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Official Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ5 Firmware for the Galaxy S 4

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Official Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ5 Firmware for the Galaxy S 4

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now available in official capacity for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. With the recently leaked Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ3 firmware floating around, we knew that the official release wasn’t far behind. Now, it’s here in official capacity.

XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has posted the release to our forums courtesy of Sammobile, along with simple instructions on how to get it up and running on your device. This release is intended for German devices, and would normally be installed via Kies or OTA. However, for those living outside Germany, Faryaab has posted simple instructions to flash . . . READ ON »

Keep Your Screen Awake with Stay Alive

Keep Your Screen Awake with Stay Alive

Most of the time, having your device’s screen shut off when not in use is a good thing. There are certain times, however, when a display timeout isn’t exactly convenient. While features like Smart Stay are aimed at solving this problem, the feature doesn’t work consistently for everyone, and not everyone has a Samsung device.

In order to provide you with more control over your device’s screen state, XDA Forum Member abudgx created Stay Alive. The application allows you to keep your display alive (and not dimmed) while using a specific app, performing a task, and so on.

Stay Alive . . . READ ON »

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XpLoDWilD Talks about Open Source at this Year’s Big Android BBQ – XDA Developer TV

The 2013 edition of the Big Android BBQ has come and gone. At the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. One such presentation was by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. Also known as Guillaume Lesniak, XpLoDWilD has been involved in numerous closed- and open-source projects in various domains related to software engineering, mobile development, and game development. He is passionate about technology and open source projects. He has been contributing to numerous projects, including CyanogenMod and making apps for Android.

At the BBQ, XpLoDWilD gave a talk called “Developments in the Open Source Community.” This session discussed how . . . READ ON »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Apps on the Galaxy S 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Apps on the Galaxy S 4

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note 3 are the Korean OEM’s two flagship smartphones in their respective market segments. Both devices are more than capable of handling just about anything you can throw at them, and they both pack enough software features to keep you reading manuals for days. Despite their similarities, however, the Note 3 packs a few tricks up its sleeve that its less gargantuan sibling lacks.

Thankfully, XDA Senior Member LastStandingDroid has gotten the Note 3-specific apps from the Note’s BMI7 firmware to work on the smaller sibling. Included are the My Files app, . . . READ ON »

Developer Interview: Guillaume Lesniak, a.k.a. XpLoDWilD – XDA Developer TV

Fresh from his presentation at this year’s Big Android BBQ, Guillaume Lesniak (a.k.a. XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) takes a moment to sit down with XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan for a quick chat. Jordan and XpLoDWilD talk about Guillaume’s accomplishments and a little about Guillaume himself.

XpLoDWilD is the developer responsible for such projects as CyanogenMod on the Oppo Find 5 and the Focal camera app that has been recently released to the Google Play store. Additionally, XpLoDWilD is part of the group behind the recently announced OmniROM. He gave a presentation about “Developments in the Open . . . READ ON »

Send and Receive SMS Anywhere with Floating Texts

Send and Receive SMS Anywhere with Floating Texts

Getting interrupted because of an incoming text message is never fun. And replying to that text usually means switching to your messaging app and then switching back to what you were doing previously. While the sender may think that his or her lolspk is more valuable than your Angry Birds time, you may not always be inclined to agree.

Thankfully Paranoid Android had something to say about that with the revolutionary Halo, which they promptly open sourced. Despite its many merits, however, not everyone is running Paranoid Android. Luckily, we recently featured an Xposed module that brings some . . . READ ON »

Custom ROM Feature Comparison Database

Custom ROM Feature Comparison Database

With choice comes power, and with power comes responsibility. And in the world of custom ROM flashing, that responsibility means choosing the right ROM and kernel combination to fit your needs—well that, and making sure you read all of the instructions so that you don’t brick your expensive device.

We recently featured a simple, yet powerful Xposed module that brings many previously ROM-specific features to any ROM, as long as you have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. However in certain circumstances, there’s no replacement for displacement running the feature’s original ROM. And in these cases, it’s . . . READ ON »

Monster Bubbles Curse is a Modern Take on Buster Bros

There’s just something about classic games. Twenty years ago, games weren’t so much about the visuals and underlying technology. Rather, game developers focused on crafting fun titles from what little hardware resources were available. That said, when one takes a classic game and reimagines it by adding better graphics and a third dimension, the results are often spectacular.

If you spent your lunch money quarters playing Buster Bros and Pang back in the early 90s, XDA Forum Member santins has a game that you may wish to try. Monster Bubbles Curse serves as a modern take on the old classic. . . . READ ON »

XuiMod Delivers ROM-Specific Customizations via Xposed

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XuiMod Delivers ROM-Specific Customizations via Xposed

If you own a device that happens to have a healthy ROM development section here at XDA, you more than likely have already tried your fair share of different aftermarket, community-driven ROMs. Unfortunately, changing from one ROM to the next generally means leaving behind certain ROM-specific features and customizations. Thankfully, we’ve seen a few methods in the past that deliver analogs of these ROM-specific features by leveraging the power of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread).

XDA Senior Member zst123 created XuiMod to piece together a small collection of unique ROM-specific features from, along with a few tweaks . . . READ ON »

Galaxy Note 3 Features on the Galaxy Note II

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Galaxy Note 3 Features on the Galaxy Note II

Even with its successor already in the wild, the aging Samsung Galaxy Note II is still a fantastic phone. The powerhouse features a large, high-resolution display, plenty of RAM and internal memory, and a processor that is still quite speedy. That said, the newly released Galaxy Note 3 improves upon the original Note and Note II in practically every way. However, not everyone will notice or appreciate the increase in CPU speed, RAM, and resolution. Rather, many would prefer to simply have some of the Note 3 software features on the Note II.

This is now possible, thanks to XDA . . . READ ON »

Great XDA Mods for Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is latest and greatest phablet in the Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. It comes from the factory with many neat features. However, here at XDA, we don’t just want a normal device. We want to customize our device to get even more power, functionality, and great features.

In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents three mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. These mods include Fixing the Titanium Backup Issues, Getting the Floating Pen Windows on any App, and performing a Region Unlock. Check out . . . READ ON »

Disable New NFC Tag Popup for Empty Tags with Xposed

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Disable New NFC Tag Popup for Empty Tags with Xposed

If you’ve played around a bit with NFC, you’ve undoubtedly received the New Tag Collected message quite a few times. Normally, this message appears when you scan an NFC tag that is either empty or contains simple text. However, sometimes this may become a nuisance, especially when you have another application performing tasks when encountering empty tags.

Thankfully, there’s an app Xposed module by XDA Senior Member MohammadAG for that. If the name sounds familiar, it should. MohammadAG is also responsible for the fantastic NFC Unlocking app we covered a few days ago, as well as quite a few other apps we’ve . . . READ ON »

PIN-Protect Your Connection with Internet Lock

PIN-Protect Your Connection with Internet Lock

A common and incredibly effective tool to boost productivity is to limit your casual Internet usage. After all, one can’t be blamed for drifting into endless bouts of slacking amidst the Internet’s many lolcat images and Trololo videos.

On a desktop computer, limiting your casual Internet access can be accomplished in a variety of ways. One of my personal favorites is to use the Chrome extension StayFocusd. While it obviously doesn’t stop all IP traffic, it prevents you from using Chrome to slack off (at least if you remember to allow the extension to run in Incognito Mode). Unfortunately, there’s . . . READ ON »

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