Battery Charged in 30 Seconds? Maybe in 2016

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Phones and tablets are getting more and more power hungry with each passing generation. Their battery capacities continue to rise, but still we have to face the problem of slowly charging and rapidly discharging batteries. A reasonable solution still hasn’t been developed, but it appears that some good news is just around the corner.

The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has developed a battery capable of storing a much higher charge more quickly than possible before. As a result, the battery can be fully charged in stunning 30 seconds. A prototype that is currently in use is still too bulky to be shipped with our super-slim smartphones, but StoreDot thinks that they will be able to make the batt. . . READ ON »

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ZArchive Manages Your File Archives

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Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management.

Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications like ZArchiver, which was developed by XDA Forum Member Ant-ON. The application can be used create multiple file types like, 7zip, zip, bzip2, gzip–just to name just a few. The full list of supported formats to decompress . . . READ ON »

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Regain Double Tap to Wake Functionality on the Nexus 6

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A few months ago, Google announced its newest flagship device, the Nexus 6, alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and some other sweet news (Lollipop!) Unlike previous phones in the Nexus line, the Nexus 6 featured some very impressive specs that pleased many users–though others were undoubtedly a bit less pleased with its higher price point. One particular feature that ended up in the Nexus 9 but not the Nexus 6 is double tap to wake.

If you happen to own the device codenamed shamu, then you might know that it was actually originally intended to have this option enabled by default. Unfortunately, it was disabled prior to release. Fortunately, it can be enabled back from the shell (using a terminal emulator or the AD. . . READ ON »

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Clean Your Recent Apps – XDA Xposed Tuesday

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In this day and age, you have quite a few apps installed and running on your Android device. Sometimes, having a lot of background processes can drain your battery. While the Android system does a good job of trying to maintain those background apps, sometimes it is better to just remove them. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes having an automated process makes it easier.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that automatically cleans your recent apps from your memory. XDA Senior Member safet.me created the Recent App Cleaner module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Android Studio Reaches Release Candidate Status

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Android app developers have a few options when comes to Android IDEs. One of the most commonly used is the Android Studio. The IntelliJ Studio has been in active development for some time now. Android Studio is nearing its first stable release. As such, the first Release Candidate has been submitted to the Canary channel.

The release can still be described as not fully functional. There are a few bugs that still need to be ironed out, but the IDE will get its stable release shortly. In addition to some bug fixes, Android Studio has a new logo that is now available on the splash screen. The release candidate comes with Maven repository bundled up, so there is no need to be online in order to create a project.

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Connect ALL THE THINGS with Xender

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Smartphones, with all of their all connectivity options courtesy of OEMs, can easily connect themselves with various other devices. Android itself doesn’t give you too many options when it comes to file sharing, so you need external apps that allow you to share the content of your device or use your PC to browse phones memory wirelessly.

One app that allows you to connect with other phones to share your photos, applications, and other media files easily is Xender. The application comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member AnMobi, and it can connect two phones or a phone and your PC–without cables. You can even connect your Android phones to iPhones or iPads to easily share data with them.

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Sony Encouraging SmartWatch 2 Development

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Mobile device companies like selling devices–it’s how they make their money and it’s how they fund the next device that’s already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There’s one thing that can be said though about Sony, and it’s this: They work really hard to encourage development on their devices, no matter how old they might be. They’ve consistently put out AOSP for their devices, given instructions on how to build custom kernels (which no other OEM does by the way), and provided tools to load custom builds on their original SmartWatch. With the recent release of their 3rd-gener. . . READ ON »

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Easily Toggles Your Lollipop Mobile Data Network Type

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Android Lollipop is by good margin the most advanced and refined version of Google’s nearly ubiquitous mobile OS. Some features that are now integrated into Lollipop were only available through the use of custom ROMs not too long ago. One feature that was added not too long ago is quick toggles.

Lollipop’s status bar toggles are great, but they don’t offer too many switches. One that many people happen to miss is network mode. To change the network type of your device, you need to enter the settings app and look for the relevant parameter manually. This takes an awfully long time, and is everything but convenient. Luckily, XDA Senior Member cygery found a solution.

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Unofficial CM12 for Android One, Disabling Encryption on Nexus 6 – XDA TV

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Android One devices have received an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of a Jolla Sailfish OS tablet and be sure the check out the article talking about how to disable data encryption on the Nexus 6! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! unlock your LG G3. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video talking about the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvi. . . READ ON »

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