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CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

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At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks.

Fast forward three years, and we’ve seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our devices evolved, so too did the Android OS and its aesthetic. In keeping with Android’s new Material Design UI paradigm, XDA Recognized Developer existz decided to give storm717’s open source app a material design makeover.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV

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There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game?

In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently TK reviewed Amazon’s newest Fire TV device. How does this compare to the Chromecast? Check out this video to find out!. . . READ ON »

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Fight the Heat and Conserve Battery with EaseUS Coolphone

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Memory hungry Android applications are often responsible for making our device overheat. Having a highly active CPU and GPU can significantly decrease not only performance due to thermal throttling, but also battery life of your device because it’s working much harder. Furthermore, batteries less efficiently store charge when they’re running at above optimal batteries. And since batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles, you will eventually find that your battery discharges much faster than it did originally.

There are some things that you can do to make your battery last longer. Your battery’s temperature can be controlled by third party applications lik. . . READ ON »

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Battery Charged in 30 Seconds? Maybe in 2016

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Phones and tablets are getting more and more power hungry with each passing generation. Their battery capacities continue to rise, but still we have to face the problem of slowly charging and rapidly discharging batteries. A reasonable solution still hasn’t been developed, but it appears that some good news is just around the corner.

The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has developed a battery capable of storing a much higher charge more quickly than possible before. As a result, the battery can be fully charged in stunning 30 seconds. A prototype that is currently in use is still too bulky to be shipped with our super-slim smartphones, but StoreDot thinks that they will be able to make the batt. . . READ ON »

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ZArchive Manages Your File Archives

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Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management.

Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications like ZArchiver, which was developed by XDA Forum Member Ant-ON. The application can be used create multiple file types like, 7zip, zip, bzip2, gzip–just to name just a few. The full list of supported formats to decompress . . . READ ON »

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Regain Double Tap to Wake Functionality on the Nexus 6

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A few months ago, Google announced its newest flagship device, the Nexus 6, alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and some other sweet news (Lollipop!) Unlike previous phones in the Nexus line, the Nexus 6 featured some very impressive specs that pleased many users–though others were undoubtedly a bit less pleased with its higher price point. One particular feature that ended up in the Nexus 9 but not the Nexus 6 is double tap to wake.

If you happen to own the device codenamed shamu, then you might know that it was actually originally intended to have this option enabled by default. Unfortunately, it was disabled prior to release. Fortunately, it can be enabled back from the shell (using a terminal emulator or the AD. . . READ ON »

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Clean Your Recent Apps – XDA Xposed Tuesday

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In this day and age, you have quite a few apps installed and running on your Android device. Sometimes, having a lot of background processes can drain your battery. While the Android system does a good job of trying to maintain those background apps, sometimes it is better to just remove them. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes having an automated process makes it easier.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that automatically cleans your recent apps from your memory. XDA Senior Member safet.me created the Recent App Cleaner module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Android Studio Reaches Release Candidate Status

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Android app developers have a few options when comes to Android IDEs. One of the most commonly used is the Android Studio. The IntelliJ Studio has been in active development for some time now. Android Studio is nearing its first stable release. As such, the first Release Candidate has been submitted to the Canary channel.

The release can still be described as not fully functional. There are a few bugs that still need to be ironed out, but the IDE will get its stable release shortly. In addition to some bug fixes, Android Studio has a new logo that is now available on the splash screen. The release candidate comes with Maven repository bundled up, so there is no need to be online in order to create a project.

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Connect ALL THE THINGS with Xender

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Smartphones, with all of their all connectivity options courtesy of OEMs, can easily connect themselves with various other devices. Android itself doesn’t give you too many options when it comes to file sharing, so you need external apps that allow you to share the content of your device or use your PC to browse phones memory wirelessly.

One app that allows you to connect with other phones to share your photos, applications, and other media files easily is Xender. The application comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member AnMobi, and it can connect two phones or a phone and your PC–without cables. You can even connect your Android phones to iPhones or iPads to easily share data with them.

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