Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...
SambaDroid – An Old Dog With Some New Tricks
Those of you who have been reading Portal for a while (and have a darn good memory) might remember reading about Samba Server For Android, a well received application that allowed you to access files stored on your Android device using an SMB server. SMB is a common transfer protocol, as it’s built into Windows, and the open source tool Samba grants compatibility in Linux. The app was discontinued a while back, and various users were left hoping that someone would pick up where the original developer left off. This is now the case.
XDA Recognized Developer berserker_devel recently released a beta version of his app SambaDroid, which is based on a much more recent version of Samba (3.6.8 as opposed to 3.0.14) and aims to bring a whole new level of functionality to Android based Samba tools. The app is still very much a beta, so isn’t jam packed with features just yet. The developer is currently focusing on feedback from users in order to get a stable version up and running before adding the bells and whistles. The initial feedback seems to be good, though. The app is also free and open source, and it should run on Android versions 2.1 and above.
If you’d like to test this out for yourself and lend a hand in squashing some bugs, take a look at the original thread for more details.
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Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...