When I first saw the game Flappy Bird, my reaction could be perfectly described by this meme. What’s so exciting about tapping a screen like a maniac to see a flapping bird going through pipes? But I decided to play, and I realized my mistake 3 hours later. Flappy Bird is simply addictive, and it’s one of the biggest hits in mobile gaming at the moment.
If you ever wondered about modifying Flappy Bird to see some other flying objects like your XDA avatar, a ball, or other things, you should check out a great guide made by XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor PulseDroid. With this guide, even a newcomer to the development world can learn how to change the game to fit his/her flapping needs.
The tool used by PulseDroid is the well known APKTool, which offers the ability to decompile an application to smali code and recompile it back. After following a set of simple instructions, your flying object will be the only one of its kind. The process is pretty simple and should not take more than 10 minutes if you have already made your replacement graphics.
You can get started by visiting the guide thread. So go there and customize your game experience.
February 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been leaked! 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 the announcement that Samsung devices are getting unified CyanogenMod 11 builds. Google Project Tango has also been made public, and this project promises Kinect-like abilites for smartphones! 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 Physical Button Music Control, then he reviewed the Lepow U-Stone 12000 mAh Power Bank, and he gave us an Android App Review of OmniSnitch. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 21, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
What ties together logcat and Holo UI? Possibly not much, as logcat is just a output of hundreds of processes running deep inside the phone, and Holo is an Android UI paradigm present since Honeycomb. It’s hard to find a connection between these two things, but there is one: a holo-fied logcat application made by XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899.
The application doesn’t differ greatly from the original CatLog, but a few things have been changed to make the application even more efficient. The top search and action bar were removedm, and ActionView method was replaced by ActionBar. The application was heavily redesigned in terms of UI and looks in order to be totally different from its predecessor. Logs are now presented in the dark Holo style. Even the app’s themes were redesigned.
Holofied CatLog becomes one of the most interesting and good looking applications for debugging on Android devices. If you are not familiar with the ADB version of tool, this application is a must-have on your phone.
Is your phone is unresponsive or buggy? Help the developer of your ROM by posting a logcat. And if you need help doing so, CatLog is a tool for you. The application can be found in the original thread, and should work with Android 3.0 or greater.
February 20, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Smartphones serve as ideal multimedia devices. With them, you can easily control your Smart TV or stream video through your Chromecast. Phones can be also used to control your PC, but you need external applications for that—applications like PC Quick Commands by XDA Senior Member ssrij.
This tool is divided into two separate parts. The first is an Android client, with which you can send some commands to control your PC. You can easily shutdown your PC, reboot it, or even put into hibernation. That’s not everything, as you can also easily run an application or process, so your smart device can become a modern remote controller. The second part of the tool is a Windows application that listens to your Android device and waits for the commands. It’s a small app that sleeps somewhere in the status bar of your Windows machine with NET 2.0 installed.
The developer also announced that the application will soon work with more operating systems, so Linux and Mac OS X users will also get to join in on the fun. The application is open source, so all the code can be reviewed and improved by the community.
More information about the project is available in the original thread. You can find both Android and Windows clients there, so don’t hesitate to go there and give it a try.
February 20, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The OmniROM project has been busy since it was announced at the Big Android BBQ. One of the awesome features was an app switcher called OmniSwitch. But most of the time to get these features, you have to install OmniROM. If only the dedicated developers could figure out a way to get it onto other devices.
XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat offers up OmniSwitch for all, back to Jelly Bean. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews OmniSnitch. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
February 20, 2014 By: Samantha
Not everyone has unlimited mobile broadband usage, even though it almost seems like all of our smartphone activities nowadays require it. It can be hard to keep track of your broadband usage if you like to stream or download videos and music, keep all your accounts synchronized, and download a lot of apps—especially if you’re with a provider that takes hours, even days, to update your usage. And if you’re unlucky, you may even have some apps sneakily using your precious data right under your nose, something that many folks may have experienced.
To help you take control of your data usage, XDA Forum Member rcllcr developed NetLive, an app that displays your Internet transfer rate in your notification area, as well as on your home screen as a widget. Allowing you to measure either your WiFi or mobile broadband usage, you can also choose to have the total usage displayed in addition to your uploads and downloads. Additionally, NetLive can track and show the name of the app that’s currently using the most data, so you’ll know exactly which app has been stealing your bandwidth.
NetLive is an app that many folks can find helpful in getting data usage under control. It’s compatible with Android version 2.3 and above, and can downloaded for free from the original post. If you want to check it out, visit the application thread for more information and download.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Do you remember Lucid Launcher? We featured this indie launcher a few weeks ago right here on the XDA Portal. XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 made a video series detailing its creation. And then on Valentine’s Day, the developer decided to update the application and add some love in the form of a few new features. The application also changed its status from alpha to beta, so it should be considerably more stable.
What is new in the new version? The application now supports 3 screens, and scrolling vertically switches between your work spaces. This can help you sort your applications, games, and widgets. The built-in browser also offers some new features and supports tabs. And these two new functions are only a small sample of the new features that have been added with this release.
The launcher is still simple and resource efficient, so even on older devices it will perform well. Powerpoint45 and his crew also made a website for the launcher. It’s still not ready for widespread release, but many core features have been added, so you can easily track the progress either in the XDA thread or the official website.
You can find the launcher by visiting its application thread. So if you are looking for a simple, minimal, and speedy launcher, you should definitely give Lucid a shot.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
For a long time, Swype was bound closely to certain OEMs. After several years of acquiring a loyal following, it was finally launched in the Google Play Store. And at the moment, Swype stands next to SwiftKey and SlideIt as the three most popular paid aftermarket keyboards on the Android platform.
Swype is great, and it has lots of fans. That said, one aspect needs some additional refinement, and that’s the Dragon voice recognition module. Rather than living up to its name as a mighty Dragon, it is at most a distinguished lizard in need of some additional power. (I wasn’t referring to you, Freddy.)
Google Voice Recognition is far better than the aforementioned Dragon. But without some digging in smali code, Swype is unable to take advantage of it. Luckily, there is an Xposed Framework module that allows you to fix this.
XDA Senior Member Danation created a module to replace Dragon with Google Voice Recognition, so now you can actually create a message by talking to your phone or tablet.
Currently, the module works only with paid version of Swype available in Play Store. OEM versions aren’t supported yet, and support for free version should be added soon Actually it’s working with paid and free version of Swype and OEM editions will be added soon. Thanks to the author for letting us know! As always, you need root access and to have the latest version of Xposed Framework installed.
February 19, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
A little over a month ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed a device that was an external battery plus a plethora of options from RAVPower. Perhaps the most useful feature of that device is the battery, because while it is nice to have a Wireless SD Card Reader, most the time you just need it to juice up your phone. So why buy a multipurpose device when you can get just a battery—and a big battery at that!
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the Lepow U-Stone 12000mAh High Capacity Power Bank. This device is marketed as a backup external battery charger. And in a market full of external battery juicers, does this one stand out? Check out this video to find out.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
It’s no secret that the AOSP camera leaves a lot to be desired. Sony, for example, decided to give its users the ability to insert a dinosaur or a volcano into their photos. There are also many other alternatives, such as the famous Focal app by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. It’s also interesting to note that some less common device OEMs make a pretty decent camera application as well, which can compete with those released by HTC or Samsung.
One such OEM is Lenovo, which released a camera app known as Lenovo Super Camera. The name isn’t too original, but the functionality of application is. And now, it’s available to all users, thanks to XDA Senior Member a2441918.
The application uses an unnecessarily large set of permissions including direct calling, but the developer responsible for a port removed it and gave users a choice between two versions. The only disadvantage of this mod is a broken Panorama Mode, but the rest of features work just fine. The modified camera app should work without major issues on Android 4.3 and 4.4.
If you are disappointed in your camera application and find your photo quality not good enough, you should consider visiting the application thread and giving Lenovo Super Camera a shot.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The panel that is available when you drag down your status bar differs in almost every custom build of Android. It’s different in Sony or Samsung ROMs, not to mention AOSP and AOSP-derived ROMs. This panel is frequently used to toggle device features like WiFi, GPS, and ringer mode. Needless to say, these settings can be changed, and we don’t need Xposed Framework this time thanks to a little smali editing.
Those of you running Samsung devices may be familiary with 3Minit Mod by XDA Recognized Contributor gharrington. The developer was kind enough to share the source code with users, and now 3Minit can be used on other devices. With this modification you gain a quick launch panel, which adds a possibility of running your favorite applications directly from the notification zone.
The panel is fully customizable, and it enhances a functionality of your Android device. To test it, you need to have deodexed SystemUI.apk, which needs to be recompiled with APKTool. Gharrington prepared a package with all the smali files required to successfully add Quicklauncher settings to your ROM, so the smali modifications will be reduced to absolute minimum.
In just few seconds, you can add a powerful modification to your device—but to do that, you need to visit the original thread to get started.
February 18, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
If you are a music maniac, you’re more than likely annoyed when you receive pointless notifications like “Your troops are ready for battle” or “eagleeyetom mentioned you at XDA-Developers.” This can be especially annoying while you are listening to the music. XDA offers thousands of applications that can enable or disable some features, so those pesky notifications aren’t anything special.
XDA Forum Member tpierce89 tried to find an application in order to allow his Android-using family to disable notification sounds during music playback. But due to a lack of luck in the search, he ended up creating his own application, and that’s how Don’t Pause was born.
The application is very easy to use, and offers what’s expected from it. While playing music, Don’t Pause puts notifications in silent mode, so that music is no longer silenced when a notification arrives. It has two modes, where notifications are disabled or enabled. This is useful when you are listening to your music in random places like the bus or while you’re taking a nap. In other words, with Don’t Pause, notifications only make a sound when convenient for you.
You can learn more about the application and see it in action by visiting the original thread.
February 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Ah, the fabled Nokia X. What started life in the rumor mill as the unlikely Nokia “Normandy” has now become a device with more leaked renders, snapshots, benchmarks, and specs than the next minor revision to Apple’s lowly iPh*ne.
All of the hype and rumors are to be expected. Despite the device’s theorized low-end aspirations as an Asha replacement, it will still be the first Nokia-powered Android device. And if Nokia’s superb build quality isn’t enough to excite you on its own, especially given the disposable state of modern consumer electronics, I don’t know what is. We are now a mere 5 days away from Nokia’s announcement in MWC next Monday. And while nothing is set in stone, the leaks keep on coming.
Are you excited at the prospect of a Nokia-built Android device? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check back here on Monday for our coverage of the inevitable. Want to get in on the hype? You needn’t go any further than Nokia’s own site to prepare for next Monday’s announcement. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out all of our past coverage of the rumored device.