Conan Troutman

Conan Troutman is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View posts and articles below.

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Conan Troutman · Sep 15, 2014 at 03:00 pm · 3 comments

Enable Heads Up Notifications For The Sprint Galaxy S3

Heads up notifications, in case you didn't already know, are an experimental type of notification that can be found in 4.4.x versions of Android. They aren't openly available to use on an unmodified ROM, but many custom ROMs will have this feature enabled by default. As always, the Xposed Framework can be used to enable the feature. There are also third party applications available to activate heads up notifications as well. While there's no shortage of quick and easy ways to enable...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 13, 2014 at 06:00 pm · 9 comments

Enable Call Recording on Your Samsung Galaxy S5

Call Recording is a feature used by a lot of people for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately for users of certain devices, the feature isn't always available by default. This is true in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5. And although the feature is there, it's not accessible without a little modification by the end user. There are various ways to enable this functionality, the simplest probably being the use of an Xposed module. But for some people, that may not...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 13, 2014 at 05:00 am · 8 comments

Help Protect and Secure Your Sensitive Data With Droid Protector

Privacy and security are always a concern when it comes to mobile devices, and many of us probably have something or other stored or installed that we'd like to protect and keep from prying eyes or curious children. This can take the form of a certain app or set of applications that you don't want just anyone to be able to access, or even--dare I say it--some revealing photos that you no longer trust to the cloud. If that sounds at all...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2014 at 04:00 am · 6 comments

Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone's list of things to...

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Conan Troutman · May 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm · 5 comments

In App Translator Lets You Conveniently Translate Text in Nearly Any Application without Leaving the App

These days, it's relatively simple to take something in one language and translate to another. Whether it's via a dedicated translation site, mobile application, or through your browser, we rarely find ourselves struggling to discern the meaning of an unfamiliar language these days. However, it can still be a little cumbersome to find a translation when using a phone or tablet, as this often requires you to switch back and forth between applications. In App Translator by XDA Forum Member YaziAndroid looks to...

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Conan Troutman · May 25, 2014 at 09:00 am · no comments

View Additional Fonts on Windows Phone 7.x

We've all seen that little empty box before. You know, the one that signifies a missing or unsupported font on your current device. This might not be quite so common for those of you out there with English as a first language, but for others with less commonly used native languages, this can be a frequent and frustrating issue. This problem seems to be quite an issue for many Windows Phone 7.x users including XDA Forum Member adeen-s. But rather than sit back...

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Conan Troutman · May 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm · 1 comment

Scroll Launcher is a Simple Yet Slick Homescreen Replacement

Nobody can claim that there is a shortage of launchers replacements available on Android. Some of you probably stick to the same one fanatically (I know I do), but there are plenty of people who are always on the prowl for new options. With the continual advances in device specifications and capabilities, many of the newer launchers take this opportunity to add feature after feature. While this is generally a good thing, it can make these applications incompatible with older and lower spec devices....

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Conan Troutman · May 23, 2014 at 05:00 am · 1 comment

Need Help Updating Your LG G2 ROM to 4.4.2 Sources?

The LG G2 was always destined to have a difficult time thanks to sibling rivalry with the very similar Nexus 5, which was released shortly after the G2. Unsurprisingly, many consumers opted to wait for the Nexus-branded device over over the G2, despite the latter's slightly better specifications. Despite this, many have chosen the G2, and it has amassed a loyal fanbase and development community. One such G2 user, XDA Recognized Developer dr87, recently received a few requests for help from others in the community regarding the process...

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Conan Troutman · May 12, 2014 at 06:00 pm · 1 comment

ZXTune Brings your Favourite 8-Bit Ditties to your Android Device

Chiptune, also known as 8-bit video game music, is a generally a love-it-or-hate-it affair. There's really not much of a middle ground. Those who do listen to the genre tend to take it pretty seriously and aren't content to simply listen to 8-bit compositions in a format like regular old MP3. Hardened fans will usually opt for the classic formats originally used by devices such as Ataris, Amigas, and the ZX Spectrum. Media players that support these particular formats though, are not as...

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Conan Troutman · May 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm · no comments

Web-Based Tool to Format and Filter Logcats

If you've ever pulled a logcat to help a developer find and fix an issue, you might have done so in one of several ways. There are numerous applications out there that allow you to generate logs quickly, easily, and usually with some degree of formatting and/or filtering. However, log files exported from Catlog, which seems to be a popular choice for people sending logs to developers, aren't always easy to look at and sift through---especially for those who may not...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 29, 2014 at 11:00 am · 1 comment

Browse Your Favorite Communities Freely with Forum Fiend

Long gone are the days of solely using a desktop or laptop to access your favorite online content. Many sites and services now receive more visitors via mobile than desktop. But given that you're here on XDA, I probably didn't have to tell you that. Chances are that most of you have used a mobile app to access our forums---most likely, the official XDA forum app. The problem with dedicated forum applications is that you end up with one for every forum. And...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 15, 2014 at 07:00 am · 2 comments

Force Activities to Open as New Tasks with Xposed Module

The ability to launch one application from within another is certainly not a new feature. It is, however, incredibly useful and something so matter of fact that many of us probably rarely acknowledge it. While this might be a very useful feature, it isn't exactly perfect and still has a little room for improvement. You may have previously noticed that after launching one application from within another, it more often than not doesn't appear independently in the task manager, which...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 17, 2014 at 11:30 am · 1 comment

Keep Your Travel Expenses Under Control With TripBudget

For anyone who travels regularly, keeping track of expenses can be a real chore and often detract from the overall experience. Whether you need to keep the pen pushers in the accounts department off your back or are simply holidaying on a shoestring budget, anything that can help to simplify the costs involved with travelling is worth looking into---unless, of course, you are lucky enough to be travelling on your own private jet/yacht. For the rest of us, however, TripBudget by...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 15, 2014 at 01:00 pm · 2 comments

Fenix – A Simple and Efficient Twitter Client

If there's one social network that's certainly not short of third party applications, it's Twitter. That's not necessarily a bad thing, given that unofficial Twitter clients are effectively limited to a maximum of 100,000 users. While that might sound like a huge number, if you consider the size of Twitter's user base and just how quickly a well made application can reach a high number of downloads these days, it's really not. Fenix by XDA Forum Member swanz86 is a simple yet effective...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 13, 2014 at 05:00 am · 1 comment

Remove Unnecessary Overflow Buttons with Noverflow

It surely won't be long before trying to purchase a device with a set of physical buttons is as challenging as finding one with a decent hardware keyboard. Apparently, on screen buttons are the future, and dinosaurs like myself need to adjust to that and get with the times. How about no? I'll stick with the physical buttons for as long as I possibly can, thank you very much. One downside to that approach, however, is that the UI of...

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