Haroon Q. Raja

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Haroon Q. Raja · Mar 3, 2013 at 02:00 pm · 32 comments

Tizen OS: Brief History, Roots, and Current Status

This year's Mobile World Conference was different from most. There were still all the device presentations, announcements, and revelations that we've come to expect from the biggest tech event of the mobile industry each year. What's different was that this time, the spotlight wasn't taken by hardware, but rather by software---and for good reason. After all, it isn't every day that three upcoming mobile operating systems backed by big names like Samsung, Intel, Mozilla, and Canonical are showcased at the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Mar 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm · no comments

TWRP Recovery Updated to 2.4.3.0 with New Features, Improvements, and Bug Fixes

The Team Win Recovery Project has been on a roll lately, adding several new features including auto screen timeout and built-in SuperSU flashing in the 2.4.2.0 update just a few days ago. Things are getting even better, as XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and team have just released the 2.4.3.0 update that brings even more improvements, bug fixes, as well as a couple of new features to TWRP. File selectors and list boxes now have a scroll bar to help you navigate their contents. Also,...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Feb 21, 2013 at 03:30 pm · no comments

Facebook and Twitter Updates on Your Home Screens with Facebook and Twitter Magic

Live Wallpapers support is one of the signature features of Android that sets it apart from its competition. While most live wallpapers that we come across serve a merely cosmetic purpose, at times we run into ones that can be quite functional as well. Brought to us by XDA Member stilv, FacebookMagic and TwitterMagic are two simple and minimal Live Wallpapers that bring updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts to your Android home screen. Both the apps are pretty...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Feb 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm · 200 comments

Annotate any Screen with Floating Draw

Do you often find yourself taking screenshots on your Android device? Have you ever wished you could easily draw on your Android screen in any app, and then take screenshots of that? While you can achieve the same by taking a screenshot first and then editing it using any of the countless photo editors available for Android, that adds a cumbersome additional step to the mix. Furthermore, if you need to add the exact same annotations over multiple screenshots, you'll...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 30, 2013 at 04:00 am · no comments

See Contacts Notes During Calls with Call Notes

Long gone are the days when we were limited by the phone books of our dumb phones to store numbers of only the closest of our contacts. Smartphones now allow practically limitless phone book entries, and we often end up saving numbers of people we have just met once or twice. In such cases, it's sometimes useful to jot down a note about them in order to remember them when they call. While our smartphones do allow us to save...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 28, 2013 at 07:00 pm · 5 comments

HTC Sense-Style Task Manager for the Galaxy S III I9300

While most Android enthusiasts (including many members of our smartphone community here at XDA) frown upon the idea of custom UI overlays by device manufacturers, they include certain visual or feature enhancements at times that add to the overall user experience for many. Over the course of the past few versions, HTC Sense has been making a transition towards minimalism. This has been done by getting closer to the stock Android experience, while still offering its signature fresh and bright...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 24, 2013 at 05:30 am · 2 comments

Retro-Styled Jumping Fun with Sheep Jump: 8-Bit

Lately, we have featured several games developed here at XDA by our members. These games, while not hardcore development, help us take a break from the serious stuff and just have some fun. Not too long ago, we took the scrolling shooter Crazy Fist II for a spin, but if you're looking for a casual game without any violence, Sheep Jump: 8-bit is definitely worth a shot. Built by XDA Forum Member Riptide099, this game puts you in control of an adorable sheep...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 22, 2013 at 08:00 pm · 6 comments

Want a Fast, Multilingual T9 Dialer Replacement for Android?

One of the biggest shortcomings in stock Android is the lack of a T9 dialer app. For those who aren't familiar with the feature, a T9 dialer basically allows you to search for phone numbers from your contacts using the classic phone pad by simply pressing numbers instead of letters for contact names. The feature has been present in even a decade old phones, but for some reason, it hasn't made its way to stock Android, even in Jelly Bean...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 21, 2013 at 05:00 am · 43 comments

Who Wants to be a Millionaire Clone for Android

As always, we've brought you some great developments here at the portal lately. From WP7 & Android triple boot for the legendary HD2 to the untethered webOS port for the Nexus 7, we've seen plenty of hacks and ROMs to satisfy our geeky sides. Now, it's time to take a break and have some fun with a simple game. Not too long ago, we went snowball fighting on our Android devices, but today, how about something a bit more challenging for our brains?...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 16, 2013 at 09:30 am · 1 comment

Customize Your Galaxy S III Statusbar Clock with Settings Mod

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the best selling smartphones to date. As expected, it gets a lot of attention here at XDA due to high interest by both users and developers alike. For those of us who want to fully customize our devices, there are countless custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, AOKP, and Paranoid Android, each with advanced settings built-in that allow us to tweak many aspects of the UI. Though if you want to stick with the default TouchWiz-laden...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm · 168 comments

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP Available for Nexus Devices

Whenever there is mention of custom ROMs for Android, AOKP is one of the first to come to mind. Over the past year, the popularity of this source-built ROM has skyrocketed to make it one of the most recognizable third party development projects. Though over the past few months, several AOKP users (including myself) decided to jump ship to other ROMs because of the delay in a release based on Android 4.2. There is good news: The wait is over,...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 13, 2013 at 02:00 am · 168 comments

Clean Bloatware, Nexus 4 UI Elements, Some Andriod 4.2 Apps on the i9300 with PalaTool

Many Android device manufacturers ship devices with their custom skins such as Samsung TouchWiz, Motorola MotoBLUR, and HTC Sense, among others. In addition, several carriers also bundle certain apps along with their devices that are by no means necessary, and are not a part of Android. While there are several ways of removing all of this bloat, most of these methods involve manually deleting files using a root-level file browser. If you don't wish to bother with the manual method...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 11, 2013 at 04:30 am · 4 comments

Secure Your Android Device with SecDroid

Personal information security has been a prime concern for computer users since nearly the beginning of computing itself. Malicious users find exploits and develop viruses, trojans, and  rootkits to gain control of our devices to use them for their own advantage. This not only costs us in form of degraded performance and potential data usage costs, but can also have more dire consequences such as our financial information being sniffed and used to withdraw money from our accounts, or identity...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 10, 2013 at 06:00 pm · no comments

Linux 3.0 Kernel for the HTC Explorer (Pico)

It's truly impressive how dedicated the developers in our community are in working to keep old devices relevant with the latest OS updates, even after their manufacturers have ditched them entirely in favor of newer devices. In one such development, XDA Recognized Developer sakindia123 has ported the Linux 3.0.16 kernel to the HTC Explorer. This is great news for ROM developers since this will bring better support for ICS and Jelly Bean ROMs, in addition to better speed and security. At the moment,...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 10, 2013 at 08:30 am · 2 comments

Easily Manage Your Device Configuration with Hive Settings

Do you want to quickly access and change all your Android settings from one place? While Android's default settings interface does give you access to all your device settings, this is spread inside different hierarchical sections, making it a bit of a hassle to quickly get to the setting you wish to modify. That's why many people use widgets to toggle basic settings quickly, and almost all third-party ROMs include some form of notification bar settings toggle customization. If you would rather...

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