September 8, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Music knows no boundaries. How many times have you wanted to share your music with your friends but faced some kind of issue or inconvenience? I bet that this has happened more than a few times. Unfortunately, playing music out loud in public places isn’t always the best idea, and is often considered tasteless.
There are other solutions to share your hits without driving people bananas. One of them is MediaBowl, an interesting application written by XDA Forum Member lrangasw68. MediaBowl is a media streamer that plays media files on every Android client within the range of a specified WiFi network. The application can be used as a host to share your music, or as a client to play the files shared by others. Music is not the only content that can be streamed. The application works nicely with movies and pictures as well. It can even stream and play the music at the same time!
MediaBowl can be used at every phone and tablet that has a working client of the app, reducing the need for high volume. Usage is very easy. Just select the content you wish to share and click on the icon on the bottom of the screen. The application will do the rest. Every MediaBowl user on the specified WiFi network will be able to find your stream and join the party.
Don’t struggle to share your movies and music while out and about. Head over to the MediaBowl application thread to give it a shot!
September 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Moto 360 has been released! 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 Verizon HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat and be sure the check out the article talking about getting an Unlocked Moto X in any color! 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 RootJunky released a video showing you how to install TWRP on your Android Wear device. Then Newcomer droidmodd3rx showed off how to make any Android Device have the same software as the OnePlus One. 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.
September 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Oppo’s spunky offspring company OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the One, to much fanfare. It ships with a special version of CyanogenMod installed. Many people love CyanogenMod and would love to get their hands on a phone with this version. However, getting your hands on a OnePlus One is not as easy as going down to the store and buying one. The supply is limited and there are many paths to getting the opportunity to buy one, and some paths are very sketchy.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV newcomer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Senior Member zedomax‘s OnePlus One Conversion Kit. This kit allows you to install the special OnePlus One features like the OnePlusOne lock screen, camera, soundfx, whisper push, privacy guard, wallpapers, and more on any smartphone that runs CyanogenMod 11. While we are showing the version on the HTC One M8, the features will be similar on any CyanogenMod 11 supported device. Grab your favorite beverage and check out this video.
September 6, 2014 By: Samantha
PhilZ Touch Recovery is one of the most popular CWM-derived custom recoveries available for Android devices. With a plethora of compatible devices and being fully open source, anyone can try to get it working on their device if it isn’t available already. Fortunately, if you find yourself in a situation where you want to use PhilZ Touch but don’t know where to start, there’s now a tutorial that shows you how to compile the recovery for any Android device with a MediaTek SoC.
Written by Senior Member yuweng, the tutorial is comprehensive and detailed in its explanation of the steps necessary to compile PhilZ Touch for your device. It also provides a background of what PhilZ Touch recovery is for any newcomers, a quick rundown of the compilation process, and the tools required. The tutorial is accompanied with plenty of examples of code and screenshots along with other helpful information and links. Additionally, yuweng provides some additional information that you may find helpful, such as some miscellaneous tips and even a case study.
If you own a device with a MediaTek chip and are looking for a tutorial on compiling PhilZ Touch Recovery for your device, yuweng’s tutorial is a great place to start. Head over to the PhilZ Touch 6 for MediaTek devices tutorial thread for more information.
September 6, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Wireless Internet Access Points, also known as mobile hotspots, are getting more popular every day. That said, they are still in areas where Internet access is considered a luxury. When you are traveling a lot, you’d likely want to inform your family of your status and whereabouts, and hotspots often are your only choice. As we all know, international phone calls, SMS messages when abroad, and mobile data are very expensive, so they often are not an option if you don’t want to pay a fortune.
Some of us make a quick call and quickly disconnect after hearing the first ring tone. This can be used as code stating that we are okay or maybe to expect a call. It’s a fast and free way to send a short message. XDA Forum Member ringlabs came up with the interesting idea of using ring tones to send predefined messages, free of charge and fast. Ringtext uses XMPP protocol or phone calls to send free messages. The recipient gets a call and a short message in the client. You can add up to 100 messages. Such a number should be enough to prepare yourself for almost every situation.
All calls are absolutely free of charges. It’s a perfect solution for kids without mobile data, backpackers without data coverage, as well as international business travelers seeking to avoid roaming costs.
Don’t pay too much for simple phone calls and SMS messages. Get ringtext and talk with your friends and family for free, without the Internet, fast and simple. Get it from the Ringtext application thread.
September 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch. We’ve showed you how to use the Samsung Gear Live Super Tool and we’ve shown you how to root the LG G Watch. Now we are going to show you how to install TWRP customer recovery on your Android Wear device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to install TWRP on the Samsung Gear Live. This process works on the LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.
September 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge and Sony announced the Xperia Z3 and the Smartwatch 3! 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 MultiROM being Ported to the Moto E and the Moto G and be sure the check out the article talking about webOS becoming LuneOS. 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 NLPUnBounce. Then TK talked about two solar charging options. And later TK gave us his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
September 4, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
At some point in time, each one of us has probably attempted to draw something. Whether it’s doodling in a notebook, spray painting on a wall or making fine strokes on a canvas, we’ve all enjoyed it. And why not? The notion of creating something beautiful from nothing evokes a sense of pride in us and often pushes us to excel. Despite the widespread love for drawing, time hasn’t been very kind to it. In the digital age, rarely does one ever tend to sit down with a piece of paper and just draw or paint for hours on end, whether for lack of inclination or lack of time.
With an increased focus on technology, people spend long hours of the day on smartphones and tablets, and XDA Senior Member sylsau has used this as a base for Tiny Paint, a simple and efficient app that allows you to draw on your device. While there are more than a few similar drawing apps available on Android, Tiny Paint combines simplicity and efficiency with the end result being an app that is significantly powerful with features such blurring and embossing, yet delivers itself in an easy-to-use interface. Basically, Tiny Paint is simple enough to let you use it in your spare time, but good enough to keep you hooked.
Head over to the Tiny Paint application thread to get started with digital drawing. The app is free to download and relatively small in size.
From its humble beginnings back in April of this year to its more recent and feature packed updates since, we’ve talked quite a bit about XDA Senior Member luciferabby‘s creation Dial’em All. For those who don’t remember, the premise of the app is simple: Instead of manually scrolling through your app drawer or endless home screens to find that certain app you’re looking for, you open the T9-enabled app dialer and search for the desired app in a manner similar to Spotlight on Mac OS X or Launchy and Start Button Search on Windows.
As time went on, the app eventually incorporated quite a bit of added functionality such as the ability to search your entire phone and even dial and communicate with phone contacts–in addition to the core app dialing functionality. Now, Dial’em All has been given another major update, and this time, it’s in the form of a major visual makeover to Android L-inspired Material Design goodness. The latest update brings us to version 6.0.1, and in addition to the Android L-inspired design, you’re now able to send messages to contacts, and the overall performance has been improved.0
If you’re a veteran Dial’em All user or you’re just now finding out about this great replacement dialer, it’s as good of a time as ever to head over to the Dial’em All app thread and give it a shot.
Google’s Android Wear has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. Google is trying to streamline and standardize the wearable market. This helps take the focus off the experience of the base software and perhaps hardware, and focuses it on the actual Android Wear Apps themselves!
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows off his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. He talks about 5 apps and watch faces that in no particular order really help expand your Android Wear Device capabilities. TK talks about ACW Watch Face, Weather Wear Watch Face, MacroDroid – Device Automation, Lockable, Wear Mini Launcher, Wear Camera Remote and Wear Volume. So check out this video!
September 4, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Another Wednesday has come, and in most parts of the world gone. As is more often than not the case, the day was marked with a few Google first party Android app updates. Today’s updates come in the form of a massive visual makeover for Chrome (Stable), bringing it to major version parity with July’s Chrome Beta update, as well as a minor update for Google Camera.
Although today’s updates aren’t too numerous, they’re still certainly exciting. Starting off today’s updates, we have Chrome Stable 37.0.2062.117. Similar to the beta channel update we saw a little over a month ago, today’s update to Chrome (stable) 37 brings us the Material Design UI elements and feel that we now know and love. This consists of that new start page, cleaner iconography, improved spacing, and more.
In addition to the rather significant update to Chrome stable, we also have a minor bugfix update to Google Camera, bringing us to version 2.3.020 (up from 2.3.017 about two months ago). As one would expect from such a minor version number bump, there’s not much in the way of changed features. However, it can reasonably be assumed that there are some under-the-hood bugfixes in there somewhere.
Both of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our Google Drive for your sideloading pleasure:
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the heads up!]
September 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the onboard battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a two unique smartphone accessories, the PowerAdd 14w Portable Solar Charger and the Apollo 2 Solar Power Bank. These devices either charge your device with the power of the sun or is a power bank that can be charged with the sun, respectively. Is Solar Charging a gimmick or a smart way to charge your phone? Check out this video to find out.
September 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back in April, we talked about a useful Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik that allowed users to increase the number of allowed lock screen pattern attempts. This is incredibly useful for those who would like to use a particularly difficult to remember and enter lock screen pattern, as well as those who have the pattern set to not display entry attempts.
In the time since, the previously covered module has been discontinued. Luckily, hamzahrmalik followed up on his previous creation with the new LockScreen Tweakbox module, which continues right where its predecessor left off, and adds many new features. In addition to offering unlimited pattern unlock attempts, users are also able to hide the next alarm text and emergency call button. You can also set a custom background color, image, or both, change the pattern dot and trail colors, change the unlock ring icon, allow for notifications with lock screen security, show the clock in the status bar, and make noise when an incorrect password is entered. Essentially, LockScreen Tweakbox offers everything that its predecessor offered–and then some. Future updates will also likely bring the ability to change the status bar color and visibility, swap navigation buttons for music controls, and more specifically change how many attempts you can have.
If you’re looking to tweak basically everything about your lock screen, look no further. Head over to the LockScreen Tweakbox module thread to get started.