Changing the profile of your device manually is now long forgotten. Since the advent of Android automation applications like Tasker, we’re now able to take full advantage of automatically enabled profiles. Some OEMs have even noticed that profile management might be a good idea, and they have implemented some features into their stock firmware.
IF you are looking for a free and interesting alternative to Tasker, you should consider meeting Sfen. It’s made by XDA Senior Member greglord. With Sfen, you can create events that can be triggered when certain conditions are met. You can specify an action and the event that is triggered at certain locations.
Using apps like greglord’s can make your phone or tablet significantly smarter and more automated. Setting profiles leads to almost limitless possibilities. You can easily save battery life, start your music player, or start your favorite game when you are going to the can.
Sfen is still at a very early stage of development, so some bugs might still be present. However, the developer is fixing them and collecting ideas to make the app even better in the future.
If you are looking for the tool that will make your device more automated, Sfen may be to your liking. You can get the latest version by visiting the Sfen application thread.
Being the most often looked at part of our device’s UI, the lock screen is prime real estate for things that we care about and are important to us. Be it the time, widgets, or shortcuts, we all have some sort of personalized setup for our lock screens that best suit our tastes. And perhaps, photos may be among them. If this is true in your case, XDA Senior Member wangxing has developed an app called Galaxy Photo Screen Lock which may be of your interest.
Galaxy Photo Screen Lock is a lock screen replacement app that displays photos and images right on your lock screen. What makes this stand out beyond the default lock screen some OEMs add with custom wallpapers is that wangxing’s offering allows you to choose multiple pictures that can be displayed as a slideshow. In addition, it comes with a selection of beautiful static custom backgrounds and all the essentials, such as time and weather widgets, and a camera shortcut. All these elements are also customizable and can be toggled on and off if you wish to do so.
If you would like to renovate your lock screen, visit the Galaxy Photo Screen Lock app thread for more information and download.
This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö University and during the evening he solves programming problems of various kinds. He is interested in open source projects and gets involved when he has a chance.
At xda:devcon ’13, published author and educator Mark Murphy gave a presentation entitled “Plugin Architectures for Android.” In his presentation, Murphy talk about how the best way to expand the capabilities of your app without impacting core functionality is to build plugins and make your app plugin-capable. Check out the video to see his presentation on this video from last year.
This year, Göransson offers up another excellent presentation talking about software development using software development kits. This time wearables will be the focus. Wearable computing is a concept that has grown popular the recent years with devices such as interactive glasses, lifelogging cameras, smartwatches, wearable sensors, and more. Since Google IO 2014, many more SDKs are available to play with, if you’re interested in the new Wear SDK this session is for you. This talk will cover SDK development including notifications, apps, design, and more.
July 27, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Application updates usually bring various improvements and bug fixes that take the newly updated app one step closer to perfection. Well, the key word here is ‘usually,’ since developers occasionally take two steps back when taking one step forward. This includes additions such as crippleware, new bugs, and much more.
The best solution to avoid the aforementioned situation would be downgrading to the older version of the app. However, that’s not possible using the adb install command. Removing an app and installing it back is not an option as well, because of app data loss. XDA Senior Member pyler found a solution for such this issue and made AppDowner. Pyler’s app can downgrade other applications without uninstalling them or losing data. Getting into the technical side, AppDownren uses the pm install -r -d file.apk command of Unix systems, which is able to install the older version of the application over a newer one. It might be (but hopefully not too often) useful for some XDA members.
To install an app, you need to select the APK from your local storage–yes, you obviously need to have the old version saved–and tap on the Install APK button. AppDowner will do everything for you. No cables, commands, or other tricks are needed in order to get this done.
Are you in need of an application downgrade? Visit the AppDowner thread to learn more about this tool.
There are dozens of overclocking and kernel tweaking apps out there. In addition, some ROMs offer built-in settings to set your CPU governor and overclocking options. However, not every ROM offers such functionality, and many applications that let you tweak the more advanced kernel capabilities are paid-only or freemium.
XDA Recognized Developer pedja1 wants to change this with a free app that lets you work your kernel tweaking magic.Kernel Tuner 2014 is a rewritten version of Kernel Tuner, an app originally intended for HTC Evo 3D. The majority of functions work with other devices, hence the decision to revamp the app, adding some brand new functions.
So, what this app can actually do? Many things. You can fully control the CPU, GPU on Qualcomm devices, voltage, governors, and much more. The list of features is very long, so the best thing to do would be to try it out for yourself on your own device.
To use Kernel Tuner 2014, your phone must be rooted and be running a custom kernel. Obviously, you must also be careful when adjusting your kernel parameters. If you don’t know what you’re doing, be prepared to have a restore image handy.
Unleash the full power of your kernel in a few simple steps. Head over to the Kernel Tuner 2014 application thread to get started.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2 And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
Without calendars in some form or another, most of our lives would be utter chaos. Unless you are Johnny Mnemonic with a memory implant, you most likely need some help in the form of a calendar to store crucial information. Google has its own calendar, but to be frank, it looks like it is more at home last decade than in the ’10s.
Luckily, you don’t have to be at the mercy of Google thanks to alternatives like Slate Calendar by XDA Forum Member codedevnew. This app is a calendar and personal assistant that helps you keep track of all your important data from your personal and work lives. It combines a few things like calendar events, contact birthdays, weather, results of your favorite sports games, and more. It’s also integrated with Google Calendar, so you don’t have to waste your time importing data from other applications. Oh, and one more important detail is that this app looks really nice.
Slate Calendar is still in an early development stage, which is described as beta by the author. If you are unlucky, you may experience some weird issues, so don’t wait to report them back to developer. You can find this neat, eye-catching calendar by visiting the Slate Calendar app thread.
July 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 will, like the XDA forums, focus on more than just Android and phones. We’ve got a couple presentations that cover Wearables and Android Wear. Of course, software isn’t the only thing you can develop in the mobile sphere.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. Shane Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved with multiple community driven projects–such as CyanogenMod–as hobbies has driven him to expand his interests into many different fields. Electronics and robotics are another interest of his. This extends to projects such as building robots and quadcopters in his spare time. Combining his interests for his presentation is recipe for an interesting presentation.
At xda:devcon ’13, the NFC lady, Pearl Chen gave a presentation entitled “NFC: Thinking Creatively Beyond Mobile Payments.” In her presentation, she leads you through an NFC journey to discover some unexpected ways that NFC can be used on Android phones that go beyond the checkout line. Find out interesting ways you can use NFC in your next app or in your everyday life, and check out the video from last year.
This year, Francis offers up another excellent presentation talking about the many, often unusual, things you can do with an Android device. This time robotics will be the focus. Have you ever looked at your Android phone or tablet and think, “What if this thing had wheels, arms or a nerf gun?” Entitled “Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My!” Shane will be looking at how well Android devices are suited at being the brains behind robotics and some insights into creating a robotic platform based around any Android device. As well as an overview on how computer vision libraries, such as openCV, perform on the last few generations of Android devices. So if you welcome our Android Robotic Overloads, this presentation is for you.
July 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
When it comes to device testing, there are two types of people on XDA. The first group blindly believes that one additional benchmark point makes a particular ROM or kernel the best, and they install it immediately. The other group takes benchmark results with a grain of salt, and take them into consideration with other performance metrics. Antutu or Quadrant are two of the most popular benchmark applications available for Android. However, there are many, many more options available for those looking to test specific aspects of their devices.
Not every benchmark requires one to have a fancy application with a nice user interface. XDA Recognized Developer broodplank1337 proves this with a benchmark that consists of simply a BASH script that can be executed from a Linux terminal. Broodplank1337′s script measures the CPU integer via ADB using the bc binary ported to ARM. To run the test, your device needs to have the binary installed. To do so, ensure that it’s rooted. The script will then push required libs and perform a number of tests to determine your CPU integer performance. The main advantage of the script comparing to other benchmark methods is its speed. The lack of a UI makes using it blazing fast.
The script can only be executed from a Linux PC, so don’t yell at us while trying to run it on Windows. There is a pretty good guide of setting up Ubuntu on virtual machine, so you can use it as well. You need to install the binaries in order to perform the test, so don’t forget to execute the command ./score –install before going straight to testing.
You can find the script by visiting the benchmark thread. So, what’s your score? Share your results in the comments below.
July 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Almost every OEM has skinned and otherwise modified Android to suit its particular needs. Companies like HTC and Sony have changed the default Android UI, added sounds, and modified substantial amounts of built in functionality to suit their own philosophies and commercial agreements. Some of added features are extremely annoying, and are equally difficult to disable. But what can’t be done with regular settings menus can generally always be done using Xposed Framework.
One of these small annoyances is Android wake on charge. When you connect your device to your charger, the screen wakes up for no particularly good reason. What’s worse, some OEMs even add a particular sound when this happens. Unforutnately, there’s no easy way to disable this behavior on certain firmwares. To combat this, XDA Senior Member moneytoo created an Xposed module that gets rid all of these small annoyances. The module disables waking on charging and unplugging the charger, and it also disables the charging sound.
The module was originally made to work with Samsung Galaxy S5, but it works on several devices. Personally, I tested it on a Nexus 4, and it worked like a charm. Probably the best way to determine whether it works or not would be installing it on your device and seeing for yourself. Before using this module, make sure you have Xposed Framework installed and running.
You can rid yourself these small charging annoyances by visiting the No Wake On Charge thread.
July 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. 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 PINshortcuts. Then, Adam Unboxed The XDA Way a Samsung Gear Live. And later, TK gave us an Android Wear App Review of EchoWear Song Search. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
As their name suggests, smartphones should be smart. And usually, they are–but in certain situations, they could be smarter. Their functionality can be enhanced with tools like Tasker. This app allows users to define scenarios, which are executed when certain required criteria are met. Unfortunately, Tasker is somewhat difficult for newcomers to use, and it requires some knowledge and experience to be configured properly. Because of this, it’s a no-go for some of the less tech savvy users.
Picture yourself plugging in your headset and suddenly a defined set of apps appears right in your notification area. Thanks to XDA Forum Member rickythefox, it’s entirely possible. Headset Menu creates a menu or widget with applications selected by you. With this app, you can add your favorite music player, streaming application, and YouTube and run the desired application in just few simple steps. It’s very useful feature, since most of us connect headphones often, and looking for an app often takes too much of our precious time. Headset Menu saves you few seconds, and allows you to change your sound source really easily.
The application doesn’t require anything special except Android 4.0 or newer, which the vast majority of us already have. It works on every device, and it doesn’t even require root access. You can find the application by visiting the Headset Menu app thread. The application is in its development stage, so don’t forget to leave your feedback in the thread.
There are certain types of games that have become paramount of the portable gaming world. As we have said before, most games involving birds seem to do quite well, whereas others that are more like number puzzles tend to grab our attention for a little longer. However, no one can argue that one of the newer genres to hit our devices is the action/run, jump, shoot style of games that have been on our devices since the introduction of Temple Run and Subway Surfers. Normally, games like these are rich in 3D graphics and have very fluid animations (and thus require a considerable amount of system resources) and because of this, may require a vast amount of coding. This is why we tend to see games like these coming out of somewhat larger companies such as Glu Mobile and Gameloft. It is, however, always refreshing when coming across games like these but that are made with passion in mind and on top of all, by a single individual such as the indie game developer, XDA Forum Member Pallaxa.
Tales of Ciaxia is a run, jump, and shoot type of game, in which you play the role of Princess Ciaxia. You have been taken prisoner by dark creatures and by using your magic powers and the aide of your pet, you try to break free from your imprisonment. Much like it is the case with most of these games, your objective is to go as far as you can by shooting down enemies with your magic arrows, jumping and avoiding obstacles, and trying to run as far as your skill will allow you to get. Along the road, you will find coins that will increase your score, as well as certain power ups that will give you better chances to get even further. On top of that, you are running along with a little pet that will help you to get those hard to get power ups that are just too close to a wall for your own comfort.
The game is packed with things and features that can be unlocked as you complete certain challenges. Please be sure to drop by the thread and help the dev with valuable feedback to get the game going. The dev is currently working on all new updates while squashing bugs. Remember that this is a one man show, so any help you provide is greatly appreciated. Have fun!
The addictive game Tales of Ciaxia is now out for Android!
Can you beat the highscore and unlock all achievements?
Join Ciaxia through a fairy tale world and help her to escape the dark dungeon.
You can find more information in the Tales of Ciaxia’s game thread.