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Android App Review: Auto Config Free – XDA Developer TV

In this week’s episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, we talked about customization of fonts on a per-app basis. Well today’s app review adds to that. Sometimes you like certain settings to be enabled when you are in certain applications. Whether that’s making sure WiFi is on when you have Pandora on at home, or have your screen brighter when running the Nook app. If only there were a way to do this automatically when you launch an application.

XDA Forum Member aaro, offers up an application that allows you change settings when an app launches. In this video, XDA Developer TV . . . READ ON »

Cloupload is a Beautiful and Fully Functional CloudApp Client for Android

If you’re a Mac OS X user who frequently uploads screenshots, small media, and data files to share with others, you’re probably well aware of the online file sharing service CloudApp. Available as both a native app via the Mac App Store as well as an online service, CloudApp is great for quick transfers of screenshots, bookmarks, copied text, audio, video, and more.

Although it doesn’t offer nearly the same capacity or size limits of other online storage sites, CloudApp makes it incredibly easy to upload and share a screenshot on OS X, with just a single command (Shift . . . READ ON »

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SideControl Gains New Powers through Xposed

SideControl Gains New Powers through Xposed

You may recall that a little over a month ago, we first talked about SideCuts by XDA Forum Member Jawomo. SideCuts offered quite a different take on the traditional sidebar launcher, by allowing the user to define gestures that can be launched from predetermined areas. The app was later renamed SideControl, and at around that time, it gained better rich notification support, as well as the ability to open sidebar apps in a floating window when XDA Senior Member zst123‘s HaloFloatingWindow Xposed Module is installed. Now, SideControl has gained some new powers thanks to several new Xposed controls.

SideControl now . . . READ ON »

Leak Points to Windows Start Menu’s Return as Soon as August

About a month ago at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft partially unveiled its vision for the future of Windows. One of the key highlights for Windows users was the upcoming return of the Start Menu. And while the touch-friendly Modern UI (i.e. Metro) works great on tablets and touch-enabled laptops and desktops, it’s a bit of an exercise in frustration when used on traditional computers without touch support.

You may recall that Microsoft issued a small update to Windows 8.1 (termed Windows 8.1 Update) that enabled Modern UI apps to live alongside Desktop Mode apps in the taskbar. However, this obviously didn’t . . . READ ON »

Wearables Walkthrough: Tasker on the Samsung Galaxy Gear – XDA Developer TV

The future certainly looks like it is full of wearables. While Google Glass may have the more futuristic vibe, it is more than likely that smartwatches will be the most popular wearable. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK combines two exciting things on his Samsung Galaxy Gear: smartwatches and Tasker.

We’ve talked about Tasker before here on XDA Developer TV. We even have a whole playlist dedicated to it. TK shows off how to launch tasks from Tasker on your phone using TasGear–everything from manually activating your WiFi on task to your taking a picture task is . . . READ ON »

WinDroid HTC Toolkit Lets You Root, Unlock, and Flash ROMs on Various HTC Devices

Plenty of users nowadays have more than one mobile device. And although we don’t always carry these devices at the same time, it’s nice to be able to pull up one of our older devices to flash and mess around with from time to time. Multifunction toolkits exist for the vast majority of popular devices. However, not everyone wants to hunt down the latest  toolkit for every device.

Luckily, there are various OEM-specific toolkits that perform most needed functions on devices by a particular manufacturer. XDA Senior Member WindyCityRockr created one such toolkit for quite a few HTC devices. This toolkit is able to . . . READ ON »

When Using GitHub, Don’t Skimp on Commit History

GitHub has become the epicenter of most open source development work that is posted both here to the XDA forums and abroad. Part of the reason for this is that there are so many useful tools built into the platform that allow developers to do what they need to do efficiently, and without jumping through too many hoops. However, not every project uses all of the tools made available to GitHub’s users, and perhaps the biggest offense in “open source” projects is the lack of proper commit history.

Maintaining a proper commit history is very useful both for yourself and others . . . READ ON »

Verizon Droid DNA to Receive 4.4.2 KitKat + Sense 5.5 OTA This Thursday

The HTC Droid DNA is Verizon’s close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly. It launched all the way back at the tail end of 2012 with Android 4.1, which has since been officially updated to 4.2.2. Now, the device is about to skip over 4.3, and jump straight Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Droid DNA now have reason to rejoice, as HTC has received technical approval for its Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5 update on the DNA. As expected, this is not going to be the same software that is seen on the latest generation HTC One M8, but rather more . . . READ ON »

Lucid Browser is Small, Lightweight, and Open Source

If there is one application category that certainly isn’t lacking in Android, and that’s third party web browsers. Looking through the Play Store, there are dozens upon dozens of browser options available for the platform. But if you’re looking for lightweight option, the list shrinks a bit. And if you’re after an open source alternative, you’re down to only a few choices.

Many of our readers will undoubtedly be familiar with the innovative Lucid Launcher. First launched back in January, this launcher set itself apart by rethinking what exactly a launcher should do. Thus, it packed in quite a bit of . . . READ ON »

Extract Depth Map and Create 3D Parallax Images from Pics Taken with the Latest Google Camera App

Late last week, Google issued a massive update to the Google Camera app, allowing users to experience DSLR-like bokeh and Lytro-like refocusing capabilities with any camera sensor. This was made possible because in addition to image data, the primary camera sensor is also used to capture depth data. The end result is quite similar to HTC’s recently opened Duo Camera System. But rather than using two lenses like Duo Camera (or an array of micro lenses like Lytro), Google’s solution has users slowly move the camera upwards after taking a shot. This parallax effect is then used to interpolate depth data.

Viewing . . . READ ON »

XDA Xposed Tuesday: PerAppFonts – XDA Developer TV

We all know that Android and XDA are about customizing your device. While that often means rooting and installing custom ROMs, sometimes you just want to play with fonts–and that’s fine, as long as it is not Comic Sans! It would be great to change the fonts on a per app bases to really unleash the power of customization!

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change fonts! XDA Senior Member zst123 created the PerAppFonts Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so . . . READ ON »

Flash CyanogenMod… Through a Text Message!?

Flash CyanogenMod… Through a Text Message!?

There are many, many ways to install a custom ROM nowadays. Although most of us currently do so by downloading (or building) an archive that is flashed through a custom recovery, there are many other ways to accomplish this same task. For example, you can manually flash the required images via Fastboot, or you can use a tool like Goo Manager to handle all the recovery commands for you. But you surely can’t flash a ROM from a text message, right? Wrong.

XDA Forum Member rootfan‘s new application SMS-Romer allows you to install official CM builds onto your rooted device . . . READ ON »

HTC Updates Software Update Pages for Sense 6 Update on Last Gen Devices

Now that HTC’s previous generation flagship devices are all enjoying their official upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat, many have begun to wonder when these devices would receive the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense UI. First seen on the HTC One M8, Sense 6 brings many key refinements to the Taiwanese OEM’s signature interface such as a heavily updated launcher, improved aesthetics, and much more.

You may recall that about a month ago, HTC’s Sense 6 update plans were leaked out for various last generation devices such as the HTC One M7. The leak’s proposed timetable was then officially confirmed for the . . . READ ON »

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