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David Watt · May 13, 2013 at 04:00 am · 1 comment

Physics Fun with Gravity Pro

With so many games available for Android,  be it tower defence, disgruntled feathered creatures or chopping up fruit; it can be difficult to find something original that requires a little bit of thought. Some may enjoy randomly tapping the screen just to pass the time on their coffee break, but others might like to use a few brain cells in the process. XDA Forum Member Rob5ur has developed one such game that requires a little bit of thought before any screens are tapped....

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David Watt · Apr 15, 2013 at 08:00 am · 1 comment

Fleecey Fun with Opposite Sheep Checkers

Animals are making appearances in more games than ever before. If it's not a pig being attacked by a bird or a crocodile trying to take a shower, it's a platypus being beamed around in large glass tubes. Another game to continue this trend is Opposite Sheep, posted by XDA Forum Member lildoskers. This is a game that puts a unique modern twist on an old classic---and adds sheep! Opposite Sheep is based on the tactical game of Checkers (or Draughts, depending on...

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David Watt · Apr 1, 2013 at 10:30 am · 9 comments

Tiny Apps Suite of Five Useful Floating Utilities

A large number of so-called floating apps have been popping up on the Google Play store of late. Even some smartphone manufacturers have been busy creating their own takes on these apps, most notably Sony with their Small Apps. XDA Forum Member wutk3ksHD has come up with his own floating app creation. Tiny Apps is a suite of 5 useful floating apps that stay on top of anything else on the screen. Each Tiny Apps window can be moved around anywhere on the...

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David Watt · Mar 11, 2013 at 05:30 am · no comments

Auto Wallpaper Updates with Gainos Fresh Wallpapers

There are a number of Android apps available that manipulate your wallpaper in some way, be it changing colours or updating it from images stored on your phone. Some apps take it one step further. Gainos Fresh Wallpapers, developed by XDA Forum Member alinium_, is one such app. Gainos Fresh Wallpapers will automatically update your device's wallpaper at a predetermined interval. Rather than using a library of images stored locally on your device, it will download a random image from the Flickr website's "Explore" stream. For those phones or tablets...

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David Watt · Mar 8, 2013 at 11:30 am · no comments

Deblur Those Dodgy Photos with DeblurIt

With nearly all new smartphones having one or even two built-in cameras, and a vast array of online photo hosting websites, the amount of photos being taken by the average smartphone user is increasing every day. Given the camera inside a smartphone generally isn't of professional quality, a large number of photos taken from a phone will be of poor quality, with a number of faults, of course including out of focus blur or motion blur. Normally, these photos would have...

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David Watt · Mar 6, 2013 at 05:00 pm · 2 comments

All-in-One Android Housekeeping with Clean Master

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that the developer of this app was in violation of forum rules. As such, we have removed both the application and its creator from XDA. With constant ROM flashing, installing and uninstalling apps, modifying themes, and tweaking systems, Android smartphones can collect a large number of redundant files over time. And unless you know exactly where to look, and what to look for, you will never keep your system completely clean of these files. This is where Clean Master comes in. Clean...

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David Watt · Dec 18, 2012 at 05:00 pm · 4 comments

Motorola Droid RAZR Receives Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1

CyanogenMod 10.1 has been spreading like wildfire across the XDA forums, mainly in the form of unofficial ROMs. The latest device to receive a CM10.1 ROM is the Motorola Droid RAZR. XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode put together what is currently an alpha release of CyanogenMod 10.1. The staple functions of device, phone, data, and WiFi are all functional, but the list of non working features is significantly longer: BUG: gapps/stock browser FC due to thumbnail / db issue GPS will stay on...

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David Watt · Dec 8, 2012 at 04:00 pm · 37 comments

Jar of Beans Updated: Now with Root, Busybox, and More

Last month we reported on Jar of Beans, an impressive Android Emulator. At the time of writing, the emulator was still in it's infancy. Since then, the popularity of Jar of Beans has increased significantly, and it has gained an impressive user base  Spurred on by this extra attention, the developer, XDA Senior Member unrealmanu, has continued development and has made some significant improvements. The most notable change is that Jar of Beans now comes with full working root, which of course significantly opens up the...

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David Watt · Dec 8, 2012 at 08:00 am · 4 comments

Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 Hits the Sony Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners can start to get excited, as the device now has a CyanogenMod 10 ROM, albeit in a very pre-alpha state. With only 384 MB of RAM and a single core 1 GHz CPU, the Xperia X10 is one of those devices you just don't expect to see running Android's latest 4.1 Jelly Bean. XDA Senior Member scritch007 is the developer responsible for the ROM. Having previously released CyanogenMod 9 for the X10, he is using the same knowledge in order to get the...

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David Watt · Dec 4, 2012 at 07:00 pm · 176 comments

Root Transmission Roots Other Devices Using Your Phone

There are often numerous methods to root any given device. Some do it manually using ADB or terminal, some use one-click toolkits or custom root scripts. The trouble is, more often than not, these methods require the use of a computer. XDA Forum Member wchill developed another useful method that doesn't rely on having a computer. Root Transmission is an app that allows you to root a phone using only your own device. The app requires a rooted host device with USB OTG support. All...

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David Watt · Dec 1, 2012 at 05:00 am · 1 comment

Create Android Status Bar Icon Sets With The Rom Fumbler

Mention Android customization, and most are bound to think of status bar icons. While they only take up a very small part of the screen, even the most minor change of status bar icons can completely change the appearance of a device. XDA Senior Member OlliG realizes just how effective these status bar icon changes can be, so he developed a Windows based application that lets you create battery, WiFi, signal strength icon sets, and more. The Rom Fumbler is a feature packed application...

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David Watt · Nov 19, 2012 at 07:30 pm · no comments

Speed Up Game Clock Times with GMD Speed Time

We've all played those games where you're forced to wait around to let a particular scenario play out, whether it is waiting for crops to grow in farming games, or cities to grow in simulation games. And we've all just wanted to press an imaginary "fast forward" button in order to bypass these long delays. Contrary to his username, XDA Senior Member StupidIdea actually had a clever idea. He developed GMD Speed Time, an app that hastens your device's system clock. Initially...

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David Watt · Nov 13, 2012 at 03:00 pm · 242 comments

Android 4.2 Emoji Keyboard

We recently reported on the various Android 4.2 dumps, and the bundled goodies hidden within. One of the most popular of these would be the Android 4.2 keyboard, with it's swiping gestures. XDA Senior Member blindndumb has done more digging within the dumps, and has come across another keyboard that was hidden and hasn't yet been posted. The keyboard in question is in fact an Emoji keyboard. We've covered Emoji characters in past articles. They are an extensive set of icons, most...

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David Watt · Nov 9, 2012 at 07:00 pm · 250 comments

Jar of Beans: A Portable Android Emulator

An Android emulator is of course an invaluable tool for app developers, allowing testing of software to be carried out without the need of a physical device. An emulator is also a great way for anyone to try out an app before installing it to their device, whether it be for security reasons or if they just don't have their device on hand at the time. When it comes to availability, there are a number of Android emulators freely available...

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David Watt · Nov 8, 2012 at 03:00 am · 1 comment

Development Galore on the HTC Explorer

The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never  going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive. First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do...

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