Admit it – at some point, you have tried to use your phone and walk at the same time. It’s a behavior that every smartphone owner probably engages in at some point or another, but really shouldn’t; it’s rude at the least, and can be downright dangerous at the worst.
For those who can’t seem to momentarily avert their eyes from their smartphone, though, there are apps and features that aim to make simultaneous walking and working a bit less precarious. One the coolest implementations we have seen is from the makers of Nameless ROM. Called On-The-Go-Mode, it uses transparency and camera data to keep you aware of where you are walking. (more…)
It seems like Chromecast is finally getting kicked off in terms of development, with developers using the SDK left and right to update their apps to support the HDMI dongle. What we’ve all been waiting for, though, is native Android mirroring to Chromecast similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature for iOS. It looks like we’re now one step closer, with famed developer Koushik Dutta having updated his Mirror app to support the streaming stick in a very beta way.
If you are the owner of a rooted LG G2 device, running a stock Android ROM (there are plenty out there), then you will want to check out a modification currently available through XDA. The developer’s goal is to bring more functionality and performance to the camera, which we all know it is capable of. (more…)
For those among us who just can’t want any longer for an official rollout of Kit Kat to the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T, firmware has been leaked through XDA that will allow you to run Android 4.4.2 on your device before it is shipped out to the general public. And while flashing unreleased firmware can sometimes be dangerous for your device, the feedback so far on the forum is all good except for one random reboot bug for the GS4 which appears when watching videos. Besides that, both firmware packages seem quite stable. (more…)
When it comes to rooting and flashing custom ROMs on your Android device, it sometimes helps if you have a Windows-powered computer. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the CyanogenMod team, their Installer application is now available for Macs. If you are unfamiliar, the CM Installer allows users to painlessly flash the CyanogenMod ROM onto their Android device, simply by pressing a couple of buttons. (more…)
One of the few downsides to the Moto X’s incredibly fast updates to Android 4.4 Kit Kat by Motorola was the root situation, since each update quickly wiped away exploits that allowed for easier root options that existed. There is a way to root the current build of Android 4.4 on the Moto X, but it is a fairly involved process. XDA member 640k has taken the work already done by Justin Case to root the Moto X and put it into an executable script, but tread lightly going forward. (more…)
While Active Notifications may be one of the coolest parts of owning a Moto X, it was a little bit hard for some Android users to give up the notification LED light they grew to love so much. Thanks to some intrepid hackers over at XDA, not only did we find that the Moto X has a notification LED, but it can be enabled at your will with root permissions and some Tasker code. (more…)
If you’re into flashing ROMs and tinkering with your Android device, it may please you to know that the prominent Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) has now started delivering official nightly builds of their Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” ROM to a small group of devices.
AOKP is one of the last major ROMs to be updated to Kit Kat, with heavy-hitters CyanogenMod and OMNI already up to date. One notable absentee from the 4.4 game, however, is Paranoid Android, with their “PA 4.0” release currently in beta. (more…)