Xposed Framework is one of the most interesting projects available for Android. Almost every ROM, no matter whether it’s stock-based or not, can have extra features enabled or have existing features fixed. And the most interesting part of Xposed is that it works with almost every device, as well as most of the currently used Android versions.
One feature that can easily work in some ROMs but is often disabled is call recording. The Android OS can easily use your device’s hardware to record incoming and outgoing calls. To enable this feature, you need a software solution. One such solution . . . READ ON »
Two of the first three Android Wear devices have were released earlier this year at the Google I/O 2014 keynote back in June. Many of you decided to give one of these small devices a go, and you’ve already armed your wrists with the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch. But the true diva, the stylish and long anticipated Moto 360 still hasn’t been released. The circular smartwatch from Motorola is right around the corner, and it is set to premiere next week. But more than likely, that Moto 360 won’t be the only Android Wear smartwatch with a circular screen that will be unveiled before . . . READ ON »
Battery life is one of those things that still is a bit of an issue on modern Android devices. It’s also the subject for many discussions that take place on the forums. Android itself is somewhat of a battery hog, and Google is trying to do its best by adding Battery Historian, a feature to track down wakelocks. There are also plenty of third party solutions like scripts that help or make the situation even worse.
One device component that often reduces users’ battery life is Google Play Services. These services often wake up a device every 60 seconds and then keep it awake for 15 seconds in . . . READ ON »
In the past few years, design has become one of the top priorities in the software development cycle. Whether its intuitive layouts or appealing interfaces, users expect more from applications than just basic functions. Delightful animations, meaningful icons, harmonious color schemes–all these subtle factors enhance the overall experience the application provides, and in turn, keep the users satisfied and loyal. This importance of design has carried over to Android too, and good design is now one of the deciding factors that separates an app from the competition
The past year has been a big year for CyanogenMod. With events from becoming a corporation to deals to ship on phones like the OnePlus One, Cyanogen Inc has been busy. However, the community is still hard at work building CyanogenMod 11 based of Android KitKat 4.4. CyanogenMod gives you loads of customization and many people perfer its approach to mobile device operating over Google’s stock Android offering. Their latest Milestone for version 11 was recently released.
The Quiet Hours feature available on certain OEM firmwares and custom ROMs is extremely useful for those who have trouble sleeping. If you have friends spread all over the world, they may (and often do) try to contact you in the middle of the night. Quiet Hours prevents that, and makes your sleep time more efficient. This feature stops your device from playing any sound at preselected hours, primarily for use at night.
While most ROMs available on XDA have Quiet Hours functionality built-in, Paranoid Android and possibly other ROMs still don’t have this handy feature available. XDA Forum Member kimifan316 decided to give Paranoid Android’s . . . READ ON »
Many applications available here on XDA that aren’t available on the Google Play Store. There are usually a few reasons for their absence: Developer accounts cost money, they are too “hacky” to be acceptable on the Play Store, or simply developers don’t want to release their work in the biggest app store for Android. You can find plenty such applications in the various forums we have here.
Unlike some other operating systems, Android allows its users to install applications directly from internal storage. When initializing installation, you are given a screen that shows you every permission used by the app and other important information. Normally, . . . READ ON »
Android L’s official release is growing closer with each passing day. But despite how close we are to its official release, two preview releases, and a limited source code release, we still know relatively little about Google’s next OS. The codename still remains unknown, and this has lead to quite a bit of speculation regarding the next sweet treat to emerge from Google’s Android bakery. One thing is known: It will start on the letter L. Lollipop, Lion, Lemon Pie or perhaps LOL? We’ll know pretty soon.
The folks over at Android Police recently determined that the next Android will be codenamed . . . READ ON »
Your smartphone’s dialer app is obviously one of the most frequently used apps you have on your smartphone. We use it practically on a daily basis to call our family, friends, and co-workers. The truth is that without dialer, our smartphones would be just small, Internet-enabled PCs that are unable to make calls.
Google has already updated some of its applications to meet the Material Design requirements. Unfortunately the stock dialer isn’t one of them. If you are looking for a perfect alternative to Holo-based stock dialer, XDA Senior Member Phat7 has something that you may find interesting. Phat7 has . . . READ ON »
Do you want to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch? This can be either because you had a bad flash, you installed an app and now things just aren’t right, or because it’s just slowing down in general. There are many reasons to factory reset your device. The steps are quick and easy, but they are unique. The button combinations are different than most other devices because there really is only one button.
By now you’ve definitely heard about XDA’s annual xda:devcon set for September 26-28 in Manchester, UK. What you may not know is that you have until the end of August to get the special rate we’ve negotiated with the conference venue, the Park Inn Radisson, at an amazing price. That means the discounted hotel rate, a savings of almost 40%, will expire, along with our special conference package including the hotel room AND the conference ticket, a savings of 10% off of the combined package. Once that happens you will need to purchase both your hotel room and the . . . READ ON »
Over the six months, the Google Chromecast has gained a considerable amount of official functionality. Ever since its SDK was released, there has been a flood of applications for Google’s wallet-friendly media streamer have become available. But despite the official added functionality, there was still a divide between what official users could do and what users with root access were able to do.
Acquiring root at first was surprisingly easy–leading some to believe that this was intentional on Google’s part. Unfortunately, however, it was not long before the security vulnerability was closed and acquiring root access was no longer possible . . . READ ON »
Although our mobile devices today are capable of executing nearly every task we normally perform on their full size PC counterparts, there are certain core communication tasks that seem to make up the bulk of what we do with our smartphones. These activities include Email, phone calls, and last but not least, text messaging. As such, there are hundreds or thousands of good text messaging apps available on Android, with many offering elaborate features such as integration with your desktop computer and so on.