Android Police

Articles Tagged:

tool

...

Roman Nurik's Android Asset Studio gets a dazzling visual refresh

The Android Asset Studio, a tool developed by Googler Roman Nurik, is indispensable for developers and designers alike. Need to generate a nine-patch without stopping to think about where your 1px black lines need to go? How about a quick icon or two? The Asset Studio has you covered. But for all its useful functions, the last time we had a major visual refresh to cover was back in 2012 when it adopted all the #33B5E5, #holoyolo goodness of Android's older design language.

That changed overnight when Nurik launched a massive visual refresh for the studio, along with cleaner code in an effort to make contributing easier.

Read More
...

Pixel OFF Turns Some Screen Pixels Black To Save Battery Power On Devices With AMOLED Screens

Have you ever wondered why the blacks on your Samsung phone look so, well, black? Ask your nearest videophile, and he or she will tell you that it's because AMOLED screens emit no light from pixels when they're assigned to draw the "black" color. It's black because the pixel is almost literally turned off. By the same token, an AMOLED pixel displaying black will also draw almost no electrical power. So AMOLED phones with black wallpapers or black-themed apps can, at least theoretically, boost their battery life significantly.

unnamed unnamed (1)

That's the principle behind Pixel OFF, a new tool available in the Play Store.

Read More
...

Unclouded Hits Version 2.0 With Updated Design, Support For Box And One Drive, And More

 

As time progresses, I find myself with more and more cloud storage to manage. Typically, I try to stick with Google Drive and Dropbox but increasingly - despite their fairly intuitive interfaces - managing the actual files that fill up my storage space seems like a hassle. Luckily, there's an app that makes my storage situation as clear as I could hope - Unclouded.

Christian Göllner's Unclouded, if you missed our coverage at launch, is an app that helps "explore, analyze and clean your cloud storage." It hit version 2.0 today, with a long list of new features and improvements.

Besides support for Box and Onedrive, the app has new premium features including a dark theme and security options allowing users to protect their info with a PIN, password, or pattern.

Read More
...

Our New Android Build Number Date Calculator Takes The Mystery Out Of Android Build Dates

Each version of Android is assigned a tasty treat to identify it by: Donut, Eclair, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean, KitKat, so on and so forth. This is great for casual reference, but short build codes are provided to refer to more specific versions. This has been the case since before the DRC83 build of Android. Don't know which one that is? Check out our new Android Build Number Date Calculator to find out!

BuildNumber2

That's right, folks. With our new tool, all you have to do is type in the build number, and it will spit the version number and build date out for you in a more easily readable format.

Read More
...

[New App] eXperience Pro Brings A Handful Of Useful Tweaks To Rooted Devices Without The Need For A Custom Kernel

One of the best things about Android is its nearly-infinite customizability for users who are willing to put in the effort it takes to make it happen. The thing is, in order to get some of this functionality, less-than-savvy users are daunted by the task of doing things like flashing custom kernels. On the other side, some users just don't want to be troubled with kernel tweaks, but still want the advanced functionality that they can bring.

1 2 3

Enter a new app that looks to change all that: eXperience Pro. This app brings some features to rooted handsets that were formerly only available by using custom kernels.

Read More
...

Motorola Confirms Via Twitter That Older Devices Will Not Receive Bootloader Unlock Tools

Bad news, owners of older Motorola devices. According to a tweet from Motorola's official Twitter account, if you own an aging Moto phone—including the Droid 3, Bionic, and Droid X2—you will not be receiving a bootloader unlock tool. While newer products like the Photon Q, as well as developer-centric devices like the RAZR Developer Edition and the not-quite-Nexus Xoom are supported, Moto has no plans to add any of its older lineup to the supported list.

It is worth pointing out, of course, that this is coming from a Twitter account and it's not unheard of for the rep running the social media sites for a major corporation to go off-script.

Read More
...

Google Adds 'Prior Art Finder' And European Patents To Its Patent Search Tool, Pretends There's No Subtext

Earlier today, Google rolled out a brand new feature for its online patent research tool: prior art search. Now, while looking at a patent, you can click a single button to pull up a host of results from Google Patents, Google Scholar, Google Books, with a bit of Google's typical search results sprinkled on top. The goal, of course, is to aid in researching whether a patent that's been filed is "new and not obvious." Which is far more complex than it sounds.

seafood-collateral_4

Reading between the lines, one could possibly infer that Google wants to make it easier on its partners (or itself) to prove their inventions are unique, or to avoid infringing patents that have already been granted (which is different from a patent that has been filed, mind you).

Read More
...

[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Prototyper Lets You Pre-Visualize Working Models Of Your App, We're Giving Away 2 Pro Licenses ($495 Each)

Building apps can be a tough task. It can be difficult visualizing how the functionality of an app and its UI work together before you have a working model. Prototyper aims to alleviate some of that stress by letting you build what appears to be a functional app, without that messy business of it having to work.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • MJ
  • Deepu Mukundan

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements.

Read More
...

ASUS Releases Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock Software, Now Available For Download

Early last month, it was revealed to much outcry that the Transformer Prime had a locked bootloader. Angry customers took to the forums to vent and started a petition to get Asus to change its stance. And just 24 hours later, that's what happened, with Asus promising an unlock tool down the road.

Today Asus delivered, with the unlock tool hitting the TP's support site:

2012-02-22 08h14_58

TL;DR: Caveat emptor.

The company strongly suggests customers stay away from unlocking the bootloader, stating:

You also acknowledge ASUS does not guarantee service satisfaction to any Revised Product, including events involving paid service requested by you to be performed to the Revised Product.

Read More
...

HTC Staying The Distance, Opens Bootloader Unlock To Hero, Legend, Droid Eris, myTouch 3G and 4G

HTC has added added a handful of devices to the list of those supported by the Taiwanese manufacturer's bootloader unlock tool. The newly-added devices include the Hero, Legend, both the myTouch 3G and 4G, and the aged Droid Eris. The announcement came via Twitter earlier today:

As always, HTC warns that unlocking a bootloader is not for the faint of heart, and may preclude users from warranty coverage. If you've been waiting to unlock your bootloader, head over to HTC's  bootloader unlock page.

Read More
Page 1 of 212