Former Writer

Former Writer is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.

Posts by Former Writer

· 1/31 at 03:00 am · 3 comments

ICS/JB Style Task Manager Now Available for Any ROM

One of the biggest changes with the arrival of Android 4.0 is the new way to switch and kill tasks. Commonly referred to as the recent apps menu, users can see all their open tasks with just one click, and then switch to a currently open task with just one more. It has become a normal feature that everyone is used to at this point---except, of course, people who haven't experienced ICS or JB yet. For many phones, Gingerbread and...

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· 1/30 at 11:00 am · 22 comments

AppDialer-T9 Makes Searching for Apps Easy and Fast

Applications for Android have come a long way. Gone are the days where there were only one or two good choices to accomplish a certain, relatively obscure task. Games have certainly improved dramatically, and productivity applications seem to gain new functionality at a breakneck pace. This increase in application availability coupled with increased device storage has resulted in many smartphone users accumulating well over 100 installed applications. With so many applications installed, it often becomes laborious to scroll through various...

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· 1/28 at 04:00 am · 8 comments

Highly Customizable Theming for the Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S III

Given that we focus our energies on development rather than theme creation, we don't talk about themes very often. However, once in a while, something to aid the process or those looking for something extra appears, which is worth mentioning. With so many themes shared on the site, it's often hard to find a specific theme that meets every single aesthetic requirement you may have. T-Mobile and Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III users can now customize their own themes thanks to...

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· 1/27 at 04:00 pm · 11 comments

Phonechievements Keeps Track of Your Phone Achievements

One of the things that makes Xbox 360 games so fun to play is the achievement system. Not only is the original point of a video game present, but there are also some challenging tasks to complete. This can add hours upon hours of game play and make a game enjoyable long after the completion of the campaign mode. So why not apply this idea to Android? Learning Android can be quite the task if you've never used it. Once...

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· 1/27 at 06:30 am · 15 comments

RT Jailbreak Tool Lets Users Install Non-Microsoft Executables on Windows RT

This is XDA Developers, and we like our devices a certain way. We like them unlocked, rooted, and free to do with as we please. However, very few devices are ever released in this condition. Thus, our large community of dedicated developers figure out a way to do it. After all, it's happened again and again and again. When Windows RT came out, it wasn't 100% open either. There were security features in place that prevented users from installing unsigned...

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· 1/26 at 06:00 pm · 12 comments

Lightning Browser for Tablets Gives Great Performance and a Small Footprint

When it comes to browser selection on Android, there are generally two types to choose from. There are stripped down, quick, small browsers and there are large, powerful, and feature filled browsers. Both have their various pros and cons. While most of us prefer full-featured browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, quite a few still prefer stripped down, smaller browsers. Lightning Browser by XDA Senior Member anthonycr is one such browser. As with most replacement browsers on Android, it's not a...

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· 1/26 at 02:30 am · 19 comments

New Galaxy Note 2 Bootloader Unlock Achieved, CASUAL Tool Updated

There is nothing better than a good story line. When it comes to good story lines on XDA, few are better than the Verizon locked bootloader debacle. It's always big news when one is unlocked, and it's always tragic when one is re-locked. This happened recently with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II. First, it was unlocked by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. A few months later, Verizon pulled a slick one and locked it back up. Now, there is...

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· 1/25 at 05:00 pm · 2 comments

Windows RT Whitelist Tool Provides Quick, Easy Way to Enable Flash for Certain Sites

For those who don't know, Internet Explorer 10 has what is called a Whitelist. The Whitelist determines which websites Internet Explorer allows Flash for. For instance, if you went to a Flash heavy site and it wasn't on the Whitelist, none of the Flash content would load. This is a real pain for those who either enjoy Internet Explorer or have to use it due to lack of replacement browsers on Windows RT. We've previously covered a way to to...

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· 1/25 at 05:00 am · 58 comments

Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Update for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100

It's no secret that Samsung has dropped the ball in some areas such as the Exynos brick bug and the lack of proper documentation. However, they managed to keep true to their word that the Samsung Galaxy S II would officially see Jelly Bean. This will put the device on software that is as up to date as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update is official, which means you can get it via Kies or...

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· 1/24 at 08:30 pm · 8 comments

Phonster Combines Ingress and Pokemon Concepts for a Unique Gaming Experience

Gaming on Android has gotten a lot better in the last year. We're seeing full featured games that aren't just iterations of repetitive puzzles. Some have more involved campaigns or story lines, and others have immense multiplayer modes. One such example of a unique Android game is Ingress. Instead of playing in levels, Ingress uses the real world as it's level, and everyone plays against one another. Now how cool would that concept be if it were applied to another...

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· 1/23 at 12:00 pm · 4 comments

Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft Surface (and Windows RT) with 50+ Tips and Tricks

Development and tweaks for the Microsoft Surface have been been catching steam lately. There are a group of developers porting regular Windows applications to Windows RT. There are also a couple of ways to alter touch screen settings. However, Windows RT is still a brand new operating system, and people using it for the first time may have some trouble getting around. It is with that in mind that a comprehensive guide was released that contains more than 50 tips...

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· 1/23 at 06:30 am · 13 comments

Rethink How You Open Apps with HomeFlip

Home screen replacements are made with many features in mind: customizability, speed, small file sizes, and many others. In some cases, they may not even be traditional "launchers" at all. There are apps out there that function as an application launcher, but are not exactly intended to replace your standard launcher. HomeFlip by XDA Forum Member id0x12345 falls into this category. It's not quite a launcher, but it's definitely a neat addition to any home screen. The best part? It's free with...

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· 1/19 at 04:30 am · 9 comments

Verizon Note II Re-Locked? Don’t Panic, Bring a Towel, and Look Here

Update: Unfortunately, this exploit no longer appears to be working. People are having trouble flashing the appropriate firmware and cannot get back to an unlock state, so this method does not currently work and we don't recommend using it. A new method is in the works.     When XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released the bootloader unlock for the Verizon Galaxy Note II, most assumed this heralded the end of unlock struggles with the device. However, users have been heading...

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· 1/18 at 05:00 pm · 3 comments

Xperia X10 Camera Mod Brings Camera Improvements and More

On many older devices, most developers focus on updating the device to the latest version of Android. As we've seen before, really old devices are still getting updates. Does that mean that development comes to a halt for those stuck on stock ROMs? Not at all. Sony Xperia X10 users now have a camera mod for their stock ROM to help make the most of the device's 8MP shooter and Zeiss glass. The mod was released by XDA Senior Member FeraVolt....

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· 1/17 at 07:00 am · 24 comments

Several Standard Desktop Apps Ported to Windows RT

One of the main limitations of Windows RT is that most 32- and 64-bit applications aren't compatible. Therefore, if you are buying a Microsoft Surface and intend to install all your favorite Windows programs, then you're going to have a bad time. To remedy this issue, XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has begun an initiative to get some desktop apps compiled for RT users. So far the initiative has gotten attention from a number of users and developers. To begin with, everyone...

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