· Apr 25, 2015 at 11:00 am · 2 comments

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (Apr 17 – 24)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...

· Apr 25, 2015 at 10:24 am · 6 comments

Glimpse Notifications: Easier Lockscreen Notifications

Lollipop brought a revamp to the lockscreen, taking away custom widgets but showing your notifications instead. If you're a fan of that, you might want an easier way to check your notifications as they come in, without losing your current lockscreen. Glimpse Notifications by XDA Senior Member xrad offers just that. You'd normally have to turn your screen on manually to see your notifications. Instead, Glimpse Notifications will do it for you when a notification comes in. That doesn't mean...

· Apr 25, 2015

[Xposed] SwipeUpToSleep

Various phones and ROMs allow unlocking and powering off the screen by pressing the button or tapping the screen. If your ROM doesn't support any software solutions to turn off the screen, this Xposed Framework module is for you.

· Apr 24, 2015

Walloid, Featuring Over 3000 Wallpapers

Walloid is a beautifully executed, cloud-based app that allows you to customize your device homescreen with over 3000 wallpapers from a variety of sources, including Material-inspired creations and wallpapers from 21 OEMs and 7 custom ROMs

· Apr 25, 2015 at 07:00 am

A $1 Clip-on Microscope for Mobile

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab have developed a small plastic case that turns your smartphone into a powerful microscope. Better yet, the materials cost less than $1 and can achieve a maximum magnification of 1000x, which is powerful enough to identify pathogens and parasites.


· Apr 25, 2015 at 06:06 am

HTC’s Official Cellami Advertisements For One M9

HTC America has released a satirical advertisement where Cellami (Metalidone Boomsoundide) is recommended for patients suffering from Bi-Phonal Displeasure Disorder: SAD (Samsung Affective Disorder) and iOS (Irritable Operating System). However, users of HTC One M9 1008mg Capsules do not require Cellami.

· Apr 24, 2015 at 04:44 pm

Cyanogen Teases “Top Secret” Development

Cyanogen just shared a picture of what they are cooking up in their labs, tagging it as a top secret in early stages. The picture shows a phone running an unofficial CyanogenMod 5.1 build on top of a circuit board. Hmm, what could it be? Head in, take a look and speculate!

· Apr 24, 2015 at 03:11 pm · 4 comments

What Are the Best Looking Apps on Android?

As more developers are updating their apps with Material Design elements, we're starting to see a plethora of beautiful new apps on the Play Store. But which ones are the best? Let us know what you think the best looking apps on Android are and why.
· Apr 24, 2015

“black” Theme for CM12/12.1

This theme by XDA Member zTweaked may be the first he shares with us, but that doesn't stop it from looking dashing: it features a minimal black and indigo color palette on top of gray backgrounds. Give it a look!

· Apr 24, 2015

Google’s Loch Ness Boot Animation

You may have recently noticed Google's alien powered Loch Ness monster doodle, Senior Member Karamvir Singh  made this fun and quirky image into a great looking boot animation. Check it out!

· Apr 24, 2015 at 01:24 pm · 5 comments

Cyngn Explained: Who’s Cyanogen, What’s Cyanogen OS?

While Cyanogen, Inc has been the source of many headlines lately, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the differences between Cyanogen, Inc and CyanogenMod developers, as well as Cyanogen OS and the CyanogenMod ROM that so many XDA users love. The entities surrounding each of these are sometimes different and sometimes intertwined. We’ve gotten messages and comments requesting for a clearer distinction between these for future reference, which is why we are writing this feature. Let’s start...

· Apr 24, 2015 at 01:22 pm

Nexus 7 2013 Discontinued On Google Store

Google has swung the axe on the Asus-built Nexus 7 2013 tablet. Meeting the same fate as the Nexus 5 which was also released in 2013, all storage variants of the Nexus 7 2013 have been discontinued from the Google Store and will no longer be available for purchase from Google.

· Apr 24, 2015 at 01:07 pm

HTC Butterfly 3 Specs Leak Via CompuBench Benchmarks

According to latest leaks, the HTC Butterfly 3 will likely sport a Snapdragon 810 1.9 GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and a 5.1" 1440 x 2560 display. The phone will also likely feature the same M9 camera for the rear, while the front may get bumped up to 13MP with probable 4K UHD video capability.

· Apr 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Verizon Moto X 2014 Receives Root On Kitkat 4.4.4

The Verizon Moto X 2014 has finally received root, albeit only on Kitkat 4.4.4 and via a paid tool. The phone, which was launched way back on 26th September 2014, took only 7 months of efforts to achieve root, thereby highlighting one of the cons of buying carrier locked smartphones.

· Apr 24, 2015 at 09:29 am

SCR Pro Banned from Google Play Store

Apps that modify the SELinux policy are now banned from Google's Play Store. One of the popular screen recording apps - SCR Pro is now removed and the developer got his account terminated for violating the rules of the store. Read the full story on Google+.