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Nova Launcher Update Brings Lollipop Functionality and Feel

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One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel.

Many of this update’s changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short changelog to his Google+. What’s new in Nova Launcher?

Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
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Check Your I/O Usage with Iotop for Android

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Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux–only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.

Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.

Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:

  1. A rooted device.
  2. A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can
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T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA

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The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers.

From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.” The new firmware will also allow you to use both front and back camera to take a photo at the same time. There are plenty other, photo-related functions that have been introduced with this update. This feature maybe is not too innovative, but s. . . READ ON »

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Android L is for Lockdown

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Root is, without a doubt, the (un)holy grail of the Android world. Those wonderful permissions that allow you as the user to pretty much do as you please with your device are certainly a major delight, and really one of the top reasons why Android devices have gained as much popularity as they have–not just among end users but among developers as well. There is yet another aspect of the OS that keeps people coming back for more, and that is the fresh, constant stream of updates and new OS versions. However, these two can hardly coexist with one another. Normally, whenever a new update for … well… anything comes out, it does so with features, bug fixes, and plugged holes. The latter are the ones that . . . READ ON »

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: XHangouts Will Improve Your Hangouts

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Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the XHangouts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

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A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho
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Gmail 5.0: Material Design and Multiple Account Support

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Google started to “materialize” many of its applications right after announcing the Android L at Google I/O’s Keynote this year. In fact, Google+ saw some Material Design flair even before Android L was first announced. Since I/O, Material Design has been applied to most first party applications including Google Chrome. Gmail was one of the last applications on the todo list, but finally Google decided to update the app to version 5.0, matching not only Android Lollipop’s version number, but also its aesthetic flair.

With Android Lollipop’s imminent full release, Gmail’s devs have added lots of new functions. The most interesting one is the ability to handle all typ. . . READ ON »

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Some of Our Favorite Features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest major revision to Google’s mobile operating system. The Mountain View company waited a long time to bump the version to 5.0.

With Android Lollipop’s upcoming final release, we will see many under-the-hood changes that will make this OS even more complete than it is today. Google made efforts to reduce the fragmentation and implement some exciting features.. . . READ ON »

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Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview Released

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A little over a month ago in Tokyo, Japan, Sony unveiled its new SmartEyeglass technology. SmartEyeglass will connect to any Android 4.1 or greater smartphone and deliver superimposed information in the form of text, symbols, and images directly in your field of view. In a way, Sony’s SmartEyeglass system can be thought of as a competitor to Google Glass, but it is also fundamentally different since it can potentially function more as an augmented reality setup than possible with a more peripherally located screen.

While actual shipping devices based on the Sony SmartEyeglass system are still far from being sold to the public, with developer prototype hardware expected by the end of March 2015, . . . READ ON »

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