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Prevent Apps from Locking Screen Orientation with HaveOwnOrientation

Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked.

XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it with his latest Xposed module, HaveOwnOrientation. As the module name suggests, HaveOwnOrientation allows you to use any application in any . . . READ ON »

Create Your Own Launcher with HTMLauncher

Create Your Own Launcher with HTMLauncher

There are hundreds of launcher replacement applications available for Android. Most of them are based on the AOSP launcher’s codebase, with various tweaks and feature additions baked in to allow for a better overall experience. Others, like what we’ve seen from our friends over at Themer, start fresh to deliver a fundamentally different and more customized experience. Now a new launcher called HTMLauncher takes an even different approach by essentially letting you create your own launcher through HTML editing.

HTMLauncher is a unique new launcher that comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member smaybe. The launcher itself is built fully using the Web languages . . . READ ON »

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First ROMs Appear for the Nvidia Shield Tablet

First ROMs Appear for the Nvidia Shield Tablet

The Nvidia Shield Tablet has only been available for a little over a month. In that short time, Nvidia’s latest gaming-capable mobile device has more than proven its worth. In fact, we recently took it for a spin, and we liked what we saw. Since then, it’s been rooted, it’s received its first major OTA, and the device continues to demonstrate that there is certainly a place for a low-priced and high-powered gaming-centric tablet.

Only a few weeks after its release, the Nvidia Shield Tablet seemed poised to receive a good amount of aftermarket development love. This . . . READ ON »

How to Root the LG G Watch – XDA Developer TV

How to Root the LG G Watch – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!

Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows . . . READ ON »

Just Bought a Moto G 4G? This Toolkit Does all the Basics

Just yesterday, we talked about how the wallet-friendly Moto G 4G had just achieved a major milestone in acquiring official CyanogenMod 11 support. This, however, isn’t the only good news for the Moto G variant, as the device codenamed peregrine has now received an easy-to-use toolkit from the same developer responsible for bringing you the aforementioned CM11 nightlies.

The aptly titled Moto G 4G EasyRecovery Toolkit was created by XDA Senior Member Somcom3X. As its name implies, it is a toolkit that allows you to easily root your device, install a custom recovery, unlock or lock your bootloader, and flash . . . READ ON »

Twik Keeps Your Accounts Secure with Randomly Generated Passwords

If you’re one of those who find it just an impossible task to keep track of several unique passwords with at least eight characters, a combination of both numbers and letters, and at least one capitalized letter, then you definitely know the struggle one goes through when logging into accounts manually. Because yes, having one password for everything isn’t the most secure thing, but at least you don’t have an Email inbox full of password reset messages, right?

XDA Forum Member gustavomondron sympathizes with your predicament, and because of this, he developed an app called Twik to help you out. With Twik Password Manager, you’ll be . . . READ ON »

Moto G 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Love

Moto G 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Love

When the Moto G was initially released to the world in November of last year, very few actually believed that Motorola would be capable of producing a high quality smartphone with an unsubsidized price of under $200 US. In the nearly ten months since its original release, the G has more than proven that not only can a $200 smartphone be decent, but it could actually be quite desirable. Much of this comes down to its almost entirely vanilla flavor of Android, with only the most minimal OEM customizations. And building off of the success of the original, Motorola soon released a 4G variant of . . . READ ON »

Get Your Tasks Organized on Android Wear with Agenda Wear

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Having a checklist of things you need to do is something we all can find useful at times. Because of this, if one were to do a quick Play Store search for keywords such as ‘checklist,’ a plethora of apps dedicated to keeping your life organized can be found. Of course, this vast amount of apps can also be partly because of how long the Android OS has been around, with new apps being added to the store each day.

Android Wear on the other hand, had its inception mere five months ago, with only a handful of devices rocking . . . READ ON »

Top 5 LG G3 MODs – XDA Developer TV

Top 5 LG G3 MODs – XDA Developer TV

The LG G3 has been LG’s breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3.

In today’s episode,  XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top 5 LG G3 MODs. He talks about 5 Mods, that in no particular order that really help expand . . . READ ON »

Make Your Calendar Widget Beautiful with Month

Make Your Calendar Widget Beautiful with Month

For some of us, summer vacation is already over. For those getting ready to school, work, or other “boring” places, it’s a good time to start thinking your return. Those of you who take things seriously, should use a calendar, and Android devices are perfectly capable of replacing your standard scheduler.

A good calendar should meet a few requirements. It should be functional, fast, and good looking. XDA Forum Member lmchanh developed an application that perfectly fits the criteria mentioned above. Month Calendar is a collection of beautiful widgets. It’s fast, modern looking and supports over 70 various themes changing the look and feel of . . . READ ON »

Integrate Social Networks Into Your Project With ASNE Library

Social network applications and services have developed into major parts of our lives. It’s hard to imagine a world without Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or VK. We use them to contact our friends, inform others about our hobbies, or simply read the news from selected RSS feeds every day.

When you are browsing the Web, you can find many places that interact strongly with social media. XDA is one such place. This type of integration can also be added to Android projects, and this can now be done rather easily with a library created by XDA Forum Member gorbino.

With this library, . . . READ ON »

Give Your Android Wear Device a Lock Screen with Lockable

Without a doubt, Android Wear is one of the most frequently talked about topics of the last few weeks. The upcoming Moto 360 and other circular smartwatches will be released next week during the IFA in Berlin. These devices have already gathered a following of eager owners and developers working on applications and other goods for this wearable ecosystem.

Nearly every device with Android on board, no matter if it’s a smartphone or a tablet, allows its users to use some kind of lock screen protection. Among the most popular methods, you can find a swipe gesture, a PIN code, face unlock, password . . . READ ON »

Forums Added for the LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear S

A little over a week ago, LG “inadvertently” let the world know about the then upcoming LG G Watch R in an unpublished teaser video that was found on its YouTube page. Since then, the round-faced smartwatch has now officially been revealed. Similarly, Samsung recently unveiled Samsung Gear S smartwatch. To help you decide which one of these next generation smartwatches will earn its place on your wrist, we’ve gone ahead and added forums for both devices.

First up, we have the new, round-faced LG G Watch R. The “R” comes as the successor to the highly successful LG G . . . READ ON »

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