Back in October of last year, Google added SMS capabilities to their first party Hangouts app. But try as Google might, not everyone is crazy about this one-size-fits-all messaging solution. Instead, many still cling to the old AOSP messaging app, or any number of aftermarket alternatives, for their texting needs.
Although not everyone’s a fan of using Hangouts for SMS and MMS, it’s hard to argue with the merits of its UI. Hangouts is clean and streamlined—and thanks to its slide-out conversations menu, it’s also quite efficient. Looking to combine the old AOSP-derived CM10 messaging app with the nicer UI stylings . . . READ ON »
You may recall that a few years ago, we took a quick look at Chainfire3D. For those who don’t remember, Chainfire3D allowed users to tweak various aspects of the 3D rendering pathway such as texture size and quality. The app also allowed users to load games meant for other devices thanks to its plugin system.
Unfortunately due to massive changes in the rendering pathway used in Android 3.0 and above, Chainfire3D can no longer be used on modern devices. Luckily, there is one option out there that brings much of Chainfire3D’s functionality, as well as a few new tricks.. . . READ ON »
As much as I hate to admit it, I spend far too much time on social networking sites. Be it updating my own status, browsing through my feeds, or
stalking checking up on old friends, there’s quite a lot to do when browsing G+, Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
Unfortunately, these social networking sites are essentially instant death to any kind of productivity. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad created an app specifically designed to track the amount of time we waste when browsing various social networks.
Socials Addict currently tracks your usage of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Tumblr, and . . . READ ON »
While the Nokia X isn’t exactly the lust-inducing, flagship-caliber device that we were all hoping for from the Finnish OEM’s entrance into the Android world, the device and its software are still rather intriguing.
In addition to making the Nokia X more functional by shoehorning external development onto the device, we’ve also seen porting efforts to bring some of the Nokia X’s software to other devices. This began with porting the Nokia Store to other devices, and we later saw the Nokia X ROM running on the HTC HD2… well, sort of. Now thanks to the efforts of . . . READ ON »
You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a simple recovery-flashable ZIP by XDA Senior Member husen4u that allowed users to switch between ART and Dalvik runtime compilers directly from their custom recoveries. This tool actually came in the form of two scripts—one to enabled ART, and the other to enable Dalvik.
Naturally, the previously covered tool would be even more efficient if the two functions were combined into a single, AROMA-based ZIP file. Well, this is basically what XDA Senior Member hnkotnis has done. The aptly titled D2A_RT allows you to choose between ART and Dalvik runtime . . . READ ON »
Most devices sold nowadays come with emulated external storage. On many devices, this emulated SD card is located on the same partition as your installed applications and their data. But on certain other devices, it’s located on a separate partition.
There are various tradeoffs associated with each approach, most of which are beyond the scope of this article. However, one rather significant annoyance with having your mount points on separate partitions is that you may run out of space on one partition while having abundant free space on the other—even though they’re both on the same eMMC chip. Luckily, there’s a . . . READ ON »
Many are fans of particular OEM skins and their built-in features. One of the features available in stock Xperia ROMs is a Battery Stamina Mode, which was introduced to help users make the most of their batteries.
In this mode, all connectivity except GSM is disabled. This also disables your device’s LED lights. It works pretty well, but many find that disabling the LED is unnecessary. After all, without an LED, it’s rather easy to miss a call or message.
It’s been a long time coming for some devices, but Sony is now rolling out Android 4.3 and 4.4 firmware updates to the majority of its lineup. But with so many devices and so many different versions of Android available for these different devices and their variants, it’s quite easy to become confused.
Because of the complexity, it’s useful to have a centralized service to inform you of the latest version for your device and whether you need to update. Thankfully, there is a tool that allows Windows users to check to see if they are running the latest firmware. But of . . . READ ON »
Unlike most other mobile OSes, Android allows users to modify its source code to make the most of it. This is accomplished by editing code from the AOSP or AOSP-derived projects before compiling. However, not all of us build our own ROMs from source. Thus, there’s the world of decompiling and Smali editing.
Here on XDA, developers create amazing things. One new and exciting project allows users to create external controls for SystemUI.APK. The project comes in the form of a guide written by XDA Recognized Developer and Themer serarj, and it allows users to change the look of . . . READ ON »
Data security is very important, and we’re all well aware of that fact. Heartbleed only underscored our reliance on the security of our digital data. On the mobile device front, there are several ways to protect our data from prying eyes. One of them is a lock screen. You can secure your lock screen in several ways, including a variable device unlock PIN, face detection, passwords, traditional PINs, and of course pattern unlock. But an overly secured device can then also be a burden to its owner. After all, our memories aren’t perfect, and we may forget our . . . READ ON »
Well folks, today is Galaxy S5 day and Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” is officially here. And although certain South Korean carriers decided to jump the gun and sell the device a bit early, today marks the device’s official worldwide launch date.
So now that you’ve either gotten your grubby little paws on an S5 or you’re eagerly awaiting delivery from your friendly postal courier, you may be wondering what to do with the device. Well, since you’re reading this, there is absolutely no doubt that you’re going to want to root it and get started with a few (or several) . . . READ ON »
Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolled out to the Nvidia SHIELD! 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 the story on how the Sprint HTC One M8 was updated to 1.54.651.8 and received a new extreme power savings mode and the news about the HTC One M8 receiving S-Off! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Smartphones are undoubtedly the most “personal” of our personal computers. We use them to access our Email, banking information, and pretty much the rest of our private data. Luckily, there are quite a few file locker applications available to help keep prying eyes away from our Gmail. However, things get a bit trickier if you’re looking to hide files that reside on your device’s storage.
Sure, you can easily encrypt your internal storage through Android’s security settings menu, but what about your external storage? And what about those who want to let others casually access their devices but don’t want . . . READ ON »