KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

New custom ROM for Chromecast released on XDA-Developers

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A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.

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XDA devs look to improve Nexus 5 camera via software mods

by Macky Evangelista on
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Disappointed in the quality of your Nexus 5′s camera? A developer by the name of Jishnu Sir over on XDA created a flashable .zip file in hopes to vastly improve the quality of your camera. It’s essentially a whole new  app that replaces the stock camera that you currently have. Obviously doing this will require you to unlock your bootloader and have some sort of custom recovery (i.e. ClockworkMod or TWRP). Here’s a full list of what the new camera app adds or improves:

1) Sound Recording now in Stereo with the secondary Mic.
2) Faster Focusing for the camera.
3) Front Camera also records 720P Videos@ 20 Mb/s.
4) Front camera Audio Bitrate@ 192000 Kb/s.
5) AntiBanding default set to 50Hz
6) Focus Range Adjusted.
7) Enhanced Smooth Zoom.
8) Turned Edge Enhancement ON.

If you’d like to read up on some user feedback on how the hack has worked for some, check out the source link which directs you to the XDA thread. If anyone out there is willing to give this a shot, report back in the comment section and let us know your results!

source: XDA

XDA user Schoolsux introduces TrulyClean script to remove bloatware from the Galaxy S 4

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If you own a rooted Galaxy S 4 and you’ve decided to stick to the stock ROM, then you are without a doubt tired of the dozens of useless apps cluttering your drawer. Lucky for you, XDA Senior Member schoolsux, has developed the TrulyClean script that safely removes over 98 apps that aren’t crucial to the system. Not only does this method save a lot of time and energy, it will also bring you a noticeable boost in performance, and free up about 600-megabytes of storage.

TrulyClean removes everything from S Voice and Samsung Hub to more standard Google apps such as Gmail and Google+. While the standard script removes the stock browser, there is an alternate version that leaves it intact. Their is also a simple tutorial on editing the script to keep certain apps.

For anyone who has spent a minute in recovery mode, the TrulyClean script is very easy to install as it comes in a prepackaged flashable .zip folder. The developer recommends doing a full wipe before flashing, but its not a requirement. Just make sure to secure any vital data via your preferred backup method.

TrulyClean is available at the source below and is compatible with the i9500 and i9505 S 4. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA Developers

 

‘Bubble Launcher’ featuring sidebar customization and bubble-like knob released by XDA Senior Member ‘bitstra’

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XDA Senior Member bitstra has developed “Bubble Launcher,” a home-screen launcher that’s pretty refreshing and unique in terms of navigation and design. Though it’s very similar to a sidebar application, as it docks itself to the side of your screen, it still has much of the functionality of any other launcher.

The launcher is navigated through the action of swiping— swiping down lets you view all of your apps in a list format, and swiping outwards or towards the middle of the screen will allow you to use a bubble-like knob, which can be spun so that you can find the app of your choice. Swiping upwards shows the settings, which give you the option to set the launcher’s activation spot, toggle animations, and change the size of app icons.

This is certainly a really nice concept, especially the bubble-knob— it may not be for everyone because of the “bubbly” interface, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The app available for devices on Android 2.3 or newer. You can find the Google Play links after the break, as well as the APK file. » Read the rest

ES File Explorer Hits Build 3, Now Available for Testing Over at XDA

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ES File Explorer has been on my phone for a long time. I love using it to manipulate and move files to and from various folders and the like. My only complaint was that the UI seemed a bit outdated and didn’t fit with the Holo style that the later versions of Android brought to the table. The devs must have read my mind though because they posted a test build of the newest version of the file manager sporting a new Holo-style theme. While it is marked for testing purposes, the app appears to be pretty solid. I have yet to see a hiccup in the short time that I’ve used it.

For those that are interested in tinkering with the app, you can download it or read up on it from the source link below. I’ve included a gallery past the break so that you can see the new UI in action. It should hit the Play Store sometime soon barring any major bugs. As far as I can tell though, it’s pretty close to a final product.

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XDA has launched XDA-University to help start your journey into Android development

by Macky Evangelista on
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Ever get that tingle of wanting to dev for Android yourself but don’t quite know where to start? The guys over at XDA developers have your back and have launched an “XDA University” portion of their site aimed at helping users start their Android dev’ing endeavors. Per XDA:

XDA-University is the resource brought to you by the people behind XDA-Developers. We aim to help you start your journey into Android and development, as well as get to know XDA more.

The site provides very helpful tips and videos on app development, hardware hacking, and a beginners guide to Linux mobile development. This certainly seems like a great way to start if you’ve always wanted to look into Android developing.

Keep in mind that this is a hobby and one should not expect gaining significant money from doing this. If you’ve been looking into starting developing for Android, then certainly give this a shot! Source link will be provided.

source: XDA University

 

HTC One X+ specs outed by XDA member

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We’ve been hearing about a possible follow up to the HTC One X, dubbed the HTC One X+ for a month or so now. Well an XDA developer with the Twitter account @Football4PDA tweeted the specs. He said that it will sport a Tegra 3+ AP37 1.6GHz quad-core / 1.7GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 1800mAh battery. We can also expect it to come with Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Last but not least, it will be 9.3mm thick and weigh in at 129 grams. Although HTC’s event on September 19th will probably be a heavy dose of Windows Phones, it’s likely the One X+ will be exposed as well.

The other important thing to note is that the Tegra 3+ will make it compatible with LTE. That is something I’m excited about. What I’m not excited about is the battery size and that it’s only 1GB of RAM. Since none of this is official, I will await further judgement.

source: twitter
via: engadget

 

Learn how to create your own Android game with tips from XDA

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If you’re like me and spend a lot of time gaming on your Android device, then it’s a safe bet that the thought of making your own Android game has crossed your mind at some point. It’s hard to determine if taking on the task is possible with individual life responsibilities and not knowing exactly what is necessary to see it through.

Well, xda developer tjdwowh has decided to put together a guide for interested future Android game designers to aid in cracking the Java code and getting your game on. I have to be honest, if this is your first delve into the computer programming arena, it might take some time to digest what is being discussed, but tjdwowh takes time to illustrate with examples and makes himself available to contact for any questions you may have along the way.

So if you’re ready to see what it’s all about, hit the link below and check out the tutorial for yourself.

source: xda