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Easily Add Home and Lock Buttons to Your Samsung Galaxy S II’s Status Bar

Starting out on XDA Developers as a newbie can be pretty daunting. With the nearly limitless possibilities with we can do with our Android devices, it can be quite hard to decide just where and how to start your developing journey. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S II and you find yourself in such situation, it might be a good idea to start off with the more basic tweaks. One simple, yet useful modification to get your started may be learning how to add home and lock buttons to your Galaxy S2′s status bar.

Written by XDA Senior Member . . . READ ON »

Samsung Releases Open Source Kernel Files for the Note 3 KitKat Update

Not too long ago, we saw a leaked KitKat build appear for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Promptly after, that same leaked build started rolling out as an official OTA in certain regions, beginning with Poland. This timing fell fell right in line with a previously leaked memo, indicating that Samsung would update the device to KitKat during this month. While the S4, and even all other variants of the Note 3, have yet to receive their official updates, at least relatively good progress is being made.

Now while official OTA updates are great for casual users, it’s . . . READ ON »

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Check Moodle On the Go with Moody

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Check Moodle On the Go with Moody

If you’re attending high school or university, you may have heard of Moodle. For those who haven’t it’s an online platform for teachers and students to get together and share resources, hand in homework and assignments, act as an online announcement board, as well as other things. It’s a useful and convenient service for teachers and professors, as well as for students who are at home ‘sick’ for the day.

So to help you stay connected with Moodle both online and offline, XDA Forum Member firetrap developed an app called Moody. Compatible with Moodle 2.2 and newer, it takes a . . . READ ON »

Keep Your Screen Simple with SickSky Launcher

Keep Your Screen Simple with SickSky Launcher

There’s no need to mention the importance of your launcher app. It’s the second thing you see when looking at your phone, right after the lock screen Most launchers look pretty much the same. They feature a dock bar with a few icons, and a  main screen with icons and widgets. While this works, some people like to keep things as simple as possible.

If you fall into this group, you might be interested in launcher developed by XDA Forum Member SickSky. SickSky Launcher breaks all of the traditional launcher rules. You will fail to find phone, SMS, or media . . . READ ON »

Customize the Navigation Bar on Your Sony Xperia Z

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Customize the Navigation Bar on Your Sony Xperia Z

We’ve all pretty much gotten used to the standard Android navigation bar setup, which is normally any permutation of a back, home, and recent apps buttons. This generally features the home button right in the middle between the other two. But what about the power and menu buttons? Surely, they’re just as commonly accessed to warrant a place on the convenient navigation bar, right?

Well, XDA Senior Member Rajeev seems to think so. And as a result, he wrote a great tutorial on how to add both the power and lock buttons to the navigation bar of the Sony Xperia . . . READ ON »

Easily Customize Your Sony Xperia Z’s Launcher and Lock Screen with Xposed

Up until now, customizing an Xperia launcher and lock screen has been quite the hassle, usually consisting of decompiling an APK, making your edits, and recompiling it. So if you wanted an extra row or column of icons on your home screen, you had to flash this, if you wanted fading home screen indicators, you had to flash this, and if you wanted to get rid of the app dock, you had to flash this, and so on. For every little change you wanted, there was an individual mod that you had to flash, and this can . . . READ ON »

Get Notified About New SMS Messages on Your PC

Get Notified About New SMS Messages on Your PC

Do you spend a lot of time staring at your computer monitor, browsing the Internet, or working? I bet you do. Our Android devices aren’t always in use, and sometimes they take a break, charging with ADB mode enabled. Missing an SMS is very easy, as sometimes our devices are silenced. Not too long ago, we talked about you Pushbullet, a great app to communicate between your devices. Now there is another solution to get notifications about incoming SMS messages, directly on your PC monitor.

XDA Forum Member DJKMan wrote a Windows application to manage the notifications from your devices . . . READ ON »

Don’t Need a Keyguard? Disable it with Xposed

Don’t Need a Keyguard? Disable it with Xposed

In Android, you can find various protections that prevent you from unwittingly unlocking your phone. We can use a PIN code, pattern unlock, and even unlock the device by looking at it. But in some situations, they are not needed as frankly speaking, not everyone cares about the security. But what to do when your company requires you to have a pattern or PIN and you don’t want to use it? There are some ways to bypass the security, and I would like to present one of them.

We have presented many Xposed Framework modules, as they are easy to . . . READ ON »

Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

One of the more attractive aspects of the new Android 4.3 update on a number of Sony Xperia devices is what Sony calls the “Smart Social Camera.” Originally exclusive to only the Xperia Z1, the camera software allows users to install additional Xperia-only camera apps for additional functions and features to enhance your photo and video experience. Such apps may include Social Live, which live streams whatever your camera lens sees straight to Facebook; or Info Eye, which brings up information on whatever your camera is pointed towards.

The thing is, though, a few Xperia devices seem to be . . . READ ON »

Easily Add Reboot Functionality to Your Stock ROM with Xposed

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Easily Add Reboot Functionality to Your Stock ROM with Xposed

Although typically lacking in features, stock ROMs are possibly the most stable daily drivers. I know that there are some exceptions, but at least most near stock builds are quite stable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of stock ROMs do not offer a way to easily reboot. Instead, users are forced to turn their devices off, wait few seconds, and turn them back on. Needless to say, entering recovery requires even more work, including obscure key combinations and so on.

Most custom ROMs allow you to reboot your device and enter recovery. But now, it’s quite easy to add this type . . . READ ON »

Set Up Your Moto X on a Mac

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Set Up Your Moto X on a Mac

If you’re an Android device owner who happens to use a Macintosh, you may feel a bit left out at certain times, especially with regards to toolkits and other software for your device. Sadly, the majority of toolkits run only on Windows PC, with Mac and Linux support unfortunately low on the list of priorities. Thankfully, there’s good news for Moto X and Mac owners, as XDA Forum Member mjphillips1981 developed a nice toolkit that helps you perform various Moto X tasks from the comfort of Mac OS X.

Inspired by a previously featured toolkit for the Moto X, . . . READ ON »

Beautify Your Lock Screen with Xposed

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Beautify Your Lock Screen with Xposed

Android lets you make your device quite beautiful with just a few modifications. A good old wallpaper is still very important, as it can remind you of your family, friends, favorite band, or simply look good. Unfortunately, most ROMs available on XDA don’t offer a function to use a separate wallpaper for your lock screen.

As Android is open source, this inconvenience can be easily bypassed with the Xposed Framework. XDA Senior Member ctbear took a couple features previously seen in GravityBox and the AOSPAL ROM and made them into an Xposed module that allows users to set a transparent . . . READ ON »

Learn How to Create Your Own Xperia Theme

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Learn How to Create Your Own Xperia Theme

With the new Android 4.3 update rolling out to the newer Sony Xperia handsets, and with the leaks going around for those still waiting, users may have discovered a new aesthetic feature called ‘Xperia Themes.’ They’re downloadable and customizable theme packs that change various elements of the whole Android interface, including your navigation bar, home screen icons and layout, and wallpaper. But since ‘Xperia Themes’ is only a recent addition to Xperia users, few custom themes are available for download. In order to remedy this, XDA Senior Member funky0308 decided to write a great tutorial on creating your own . . . READ ON »

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