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Tomek Kondrat · May 27, 2014

Password Protect Your Apps with Xposed

Do you often leave your phone unlocked when not in use? Do your friends or significant other try to read your text messages while you sleep? Do you frequently share your device with friends but want to restrict their access? There are often situations where a full system-wide password isn't practical. However, that deosn't mean that you can't keep your private data reasonably protected from prying eyes. There are many applications that can add password protection to your applications and games. However, most of...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 27, 2014

Simple Guide Shows You How to Cherry Pick Useful Features Directly from Gerrit

Building ROMs from source is becoming increasingly popular. While most who decide to build their own ROM do so to learn something new, some share their builds with community. However, ROMs are not always created from scratch. Some features are taken from open source projects that have their code publicly available on a Git. Big projects with many contributors use the web-based software review tool Gerrit. Using Gerrit is a bit different than Git, and we covered a great guide some time ago. This tool can also be used to cherry-pick single...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Be ‘Always Correct’ – XDA Developer TV

In this day and age, voice calls placed on a smartphone are far outnumbered by written communication. From Email to IMs and texting, you are likely typing away at your screen 24/7. With that much typing, you are bound to make mistakes--but fear no more. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that brings predictive text to more text entry fields. XDA Senior Member elesbb created the Always Correct! module. TK shows off the modules and...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 27, 2014

Change Your System Font with Fontster

To change the look of your favorite ROM, you can do a number of things. The most obvious customization is changing your theme or replacing your icons to match your desired style. But if you've already changed these two things, there's another item that should be on your todo list: changing your font. Changing your system font has never been a difficult task, but it has never been particularly convenient either. But now thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor Chromium's application Fontster, the hassle is a thing of the past. Fontster...

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Will Verduzco · May 26, 2014

SideControl v3 Brings Notification Support, More Xposed Features, Updated UI, and More

We've tracked the evolution of XDA Senior Member Jawomo's SideControl during its three-month lifespan here on the XDA Portal. From its humble beginnings as the gesture launcher SideCuts to its recent acquisition of Halo support and Xposed functionality, the app Jawomo's creation has made quite a lot of progress in quite a short time. Now, version 3 has been released, and like its previous updates, this version brings quite a lot in the way of additional functionality. Like its predecessors, SideControl v3's claim to fame is still the...

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Will Verduzco · May 26, 2014

NOTEify Lets You Set and View Rich Contact Notes while in Calls

In most professional industries, networking is an unavoidable aspect of everyday life. Whether you're trying to make a sale or simply want to make your coworkers feel more comfortable, properly executed networking generally tends to make things go a bit smoother. For the uninitiated, one of the most important aspects of networking is remembering certain key details that are shared with you. But with many contacts, this can quickly grow to become overwhelmingly difficult. There are quite a few techniques and tools available to help...

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Jimmy McGee · May 26, 2014

Sony Open Sources Xperia M2 Kernel Files, Add Android Wear Notifications to Your App – XDA Developer TV

Sony has released open source files for the Xperia M2! 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 information on how to add Android Wear notifications to your App and a couple of updates to Google Now. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK...

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Will Verduzco · May 26, 2014

C Locker Updated Yet Again, Brings Even More Lock Screen Functionality

Ever since its release a little over a year ago, we've talked quite a bit about XDA Senior Member astoncheah's C Locker. For those who are unfamiliar with the app, C Locker aims at replacing your lock screen with something more Convenient and Customizable. During its lifespan so far, the application has gained additional lock screen information, an improved UI, Tasker integration, and multiple widget support. The sixth iteration of C Locker is now available, and once again, it brings quite a few new tricks...

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Will Verduzco · May 26, 2014

Web Scrapbook Lets You Capture and Crop Screenshots from Websites More Efficiently

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This certainly holds true when providing instructions for complicated tasks. In fact, one need only look so far as the vast number of screenshots seen in the nearly countless guides covered here on the XDA Portal to see how useful these screenshots can be. In addition to their role in educational content, carefully crafted screenshots also have plenty of other uses when conveying thoughts or emotions. Despite their usefulness and practicality, screenshots...

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Will Verduzco · May 25, 2014

Keep Tabs on All Aspects of Your Smartphone or Tablet with Device Monitor & Inspector

The XDA-Developers community is made up of people from all walks of life. We have users living all across the globe, and rocking countless numbers of different devices. But regardless of our choice of device and OS, one thing holds us all together: We are all power users. And as power users, we like being able to keep track of what's happening on our mobile devices at all times. Luckily, there are quite a few options available for system monitoring and information on...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 25, 2014

Easily Replace Your Easter Egg with Eggster

Over the years, Easter Eggs have become somewhat of a staple in Android. And for many, these fun little semi-hidden bits of code add to the overall Android experience. But with so many different versions of Android and now so many Easter Eggs, the Easter Egg that comes on our device may not be the Easter Egg that we would prefer. Luckily, XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed Framework can be used to solve many problematic situations, and this is no different. Thanks to a new...

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Conan Troutman · May 25, 2014

In App Translator Lets You Conveniently Translate Text in Nearly Any Application without Leaving the App

These days, it's relatively simple to take something in one language and translate to another. Whether it's via a dedicated translation site, mobile application, or through your browser, we rarely find ourselves struggling to discern the meaning of an unfamiliar language these days. However, it can still be a little cumbersome to find a translation when using a phone or tablet, as this often requires you to switch back and forth between applications. In App Translator by XDA Forum Member YaziAndroid looks to...

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Conan Troutman · May 24, 2014

Scroll Launcher is a Simple Yet Slick Homescreen Replacement

Nobody can claim that there is a shortage of launchers replacements available on Android. Some of you probably stick to the same one fanatically (I know I do), but there are plenty of people who are always on the prowl for new options. With the continual advances in device specifications and capabilities, many of the newer launchers take this opportunity to add feature after feature. While this is generally a good thing, it can make these applications incompatible with older and lower spec devices....

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Samantha · May 24, 2014

Tweet Balloon is ‘Facebook Chatheads’ for Twitter

Facebook Chatheads debuted alongside Facebook Home. But unlike Home, Chatheads has actually proven itself to be a useful and practical, albeit resource-intensive, feature. Inspiring Paranoid Android's Halo, its a wonder that Facebook's biggest rivals such as Twitter haven't followed suit and developed their own implementations. So rather than waiting for it, XDA Forum Member kozaxinan developed Tweet Balloon, a Twitter client very similar to the aforementioned Facebook Chatheads and Halo. Once you've opened the app and signed into Twitter, Tweet Balloon will place...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 24, 2014

Learn More About RAM Usage on Your Device with FreeXplain

RAM management works a bit differently on Android than it does in Windows. For example, more RAM doesn't mean wasted memory in Android, but rather that applications are cached so that they can be accessed more quickly at a later time. There are plenty of interesting discussions on the topic, but that's not the point of this article. If you've ever tried to check the free RAM on your Android device, you probably used the free command in Terminal Emulator. This works the same way as...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 24, 2014

Change the Default Pane in Google Play Music with Xposed

Nothing is more annoying than not being able to personalize something to your liking. Android generally gives us so much freedom, so when we're faced with an exception to this, it's especially noticeable. Luckily, there are quite often solutions to be found on the XDA forums. One such application that frustrates many is the popular Google Play Music. Almost all of us know it and use it on a regular basis. And of course, it's a good application. That isn't, however, to...

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Will Verduzco · May 23, 2014

Google Search Now Also Fetches Your Rental Car Reservations

Although we didn't really have a typical "Update Wednesday" this week, Google has more than made up for it with a complete Google+ UI overhaul and previous updates to Google Voice Search that gave it the ability to set a timer when asked and set reminders entirely by voice. However, that isn't all that Google had in store for us this week. In addition to the previously covered upgrades to Google Voice Search functionality, Google issued yet another backend Search update today that makes...

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Will Verduzco · May 23, 2014

Google Search Now Lets You Set Reminders Entirely by Voice

Just yesterday, we talked about a Google Search backend update that brought the ability to set a timer when asked. Before this feature was added, timer requests were instead handled with an alarm. This may not sound like a very big change, but for frequently timer users, it's significantly more convenient. It seems, however, that timer functionality isn't all that Google has added to its Google Search backend. Recently, Google Search gained another new power, and that's the ability to set reminders entirely through...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 23, 2014

Easily Create an Updater-Script using a Windows-Based Tool

To install any ROM through a custom recovery, you need to have an updater-script. It's basically a few lines of commands that tells your Android recovery what to do. These files are also widely used with Aroma Installer and other scripting engines, but of course everyone knows this already. However, a problem arises when you need to create your own updater-script from scratch, as it's not always generated during the build process. For beginners, the updater-script language (Edify) might be like black magic. Thankfully, there are...

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Jimmy McGee · May 23, 2014

Sony 2013 Flagships Get KitKat, OmniROM Alpha for Oppo Find 7A, Motorola Provides Moto E Bootloader Unlock – XDA Developer TV

Official Android 4.4 KitKat is now rolling to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z! 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 arrival of Official OmniROM alpha builds for the Oppo Find 7a and official KitKat finally arriving on the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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