Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
16
Apr
kitkat
Last Updated: April 17th, 2014

Though there are a plethora of options for backing up your apps and data if you have root access to your device, for those without Superuser privileges, you basically have one option - the Android backup service. Even the backup apps like Helium that don't technically require root are simply front-ends for the backup service. The problems with this part of Android are well-known, extensive and, quite honestly, embarrassing. As if there aren't enough things to complain about with it already, it appears that some folks are having problems restoring encrypted (i.e.

09
Apr
att_s5

Now that the first shipments of AT&T's Galaxy S5 are beginning to arrive at people's doors, we are receiving reports from disgruntled customers that the "download booster" feature, which Samsung touted at the launch event in Barcelona, is completely missing from Big Blue's variant.

For those unaware, this functionality allows you to combine your Wi-Fi and LTE connections during downloads of files larger than 30 MB. The idea is that part of the file downloads over each connection interface, resulting in vastly improved download speeds over what would be achievable by each one individually.

08
Apr
pocket

If you use Pocket for your "read it later" needs, you'll want to check the Play Store for an update. Today, Pocket announced version 5.4 of its Android app, and it includes several new features that are sure to be of interest to users. Here's the official changelog:

Translated into more languages: Chinese, Dutch, Korean, Polish and Portuguese.

Fullscreen now uses Immersive Mode on Android 4.4 KitKat and hides the status bar on Android 4.1 and up.

03
Apr
kitkat

When writing an Android app, one useful feature that developers use when dealing with a potentially long list of options is fast scrolling. First introduced in Android 1.5/Cupcake, this functionality allows a user to grab the scrollbar and drag it down to scroll section-by-section, rather than item-by-item. It appears, however, that the KitKat implementation of this classic Android feature has introduced a bug which is driving some developers crazy.

bug_watch

 

Symptoms

This bug is certainly one that affects developers more than end users.

27
Mar
chrome

It's time to point out a little-known feature in Chrome's omnibox that may save you a tap or two. If you're looking for something on the page you're currently viewing, rather than tapping on your overflow or menu button, going to "find in page" and typing your search string, you can do it via Chrome's omnibox as shown below. Take a look at the first option with the magnifying glass inside the box.

27
Mar
kitkat

Certainly, third party keyboards are a real testament to how customizable Android can be out of the box. Since KitKat's rollout, however, people have noticed that the default input method reverts to the default keyboard when updating a paid keyboard app. Worse still, the keyboard you updated actually ends up disabled.

bug_watch

Symptoms

What's interesting about this bug is that it seems to only affect the paid flavor of these apps. Free versions should go unaffected.

25
Mar
m8_dev

Want the new HTC One M8, but don't want all the carrier lockdowns, bloatware, and update delays? You're in luck. The HTC One M8 Developer Edition is now available online from the company's web store. This variant of the phone works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, and on GSM and HSPA+ networks worldwide. As far as the hardware and software, it's basically the same as the other versions, but you get an unlockable bootloader and a stock, unadulterated Sense experience free from carrier meddling.

24
Mar
htc_m8

In case you need more proof that the new HTC One is the worst kept secret in mobile tech since the Nexus 5, we offer People's Exhibit A W. This video gives the Verizon-branded M8 almost 10 minutes of time in the spotlight and provides a really good comparison to the first-generation HTC One.

At this stage, there's very little we don't know about HTC's new flagship. Nevertheless, the company is set to debut the M8 to the world tomorrow, and the device should be on sale soon after the press conferences.

24
Mar
nexus_10

If you're looking for a Nexus 10 on the cheap, your day has arrived. Mosey on over to eBay Daily Deals, and you can pick up a new, factory-fresh 32 GB model for a lowly $299.99.

nexus_10_daily_deals

In case you're counting, this is $200, or roughly 40%, off of the $499.99 MSRP. This would be a good deal for a refurb, so it's even better that these are new and factory sealed.

17
Mar
play_services
Last Updated: March 25th, 2014

An update to Google Play Services is now being released to devices worldwide. This release will be more of interest to developers than end users, but there is actually quite a lot here. In addition to some updates to Play Games services and the Drive API, Google has brought Analytics, Tag Manger, and a new Address API into the fold as well.

android_dev_blog

Google Play Games

The big story here is the addition of game gifts.

Page 2 of 612345...Last»