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Try to Keep Up with Just Swipe Game

Try to Keep Up with Just Swipe Game

Sometimes, the simplest of games are the ones that end up being the most addictive and end up consuming inordinately large chunks of our time. This no doubt holds true over and over again, with various simple yet addictive titles like Flappy Bird and its clones, as well as many others. Another classic style of game involves timing various input events to when they are displayed onscreen. This includes games like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and so on. XDA Forum Member IDSprofile created something similar with his recently released game Just Swipe.

Just Swipe divides the screen into two sections: a command area up top that . . . READ ON »

MultiROM Ported to the Moto E

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MultiROM Ported to the Moto E

Few categories of Android development are as intrinsically interesting as the ability to boot into multiple operating systems. Multiboot, as it’s most commonly known, allows one to do exactly this. The most popular implementation of multiboot that we’ve seen on the Android platform comes in the form of XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar‘s MultiROM. MultiROM has been officially and unofficially ported to a wide variety of devices. Today, one more device has been added to the list, the popular and wallet-friendly Motorola Moto E.

The unofficial MultiROM for the Moto E port comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member percy_g2. As is the case . . . READ ON »

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Control Google Play Wake Locks – XDA Developer TV

Xposed Modules are usually pretty simple. There are a few out there where a Smali edit or a change in build.prop would produce the same result. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time or desire to dig through mountains of build.prop fields to find what you are looking for. But that’s alright, Xposed Module creators have found and shared their tweaks for us.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the duration between wake locks for one of Google’s location services. XDA Senior Member cryptyk created the . . . READ ON »

Make Text Entry More Efficient with Macro Text Expansion

One of the best things about the modern day smartphone is its ability to save us time here and there. Features like Google Now keep us apprised of all the relevant news and scores so that we don’t have to manually search for the information ourselves. However, this isn’t the only way in which our smart devices can save us time.

Many of us often use our mobile devices to enter repetitive tidbits of information. XDA Forum Member mikmitch recently realized this, and developed an Xposed module that streamlines the process to make things significantly more efficient.

Example use cases could include using . . . READ ON »

Fix KitKat WiFi Drops on Your Own

Fix KitKat WiFi Drops on Your Own

Despite introducing many useful features and overall great performance and enhancements, Android 4.4 KitKat is not without its flaws. For many, it’s not quite the most stable OS released by Google, and one of the “features” that drive people crazy is the intermittent WiFi drop. It unfortunately hasn’t been fixed in the various releases since KitKat’s original unveiling.

If you suffer from intermittent WiFi connection drops, XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari provides a solution for this rather frustrating situation. In many cases, the whole issue is caused by nothing other than the OS checking for the connectivity status of our devices. When the client can’t be reached, the connection is reset. This . . . READ ON »

Bring Back Tablet UI on KitKat

Bring Back Tablet UI on KitKat

Google presented their brand new UI for tablets alongside the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb back in early 2011. It was widely used on many devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1, at which point Google finally decided to end this project. The UI was replaced by the Phablet layout in Android 4.2. This Phablet UI is basically the phone layout stretched to match the tablet size.

Google went even further and removed the Tablet UI from source code in Android 4.4, so it’s very difficult to bring it back even by modifying the code. However, XDA Forum Member Exalm gives us an easy opportunity to get . . . READ ON »

Give Your Notification Shade a Facelift with these Modding Guides

Modification has always been one of the strong suits of Android, due in large part to its nature as an open source operating system. What began as changing a few drawables back in the early days of Android, has now evolved into an entire subsection of the community, giving rise to multiple disciplines of modding, such as drawable editing, feature adding and enhancing, system theming, and much more.

In the spirit of modding and theming, XDA Recognized Themer SpaceCaker has written up two excellent guides for do-it-yourself modding. These guides provide simple and easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through the entire . . . READ ON »

Keep Track of How Much Your Car Truly Costs with Car Logbook

It’s a very well established fact that cars are expensive. In addition to the hefty initial investment, there are all sorts of recurring expenses such as fuel, parking, insurance, service, and so on. And let’s not even get started talking about the world of additional expenses and speeding tickets once you start modifying your vehicle. Luckily, there’s now an app that helps you track and visualize just how much you’re spending on all of your vehicles so that you can figure out whether it’s all worth it.

Just as its name implies, Car Logbook by XDA Forum Member txdrive is a . . . READ ON »

New Nvidia SHIELD Tablet OTA! Moto G 4G Gets Official CyangenMod 11 Nightlies – XDA Developer TV

The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of the Nvidia SHIELD getting it’s first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared released a video showing you his Top 5 MODs . . . READ ON »

Prevent Apps from Locking Screen Orientation with HaveOwnOrientation

Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked.

XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it with his latest Xposed module, HaveOwnOrientation. As the module name suggests, HaveOwnOrientation allows you to use any application in any . . . READ ON »

Create Your Own Launcher with HTMLauncher

Create Your Own Launcher with HTMLauncher

There are hundreds of launcher replacement applications available for Android. Most of them are based on the AOSP launcher’s codebase, with various tweaks and feature additions baked in to allow for a better overall experience. Others, like what we’ve seen from our friends over at Themer, start fresh to deliver a fundamentally different and more customized experience. Now a new launcher called HTMLauncher takes an even different approach by essentially letting you create your own launcher through HTML editing.

HTMLauncher is a unique new launcher that comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member smaybe. The launcher itself is built fully using the Web languages . . . READ ON »

First ROMs Appear for the Nvidia Shield Tablet

First ROMs Appear for the Nvidia Shield Tablet

The Nvidia Shield Tablet has only been available for a little over a month. In that short time, Nvidia’s latest gaming-capable mobile device has more than proven its worth. In fact, we recently took it for a spin, and we liked what we saw. Since then, it’s been rooted, it’s received its first major OTA, and the device continues to demonstrate that there is certainly a place for a low-priced and high-powered gaming-centric tablet.

Only a few weeks after its release, the Nvidia Shield Tablet seemed poised to receive a good amount of aftermarket development love. This . . . READ ON »

How to Root the LG G Watch – XDA Developer TV

How to Root the LG G Watch – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!

Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows . . . READ ON »

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