September 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Xposed Modules are usually pretty simple. There are a few out there where a Smali edit or a change in build.prop would produce the same result. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time or desire to dig through mountains of build.prop fields to find what you are looking for. But that’s alright, Xposed Module creators have found and shared their tweaks for us.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the duration between wake locks for one of Google’s location services. XDA Senior Member cryptyk created the NLPUpBounce module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
September 2, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
One of the best things about the modern day smartphone is its ability to save us time here and there. Features like Google Now keep us apprised of all the relevant news and scores so that we don’t have to manually search for the information ourselves. However, this isn’t the only way in which our smart devices can save us time.
Many of us often use our mobile devices to enter repetitive tidbits of information. XDA Forum Member mikmitch recently realized this, and developed an Xposed module that streamlines the process to make things significantly more efficient.
Example use cases could include using @cell to fill in your cell phone number, @email to fill in your email address, and @addr to fill in your street address. The module works by allowing you to enter a short key sequence that is automatically converted to another, longer field once the short string is typed. This solution works at the text widget level, so all keyboards are compatible.
If you often find yourself entering in information on your mobile device and you’ve been looking for a way to streamline the process, head over to the Text Macro Xposed Module thread to get started.
September 1, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
Modification has always been one of the strong suits of Android, due in large part to its nature as an open source operating system. What began as changing a few drawables back in the early days of Android, has now evolved into an entire subsection of the community, giving rise to multiple disciplines of modding, such as drawable editing, feature adding and enhancing, system theming, and much more.
In the spirit of modding and theming, XDA Recognized Themer SpaceCaker has written up two excellent guides for do-it-yourself modding. These guides provide simple and easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through the entire modding process, right up to compiling your work when you’re done, making them easy to follow for veterans and beginners alike. The first guide covers adding toggles to your notification shade, similar to the QuickSettings present on AOSP ROMs. Subsequently, the second guide deals with adding a tabbed layout to the shade, thus segregating the toggles from your notification, which likens it to the one seen on the Sony Xperia Z2. Both of these allow you to truly begin customizing your own device, rather than applying pre-built themes and modifications.
Head over to the Grid Toggles guide thread or the Tabbed Statusbar guide thread to get started with modding your device. While it may seem forbearing at first, modding is an engaging activity with little room for error, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
September 1, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s a very well established fact that cars are expensive. In addition to the hefty initial investment, there are all sorts of recurring expenses such as fuel, parking, insurance, service, and so on. And let’s not even get started talking about the world of additional expenses and speeding tickets once you start modifying your vehicle. Luckily, there’s now an app that helps you track and visualize just how much you’re spending on all of your vehicles so that you can figure out whether it’s all worth it.
Just as its name implies, Car Logbook by XDA Forum Member txdrive is a fully featured car log that keeps track of your fuel ups, mileage, and various expenses such as service, parking, tuning, and so on. It is then able to generate reports and notifications that let you know how much you’ve spent on your vehicles over time, as well as what makes up the bulk of your car expenses. The app supports multiple vehicles, and it even lets you create notifications that appear based on the car’s odometer or the date.
If you’re been looking for a very full featured car log that will help you better keep track of how much your car truly costs, head over to the Car Logbook app thread to get started. The developer has also published the app’s source code over on his GitHub account for all those wondering how he made the app or ideas on how to make it even better.
September 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! 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 the Nvidia SHIELD getting it’s first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared released a video showing you his Top 5 MODs for the LG G3. Then Newcomer RootJunky showed off how to root the LG G Watch. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked.
XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it with his latest Xposed module, HaveOwnOrientation. As the module name suggests, HaveOwnOrientation allows you to use any application in any screen orientation of your choosing. With the module enabled, applications can no longer lock to any particular rotation setting. Instead, the device will simply remain in its previous orientation. Naturally, not all applications will play nicely when locked into a particular orientation, so if you experience screen anomalies, try going back to the app’s default setting.
Naturally, you need to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed to use this module. If you meet the above criteria and if apps forcing their own preferred orientation has you pulling out your hair, head over to the HaveOwnOrientation module thread to get started.
There are hundreds of launcher replacement applications available for Android. Most of them are based on the AOSP launcher’s codebase, with various tweaks and feature additions baked in to allow for a better overall experience. Others, like what we’ve seen from our friends over at Themer, start fresh to deliver a fundamentally different and more customized experience. Now a new launcher called HTMLauncher takes an even different approach by essentially letting you create your own launcher through HTML editing.
At this time, the launcher itself is fully functional, and you can indeed use it as a daily driver. However, in my usage on a Nexus 5 running Android L developer preview 2, the experience wasn’t quite as stable or smooth as I would desire. That said, this is still an intriguing prospect for those looking for a different kind of launcher with a fundamentally different level of customizability.
You can monitor the app’s process or give it a shot for yourself by heading over to the HTMLauncher application thread.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
August 30, 2014 By: Samantha
If you’re one of those who find it just an impossible task to keep track of several unique passwords with at least eight characters, a combination of both numbers and letters, and at least one capitalized letter, then you definitely know the struggle one goes through when logging into accounts manually. Because yes, having one password for everything isn’t the most secure thing, but at least you don’t have an Email inbox full of password reset messages, right?
XDA Forum Member gustavomondron sympathizes with your predicament, and because of this, he developed an app called Twik to help you out. With Twik Password Manager, you’ll be able to have the same benefits of having different passwords for your accounts, while having to remember only one ‘master’ password. It generates random passwords for your accounts and stores them on your phone. The only way for you to access them is by typing in your ‘master’ password.
Considering the many accounts we have spread across the Internet, Twik has a pleasant, simple, yet very navigable and organized user interface that makes it easy to identify the accounts you have and the password settings associated with each one. Additionally, Twik is compatible with any mobile web browser, so you can easily generate a password by simply sharing the website with Twik. And for those who want to poke around the app’s insides, Twik is open source as well.
If you would like to find out more about Twik, be sure to check out the Twik application thread.
The LG G3 has been LG’s breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3.
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top 5 LG G3 MODs. He talks about 5 Mods, that in no particular order that really help expand your LG G3′s capabilities. Jared talks about a lock screen mod, a camera mod, thermal mods, a split view mod, and Xposed Tweaksbox Module. So if you wanted to see what these MODs offer and get insight into how they run, check out this video!
For some of us, summer vacation is already over. For those getting ready to school, work, or other “boring” places, it’s a good time to start thinking your return. Those of you who take things seriously, should use a calendar, and Android devices are perfectly capable of replacing your standard scheduler.
A good calendar should meet a few requirements. It should be functional, fast, and good looking. XDA Forum Member lmchanh developed an application that perfectly fits the criteria mentioned above. Month Calendar is a collection of beautiful widgets. It’s fast, modern looking and supports over 70 various themes changing the look and feel of the app. With Month calendar you will know about upcoming birthdays of your friends and family. If you are into astrology, you can learn more about the lunar calendar. The fun thing is that application’s icon is changed accordingly to the current month.
The basic version of the calendar offers a few different themes available for free. You can change the look of the app and remove ads by getting one of available theme packs.
Month Calendar is definitely one of the best looking widgets out there. You can get it from the Month calendar application thread. If you are keen to find a good replacement for your stock calendar, go there and give it a try.
August 29, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Social network applications and services have developed into major parts of our lives. It’s hard to imagine a world without Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or VK. We use them to contact our friends, inform others about our hobbies, or simply read the news from selected RSS feeds every day.
When you are browsing the Web, you can find many places that interact strongly with social media. XDA is one such place. This type of integration can also be added to Android projects, and this can now be done rather easily with a library created by XDA Forum Member gorbino.
With this library, users will be able to perform the most common actions like share photos, link, add or remove your friends. If you are planning to make your project social network friendly, you should consider adding ASNE to your application. You just need to add the module, build SocialNetworkManager, and configure your AndroidManifest. ASNE contains common interfaces for most popular social networks, but you can easily make module for another.
ASNE contains modules for the following social networks:
If you are an app developer and want to put some more focus on social networking, feel free to visit the ASNE – library for simple social networks integration thread to learn more.
August 29, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Secrecy encryption app goes open source! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of a news LG Android Wear device called the LG G Watch R and be sure the check out the article talking about an app called “I Am Groot!” 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 XQuietHours. Then AdamOutler talked about automating software builds with Jenkins. And later TK gave us a an Android App Review of CPU Monitor. Pull up a chair and check out this video.