features to the app that might interest you: It now supports slide2lock, touch2wake, and doubletap2wake. These features are normally found within several custom kernels, but now it’s built into an app that is capable of working on basically any kernel . . . READ ON »
Back in June, we took a quick look at Ultimate Dynamic NavBar by XDA Senior Member MrBIMC. The application was originally created to solve one of the most common complaints with the on-screen navigation bars most prominently seen on Google Nexus devices. The app was created to replace the ever present on-screen navigation bar with a panel that is only visible when you want it to be.
Over the last few months, Ultimate Dynamic NavBar has evolved considerably. For starters, the responsiveness of the app’s navigation bar has been increased dramatically. Animations as well as rotation support have also been . . . READ ON »
Earlier today, Google started rolling out a significant update to its Play Store app. The updated carries a version number seemingly intended to troll us, coming in at version 4.4.21 and replacing the previous 4.3.11 version.
So what’s new in this Play Store update? So far, we haven’t noticed any chances with regards to functionality. Rather, this update brings a relatively significant overhaul to the app’s interface. The most noticeable change in 4.4.21 is is the incorporation of the slide-out navigation drawer first officially introduced at Google I/O 2013. Unfortunately, the much rumored card-style UI update has yet to . . . READ ON »
When we use our devices these days, we look for ease of access to our data, and a high level of responsiveness when we try to access said information. Here at XDA, we have seen numerous options when it comes to launching apps quickly and switching between them.We have introduced you to floating navigational buttons and floating settings . Not that long ago, we featured an app that allows you to control a lot of features of your device called Floating Toucher.
Many of us on xda-developers, including those here way back in the days of the original XDA device, the HTC Wallaby, started our smartphone journeys on a Microsoft OS. And though the mobile landscape is very different now, Microsoft does a lot right when it comes to building tools and providing services for mobile developers. Microsoft has been sponsoring XDA this month, and we thought it would be interesting to show some ways in which the company supports development across platforms, including Android. We hope this doesn’t read too much like an ad, but there are honestly some very cool . . . READ ON »
The Google Nexus 5 mistakenly appears on the Play Store! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article reporting that Ubuntu Touch is officially available for the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and an article on how Rumrunner S-Off is now working on the international HTC One!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan released an interview with Developer Dees_Troy (Ethan Yonker), and Dees_Troy’s Big . . . READ ON »
The notification shade in stock Android practically epitomizes the ideals of simplicity and form following function. While this is ideal for the vast majority of users, some would prefer to extend some customization love to here as well. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member ernest33 created a simple modification that allows you to easily change your notification shade’s background image.
Ernest33′s modification comes in the form of an Xposed module, so you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Installation is super simple: install and activate the module, reboot, and access the main . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we featured a method posted by XDA Senior Member soloilmeglio that allows Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app. While immensely useful, adding applications was unfortunately a rather cumbersome task, requiring the modification of a certain CSC file. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Developer xperiacle has now created an application that does all the work for you, enabling you to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app with just a few clicks.
Aptly titled Pen Window Manager, xperiacle’s application makes the whole process a point and click affair. You obviously have to . . . READ ON »