Category Archives: Android

Vera UI7 on Android….wtf!?

Are you a Vera user? If so, you’ll probably have heard complaint after complaint about Vera UI7 and how many users are not planning on upgrading despite it being released over a year ago. If you’re not a Vera user… stick around anyway!

A quick little background note, I have installed and configured a couple of Vera’s through work for clients who wanted to do alarm integration with it, so I have used both Vera UI5 and Vera UI7, but I’m not going to compare the two (not today anyway). Being a self proclaimed Android developer, I wanted to concentrate on what I see as wrong in specifically the app (though most of my suggestions probably apply to the web interface, and the Apple app as well). continue reading

Rooting Galaxy Note 3 (and Other Galaxy Devices)

After upgrading my Galaxy Note 3 to Lollipop, I ended up losing my root access. That just won’t do, so it’s time to cover rooting the Galaxy Note 3!

What Is Rooting?

Root itself is a user account within Linux that has elevated permissions. It’s similar to an Administrator account when working with Windows. A root account has permissions to read/write/execute any file on the Linux/Android platform and is often required to run any sort of custom rom on the device. The process of gaining access to this account is called “Rooting” continue reading

Installing Android Studio

In one of my older posts, Getting started with the Android SDK, I made a mention of Android Studio and how it would be replacing the Eclipse ADT plugin. Well sometime since then, it looks like the switchover has indeed happened and its time for me to ditch Eclipse take a leap into Android Studio.

Downloading Android Studio

Now that there is only one option to choose from, Google has streamlined the download process significantly since my last post.

Simply head over to the Android Developer page, and click Download Android Studio. Do your usual reading of the license agreement (you all do that, right?), accept, and you should be downloading all 800MB of Android Studio goodness! continue reading

Getting started with the Android SDK

If you’re a newcomer into the Android world and want to start your adventure into Android development, you wont get very far without first setting up the Android SDK.

It can seem overwhelming setting up the Android SDK for the first time, but it’s actually pretty straight forward.

First things first, its important to note that I will be covering this on a Windows based PC. Depending on your configuration the instructions may be slightly different but they should be similar enough to work your way through it. I’m not here to start a debate, I use both Linux and Windows, but my preferred development environment when it comes to Android is Windows. continue reading