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Jack And Jill Are Google's New Compilers For Android App Developers

Android has gone through quite a few changes during its short 6 years of life. The Android that drives most of the world's smartphones of today would be almost unrecognizable to what was launched in late 2008. We've seen massive visual changes, expansion to almost every conceivable form factor, and a completely fleshed-out content ecosystem for multimedia and apps. As the operating system matured, some elements have successfully grown with it, and others have become dead weight.

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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Preview With Android Support, Includes A Lightning Fast Emulator With Some Super Cool Features

When it comes to software development, there are two very distinct camps on the subject of tools: those who prefer to keep it simple with just a text editor and a compiler, and then those who go straight for a fully-featured IDE with all the bells and whistles. For more than a decade, the undisputed champion of IDEs is Microsoft with its assorted versions of Visual Studio. Having come from years of work on Visual Studio, nothing pained me more than the first (several) times I started up Eclipse.

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Chainfire's SuperSU Gets A Huge Update To 2.13, With Amazon Appstore Distribution, AOSP And Android L Tweaks, And Better Android TV Support

The SuperSU root permissions manager is probably one of the most widely-distributed power user tools on Android at this point, though it won't be breaking the Top Ten lists in the Play Store any time soon. Developer Chainfire has issued an update to version 2.13, which includes a huge list of additional and adjusted features. As far as usability is concerned, the biggest change is probably the fact that the app is now available on the Amazon Appstore.

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[For Developers] New Website "The Android Arsenal" Links To Hundreds Of Great Libraries And Tools For App Development

Hunting down good libraries can be a pretty tedious chore for developers. Sometimes we know what we want, but can't find the right keywords for a search. Other times we're already familiar with one option but want to find alternatives that might work better for our project. And sometimes, we just need a little inspiration. Take a look at The Android Arsenal, a large categorized directory of Android-oriented projects that can go a long way toward speeding up your development.

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Xposed Framework Version 2.6 Adds New Logo And Card User Interface, New Downloader Options, And More

Xposed has fast become the go-to modification tool for Android power users who are comfortable with root, but who won't (or can't) move to a completely custom ROM. The latest update to the non-Play Store app adds a few creature comforts in the form of user interface tweaks, plus the usual bug fixes under the hood.

2014-05-18 20.16.11 2014-05-18 20.16.22 2014-05-18 20.24.07

The first thing you'll notice is a spiffy new logo for your launcher and shortcuts.

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[New App] GRE Vocab Lock Helps You Study For The Big Test Every Time You Unlock Your Phone

A lot of smartphone apps are just mobile translations of a standard computer program or website - useful, but they don't really take advantage of the strengths of mobile platforms beyond the interface. Here's an app that "gets" the way people use their phones, and tricks you into expanding your vocabulary. In a good way.

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GRE Vocab Lock will give your phone a secondary unlock screen, which consists of a vocabulary word and two possible synonyms.

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Xposed Framework Updated To Version 2.5 With Better Sony, LG, And Meizu Compatibility, Safe Mode, And More

The Xposed Framework has become a go-to modification tool over the last year or so, bypassing the need for custom ROMs for some devices and introducing all kinds of interesting tricks and hacks for rooted users. The latest version of the framework adds some interesting features. Owners of LG, Sony, and Meizu hardware will be happy to know that version 2.5 better supports stock and custom ROMs for their phones and tablets.

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[New App] Meet Me Halfway Lets You Meet In The Middle 'Neath That Old Georgia Pine (Or Anywhere Else)

My football buddy lives on the east side of Dallas. I'm way out west of Fort Worth. Since there are more than fifty miles between us, neither of us know the area of the megacity that's directly in the middle very well. When football season rolls around again, I'll give Meet Me Halfway a try: it's a simple little app that locates the midpoint between two people and helps you find good places to meet in the area.

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[New App] RootCloak Plus Switches To Cydia Substrate To Keep Even More Apps From Detecting Root

For a root user, there's nothing more frustrating than being denied access to an app simply because they've rooted their own phone or tablet. Of course, since it's rooted, there's probably a root app for that. RootCloak has been a reliable way to get around these content and functionality blocks, and now developer DevAdvance has posted a new version that should work with even more applications.

2014-01-13 12.25.06 2014-01-13 12.22.41 2014-01-13 12.27.52

RootCloak Plus uses Cydia Substrate instead of the Xposed Framework that the original tool was based on.

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APK-Info Is A Handy Windows Program That Shows APK Information At A Glance

If you're often juggling APK files for backups or sideloading, you might occasionally get things mixed up. Or you might want to ensure that nothing looks fishy. In either case, there is a nifty little Windows program called APK-Info that tells you all about an APK.

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When you launch APK-Info it asks you to select an APK file. It extracts the package name, permissions, API level, version, and lets you open the Play Store page.

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