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Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2014

[APK] Chrome Remote Desktop 36 Brings Immersive Mode, Google Translate Now Supports Phonetic Input for Indian Languages, and Hangouts Offers SMS Blocking

Update: Looks like Google Translate 3.0.7 is now starting to roll out. It seems to be only a minor bugfix release compared to 3.0.6 from yesterday. We've gone again and mirrored it on our DevHost account. Thanks again to MihirGosai for the APK! ___ Android 4.4.3 is undoubtedly the main thing on any Android fan's mind ever since its initial release just two days ago. Since then, we've seen a flurry of 4.4.3-related news such as OTA updates for various Nexus...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 4, 2014

Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia SHIELD! Win an Nvidia SHIELD! – XDA Developer TV

Not too long ago, Nvidia announced that the world of PC gaming has arrived on the Nvidia Shield in a whole new way. You may recall that XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD unboxing, review, and a played a couple games, including streaming games from his PC to his SHEILD. But now, you can play two hot PC games on the SHIELD natively: Half Life 2 and Portal. Check out this video to watch Jordan play and talk about these games on...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

Switch Between Holo Light and Dark with Xposed

Despite how many of us may wish to forget about Honeycomb, Android 3.x was notable in a number of ways. One of these is without a doubt Google's unveiling of its nearly ubiquitous Holo UI. Since then, Holo has undergone substantial revision, and is now a major highlight of 4.x devices. Thanks to Holo and third party developer participation, we now have an incredibly cohesive UI on our mobile devices. But as much as we like seeing Holo in its various iterations, it's...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 3, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: ‘Ok Google’ for 3rd Party Launchers – XDA Developer TV

"Ok Google, write my article for me." Well I guess it was worth a try. Users on the Google Experience Launcher have now gotten used to being able to say "OK Google" to launch Google Voice Search. Wouldn't it be nice to have this functionality on third party launchers? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you launch Google Search with ‘Ok Google’ from your home screen on third party...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 2, 2014

Xposed GEL Settings 1.7 Brings Icon Pack Support and Dynamic Home Button!

The Google Now Launcher, more commonly referred to as the Google Experience Launcher or simply GEL, is a popular choice among the XDA community. It's simple and powerful, and it puts Search and Google Now at the forefront. While originally developed for release alongside the Google Nexus 5, it has now been made available for all devices running Jelly Bean or KitKat. Despite its popularity, the Google Now Launcher is hardly customizable. To combat this, however, XDA Senior Member theknut created an Xposed module that...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 2, 2014

Moto E Kernel Source Released, Razr M/HD Get KitKat, Original Galaxy Gear Gets Tizen – XDA Developer TV

The original Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch gets an update to Tizen. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews a few of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the release of Sense 6 for the Verizon HTC One Max and the kernel source for the Moto E and KitKat source code for the Razr M/HD! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2014

Clean up Your Status Bar by Hiding Icons using Xposed

The Android status and notification bars are a fantastic and truly innovative concepts. In their most recent iterations, they not only keep us apprised of what's going on with our devices, but these bars allow us to interact with our devices and perform certain basic tasks without entering an application. But as useful as these tools are, they can often get quite cluttered and become somewhat of an eyesore. In order to take back your status bar from rogue icons and excessive information, you have...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2014

Secure Your Device with a Knock Code Using Xposed

Just a few hours ago, we talked about an Xposed module that lets users control their wake gestures when used in conjunction with a compatible kernel. This wake gesture functionality most resembles HTC's Motion Launch, which lets users wake their devices and launch various apps using simple gestures. What if instead of launching applications using gestures, you'd like to use gestures to secure your device? LG offers such functionality through the Knock Code security system found on their newer handsets. But thanks...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2014

Handle Your Kernel-Level Wake Gestures with Xposed

HTC's Motion Launch and LG's Knock On are useful time-saving features that allow users to unlock their devices and access certain applications by executing certain gestures. But of course, not everyone owns a modern HTC or LG device. Luckily, aftermarket kernel developers here on XDA have been implementing screen-off wake gestures for far longer than HTC and LG. One multi-device kernel that is well known for its wake gesture functionality is ElementalX by XDA Recognized Developer flar2. The kernel, which is available for many devices, including the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 1, 2014

Remove Tapatalk Link Masking with Tapatalk Redirector

Many community members use Tapatalk to browse the forums here at XDA and elsewhere, as this app enables phone and tablet users to easily create short replies without bothering with the full website. However, it certainly has its own set of pros and cons. One of the more annoying aspects of this app relates to its redirected link handling, which leads to additional time when opening external links. Some time ago, we talked about the CrappaLinks Xposed Module that removes Tapatalk link masking. While this...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

Defend the Kingdom From Orcs and Vikings with Tower Bruiser

It's late Saturday evening, you've written a bunch of articles for the day, and you're winding down while getting ready to call it a night---OK, well maybe only two of those three items apply to you. In any case, rather than simply vegging out in front of the boobtube, you decide to load up a quick, yet entertaining game on your mobile device. You're sick of Flappy Bird, 2048, and all their clones, so what do you pick out? A good, old fashioned...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

My Cloud Player 9 for SoundCloud Brings Local Audio Playback and More!

We first talked about the alternative SoundCloud client My Cloud Player by XDA Senior Member dcucko back in October of last year. My Cloud Player was originally written to provide SoundCloud users with functionality that was unavailable in the official SoundCloud app. The aesthetically appealing player offered the ability to chart your most played songs, view your playback history, cache tracks for offline playing, Last.fm scrobbling, and more. Between its original launch and now, My Cloud Player has evolved quite a bit, adding features such as Chromecast and...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2014

JDroidLib out of Beta, Brings New Package Manager and Greater Command Flexibility

We first featured XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher‘s JDroidLib back in December of last year, as a Java-based alternative to the C# library AndroidLib. At the time, the JDroidLib library allowed developers to install ADB and fastboot on supported platforms. Then in March of this year, JDroidLib was given a substantial overhaul as it entered its beta stage. This update brought new features such as a revamped installation procedure to fix errors, device detection, the ability to pull device information, reboot methods, and the ability to execute any type of...

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Will Verduzco · May 30, 2014

Next Version of Android to Bring Even More Root Headaches

About a week and a half ago, we took a look at a few recent AOSP merges initially spotted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that severely impact root app developers due to changes in SELinux, default runtime compiler, and the requirement of PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. These changes compounded previous headaches caused by commits that prevent SU from executing files stored on the /data partition. Luckily, potential workarounds for the above changes were quickly publicized by Chainfire when he updated his How to SU guide. Now,...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 30, 2014

Learn About Java Listeners

The path to becoming a great Android developer is not straightforward. To make an application or modify an existing one, you need to know Java. To write a good application, you need to know all of the language's nuances. Much of this information is available in resources found here on XDA. Applications written in Java use listeners, small functions that launch an activity when you press a certain part of the screen. XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad wrote a useful guide to help new...

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Jimmy McGee · May 30, 2014

LG G Watch Seen at LG Event, TWRP for OnePlus One, Firefox OS Nightlies for Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

The preproduction LG Smartwatch gives an early look at Android Wear! 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 Official TWRP for the OnePlus One and Sense 6 for the Verizon and Sprint HTC One M7! 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...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2014

Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone's list of things to...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 29, 2014

Pin Important Notifications with PinNotif

Some things in life are more important than the others. The same thing applies to Android where certain notifications like SMS messages, Emails, and other forms of communication are more important than alerts from games and news applications. When we want something to be seen first, we generally pin it. You can find many stickies in almost every forum here on XDA, and they generally contain quite a bit of helpful information. If you ever wanted to pin a certain notification, you can now do...

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2014

[APK] Google Maps 8.1.0 Brings Terrain View to Mobile App

Yesterday, we had all the makings of a classic Google Update Wednesday. In the morning, we first saw a rather significant update to Google Camera to version 2.2, which brought us 16:9 capture, self-timer support, and two new panorama modes (fisheye and wide-angle). And then a few hours later, we were greeted by several updates to Chrome, Chrome Beta, Goggles, Docs, Sheets, Device Manager, and Books. With eight application updates, you'd think that Google was done for the day. Well, not...

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Jimmy McGee · May 29, 2014

Android App Review: Easy Screen Shot Sharing with WebScrapbook – XDA Developer TV

Sending screenshots is a wonderful way to pass the time. Whether it’s showing something cool in a game you’re playing, sharing hilarious autocorrect fails, or saving a funny chat from Snapchat, the enjoyment is almost always there. However, sometimes you want to share a screenshot, but not get harassed about the number of notifications you have or your battery level. So sometimes you want to crop and edit your screenshots. XDA Forum Member OctoberApps offers up an application that allows you...

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