December 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we briefly touched upon a Google Search update that brought the ability to search within apps directly from within Google Search. This update, which is gradually being rolled out to end-user devices, has the potential to make Google Search significantly more powerful. Rather than having to open an application to search within the app, Google Search can now act more like global search.
Unfortunately, there are a few limitations with Google’s first party offering. First of all, there are only a few apps that are compatible with this new functionality. Some of the biggest partners so far include . . . READ ON »
October 28, 2013 By: Samantha
With the latest Android 4.2 update for the few Xperia devices in the last couple of months, came a much welcomed enhancement to the otherwise lackluster status bar toggles. Rather than restricting users to the inadequate four default toggles, Sony has loosened the reins by allowing up to 15 toggles to be added, removed, and rearranged. The most obvious problem with this, however, is the clutter that inevitably spawns from the combination of multiple rows of toggles and a couple of ongoing notifications.
October 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company’s profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung’s success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for every user with Samsung’s offerings. And to the many who prefer vanilla Android, TouchWiz is a drawback rather than an . . . READ ON »
If you’re an Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed how difficult it is to save an image to your computer. Sure, you could always take a screenshot of what’s displayed onscreen or peer into the HTML source on the desktop website, but these are rather inconvenient. Plus, if you simply take a screenshot, you end up having to crop your capture to only include the subject of interest. The same goes for the relatively new video sharing service Vine. You could easily set up a video capture program to save content to your device, but that’s far from convenient.
To help . . . READ ON »
October 15, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 »
Over the last few months, we’ve talked about many different of simulating some of the built-in features of the Moto X on other devices. This includes apps (and open source projects) that deliver Active Display functionality and make Google Now listen to you at all times. A new modification courtesy of XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has appeared, and it allows any NFC tag to be programmed to function like the Motorola Skip.
September 30, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
If you’ve been following the rumor mill surrounding Android 4.4 KitKat, you’ve surely seen the unverified leaked images of the new status bar. Rather than being a static shade, many think that the next revision of the OS will feature a dynamically colored status bar that changes depending on the app currently in view. This isn’t a new feature, however.
We’ve seen options to allow for this implemented by the Paranoid Android team for quite some time. However, it would be nice to see this in first party form, as well as being made accessible to all users on the . . . READ ON »
September 4, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The lock screen widgets functionality that was introduced with Android 4.2 is incredibly useful. Lock screen widgets deliver at-a-glance information quickly and easily—without the need to fumble across home screens, apps, and menus. Their utility is then compounded when used in conjunction with lock screen security, since you can access this information without having to first unlock your device.
For some reason, however, Samsung decided that this functionality wasn’t important enough, as they have removed the possibility to add widgets when the device is secured. Thankfully, XDA Forum Member MohammadAG has created a quick modification that brings this functionality back. And just . . . READ ON »
September 3, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
While it’s quite pricey, the S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy S 4 is a pretty cool accessory. Allowing you to see alerts, answer and reject calls, see what song is playing, and view other vital information; the flip cover helps make your smartphone just a little bit smarter. However, by default the media player integration only works with the Samsung-provided media player.
Thankfully, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has created an Xposed module (development thread) that allows you to display metadata from the following players: the Stock Samsung Media Player, Google Play Media Player, Poweramp, and limited support . . . READ ON »
August 13, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
You’ve no doubt seen those apps that allow you to use your rear-facing camera’s flash as a flashlight. However, one thing you’ve undoubtedly never seen is an app that allows you to fine tune its brightness and control exactly how much light is emitted. This is exactly what XDA Forum Member MohammadAG has done with his latest application Adjustable Torch.
Adjustable Torch is verified compatible with the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II, but it should be compatible with any phone that uses the file /sys/class/camera/flash/rear_flash. Even better than the app’s functionality itself, however, is how MohammadAG’s spirit of . . . READ ON »
Lock screen widgets are incredibly useful tools. They give us glanceable information before we even unlock our devices. And depending on their contents, they allow us to quickly determine whether we need to unlock and use our phones before we actually use them.
However, as useful as lock screen widgets are, their functionality is often limited by the amount of screen real estate they are given to work with. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has the perfect solution with his Xposed module. (If you’ve not yet heard of Xposed, be sure to read our introductory article about the fantastic and versatile . . . READ ON »
While the vast majority of the changes made to Android for Jelly Bean’s version 4.2 refresh have been well received, a few differences such as the reworked Bluetooth stack and the removal of the ability for car apps to hook to the home button have irked many users. Thankfully, there is a fix for the latter, coming in the form of an Xposed module.
Taking advantage of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s incredibly versatile framework, Senior Member MohammadAG has created an open source module that restores car dock mode in Android 4.2 to how it worked in previous versions. . . . READ ON »
Not many feature omissions have drawn as much ire in recent memory as the lack of USB Mass Storage. While Media Transfer Protocol has numerous advantages such as safer removal and simultaneous access from both your computer and mobile device, it’s just not quite the same as directly mounting your device as standard USB storage. This is on top of the hoops that non-Windows users have to go through to access the storage in the first place.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of tweaks and mods to get the beloved USB Mass Storage functionality back. The newest solution comes from XDA Senior . . . READ ON »