August 1, 2014 By: egzthunder1
If you frequently make phone calls, your dialer (aka phone app) is one of the most crucial apps in your app drawer arsenal. There are times, however, when we cannot dial right away because we are busy composing Emails, looking for files, or are simply tied up in other not-so-menial tasks. In such cases, launching the dialer can potentially cause you to lose your progress in whatever it is that you were doing up to that point. There are several options out there, most of them in the form of floating windows like Sony’s Small Apps suite, Samsung’s multi-window mod, or even some of the open source alternatives. However, they all require something major, normally in the form of a ROM or feature port. But what if you don’t have the time or luxury of flashing ROMs and would kill to have said ability to dial a phone number no matter where you are? XDA Senior Member dancer_69 might have just what you need.
Slide Dial is an app that provides you with a floating dialer no matter which application (if any) you happen to be using at the moment. The dialer simply comes forth by means of swipe on the screen. This gesture can be easily configured to be either from left to right or from right to left and the location of the starting point can be changed by the user at will. The app also features a small Contacts area with access to speed dial features and a smart dialer, which basically means that you can either type the number or the name of the person you are trying to call. And of course, it also offers a few other pieces of basic functionality that you’d expect to have in a dialer.
The dev states that this was a small project to get started into Android programming and decided to share the fruits of his labor with the rest of the community. He further states that the app is stable enough for daily usage, and he is looking for some feedback. Please swing by the thread and take it for a spin. You can find more information in the Slide Dial app thread.
August 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Cell Phone Unlocking is legal again!! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Android 4.4.3 rolling out to European HTC One M8s and the article talking about modding your Sony Xperia Z1 to have stereo speakers! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Blurred System UI. Then, TK reviewed the OnePlus One. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Commandr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
We don’t usually feature live wallpapers on the XDA Portal unless they are somewhat innovative and offer some kind of improvement over the vast sea of wallpaper apps currently available. More often than not, these apps will either make the current wallpaper on our screen come to life, such as those offering a parallax effect, or they may even be interactive such as the classic Nexus live wallpaper. There are even a few apps out there that turn your device into your handheld picture slideshow. All these are fine examples of things that are out there. But what about when you can’t decide on a single picture to set as your wallpaper? Sure, if you are a master with Photoshop or GIMP, you can create your own collage. But what if you are not–or you simply don’t have the time? If this applies to you, then you might want to check out what XDA Senior Member jruesga has in store.
PhotoPhase is a live wallpaper app that is quite unlike most slideshow wallpaper apps. This app allows you to define several areas of your home screen wallpaper, and it lets you change the size and position of each section. Once you have that squared away, the app allows you to choose a picture folder or you can define a subset from your gallery. After you are done, it is time for you to play with transitions, effects, and touch actions. Each individual image can be treated as a separate entity, which means that they can all have a different transition effect, along with other picture effects.
The app is completely open source and, considering what it gives you, it is relatively light on system resources. However, this last item will vary depending on the size and quality of the images being used for wallpaper. The app is featured packed, but the dev still would like to hear your thoughts on improving it and making it better. Suggestions are welcome and as usual, if you have bugs to report, make sure you provide all the necessary details (and a logcat would be nice as well). You can find more information in the PhotoPhase application thread.
July 31, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
We don’t often cover very many live wallpapers here on the XDA Portal. You may think that wallpapers are just wallpapers, and there is nothing special with them. Well, you are right for the most part. However, sometimes you might be proven wrong, and we think that this is one of those cases.
If you are a Web developer or a graphics designer, you’ve certainly heard of and possibly used hexadecimal color codes. This system is a positional numeral system with a radix, or base, of 16. It uses sixteen distinct symbols, 0-9 to represent values zero to nine, and A-F to represent ten to fifteen. For instance, black in hexadecimal is #000000 while white is #FFFFFF.
XDA Recognized Contributor Chromium came up with rather unexpected idea and made a live wallpaper that changes its colors to match the hour in hexadecimal colors. As result, your screen will differ every single second. The clock is visible all the time as well, so you don’t need additional widgets to know the actual time. HexaTime has a few features that let you change the look of the wallpaper. You can adjust the clock size, its font, and even change the alignment to suit your mood.
Using hexadecimal colors in such way is rather innovative, and surely fits the minimalist style of many users’ home screens. You can give your screen some color by visiting the HexaTime Live Wallpaper thread. If you have ideas to make it even better, go ahead and check the code on Github and make your contributions.
July 31, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
“OK Google. Make Me a sandwich.” How many times have you made this joke? Apparently we’ve done it often enough that Google made it an Easter egg. Wouldn’t it be great if Google Now could do more complicated or useful tasks? Well, it can’t quite make you an actual sandwich, but maybe we can get it to actually toggle your WiFi! For his 100th app review, Tk has a solution for you!
XDA Senior Member RsenG2X offers up an application that allows you expand the capabilities of Google Now! In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Commandr. TK shows off the application, its uses and functionality, and he gives his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review. And of course check out the playlist of all TK’s 100 app reviews.
July 31, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
There are plenty of music players for Android available in Play Store. They differ in terms of layout, functionality, and overall user experience. Paid or free, it’s totally up to you to decide which one(s) you prefer and which app(s) will make the cut.
If you are learning foreign languages or simply like to know about what artists are singing, XDA Forum Member siju2012 created a nice music player that fetches lyrics automatically and displays them on the screen. In addition to playing music and displaying lyrics, the NextGen Music Player is very functional. You can change the song by swiping horizontally. If you are planning to take a nap, you can set up the timer to turn the music off after set period of time. Downloaded lyrics one stored on the SD card, so they are easily accessible even after changing the ROM.
NextGen is an interesting position for every music enthusiast. Lyrics support will help you understand lyrics better and fully enjoy your favorite hits. You can even use your device as a karaoke display. The app currently supports English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. In an upcoming release, siju2012 plans to implement a lock screen widget.
You can find The NextGen music player by visiting the NextGen Music Player application thread. If you want to try this app out, go there and give it a shot.
July 31, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Toasts are delicious, even in their Android flavor. In Android, toast doesn’t lead to a yummy sandwich, but rather a type of notification. Google decided to use these short prompts to inform about various things that are going on. For example, you may see a toast when an application is granted a superuser access.
Despite the idea behind toast notifications being great, Google has left room for big improvements in terms of implementation details. Developers didn’t like to wait, so they started to play with such details like notifications. As a result, XDA Forum Member abellujan created an Xposed module that lets you make toasts shorter than the minimum duration and longer than their default maximum. With this module, you can also disable toast notifications entirely. It’s not the biggest Xposed module available, but it might be useful for many Android users who would like a bit more control in these common UI elements.
Since this mod is being delivered as an Xposed Framework module, you need to have Xposed up and running on your device. When everything is set, apply the module and reboot your device to see the effects.
Are you quite unhappy with your current toasts notification look and feel? If so, change it in just a few steps. You can get started by visiting the SlicedToasts module thread.
July 30, 2014 By: Samantha
To be brutally honest, the native options for screen orientation in Android devices aren’t particularly extensive. Actually, it’s not extensive at all, consisting of merely a toggle to turn it on or off. For many folks, this is totally sufficient. What other customization options could you possibly have for a setting that simply turns the screen sideways? But being part of the Android OS, a lot of us also expect some of the customization and flexibility that has come to define the OS as a whole. With this said, XDA Recognized Developer and Themer Pranav Pandey has developed an app which does a great job filling in the gaps.
Simply called Rotation, the app offers a plethora of options for the screen orientation setting. Now, in addition to the basic toggle on/off option, you can also:
Rotation’s features aren’t limited to these either, as it also packs in different widgets for your home screen, which let you quickly toggle different modes and such. There’s also a ‘floating head’ function that appears on top of every app, allowing you quick access to Rotation and orientation settings, and to stop service. Additionally, Rotation has a full backup and restore function in case of app failure or when you reinstall the app.
It should be noted that Rotation is technically a paid app, but with a free and fully functional trial period of seven days. Pranav Pandey however, has allowed XDA users an exclusive version of the app that allows you to reset the trial period indefinitely by simply installing and reinstalling the app.
If you would like to check out Rotation, be sure to visit the Rotation app thread for more information and download.
July 30, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s hard to find a more hated object than your alarm clock. They wake us up nearly every day, help us to get up on time for school or work, and basically keep our lives on tracks. However, we still don’t like them. That said, we need to deal with them. But despite their annoyances, we can at least make them look pretty.
Stock Android isn’t always the most beautiful OS. Sometimes, icons and other UI elements look like they’re taken directly from Android 1.5–and that’s somewhat of a true statement. One of these small elements that can be easily replaced and make the OS look a bit prettier is the alarm icon available on status bar.
XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created a small Xposed module that replaces the default icon with Set’s alarm icon. Set’s alarm clock looks better and fits more into the Holo UI design. It’s a small modification, but a perfect looking ROM is made of such small elements that can be replaced with themes or Xposed modules.
To use this module, you need to root your phone and install Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty. After downloading and installing the module, you need to enable it in the Xposed Installer and reboot your device. After powering up your device, everything should be set.
If you don’t want to remain in the stone age in terms of layout, head over to the DynamicAlarmicon’s thread and give this module a try.
July 30, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Since the release of Flappy Birds, we’ve had the “fortune” to see hundreds of variations of the concept. Doge, shoes, and cheese were not too unusual in the sea of weird flying objects trying to squeeze between two pipes.
A quite unique approach to this concept was taken by XDA Forum Member IDSprofile, who decided to take flappy thing to… outer space! In the game Ship Up, you are the pilot of a spaceship trying to reach the stars and go to its home planet. It’s not easy, however, since the route is full of meteorite obstacles, so you need to be really focused to get high and score a good result. You need to fly between them to get to the higher level.
You may think that tapping the screen to find a hole is easy and everyone can get a high score—and, you’re right. However, you need to be focused, lucky, and have lots of free time to become really good at playing. Such games like Ship Up are highly addictive, so you can end up playing for a few hours.
Help a friendly alien find his way back home. Go to the Ship Up game thread and get your fingers ready for tapping.
Seemingly every day, there are a bunch of new devices being released. Some are budget devices and some are flagship devices. Naturally, there are budget conscious enthusiasts who would like to have both. Recently, a device has made a big splash in the tech industry, and is called by some as the Nexus killer. Then again, what’s not being (perhaps inaccurately) called a Nexus killer these days? This device is the first offering from OnePlus. Let dive in and see if we have a Nexus killer or not.
Before we start this review, please note that some people are having some issues with the service of the company. That being said, this review is of the device hardware and software and our experience with it. READ ON »
July 29, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
For the most part, Chrome, Firefox, and Dolphin Browser have no real rivals among the popular Android Web browsers. But from time to time, a new browser pops up and creates quite a fuss because it’s innovative and fresh features that offer something that the three kings don’t.
Not too long ago, we talked about Pale Moon Browser finding its way to Android. Now, the stage of browsers has gained one more player. XDA Senior Member tliebeck created a browser with tons of new features. Atlas Browser is absolutely ad-free, and it also incorporates an ad-blocker and has lots of privacy-related options. But that’s not the most interesting feature this browser has to offer.
With Atlas, you can browse two pages at the same time, with zooming and other navigation options, so it’s really neat for work and fun. Moreover, this app can save settings for every individual page. You can choose if you prefer to view it in mobile or desktop mode. Everything is just a few clicks away. Navigation is very easy. Swiping from the left side of the screen towards the center opens the window manager, while swiping from right opens a control panel for the current site where all the magic happens.
Using Atlas Web Browser is pure pleasure. The browser is currently in beta stage and all premium features are unlocked. This small project is a great alternative to Chrome and its buddies.
If you are looking for the new Web experience, Atlas Web Browser is just one click away. Find your way to the Atlas Web Browser application thread to get the latest version of this app and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
The battery style in stock Android looks pretty dull. It doesn’t offer the percentage remaining, customizable colors, and so on. Basically, it’s not something that most of us here on XDA are looking for. Luckily, you can change your default white or blue battery style to something more fancy with just few steps.
The battery style can look really nice and colorful. XDA Senior Member gharrington created a mod that gives you the ability to browse from over one thousand battery types. With a single click, the 3Minit Battery Mod will download and set the battery type onto the status bar. The application will download only those files that are needed by the currently selected battery type, so you don’t need to worry about the storage usage.
To change your current battery type, you need to install the application. After doing so, decomplie your SystemUI.apk and change a few lines of code in the XML files. You need to extract the contents of the archive provided by gharrington to the decompiled APK folders and re-compile it back. After pushing it to your ROM, you’ll get an option to select one of the battery types. Your phone must be rooted, otherwise you won’t be able to push the file back to /system partition.
If you want to have access to over a thousand of battery types, head over to the 3Minit thread to learn more.