Learn how to compile any ROM from source on Mac, Windows or Linux
Although you can download most Android ROMs in ready-to-flash form, there are some benefits to learning how to build ROMs from their source code. The major benefit is that you’ll always be able to access the very latest version of the ROM before it’s packaged ready for ‘general release’ – although be warned that the most up-to-date version of a ROM’s code isn’t always going to be the most stable. You can also make significant changes to a ROM’s code before compiling it, and the experience of compiling a ROM will give you a deeper insight into how Android works ‘under the hood.’
This tutorial shows you how to build your chosen ROM from source, using the Architekt virtual machine (VM). Architekt is a handy, single download that includes many of the tools and packages you’ll need to start compiling ROMs. This tutorial is based on Mac, although Architekt works on Windows and Linux, too.
This tutorial concentrates on setting up the Architekt virtual machine and downloading the source for your chosen ROM, but it also provides a brief overview of how to prepare your ROM ready for flashing to a device. Because of the variety of Android ROMs and devices available, this is only a general outline – always check the instructions for your particular ROM and device, especially if you’re planning to flash the ROM after you’ve built it.
Strategy gaming gets a space age makeover
Space exploration isn’t something we’ve accustomed to seeing in Android games, but Out There combines that with a good level of strategy to make it one of the must have games of 2014. You start off with your ship, with the idea being that you need to find resources and upgrades for your vessel in the planets around you to survive. Sounds easy, right? Well not really, as one wrong move could see your resources wrongly used and your ship instantly shot out of space.
Along the way you’ll encounter other ships, black holes and other objects that can cause damage to you. At every stage you need to think on your feet to scavenge for resources and that’s ultimately what makes the game so compelling to play. Once you die, which you will many times, you’ll start all over again with another random generated world to explore.
There’s so much to love about Out There. It’s truly an original game, looks great and is ridiculously engaging to play. It won’t be too everyone’s cup of tea, but this is one title certainly worth checking out if you want to try something different.
Use an Xposed Framework module to remove the delay from taking screenshots
Since Android 4.2 there’s been a slight delay when you take screenshots of your phone or tablet. It’s likely you haven’t noticed, but if you take a lot of screenshots, then you want to make sure you’re capturing the screen at the precise moment you tap, whatever buttons you tap to snap.
If you’ve got a rooted device with Xposed Framework installed you can cut that slight delay down to nothing by installing a new module. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to do it, and give you the links you’ll need to get the module installed. It’s a pretty simple process, but you’ll need to set a bit of time aside and make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi connection if you want to make everything run smoothly. When you’re ready, head to step one and we’ll get started.
Nokia’s new Android tablet looks great! Here’s what we know so far about the Nokia N1.
So it isn’t an Android version of the Nokia 3310, but Nokia has announced a new Android tablet. The N1 tablet looks like a remarkably good deal for the $249 price tag it’ll be going on sale for.Nokia N1 specifications
Display size: 7.9-inch
Display resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Use this powerful app to find out how much space you could save on your Android device
If you’re anything like us, you’re installing and uninstalling new apps on your Android phone or tablet on a pretty regular basis. But that process can leave you with a surprising amount of leftover data. And on top of that, a lot of the apps that you use often will have automatically cache a lot of information as well. That can eat up the precious storage on your device, leaving you with a lot less than you should have.
That’s where CCleaner comes in. It’s a super-smart app that scans your device’s memory and finds the bits and bobs that you’re not using, or you don’t need. Then all it takes is a few taps to clean everything up. It does a lot more than that as well, including better app management, if you’re willing to put the time in. All you’ll need for this tutorial is the app, which you can grab from the Google Play Store for nothing. When you’ve downloaded it, you’re good to go.
Even if Huawei’s new Honor branding doesn’t win over Europeans, this octa-core phablet’s specs speak for themselves
“Honor? Who are they?” I hear you ask. Well, Honor are a new standalone brand that has been created by Huawei. “Huawei? Who are they?” They are a huge Chinese telecoms company who make both operator rebranded phones as well as a number of own branded devices such as the impressive Ascend Mate 7.
So, why a new brand? There are likely a few reasons. Firstly, Huawei themselves haven’t made massive inroads in the Western market. Secondly, that they have looked at the success of the One Plus project and thought that they, too, can provide a high spec device at a low cost. However, it’s a little strange that they chose ‘Honor’ though, as this also the name of an existing range of Huawei devices.
The Honor 6 costs £249 SIM free, sold only by Amazon UK, which is pretty low for a SIM free Android phone. Yes, it’s £100 more than a second generation Moto G, but it is a lot cheaper than flagship devices. So it’s low cost, but is it high spec? Yes! The Honor 6 comes with an Octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD expansion, 4G LTE CAT-6 connectivity, a 5-inch Full HD IPS screen, a 13 megapixel camera on the back with a dual flash accompanied by a 5 megapixel camera on the front, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4 and NFC. Oh, and there’s an IR remote transmitter too (but oddly no app to use it).