[Tutorial/About] Rooting and ROMming: What is and How to?

Intro If you’ve spent much time on any Android user web-forum, you’ve probably heard of “rooting” or “custom ROMs”, and depending on where you heard the terms, reasons why people root and rom their phones may be more or less apparent. This article will attempt to make more clear the advantages to obtaining root on your Android device and provide a rudimentary guide on how to get started. Why Root? Rooting a phone is the process of gaining superuser status on the device. Once superuser status is obtained, certain software restrictions can be circumvented,...

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Google Glass, Good or Bad idea?

I’m sure everyone has herd about Google’s upcoming project, “Google Glass”, essentially a pair of glasses that run on Android and have built quite a stir when it comes to privacy. If you haven’t, you can catch up here: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/video/google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114 Is such product a Good Idea or a Bad Idea? To me, Google Glass is a great idea on paper, and the fact that you can actually an interactive software that you can easily interact with and having it able to film, locate, and detect that’s in front of you is pretty...

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Facebook’s Mobile App Install Ads

Ever wonder how you are going to advertise your app? Well, Facebook provides a very convenient service to do just that! It’s called mobile app install ads and is actually very easy to use. First go to https://www.facebook.com/business/ads_create_tool and click on the Create an Ad button in the top right corner. Then paste the URL of your app in the Google Play Store. This will bring you to the page where you can customize your ads. Here you can: Upload photos and provide text to go along with your ad. Choose your target audience with a variety of different categories such as...

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AndEngine – TimerHandler

While programming with AndEngine,¬†TimerHandler provided me a means to control when certain elements of my game should occur. This was especially useful when I wanted something to be done repeatedly after a certain amount of time. ///This function sets up a TimeHandler. private void mTimeHandler() { TimerHandler xTimerHandler; //This specific timer is set to go off 10 seconds //after the function is called. //The “true” parameter resets the timer so that it //will continually go off EVERY 10 seconds. registerUpdateHandler(xTimerHandler = new TimerHandler(10.0f, true, new...

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Remove Title Bar

Working on my last project, i was getting a bit annoyed with the big and bulky title bar, so i did some research and discovered how you can hide it, or implement it to work in your benefit. Add this in your onCreate(): this.requestWindowFeature(Window.FEATURE_NO_TITLE); You can also remove it from the manifest. If you want to remove it from every activity: Or for a certain activity: You can also customize it, and be able to interact with it, that part i’m still learning, but if you are interested on learning more, here are a few good...

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Android pop menu

I recently created an app that utilizes the Popup menu. It was useful for having multiple options for an clicked on item in a ListView or a ListActivity. To create a Popup menu I did something like this: PopupMenu popup = new PopupMenu(Activity.this, arg1); popup.getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.popup, popup.getMenu()); popup.setOnMenuItemClickListener(new PopupMenu.OnMenuItemClickListener() { public boolean onMenuItemClick(MenuItem item) { if (item.getTitle().equals(“Title”)) { //do what you want if Title was picked } return true; } }); popup.show(); I also had an xml file in...

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