April 14, 2014
Talking Dragon Draco Free
Draco the Dragon is your pet animal that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. This is a great voice changer app, that is extremely fun and filled with a lot of cool stuff and animations.

Download for free from Google Play
Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Xperia Theme

Theming is an art. As such, making a beautiful theme is an extremely time consuming and challenging task. Preparing resources requires countless hours spent in a graphics editor app. Putting everything together into an application isn’t easy, but within XDA you’ll find a long list of guides and tutorials that help you understand the Android ecosystem better.

If you have some ideas regarding theming and don’t know where to start, you should read a guide written by XDA Senior Member SArnab©®. This guide explains how to create a theme in Eclipse for Xperia devices in step-by-step detail. The guide should work with Xperia phones running Android 4.3.

Every step is explained with screenshots and commentary, so you most likely won’t get lost while making your own theme. The guide author was also kind enough to provide all the necessary files and source code for the Xperia Pink Theme, which can be used for reference. And with a few relatively minor modifications, you can make a generic theme that works with every device—not just those by Sony.

This guide is a great starter for those looking to begin a journey in theming. So if you are planning to modify the look of your device, head over to the original thread and study it carefully. We wish you all good luck and no build errors!

April 12, 2014
Switch Between Dalvik and ART from Recovery with a Single AROMA-Based ZIP

You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a simple recovery-flashable ZIP by XDA Senior Member husen4u that allowed users to switch between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers directly from their custom recoveries. This tool actually came in the form of two scripts—one to enabled ART, and the other to enable Dalvik.

Naturally, the previously covered tool would be even more efficient if the two functions were combined into a single, AROMA-based ZIP file. Well, this is basically what XDA Senior Member hnkotnis has done. The aptly titled D2A_RT allows you to choose between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers right from your custom recovery. And since this comes in the form of an AROMA-based package, these two functions are combined into a single ZIP.

Using the package is incredibly easy. You simply flash it like any other ZIP file from your custom recovery and then use your touch screen to select which runtime compiler to use.

If you’re looking for a single archive that lets you choose your runtime compiler directly from your recovery, head over to the original thread and give this a whirl.

April 11, 2014
Beware of Virus Shield, the Paid but Fake Anti Virus Android App on Google Play

Virus Shield, the First Paid But Fake Antivirus Android App on Google Play Store


Virus Shield is one beautiful, cool sounding and paid for Android app, available on Google Play,which comes with great promises : it will save you from those pesky viruses from the Internets, it will speed up your droid, it will bring sunshine on your street and will put a smile on your sad face. For just $3.99, and that sounds like a bargain. Right? Well, that’s cute, but wrong. You’ve just wasted $3.99 because Virus Shield is as fake as a $3 bill.

We all love our droids and online security really is an issue. The scam is exploiting our deepest fears and concerns, and from this point of view, drop of the hat for Deviant Solutions, the company that created the fake anti-virus app.

While the vast majority of antivirus apps are free to download, if you want “the best of the best” and lots of features, like a firewall or cloud backup, you’ll have to cough up some bucks. The sucky thing is that you can pay real $ on the Google Play Store for such an app and what do you get in return? Not only an absolutely useless application, but sometimes you can get blessed with malicious software. Yes, those things actually happened in the past.

10 000 Downloads in Just a Week

Over 10 000 users were tricked by the fake Virus Shield app (they paid for it and installed it) and the mastermind behind the scam got $40.000 richer. The only good side of the story is that the Virus Shield does absolutely nothing, I mean it doesn’t install anything malicious or dubious on your droid.

The weird thing is that the app has a 4.7 rating based on the reviews from the users (1700 of them), proving that placebo works like a charm in any field. If you want to avoid being a victim of counterfeiters, you’ll have to download apps only from known and trusted companies/publishers and report anything fishy before you buy.


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April 10, 2014
Google Details Project Ara Module Creation and Protocols in MDK v0.10

Few things have been as exciting in the mobile tech world as the promise of a fully modular smartphone. Project Ara, which was first announced only a few short months ago by Google’s ATAP team, seemed like an unrealistic dream at the time. But over the past few months, that dream has slowly been solidifying into something increasingly concrete thanks to hardware partners and next week’s Project Ara Developer Conference.

Now, Google has released version 0.10 of the Project Ara Module Development Kit (MDK). And inside, Google sheds light on the Ara platform itself and gives examples of reference implementations of various hardware parts.

This first public release of the MDK starts off by providing details about Ara’s industrial design such as its front- and rear-side parceling schemes and hardware design language. The former consists of module sizes and placement, and the latter involves how to maintain a unified “smooth, flat, pebble” design. The MDK then continues by discussing module assembly, including module dimensions, required materials (module base must be a single piece of machined 6061 aluminum), prototype PCB layouts, electronic interface, and its locking electro-permanent magnets. Finally, Google talks about how it all ties together, using things like MIPI UniPro, as well as the software stack and Hardware Abstraction Layers (HALs) required for Ara to work.

Needless to say, the release of MDK goes to show just how close we are to seeing Ara come to fruition. This is a very exciting time to be a tech fan. To learn more about module creation, head over to the Project Ara MDK site and download the version 0.10 of the Ara MDK Then, be sure to head over to our Project Ara development forums and the comments section below to share your ideas on exciting module possibilities.

[Source: Google Project Ara | Via Project Ara Twitter]

Phrasebook PRO: great offline phrasebook for travellers

Whether taking city trip vacation or off on a business trip with the company, it’s really helpful to learn a few phrases in the local language which will ultimately help you in getting orientated in a foreign country. The question is how! Phrasebook PRO offers a language repertoire which can be accessed and used even without a wireless connection on your Android smartphone, all with voice playback to pronunciation. To see if this app does the trick in practice will be explained in today’s app review.

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April 09, 2014
Video Tutorial Shows You How to Create 2D Video Games

XDA-Developers is all about learning and sharing the knowledge with others. It doesn’t matter if it’s knowledge on installing an application or hacking the bootloader; knowledge is priceless.

Not too long ago, we talked about a guide to making your own Flappy game clone. Making a game is a challenge, but it’s within range of even so called newcomers. However, it certainly takes ambition and determination to achieve your goals. If you prefer spoken word to written, you should definitely watch a series on game making by XDA Forum Member evh98.

Evh98 recorded 50 videos, in which he describes the complicated and long process of creating a game. During the session, evh98 teaches you Java and the LibGDX library in order to create a 2D game. Just be sure to keep it away from birds, pipes, and other rather addictive elements. If you already know how to code, the author suggests that you start from video 21, where the game making process begins.

For more information regarding the project, please go to the original thread. There, you can find links to YouTube channel with tutorial. We all hope that one day you will present your game here on XDA boards.