When we use our devices these days, we look for ease of access to our data, and a high level of responsiveness when we try to access said information. Here at XDA, we have seen numerous options when it comes to launching apps quickly and switching between them.We have introduced you to floating navigational buttons and floating settings . Not that long ago, we featured an app that allows you to control a lot of features of your device called Floating Toucher.
The Google Nexus 5 mistakenly appears on the Play Store! 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 Ubuntu Touch is officially available for the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and an article on how Rumrunner S-Off is now working on the international HTC One!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan released an interview with Developer Dees_Troy (Ethan Yonker), and Dees_Troy’s Big . . . READ ON »
The notification shade in stock Android practically epitomizes the ideals of simplicity and form following function. While this is ideal for the vast majority of users, some would prefer to extend some customization love to here as well. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member ernest33 created a simple modification that allows you to easily change your notification shade’s background image.
Ernest33′s modification comes in the form of an Xposed module, so you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Installation is super simple: install and activate the module, reboot, and access the main . . . READ ON »
Not too long ago, we featured a method posted by XDA Senior Member soloilmeglio that allows Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app. While immensely useful, adding applications was unfortunately a rather cumbersome task, requiring the modification of a certain CSC file. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Developer xperiacle has now created an application that does all the work for you, enabling you to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app with just a few clicks.
Aptly titled Pen Window Manager, xperiacle’s application makes the whole process a point and click affair. You obviously have to . . . READ ON »
BlinkFeed on the HTC One generally seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Many enjoy the convenience of having a collection of relevant news available at one’s fingertips. Others feel that the feature is unnecessary and just serves as another example of bloatware. If your opinion happens to fall somewhere in between, however, you probably left the default Sense launcher intact, but you changed your default home screen to another screen.
One unfortunate side effect of switching default home screens is that you are no longer able to tap the home button to return to the top of the BlinkFeed list. . . . READ ON »
As our mobile devices grow faster and faster with each passing generation, more people opt for the convenience and ease of customization of deodexed ROMs rather than the (theoretical) speed advantages of odexed ROMs. While we aren’t here to debate the merits of either stance, some people still prefer to use Odexed ROMs. That said, those wishing to learn more about the pros and cons of each should visit XDA Recognized Contributor philos64 excellent information thread.
What do you do once you’ve determined that you want to Odex your ROM and you are away from your computer? XDA Senior . . . READ ON »
If you’re running Android 4.2 or 4.3, you will have likely noticed that airplane mode doesn’t exactly work in the same way that it used to work on 4.1 and below. This leads to applications either being unable to directly enable or disable airplane mode from within the app or a notice stating why airplane mode can’t be enabled directly through the app.
Thankfully, XDA Senior Member DavisNT has come up with a handy Xposed module to get back the pre-4.2 functionality for most applications. The way this module works is by intercepting the airplane mode broadcasts from applications. Once it . . . READ ON »
This year’s Big Android BBQ was a great event. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was in attendance, and you have already seen him interview XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD and Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy (interview). However, these were not the only people Jordan interviewed.
In today’s episode, Jordan interviews the artist and personality that is ThaPHLASH. Tha Phlash is a self-described urban artist and creator of numerous icons in use on Android Devices. Honestly, there are no words to describe Tha Phlash properly, so just check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Whether you grew up playing the game on Gameboy and NES in the late 80s / early 90s, or if you’re part of the younger crowd who played the game on a TI graphing calculator, nothing was quite like Tetris. The game, which was first released in 1984, quickly became an iconic hallmark of a generation or two of budding gamers. In fact, the game has ranked highly on so many “top video games of all time” lists, that one would have to be crazy to never have played.
Over the years, there have been more than a few clones . . . READ ON »
When setting out to edit a mobile device wallpaper, most people will turn to desktop-based image editing software such as Photoshop and Gimp. While it’s possible to perform edits in mobile editing apps, most solutions are a bit too cumbersome or slow to use for simple changes. That said, unless you’re creating a new wallpaper from scratch, you most likely don’t need the full power of a desktop-grade image editing suite either.
During the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. You’ve already seen the presentation by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. However, that was not the only presentation by an Elite Recognized Developer from XDA. Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, also known as Ethan Yonker, gave a presentation as well. For the few who may not recognize the name, he is the lead developer of TWRP and member of Team Win.
Ethan’s presentation was entitled “Software Architecture and Design.” In this session, Ethan discuss good programming practices in regards to software architecture and program design. Ethan draws real-life examples . . . READ ON »
Before his presentation at this year’s Big Android BBQ, Ethan Yonker (XDA Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy) takes a moment and sits down with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan for a quick chat. Jordan and Dees_Troy talk about his accomplishments, his projects, and a little about himself.
Dees_Troy is the developer responsible for such projects as TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). Dees_Troy is also part of the group behind the newly announced OmniROM. He gave a presentation about “Software Architecture and Design” at the Big Android BBQ, be sure to check out that video. Check out this . . . READ ON »
Earlier this week, we covered the release of the official I9505XXUEMJ5 update to Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Although technically intended for the German market first, this update could be downloaded and installed manually through Odin using simple instructions by XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab.
Although it was possible to update manually, many chose to instead wait for a Knox-free ROM to be created. Luckily, XDA Recognized Contributor friedrich420 modified the update to remove Knox, as well as several other unnecessary pieces of bloatware in his modified stock ROM. The ROM also includes a few other modifications . . . READ ON »