Posted May 25, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Over the years, Easter Eggs have become somewhat of a staple in Android. And for many, these fun little semi-hidden bits of code add to the overall Android experience. But with so many different versions of Android and now so many Easter Eggs, the Easter Egg that comes on our device may not be the Easter Egg that we would prefer.
Luckily, XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework can be used to solve many problematic situations, and this is no different. Thanks to a new module by XDA Recognized Contributor and Themer iamareebjamal, you can now easily change your current Android Easter Egg with one from an older or newer version of Android. All you need to do is select a new Ea. . . READ ON »
In App Translator Lets You Conveniently Translate Text in Nearly Any Application without Leaving the App
Posted May 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Conan Troutman
These days, it’s relatively simple to take something in one language and translate to another. Whether it’s via a dedicated translation site, mobile application, or through your browser, we rarely find ourselves struggling to discern the meaning of an unfamiliar language these days. However, it can still be a little cumbersome to find a translation when using a phone or tablet, as this often requires you to switch back and forth between applications. In App Translator by XDA Forum Member YaziAndroid looks to change that.
In App Translator is a handy little tool that allows you to select and copy text from a wide selection of Android applications and get a translation, without leaving the . . . READ ON »
Posted May 25, 2014 at 09:00 am by Conan Troutman
We’ve all seen that little empty box before. You know, the one that signifies a missing or unsupported font on your current device. This might not be quite so common for those of you out there with English as a first language, but for others with less commonly used native languages, this can be a frequent and frustrating issue. This problem seems to be quite an issue for many Windows Phone 7.x users including XDA Forum Member adeen-s. But rather than sit back and deal with the problem, adeen-s took this as an opportunity to post a simple and useful guide that shows you how to shoehorn these unsupported fonts onto your WP device.
The process itself is pretty simple, but does require a fully unlocked . . . READ ON »
Posted May 25, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Despite all of the advances that Android devices have made over the years, battery life remains as an issue for most of us who use our devices heavily while on the go. Luckily, there are a variety of tools available to help us manage battery life a little better. One such tool is Greenify.
Unfortunately for users of legacy devices, Greenify is only compatible with Android 4.0 and up. And while the vast majority of users have already switched to newer OS builds, there are still those who can’t afford or don’t feel the need to upgrade to newer devices. And since the app is closed source, there isn’t a chance of backport.
Posted May 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Conan Troutman
Nobody can claim that there is a shortage of launchers replacements available on Android. Some of you probably stick to the same one fanatically (I know I do), but there are plenty of people who are always on the prowl for new options. With the continual advances in device specifications and capabilities, many of the newer launchers take this opportunity to add feature after feature. While this is generally a good thing, it can make these applications incompatible with older and lower spec devices.
Scroll Launcher, developed by XDA Forum Member slinkyregent, is specifically geared towards lower performance devices that run Android 4.0 or above. The app isn’t laden with complex and resour. . . READ ON »
Posted May 24, 2014 at 06:00 pm by Samantha
Facebook Chatheads debuted alongside Facebook Home. But unlike Home, Chatheads has actually proven itself to be a useful and practical, albeit resource-intensive, feature. Inspiring Paranoid Android’s Halo, its a wonder that Facebook’s biggest rivals such as Twitter haven’t followed suit and developed their own implementations.
So rather than waiting for it, XDA Forum Member kozaxinan developed Tweet Balloon, a Twitter client very similar to the aforementioned Facebook Chatheads and Halo. Once you’ve opened the app and signed into Twitter, Tweet Balloon will place a hovering circle around the left or right edge of the screen, much like Chatheads. Once you tap t. . . READ ON »
Posted May 24, 2014 at 02:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
RAM management works a bit differently on Android than it does in Windows. For example, more RAM doesn’t mean wasted memory in Android, but rather that applications are cached so that they can be accessed more quickly at a later time. There are plenty of interesting discussions on the topic, but that’s not the point of this article.
If you’ve ever tried to check the free RAM on your Android device, you probably used the free command in Terminal Emulator. This works the same way as it does in Linux, and it shows you both free and used memory. If you are using a swapfile, it’s shown as well. But if you want to learn more about your device’s RAM usage, you need additional . . . READ ON »
Posted May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Nothing is more annoying than not being able to personalize something to your liking. Android generally gives us so much freedom, so when we’re faced with an exception to this, it’s especially noticeable. Luckily, there are quite often solutions to be found on the XDA forums.
One such application that frustrates many is the popular Google Play Music. Almost all of us know it and use it on a regular basis. And of course, it’s a good application. That isn’t, however, to say that it’s perfect. Google Play Music currently lacks the ability to set a default launch panel.
Posted May 24, 2014 at 08:30 am by Samantha
One of the most notable additions to the new Sony Xperia Z2 is its set of stereo speakers. This is particularly notable, given the rather lackluster speaker quality of previous Xperia flagships. Although the improved speaker setup results in louder and more enjoyable listening experience, it’s surprising to see that Sony forgot to make the stereo playback system-wide for sounds such as the ringtones and notifications. But rather than wait for an official fix, XDA Senior Member olokos went ahead and fixed the problem himself.
The remedy comes in the form of a mod that enables notification sounds and ringtones to play from both speakers of the Xperia Z2 rather than just the bottom . . . READ ON »