Posted October 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm by Will Verduzco
As our mobile devices become more and more similar to our fully fledged desktop computers every day, we are paying more attention than ever to their internal hardware. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor or 2 gigs of RAM was considered state of the art in the desktop realm.
With the increased processing power available on our mobile devices, it’s nice to be able to keep tabs on the state of their internal hardware. This is especially useful given the high amount of thermal throttling in modern mobile SoCs. As such, XDA Recognized Contributor m11kkaa created a simple status bar CPU temperature monitoring app that installs as an Xposed module.
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Posted October 25, 2013 at 07:00 pm by Will Verduzco
If you frequently connect to a VPN in order to remotely access your home or office internal network, you have probably gotten used to navigating to the VPN page in your settings menu. Normally in stock Android, the process involves going to Settings, clicking “More” under Wireless and Networks, and finally going into the VPN page.
Thankfully for those who wishing to save a few taps, XDA Forum Member luisarn created a simple shortcut application that takes you directly to Android’s stock VPN page. The app, which is really more of an extremely time-saving shortcut, weighs in at just 21 KB. Those keeping track will be quick to note that many custom launchers and shortcut creation apps al. . . READ ON »
Posted October 25, 2013 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Ever wonder what it would take to dwarf the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Now we know the answer, and it’s the HTC One Max. The HTC One Max is, for the most part, a larger version of the critically acclaimed HTC One.
The One Max’s defining trait is its 5.9″ Super LCD 3 panel. Packing a 1080p resolution, this equates to approximately 373 ppi. Similarly to the international version of the HTC One, the One Max features a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. Unlike the original HTC One, however, this device packs a fingerprint reader on the rear of the device that can be used to launch various applications.
The One Max’s speedy Snapdragon 600 processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and either 1. . . READ ON »
HTC One Android 4.3 Rolling Out (Intl), Samsung Posts Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Kernel Source – XDA Developer TV
Posted October 25, 2013 at 11:00 am by Jimmy McGee
The Official Android 4.3 firmware for the International HTC One is rolling out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article reporting that Samsung posted the Android 4.3 kernel source for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, as well as how to avoid bootloops upgrading to 4.3 on the device.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us an Android App Review of Switchr, Jordan released an an event recap of the Big Android BBQ, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Floating Texts. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 25, 2013 at 07:30 am by Will Verduzco
Nothing’s quite as annoying or embarrassing as having your smartphone’s ringer go off in the middle of a meeting. OK, maybe there are a few things worse than forgetting to silence your phone, but showing off your Justin Bieber ringtone to your boss is something I would only wish upon my worst enemy.
Thankfully, Recognized Developer zevele created a fantastic app aimed at keeping your meetings untainted by the sounds of the Canadian popstar. The aptly titled application Ringer works by peering into your calendar to look for calendar events. It then disables your ringer during standard events.
You can configure Ringer to ignore certain event types. The latest version of Ringer even give. . . READ ON »
Posted October 25, 2013 at 03:00 am by Will Verduzco
We first brought you news about XDA Senior Member astoncheah‘s C Locker app back in March of this year. At the time, we were pleased with how the replacement lock screen app put your most used shortcuts front and center. Some time after, we then took a look at its second incarnation, where it gained various new features such as a weather display and SMS/MMS info. The developer has been hard at work, and how he has released the third version of his C Locker app.
What’s new in this version? As can be seen in the image, there is an entirely new lock screen UI. Most notably, there is now a bottom bar notification, which shows your Gmail, SMS, and missed call notifications. In order to switch between catego. . . READ ON »
Posted October 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display.
If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that’s not to say that you can’t tweak them to make them work better for you. XDA Senior Member denversc created an app called Capacitive Buttons Brightness, which does… Well, you guessed it. It allows you to change the brightness of your capacitive buttons.
Currently, the app official. . . READ ON »
Posted October 24, 2013 at 06:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Benchmarks: You either love them or you hate them. You either live by them, obsessing over minute performance differences—or you ignore them, noting that they often lack real world relevance. Whatever your stance, benchmark applications often can make themselves useful by helping you objectively measure if a certain tweak actually has a beneficial effect on performance.
One trait that helps determine a benchmark’s relevance is its selection of performed tests. Having a benchmark test the “right” aspects of a device’s performance helps make sure that differences in score actually mean something useful. Previously, we talked about XDA Elite Recognized Developer . . . READ ON »
Posted October 24, 2013 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
A little over a week ago, Samsung started updating its flagship Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 with the XXUEMJ5 firmware. We all knew that it was only a matter of time before a similar update appeared for HTC’s flagship, the HTC One. Now, that day has come. Android 4.3 is here for the HTC One, and it’s packing a rather significant surprise.
Along for the ride with the Android 4.3 update is the latest version of its custom UI, Sense 5.5 that was first seen on the HTC One Max. This brings multitasking UI improvements, an updated interface to its video highlights feature, improvements to the media player, and more. However, the biggest whammy is how the new update finally lets you disable BlinkFeed.
Whil. . . READ ON »