For those who want a themed Android phone without all the work of configuring widgets, wallpapers, and icons, our friends at MyColorScreen offer a terrific option with their Themer app (available on Google Play). And as of today, those looking to show their love for XDA can do so by applying the XDA theme, which can be found under the “Newest” category in Themer.
This theme features a card-style UI style homescreen design, as well as a direct link to the XDA forums. It also contains clock and battery stats, weather information, music controls, and access to common apps. There’s also a slide-out panel with missed message notifications, quick access to search, and even a link to the XDA Portal.
If you want to know more about Themer, here are some helpful videos:
And of course, XDA is home to the official Themer forums where you can exchange themes you’ve made, offer tips and tricks, and get support.
December 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we briefly touched upon a Google Search update that brought the ability to search within apps directly from within Google Search. This update, which is gradually being rolled out to end-user devices, has the potential to make Google Search significantly more powerful. Rather than having to open an application to search within the app, Google Search can now act more like global search.
Unfortunately, there are a few limitations with Google’s first party offering. First of all, there are only a few apps that are compatible with this new functionality. Some of the biggest partners so far include IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, and a few others—though support can be added through the Content Provider API similar to what Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler did not too long ago. The integration also still requires users to manually select the desired action from the Google Search results.
Luckily, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG came up with a solution to both of the above issues. The fix comes in the form of a third-party Google Search API that can be installed via XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework. When installed, the API allows developers to create and run plugins that react to certain searches made in the Google Search app. A practical example demonstrating song lyrics functionality can be found on YouTube.
While MohammadAG’s API requires both Xposed Framework and this Xposed module to be installed, it also offers greater freedom and potential to interested app developers. End-users, as well as developers looking to integrate this functionality into their own apps, should head over to the module thread to get started.
December 4, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Google Search for Android is about to become significantly more powerful. And unlike some of the more recent additions to the app’s capabilities, this actually does not come in the form of new cards, Easter Eggs, or enhancements to the hidden Google Experience Launcher. Rather, a staged rollout beginning today will extend the power of Google Search to third-party applications.
Previously, in order to search for application-specific information, you’d first have to go to the application and look from there. Now, Google Search will be able to find information from within supported apps directly, without the need to first open an application. A good example of this would be looking up movie information in Google Search, and then immediately jumping into the context-relevant page in your IMDb app.
Additionally, Google Search will now be able to help you find “just the right app.” For example, if you search for “downhill ski apps,” it will show you mobile apps related to your search query. As stated by Google’s Scott Huffman, “This is just one step toward bringing apps and the web together, making it even easier to get the right information, regardless of where it’s located.”
What do you think of the new Google Search functionality? Are you excited about the upcoming integration, or are you a bit more leery of Google’s continuing efforts to wedge itself in every aspect of your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Not too long ago, we talked about the Flash SMS (class 0) DoS vulnerability affecting the current lineup of Nexus devices. Discovered by Romanian security researcher Bogdan Alec, the vulnerability was such that Flash SMS (class 0) messages sent in rapid succession would cause unexpected behavior on various Nexus devices. Curiously, though, the bug only affected Nexus device owners.
Luckily, the vulnerability was never all that damaging. After all, the worst outcome that has been seen so far is data loss due to a device reboot. That said, the vulnerability certainly opens up users to annoying pranks and spam that can get in the way of essential productivity.
Now, the vulnerability has claimed its first major conquest, though in a somewhat unexpected way. No, there wasn’t a malicious attack based on the vulnerability. HushSMS by app developer Michael Mueller has been removed by the Google Play store for being in “violation of the dangerous products provision of the Content Policy and sections 4.3 and 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.” This is for an application that has been available in the Play store for roughly ten months, and one that, “can send messages in accordance to the 3GPP Specification 23.040 ‘Technical realization of the Short Message Service,’ and some other specifications like OMA WAP,” as stated by Mueller himself.
While many of us are anticipating an official fix to come in the forthcoming Android 4.4.1, we can’t help but think that this is a rather curious “solution” to the problem by Google. For reference, the Google Cached Page for the HushSMS Play Store Listing is still available. More information from the developer can be found in the source link below.
December 4, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
HotFile.com is one of the most widely used file sharing companies, and one that has proven popular among various XDA users to distribute development works. Now, it has been shut down permanently, and their owners have to pay $80 milion, as part of a settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Hotfile was initially accused of piracy in 2011, when the trial begun. The MPAA requested Hotfile to pay $500 million in compensation to the movie industries affected by warez hosting. After negotiations, both parties decide to lower this amount to $80 million. Now, Hotfile.com is shut down permanently with a following message:
The decision of the American Federal Court clearly shows that piracy is forbidden and people should pay for movies, music, or applications. At XDA we protect the developers and their intellectual property, and we would like to remind you that discussing or posting warez is illegal as well.
The shutdown also means that some developers who used to host their file on HotFile will have to change their online hosting providers. XDA has many hosting partners that are fast and free, such as Dev Host, Android File Host, and Goo.im—all of which are available in the private developer-specific forums. Developers can also use DevDB to upload their files. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that other services will share the fate of Hotfile and will be closed down in the future, but this makes it as good of a time as ever to migrate to more development-specific hosting solutions that are much less likely to be closed.
December 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to gain root access using XDA Senior Recognized Developer Jcase’s APK root exploit. Then, he installs TWRP and OmniROM. If you wanted to root your Oppo N1, take a moment and check this video out.
December 3, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
Over a year ago, we talked about AndroidLib, the .NET assembly library written in C# that easily handles communication between a connected Android device and your program. It’s a great and innovative project, but it is unfortunately limited to Windows systems, as .NET works only with C#, F#, Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual C++, rather than the cross-platform Java.
Inspired by the AndroidLib idea, XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher started a project to rewrite the project in Java. The idea is simple. This project can now be used with Unix-like systems such as Linux or MacOS. So far, this projects allows users to easily install ADB on every supported platform. The same thing can be done with fastboot. It can ease the efforts for some less tech-savvy users, as installing ADB and fastboot manually isn’t exactly the easiest task. The developer plans to add tons of handy features, and we wish him good luck with the project.
The binary is not distributed, but it can be compiled from source. More information regarding project can be found in the original thread, so make your way there and give it a try.
Not too long ago, we featured an innovative app aimed at helping you never miss urgent text messages by XDA Forum Member CurlyY. The previously covered TeXTe app helped boost productivity by making it a bit easier to stay in touch when necessary. Now the developer is back with an edutainment title aimed at helping you boost your productivity by honing your visual memory.
12sec is a visual working memory training game. The game works by first showing you a picture for 12 seconds (hence the title). Afterward, you are asked a series of questions about various details in the picture. There are two game modes: normal (unlimited time) and time attack. And to boost competitiveness, 12sec allows you to share your scores with your friends to find out who really has the best visual working memory.
Let’s face it: Edutainment titles generally fail to live up to their genre’s name. Often times, you end up with a game that’s either educational but not fun, or fun but not educational. And while 12sec is not exactly poised at becoming the next Angry Birds, it’s at least frustrating and enjoyable enough to make you want to keep playing. And the fact that you can challenge your friends… well, that’s the icing on the cake.
The game is officially compatible with Android 3.0 and higher, but it may also work with Gingerbread. Make your way over to the game thread to get started.
December 3, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) is a great development, one that now works with KitKat! This framework allows you to pick and choose the customizations you want on your Android device. If someone has taken the time to write a Module, or if you take the time to do so yourself, you can get any feature you want from just about any ROM.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews XHaloFloatingWindow. XDA Senior Member zst123 created this Xposed Module to allow you to get the Paranoid Android Halo multitasking feature on any device. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
December 3, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Over the last six years, we’ve seen Android mature from an underdog of an operating system to the mobile OS juggernaut that it is today. During the course of its evolution, we’ve seen quite a few major versions of the OS, with Android 4.4 KitKat being the most recent.
Now thanks to the release of the Google Nexus 5 as well as Motorola and HTC’s timely updates, 1.1% of Android users (who have access to Google Play Services) are enjoying the KitKat goods. Also worth noting is how 74.2% of devices are now running Android 4.0 or greater. Unfortunately, Gingerbread still has a stranglehold on older devices that will never see official updates to 4.x, but its influence is now down to just 24.1%.
Along with the platform version stats, Google also released information regarding screen sizes and resolutions. As of yesterday, 8.8% of users have run Small devices, 79.4% of users run Normal devices, 6.9% of users use Large devices, and 4.9% of users have Xlarge devices. This corresponds well with the 22.9% of users running mdpi, 34.2% of users running hdpi, 22.3% of users running xhdpi, and 9.7% of users running xxhdpi. All in all, it shows Android’s predominant success on mobile phones, with tablets and super high resolution devices creeping in as well.
To see the charts and graphs yourself, make your way over to the Android Developers website.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular multi-device ROMs. It is also the base for many custom ROMs available here on XDA. It supports a long list of devices, which makes it one of the most recognizable custom ROMs available.
Of course, CyanogenMod is an AOSP-derived ROM, which means that much of the project comes from source code on Google’s Android repos. It is also open source, with sources freely available to anyone looking to build upon the team’s work. Unfortunately, not every element of CM is open, as some application and libraries are delivered as proprietary binaries. Those files are mostly taken from Google services and used in CMAccount for example.
Not every user particularly cares for Google’s proprietary bits and its tendency to put them everywhere. As such, XDA Senior Member MaR-V-iN has created a script to clear out Google proprietary binaries from all CM10+ ROMs. Freecyngn disassembles the CyanogenMod settings app and replaces Google Analytics library with the free NoAnalytics. The whole process doesn’t break the Settings app, and turns your device into one that is Google-free.
Installation is very simple. All you need to do is to copy the file onto the SD card or internal storage of your device. Then, simply flash it via a custom recovery.
Having a Google-free Android is an interesting idea. If you like it, make your way to the original thread and get the newest version of the script. Also, don’t forget to take a look at our earlier series on Saying Sayonara to Google Apps.
December 2, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
Home screen customization is quite important to many users. Most of us like to keep our screens aesthetic. And from time to time, we want to share the look with our friends in real life or here on XDA.
Unfortunately some ROMs don’t offer screenshot functionality, so the Android-SDK must be used. It’s very inconvenient to download a big package just to make a few screenshots via ddms. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Diamondback created a Windows tool, named Advanced Screenshot Creator (ASC), to ease the process of creating screenshots. In addition to its main feature of creating an image of the visible portion of the screen via a custom ADB implementation, ASC can automatically save all screenshots to a user-specified folder and let you manage the already taken screenshots.
The Advanced Screenshot Creator was originally a part of Virtuous Ten Studio, a powerful IDE for reverse engineering on Android. ASC is the second feature, which was released as a standalone application after Advanced Logcat Viewer. There are still more to follow.
If you a Windows user and looking for an advanced utility to manage screenshots, head over to the original thread and give Advanced Screenshot Creator or Virtuous Ten Studio a try.
December 2, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The HTC One Developer and Unlocked models are now receiving Android 4.4 KitKat! 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 that the Google Nexus line of devices is vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks and that the Xposed Framework is now official on Android 4.4 KitKat!
In other important news, Jordan talks about the legendary HTC HD2 is now running Android 4.4 KitKat. Finally, in case you messed it last week, XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler showed us how to launch an app with Google Now and TK gave us an Android App Review of Dial2Draw. Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.