Posted October 22, 2014 at 04:00 pm by Faiz Malkani
As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The community comes foremost, with contributions made in various forms, such as ROMs, mods, open source apps, and much more. Each user contributes in one way or another–be it in the aforementioned ways or by testing, reporting bugs, flashing unstable builds, and so on.
In the spirit of giving back to the community, XDA Senior Member thenookieforlife3 has consolidated a thread where services such as custom avatar and signature image design are offered at no cost, with a single request being all that’s needed to get such a custom set. The signature and avatar images come in a variety of themes, including light and dark variat. . . READ ON »
Posted October 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
In the last few weeks, we have been talking quite a bit about Android 5.0 Lollipop. This imminently upcoming version of Google’s operating system is really innovative and brings lots of interesting features that can soon be enjoyed by many. Google put forth lots of effort to make this version of Android a big step forward comparing to Jelly Bean and KitKat.
One of new features added to Lollipop is screen pinning, which prevents others from looking at your
pr0n stash personal data. You can pin the dialer and allow others to make a call. It’s an incredibly handy feature with loads of potential. XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899 wrote an application that can be used to pin the photos to your scre. . . READ ON »
Posted October 22, 2014 at 08:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Perhaps one of the more peculiar announcements this year was the curved edge-screened Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge has a curved ‘edge’ touchscreen. Many believe this to be an engineering exercise that was released to the public to show off how innovative Samsung is, with many viewing it in a light similar to concept cars from automobile manufacturers.
In this video, XDA TV Producer TK got some Hands On time with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge at this year’s Big Android BBQ. With a Japanese release date on October 23, we think now is the time to examine the device. TK shows off the device, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the device. Check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 22, 2014 at 03:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel.
Many of this update’s changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short changelog to his Google+. What’s new in Nova Launcher?
. . . READ ON »
Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
Lollipop Icon Th
Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm by GermainZ
Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux–only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.
Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.
Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:
- A rooted device.
- A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can
Posted October 21, 2014 at 05:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers.
From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.” The new firmware will also allow you to use both front and back camera to take a photo at the same time. There are plenty other, photo-related functions that have been introduced with this update. This feature maybe is not too innovative, but s. . . READ ON »
Posted October 21, 2014 at 01:00 pm by egzthunder1
Root is, without a doubt, the (un)holy grail of the Android world. Those wonderful permissions that allow you as the user to pretty much do as you please with your device are certainly a major delight, and really one of the top reasons why Android devices have gained as much popularity as they have–not just among end users but among developers as well. There is yet another aspect of the OS that keeps people coming back for more, and that is the fresh, constant stream of updates and new OS versions. However, these two can hardly coexist with one another. Normally, whenever a new update for … well… anything comes out, it does so with features, bug fixes, and plugged holes. The latter are the ones that . . . READ ON »
Posted October 21, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the XHangouts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »
Posted October 21, 2014 at 04:30 am by GermainZ
A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.
The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:
- A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
- An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho