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Get Familiar with Foreign Languages with Floating Translator

Cześć! Co słychać? If you wonder what any of that means, I’ll answer your question. That means “Hi! How are you!” in Polish, and most of you would never understand it or even be able to read correctly without a translator. Knowing more than 2-3 languages isn’t common, hence the popularity of Google Translate and other online services that translate text from one language to another.

Google Translator is very popular, but to open it you need to make a shortcut or go to the application drawer, find it, open it, and input the text to translate. Needless to say, . . . READ ON »

Keep your Chats Private with Telegram

Keep your Chats Private with Telegram

WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat clients available. An easy to use interface and low system requirements make this application a perfect alternative to comparatively large Hangouts or Facebook Chat apps. With all the hullabaloo surrounding the NSA, more and more app developers are trying to encrypt the messages sent by their apps to make them almost impossible to retrieve.

XDA Senior Member Zenety let us know about on of the rising stars called Telegram. Just like WhatsApp, Telegram is a fast and simple way to contact your friends and share photos, videos, and other multimedia files up . . . READ ON »

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Stop Worrying about Prying Eyes with Obstructer

Stop Worrying about Prying Eyes with Obstructer

A major design flaw in the Android OS (and really virtually any OS out there) is that you cannot keep people entirely out of your device(s). While it is entirely possible that you do not care about those silly cat meme pictures that you have been downloading from the web, there are others who have more sensitive information that wandering eyes should not easily find. This is the case, for instance, when a friend asks you to borrow your phone. Now, the person likely has no time to sit around until your reorganize your device trying to keep it tidy . . . READ ON »

Sony Xperia M and L Get Smart Social Camera Port

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Sony Xperia M and L Get Smart Social Camera Port

Although released into the market less than a year ago, it seems that the Sony Xperia L and M are missing out on a lot of the fun and goodies its younger and older siblings are getting, namely the Android 4.3 update and the host of features that come along with it. Of course, one may say that the Xperia L has been gifted with something greater and rarer, AOSP KitKat support from Sony, but where does that leave the Xperia M?

Well, owners of either of these phones can now at least cross off one item off . . . READ ON »

Stream Multimedia Files from Android to Chromecast with LocalCast

Chromecast is a blast, no doubt about it. A small USB stick-like device that can do magic with your TV is something that might interest even skeptics. Streaming YouTube videos or some other multimedia was never so easy. Not so long ago, we talked about Google making the Chromecast SDK available to developers. As you will read in a moment, Android-Chromecast is capable of doing some really amazing things.

XDA Senior Member dakdroid, who also created the rather interesting music player beat, created another useful app. This time, your phone or tablet will easily stream media directly . . . READ ON »

Change the Look of Your Lock Screen with SlideLock

Change the Look of Your Lock Screen with SlideLock

Every OEM brings a different method of unlocking the screen. For example, Sony’s style is different from the one by HTC. Luckily, it’s Android and all of this customization can be applied at the source code level, with Xposed modules, or using external applications.

If you are not happy with your current lock screen style, you should definitely check an application made by XDA Forum Member Productigeeky. It’s a simple and good looking default lock screen replacement. To unlock the screen, you need to swipe the screen to the right. Swiping to the left launches the camera app, so . . . READ ON »

Fenix – A Simple and Efficient Twitter Client

Fenix – A Simple and Efficient Twitter Client

If there’s one social network that’s certainly not short of third party applications, it’s Twitter. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, given that unofficial Twitter clients are effectively limited to a maximum of 100,000 users. While that might sound like a huge number, if you consider the size of Twitter’s user base and just how quickly a well made application can reach a high number of downloads these days, it’s really not.

Fenix by XDA Forum Member swanz86 is a simple yet effective Twitter client that (despite still being a very early beta offering) provides a clean and efficient third party . . . READ ON »

There’s a Fix For the Sony Xperia “Brickademic”

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There’s a Fix For the Sony Xperia “Brickademic”

Ever since December of 2013, a large number of Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners began to experience what has been dubbed and feared as an Xperia “Brickademic.” This issue that has garnered confused, angry, and disappointed responses spanning over more than 35 pages in the discussion thread, and the cause seems to be spawning from kernel incompatibilities that result from flashing an Android 4.3 firmware on a device running certain builds of Android 4.2.2. Now that it has been festering for a couple of months already, XDA Forum Members vovanx500 and the_laser have finally come out with . . . READ ON »

Easily Access Your Phone’s Internal Storage over WiFi

Accessing your installed SD card from a computer using a micro USB cable isn’t the most convenient solution, as you need a cable and a free USB port, and your smartphone is most likely hidden someplace inconvenient. All these obstacles may significantly increase the time it takes to send over a file or album to your SD card.

If your device is constantly connected to a WiFI network, you can use it as a link between your PC or even other device (not necessary with Android installed) to access it. All you need is an application created by XDA Forum . . . READ ON »

Share Your Statuses on Facebook and Twitter at the Same Time with Shareboard

The constantly increasing popularity of social networking forces us poor Android users to share our statuses multiple times. But why should we spend much time Tweeting and sharing our statuses on Facebook when we can use a single application designed and developed to handle multiple social networks at the same time.

One of these application is Shareboard by XDA Senior Member anandbibek. With this application, we can easily post our statuses on Twitter or Facebook and possibly other social networks that are not yet added. Our statuses can contain both text and images. And of course, if you don’t . . . READ ON »

HTC America Hosts Reddit AMA, Talks about Future Updates on the One and One X, Removable Batteries, Product Design, and More!

There are many more power users running Android than other, more brand-loyal “Sheeple” platforms. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the Android community is quite familiar with the awesomeness that is Reddit. A while ago, we talked a bit about a Reddit AMA session held by the awesome folks behind the popular Paranoid Android ROM. Now, there’s another Reddit AMA that may be of interest to you, and it’s with the HTC Product Team.

During the AMA session, various Redditors asked a wide variety of questions including update timing and availability, the foundations of Sense . . . READ ON »

Android 4.4.2_r2 (KVT49L) Rolling Out to the Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE, Factory Images Updated, and Here’s What’s New!

Most of us buy Nexus devices because of their timely updates featuring the latest and greatest that Google has to offer. And if you’re the proud owner of an LTE-enabled Google Nexus 7 (2013), you likely noticed a small incremental OTA update that began rolling out a few days ago, which bumps up the Android version from 4.4.2_r1 (KOT49H) to 4.4.2_r2 (KVT49L).

The fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have created a detailed changelog showing all of the commits that have been merged between the last two versions. So what’s changed? Not very much. There is a snapshot change on the . . . READ ON »

Customize the Google Experience Launcher Like It Should Have Been from the Start with Xposed

The Google Experience Launcher, also known as GEL, was one of the highlights alongside the release of the Google Nexus 5. For the first time, Google released a launcher with navigation and status bar transparency, as well as integrated support for Google Now—the latter being something that not everyone cares for. The launcher is extremely popular, but seriously lacks some customization settings like the ability to disable the omnipresent Google Now and Search.

As you may have noticed, Xposed Framework is the launching pad for many amazing projects. With a small application, almost every element of Android can be . . . READ ON »

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