Phandroid » Developers http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Android 5.0.2 factory images now available for the Nexus 7 LTE (2012 and 2013) http://phandroid.com/2015/01/30/android-5-0-2-factory-images-now-available-for-the-nexus-7-lte-2012-and-2013/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/30/android-5-0-2-factory-images-now-available-for-the-nexus-7-lte-2012-and-2013/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:39:48 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=158400 Nexus 7 2013

It’s been a long time coming, but those of you with the cellular equipped Nexus 7 (both models) can expect Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to soon hit your devices. Earlier today, Google posted the system images and binaries for both the original Nexus 7 LTE , and the Nexus 7 2013 LTE as shown in the screen shot down below.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE Android 5.0.2 image

The Android 5.0.2 update (build LRX22G) is the same build number that already rolled out to the Nexus 10 and WiFi equipped Nexus 7 models. We’re not sure what took Google so long, but hopefully it gave them enough time to patch up all those bugs we’ve been hearing about. From here, you can either manually apply the update yourself (providing you have an unlocked bootloader and knowledge of ADB), or wait for the official rollout to commence.

Still no word on when Google plans on pushing out this update over-the-air, but it shouldn’t be much longer now. Those of you with the 4G LTE equipped Nexus 7 or Nexus 2013 can rest assured the update is, in fact, coming.

[Google Developers]

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Google wants you to buy Project Ara modules from food trucks in first market pilot [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2015/01/14/project-ara-market-pilot/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/14/project-ara-market-pilot/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:39:21 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=157209 Project Ara-tested.com

You read that right. At the second Ara Module Developers’ Conference today, Google announced that they’ve identified a market for the initial pilot for Project Ara. That market is Puerto Rico, and it was chosen for its “mobile-first” society where a vast majority of citizens use mobile smartphones as their primary means of connecting to the internet. No word on how long it’ll take to eke out of that part of the world, but we’re promised we’ll be kept in the loop.

While Google will have a sizable roster of carrier partners to test the modular smartphone with, the company also envisions another method of selling modules: food trucks.

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Well, sort of. You won’t be able to order a 32GB Ara module with a side of fried rice, but they will use similarly-equipped trucks to place vending stations in high traffic markets (sort of like seeing a smartphone kiosk inside a mall). You can see an example of one of these trucks used

Thankfully Google confirmed that the first market pilot and the eventual global launch is still on track for 2015, though not without moving through a few more much-needed iterations of Ara. Today we were treated to the revelation of the spiral 2 endo skeleton revisions that will push the platform to the next step. It included the introduction of several new module types, including a speaker module, a pollution sensor module and an extended battery module.

They also touched on changes to the endo skeleton that allows antennae modules to communicate with other separate modules to enable multiple data and voice radios. This would, for example, allow 3G and 4G radios to exist in their own spots on the endo skeleton instead of the two needing to be stuffed into the same module. It’s the first step toward equipping Project Ara with full connectivity for use in an actual cellular environment.

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And that’s just what they’ve introduced today. They already have early plans for the spiral 3 revision. It’s due in Q2 2015 and is set to be the last major revision ahead of the pilot test.

Those plans include more space for battery modules, improvements to a contact-less data transmission platform that increases the quality and reliability of a module, and changes that allow the endo skeleton itself to be used as an antenna to help radio performance (particularly for high-frequency network bands).

spiral 3

The developer conference is still ongoing, so be sure to head here to follow along if you’re interested in any of it. Warning: it’s really technical stuff, so if you’re not a developer or an extreme tech head then you’ll probably hear more jibberish than anything else. We’ll keep you guys posted if anything new comes from Google’s cool halls within Mountain View.

 

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Watch Google’s Project Ara developer conference live stream right here at 11am Eastern http://phandroid.com/2015/01/14/project-ara-dev-conference-live-stream/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/14/project-ara-dev-conference-live-stream/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:47:09 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=157200

Google has a developers’ conference going on this morning, in case you didn’t know. It’s a long shot from Google I/O, but this one focuses on Project Ara, the company’s modular phone project that would let users choose their own specs by fitting a frame with LEGO-like blocks.

This is the second Project Ara developers’ conference ever, and we’re expecting a couple of different things:

  • Google is going to talk about MDK — Ara’s development kit — version 0.2, and everything it enables
  • Google is going to help module developers get up to speed on everything they need to start creating modules

That’s what we know for sure. What we’re hoping? Google surprises us with availability information (the earliest reported window was January 2015, but that could have easily changed behind the scenes). Regardless of what happens, though, it’ll all be interesting, and you can follow along with us thanks to this handy live stream. Can’t watch live? We’ll do our part to bring any breaking news right to the front page.

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Buy into the hype, learn to code for Android Lollipop with this AndroidArea.com deal http://phandroid.com/2015/01/12/learn-to-code-for-android-lollipop/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/12/learn-to-code-for-android-lollipop/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:28 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=157098 nexus 6 lollipop

Android Lollipop arrived on the hype train from Google town, and it’s slowly but steadily making its way to more and more handsets every day. Get ahead of the curve: learn to code for Android 5.0 and have your software ready just in time for the next round of major Android launches.

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Latest Android version numbers show no sign of Lollipop, but Froyo is still kicking http://phandroid.com/2015/01/07/android-versions-january-2015/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/07/android-versions-january-2015/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:22:25 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156758 android model

Google has updated the version distribution numbers for Android by platform, a tool that helps developers figure out what most Android users are on to help them target development more efficiently. The story? Well, not much has changed.

The latest version of Android — Lollipop — is still nonexistent. We thought we might see it eek onto the chart after a few months of updates and more people buying the latest Nexus devices, but it’s still accounting for less than 0.1% of the overall market share.

android distribution january 6th 2015

It might sound bad, but there’s not much to worry about. The only devices which have received the upgrade to Lollipop on a wide-scale basis are the Moto X, Moto G, Google Play Edition and recent Nexus phones. That crowd of folks is a lot smaller than the millions more people with Galaxy S5s and LG G3s and the like. The upgrade has gone out to those handsets in some parts of the world, but only in very limited capacity.

You may recall that Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat also got off to slow starts in their quests to break out, and now they combine to make up a vast majority of the overall Android user base. All of that is to say there’s nothing to worry about — Lollipop will be along shortly, and once the ball gets rolling it won’t stop.

One other interesting tidbit to take away here is that Froyo is still alive, even if only barely. It has 0.4% of the pie. Combined with Gingerbread’s 7.8%, legacy Android is still nearly 1/10th of Android’s overall install base. Good or bad? That depends on how you look at it, but as long as those numbers continue to fall with each passing day we can’t say it matters much.

Lastly, KitKat is growing, which is a good sign that more and more manufacturers are making it a point to get their users up to the latest version of Android possible. The problem? When they finally do get KitKat, they’re going to start wanting Lollipop. And the neverending cycle of update madness continues well into the new year. The full numbers can be found at the jump.

[via Android Developers]

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Hey Google: absurd developer policies are hurting the Android community http://phandroid.com/2015/01/04/play-store-developer-policies/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/04/play-store-developer-policies/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:20:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156419 Show Google how important this issue is by signing the petition on Change.org

The Google Play Store is becoming an absolute joke, governed by contradicting laws that are enforced without logic, and policed anonymously and at random. Once heralded as the most open and developer friendly mobile platform on the planet, Google has given Android a huge black eye by sucker-punching loyal developers right in the face. Over and over and over.

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How do we know? We’re one of them. Here’s our latest frustrating and infuriating interaction with Google (it’s happened before):

Your title and/or description attempts to impersonate or leverage another popular product without permission. Please remove all such references. Do not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata.

  • So is it the title? Or the description? Or both? What? Google offers zero specifics but they link an article that seems to suggest our description is to blame.
  • We cannot make adjustments or updates to the app as it has been indefinitely suspended and all downloads/reviews/ratings permanently lost. We have to upload a new app and start from scratch, but have no clue if our new app will also suspended… making investing any time or money in the venture a complete waste of time.
  • A request to reinstate the app so we can make necessary adjustments is denied almost immediately with a canned e-mail response.

So here we are, dumbfounded. We’ve dumped a ton of time, resources, and finances into into this app over the past 2 years and Google deletes it without warning and without the information necessary to correct this app (or properly submit future apps). It’d be bad enough if Google was just doing this to us – but they’re not- Google is governing the Play Store like tyrants, randomly burning and pillaging the resources developers have built up over years, leaving behind nothing but smoldering ashes and silence.

“If I was a developer debating whether to launch first on Android, iOS, or Windows… I’d look at Google’s recent actions and think: anything but Android”

Hey, Google- you should be embarrassed. What currently seems like “Amateur Hour at the Play Store” could snowball into much more. If I was a developer debating whether to launch first on Android, iOS, or Windows… I’d look at Google’s recent actions and think: “anything but Android”. When an automated system can wipe out an entire company with no discussion or recourse, why risk it?

There is one caveat I’d like to address which may – in part – explain this suspension, but I’ll also explain why that possibility is still inexcusable and absurd. It’s possible that Google is contesting the validity of our app because it uses the name “PS4″ which is a product we don’t own. Why shouldn’t this make a difference?

  • Unless Sony filed a trademark violation against us (which is highly unlikely), Google shouldn’t care. We’ve directly communicated with Sony in the past and I’d highly doubt they take issue with the app or app name. Google’s web results are filled with fan sites and the Play Store should be no different (but with the same case-by-case caveats that protect trademark holders).
  • They’ve put us into a panicked frenzy, creating fear that our other apps (like Phandroid news) may get suspended, but we have no clue what to adjust to ensure we’re following the Play Store rules. We don’t know exactly what rule we broke or how we broke it, so we’re forced to preemptively adjust everything within the realm of Google’s ridiculous possibilities. Seriously Google, are you running a business or a circus? Do you not see the problem here?
  • Google makes a truckload of money on Android-related products. Android would not exist without developers. Would it be such a bad idea to hire a team of people to handle these very important and urgent matters, communicating directly with developers when the existence of their app literally depends on it?

Our best guess is that our “App Description” contained the term “PS4″ too often, but we did so for the obvious reason- we want potential users to know what they can find in the app! They allow up to 4,000 characters in the app description so why punish people for including more than one sentence defining the app? How are we supposed to describe the app without using the keyword that defines the app’s main content and purpose?

To illustrate, here is our new description for Phandroid News for Android:

Android enthusiasts will love this quick and beautiful news app which features the latest breaking news, rumors, tips, tricks, reviews, and videos for everything Android. Get the latest info about Android phones, tablets, TV, Auto, and more from the industry’s leading Android news source – Phandroid.com!

This replaces what we feel is a far more informative and helpful description, but we felt forced to do so because… well, because Google is ridiculous and doesn’t seem to care about developers in this capacity (we know all too well). Here is the old description:

Get the latest News, Reviews, and info delivered right to your phone or tablet from Phandroid, the world’s first and most respected News for Android™ source.

What you’ll find:
✓ News & Rumors for Android
✓ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials for Android
✓ Apps & Games for Android
✓ Phones & Tablets for Android
✓ Accessories for Android
✓ Software & Firmware Updates for Android
✓ Opinions, Discussion, and more all for Android!

App Features:
☆ Native Android app with beautiful, Material Design UI
☆ Receive notifications for new articles
☆ “Star” articles to mark them as favorites, for reading later or future reference
☆ View “Featured” articles to quickly browse top stories
☆ Filter articles by categories and topics
☆ Search thousands of articles using text or voice search
☆ Read and post comments with seamless DISQUS support
☆ Login with Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or browse as a guest
☆ View photo galleries, vote on polls, and watch video embeds in articles!
☆ Share articles and images through Android action bar
☆ Resizable widget delivers news to your home screen

Settings & Options:
☆ Select from light or dark theme
☆ Select font size
☆ Toggle UI between Modern Card Display and Traditional List View
☆ Customize frequency and style of notifications

Tips on using the app:
☆ Press on the “Star” to save an article in your favorites
☆ When reading an article, swipe left and right to jump article to article
☆ Press the chat bubble in the lower right of articles to read comments and leave comments
☆ Pull down on any screen to refresh
☆ Latest articles in a widget, navigate through latest articles.
☆ Long press links, text, and images for additional options

★ Where you can find us:
Web – http://phandroid.com
Forums – http://androidforums.com
Facebook – http://facebook.com/phandroid
Google+ – http://plus.google.com/+phandroid
Twitter – http://twitter.com/phandroid

For a company that prides themselves on accurate algorithms and machine learning, they’ve engineered an outrageously dumb system.

Google needs to look in the mirror and make some serious New Year’s Resolutions. Their Android developer policies are unclear. Their system of enforcing them is unfair. Their unwillingness to communicate is lazy. This doesn’t seem like the same Android that was pioneered from scratch… it seems like an Android that has gotten large and complacent. This isn’t the Android promised by the Open Handset Alliance. This is a unilateral mess in the hands of Google and they’re dropping the ball.

Please, Google, pick up the pieces… not just for us but for the sake of the entire Android community and its future.


Below you’ll find the Change.org petition requesting Google improve their practices and communication when issuing and attempting to resolve Play Store policy violations. If you believe in the fair treatment of Android Developers around the world, we invite you to sign the petition.

Android has become the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, but Google is mistreating key stakeholders that helped propel its success: developers.

Google has been improperly suspending Android Apps and Developer accounts deemed to be violating the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement and/or the Google Play Developer Program Policies. Furthermore, Google’s notification for these violations comes in the form of vague automated e-mails that prevent honest developers from complying with Google’s demands (they’re not told what to change or fix). In many cases, apps and accounts are suspended or removed completely without prior warning or notice, offering no recourse to fix inadvertent violations regardless of the size, nature, or developer’s intentions to comply.

The result of these careless actions are often disastrous and far reaching, ranging from the exodus of loyal Android developers to the sudden loss of income source and jobs. We’ve fallen victim to this troubling practice twice at Phandroid.com which, ironically, is a site for Android enthusiasts by Android enthusiasts. After seeing countless other Android developers burned, left in the dust, and ignored by Google… we felt it was time to speak up (or move on).

This problem can be resolved by creating a team of Android Developer Advocates whose primary role is to communicate directly with developers who are issued policy violations, helping them understand the exact reasons for the violation, and help them understand what adjustments can be made to bring their app and account into good standing. Supporting developers directly will help keep good apps in the Play Store, maximize good-will and morale in the developer community, and prevent the livelihoods of developers, startups, and entrepreneurs from being destroyed.

Stop the automated suspensions. Help developers comply. Protect the Android ecosystem. Save the clock tower.

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PSA to EU devs: adjust your Google Play app pricing to account for new VAT rules http://phandroid.com/2015/01/02/google-play-eu-vat-change-psa/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/02/google-play-eu-vat-change-psa/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:23:47 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156317 Google Play icon bag new

If you don’t remember, a while back Google made a change to the Google Play developers’ policy to account for new rules in VAT transactions for folks in the European Union. The change effectively automatically offloads the VAT (or “value-added tax,” the standard tax system for members of the European Union) onto the listed price of the app, so instead of it being tacked onto the end of a transaction that the user pays for, it’s being taken from the app’s base price.

Well, that change went into effect the moment the calender turned to 2015, so we thought it’d be good to remind you to set your apps’ pricing accordingly. Google Play’s developer dashboard allows you to set pricing by each region and country, so you can take a look at each country’s VAT rate (varies up to 25% depending on country) and add the appropriate amount accordingly. Without doing so, you’ll basically be paying someone else’s sales tax, and with all the income tax you already have to deal with we’re sure that wouldn’t be thrilling.

It’s a tall order for those who command a lot of apps, but one that should be done if you don’t want to lose out on extra revenue that might be lost because of this move. It sucks that Google had to make this change, but they did and you should at least be grateful there’s a way to circumvent it with just a bit more legwork on your behalf. At least you’ll have a nice long weekend to get it done.

[Thanks, Jeff!]

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OnePlus releases first alpha of company’s new ROM, and it’s basically AOSP Lollipop http://phandroid.com/2015/01/02/oneplus-one-aosp-rom/ http://phandroid.com/2015/01/02/oneplus-one-aosp-rom/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:53:09 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156301 oneplus one lollipop aosp rom

The folks at OnePlus revealed a while ago that they’d been working on their own ROM to pursue their own vision beyond CyanogenMod. We weren’t sure what to expect from their first and early effort, but we do now: it’s Android 5.0 Lollipop straight from the Android Open Source Project, and that’s about it.

The company published the ROM, which is in its first alpha state, for public flashing through the TWRP recovery, and they noted that the build doesn’t have any added features that don’t already come with stock AOSP Android Lollipop. That doesn’t mean that they haven’t done anything at all, but this is where they are in the early going.

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It’s also worth noting that the ROM doesn’t ship with Gapps, the package which gives you access to all of Google’s services not shipped with AOSP. You’ll need to find a quick download of that package to flash after you’ve flashed the ROM (this one should do), but after that you should be good to go.

You should know there are a few known issues being worked through at the moment, though none are particularly experience-breaking. Here’s the quick list:

  • Data roaming is on by default. Make sure to turn if off to avoid potential charges.
  • Camera and video may be unstable. This build supports 4k video, however quality may be low as we are still fine-tuning the camera.
  • Capacitive keys do not turn off when you enable software keys.
  • Clock crashes periodically.
  • If using the new app pinning feature in L, make sure to turn on the software keys first. Otherwise, you will have to reboot your machine.
  • On first boot, startup time will be a bit slow.

No one said alpha builds were perfect, eh? Still, that list seems light enough to consider this one ready to be your daily driver if you can put up with a wonky camera and clock.

CyanogenMod’s wares are probably still your best bet if you’ve come to enjoy the OnePlus One’s unique features, but Lollipop for that particular configuration won’t be ready for quite a while and this is your best bet at getting a taste of Lollipop on your OnePlus One in somewhat official capacity.

That said, OnePlus expects to use this ROM as a basis for a much bigger project going forward, with the company looking to bring their own suite of features and looks in future updates. Feel free to hop on the bandwagon early on, but just know it won’t be anything special or out of the ordinary unless you really want a taste of Lollipop. Find instructions and download links over at the OnePlus forums.

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Franco Kernel makes its way to the Nexus 6 http://phandroid.com/2014/12/29/franco-kernal-nexus-6/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/29/franco-kernal-nexus-6/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:05:59 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156126 nexus 6 overview

Francisco Franco has brought his much-loved kernel to Google’s latest enthusiast device. The developer, who says he’s fallen in love with the device in his time having it, says the upgrade is being pushed out at some point later today. The previous version of the kernel already works seamlessly with the Nexus 6, though this upgrade will likely brings changes specific to the Nexus 6 and the hardware packed inside.

Franco’s Kernels have long been celebrated due to their clean, fast performance and advanced features, and anyone hoping to keep their device in tip-top shape a few years past its purchase date would be wise to use it (or any decent after-market kernel) on their Nexus 6. For those interested, you’ll simply have to install the Franco Kernel Updater on your rooted Nexus 6, and wait for the goodness to arrive to your phone over-the-air.

[via Google+]

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For $50 you can be on your way to developing your own Android games with this AndroidArea.com deal http://phandroid.com/2014/12/26/android-game-developer-bundle-deal/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/26/android-game-developer-bundle-deal/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:22:40 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=156071 android-game-developer-bundle

Ever wanted to build your own Android apps and games but had no idea where to start? Here is as good as any place: the Android Game Developer Bundle from AndroidArea.com. For $49, you will gain access to seven online courses that will set you down the path to developing your own games (and potentially earning a bit of money along the way).

Learn to build Android games with the Android Game Developer Bundle for $49 at AndroidArea.com

The courses include hundreds of lectures and over 60 hours of content, including step-by-step instructions on how to build your app with software tools that require minimum coding experience, tips on monetizing your apps, building for Lollipop, and introductions to Java and C# programming languages.

Your enrollment includes a lifetime of unlimited access to the lessons contained within the bundle, a truly invaluable resource for any aspiring Android entrepreneur. Normally you might expect to pay over $750 for such access, but you save 93% thanks to AndroidArea.com. $50, after all, is a small investment for what could turn into a real profit generator down the road.

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Google says Android developers can no longer include user testimonials in Play Store listings http://phandroid.com/2014/12/23/google-play-android-developers-testimonials-barred/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/23/google-play-android-developers-testimonials-barred/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:43:09 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155973 Google Play testimonials

Despite what the competition wants you to believe, the Google Play Store really isn’t an open playground for app developers to do as they please. In fact, to better combat developers who try and game the system by “manipulating ranking or relevancy” of their apps, Google has made a small amendment to their Android developer guidelines.

Google Play developers keyword spam testimonials

Under “Keyword spam,” app developers are no longer permitted to provide direct quotes or testimonials from “happy” customers. While this may sounds harmless on the surface, more than a few developers have been using this as a way to add special keywords to their listings so that their apps appear higher in search rankings. A big no-no in Google’s book.

For an example of exactly what Google is referring to, make sure to check out the “Description includes unrelated keywords or references” section of their Google Play Developer Help page here.

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TeamWin Recovery Project update 2.8.3.0 brings smorgasbord of changes and fixes http://phandroid.com/2014/12/23/twrp-update/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/23/twrp-update/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:28:03 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155830 twrp tablet

Everyone’s favorite touch-activated custom recovery has received another big update, and it brings with it a lot of key changes, bug fixes and improvements that you should be dying to get your hands on. The new version — numbered 2.8.3.0 — brings the following healthy list of changes:

  • MTP will now tell the host PC that storage is removed instead of disabling MTP completely
  • MTP will now report the correct max file size based on the file system in use to the host PC (may fix transfer of large files)
  • Update and improve fix permissions and make fixing contexts optional
  • Update SuperSU in TWRP to 2.40 and update install process
  • Make TWRP work properly on AArch64 ( Nexus 9 is now built in true 64-bit binaries and libraries)
  • Attempt to set correct permissions and contexts on all files placed in storage so backups will show in Android
  • Fix kernel panic during MTP start on some devices
  • Support unicode fonts on devices with True Type Font support
  • Fix slider value not showing sometimes (vibration settings page)
  • Toggle MTP off during adb sideload to set correct USB IDs
  • Reduce library requirements for 5.0 L decrypt

It might not all be useful to anyone and everyone, but anything that shores up an already solid experience can only be applauded. You can get TWRP for your device by heading to the project’s landing page right here and searching for your model name. Be sure to back your phone up before flashing the new recovery, and don’t forget that no one is liable for anything that happens as a result.

[via Google+]

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Universal ADB Helper makes it easy for newbies to tinker with their devices http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/adb-helper-app/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/15/adb-helper-app/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:59:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155227 universal adb-helper

Rooting and tinkering with Android devices become easier and easier thanks to the great tools developers have whipped up, and another of those great tools has arrived. It’s the Universal ADB Helper, an app which helps you issue commonly-used ADB commands to your phone. It’s a simple batch file (which means Windows only, unfortunately) that’ll bring up a command line interface, but the only commands you’ll be issuing are numbers to choose which action you want to perform.

It comes with a fairly long list of functions:

  • Reboot in a certain mode
  • Install Apps
  • Delete PIN or Pattern on CM
  • Show Logcat
  • Show device
  • Backup
  • Restore
  • Factory Reset
  • Flash Recovery
  • Change bootanimation
  • Choose connection
  • Own ADB-Command

And the developer is adding more in each and every update.

ADB — short for Android Debug Bridge — is an interface used by Android developers for testing software on their devices, but the aftermarket development community often uses it to make it easier to push files and flash images. The standard, official installation of ADB alone can be daunting enough for the average user, and the need to remember commands can be even more confusing, so this tool definitely deserves attention.

Of course, even the most experienced users can use this tool if they prefer to let a batch script do the heavy lifting instead of having to issue commands themselves, so don’t overlook this if you don’t consider yourself a “noob.” The download can be had from the source link straight ahead.

[via XDA-Developers]

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Android 5.0.1 factory images now available for Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 http://phandroid.com/2014/12/10/android-5-0-1-factory-images-nexus-6-and-nexus-4/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/10/android-5-0-1-factory-images-nexus-6-and-nexus-4/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:33:38 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=155019 Nexus_6_Back

Update Wednesday indeed. Factory images for Android 5.0.1 on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 have just gone live on the Google Developers site. Listed as build LRX22C, anyone that doesn’t feel like wiping their entire device to get on the latest Android device should sit tight. We expect an over-the-air update will commence shortly (as it so often does).

UPDATE: Oh, there it is… OTA download links provided here if anyone wants to sideload.

[Google Developers]

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PSA: Android Wear Watch Face developers need to use new APIs by January 31st, or else http://phandroid.com/2014/12/10/android-wear-developers-psa/ http://phandroid.com/2014/12/10/android-wear-developers-psa/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:54:42 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=154995

Tucked away inside Google’s blog post for developers detailing the rollout of Android 5.0 and the Android Wear Watch Face APIs (API level 21) was a notice that those who aren’t planning to jump on board with the “new way” will eventually be kicked off the wagon. Google is asking all developers to update their watch face apps to use the new APIs by January 31st, because it’s on that date Google will officially cease supporting watch faces which don’t use the new APIs.

This shouldn’t be too much of a problem for any developer considering the company is now rolling out the Watch Face API to anyone and everyone needing to use it. And why wouldn’t you? It introduces awesome new animation libraries and features that make your watch face behave like it’s meant to be there instead of an app that’s shoehorned its way onto your wrist like an ugly sore. (Not that any of these watch faces are ugly — far from it — but you get the idea.)

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Google also mentioned that your apps will only get featured in the new Watch Face category on Google Play if you are using the new APIs. You can ensure your apps are included for consideration by uploading them to Google Play using the new Android Wear apps classification, and making sure to adhere to the distribution guidelines set forth by Google.

More details about developing for watch faces for Android Wear using the latest APIs can all be had by visiting Google’s blog post on the matter, so be sure to jump over there and soak up all the knowledge you need so you can continue to deliver awesome watch faces!

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