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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

[APK] Google Email 6.3 Now Available through the Play Store

Earlier today, Google gave us yet another "Update Wednesday" with new versions of Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate. Seemingly not content with simply updating the above, Google has now given us one more: Google Email---no, not Gmail. Over the past couple of years, Google's made efforts to make much of the core Android independent of any particular Android version. Google's done this by bringing many first party apps to the Play Store such as Gmail, Chrome, and Hangouts, as well as the introduction...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

[APK] Google Issues Updates to Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate

We're now halfway to Friday, and you know what that means. Just as we've grown to expect on Wednesdays, we’ve got our hands on quite a few first party Google application updates. Today’s updates come in the form of primarily bugfix updates to quite a few of Google's first party Android apps--namely, Chrome Beta, Hangouts, Drive, and My Tracks--as well as a dogfood version of Translate. First up, we have Chrome Beta, which actually received its update late last night. This release brings the...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

Supercharge Your Android Clipboard Manager with Xposed

The Android OS has offered unified, system-wide copy/paste functionality for quite some time. But like most implementations on the majority of OSes, the stock Android clipboard manager only retains the clipboard's latest entry. Luckily there are tools available in order to expand the clipboard manager's functionality. One such tool was developed by XDA Senior Member plbelanger with his app Clipboard Admin. This application runs in the background and copies all clipboard entries into an SQL database for later viewing. But rather than...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 18, 2014

How to Run Firefox OS Apps on Android with Firefox for Android – XDA Developer TV

Here are XDA, we appreciate competition. Without Google competing against Apple's (past) mobile dominance, we wouldn't have the customization and innovative Android OS that we see today. But by the same token, Android could stagnate if there weren't smaller dogs nipping at its heels. We've talked about Ubuntu Touch before. Today, we are going to talk about another option, Firefox OS. In today's video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talks about the new announcement from Mozilla that Firefox OS apps can now run on the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 17, 2014

Learn How to Transform Your App into a Quantum Paper-Like Project

As you may already be aware, rumor has it that Google is planning to redefine the overall UI look and feel in Android. Not too long ago, we talked about Quantum Paper, the rumored unified UI that may define Google products across all platforms. These changes may be unveiled very soon, as Google is gearing up for its I/O event next week. If you are eager to achieve a similar effect to this rumored UI paradigm in your application, there are ways to make your own apps more Quantum...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 17, 2014

DroidPack Brings Together the Wallpapers of Dozens of Flagship Devices and ROMs

Adding a new wallpaper is perhaps one of the most noticeable ways we can spruce up our mobile devices. Although there's nothing particularly fancy or impressive about changing one's wallpaper image, doing so effectively changes your device's overall feel. Perhaps that's why Apple finally saw the light and allowed iOS users to set home screen wallpapers with iOS 4 in 2010. It's OK, though--they're always a few years behind. This is also why we've grown accustomed to seeing particular wallpapers on particular...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 17, 2014

GameBench Gives You Detailed Gaming Performance Stats

Whenever you apply a new tweak, optimization, or modification, it's good to check to see not only if it's having a positive effect, but also to see if it's doing anything at all. Unfortunately, we as humans are highly susceptible to the placebo effect, and as such, it's impossible to evaluate small changes objectively. There are objective benchmarks available--but even these fall flat when certain tweaks are specifically designed to game them. So how do you check to make sure that...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 17, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Knock Code for AOSP and Sense ROMs – XDA Developer TV

LG's KnockOn has been very popular on recent LG devices. This feature was then expanded on their latest device, the LG G3. Originally introduced on the G3, Knock Code then allows you to unlock with a knock pattern. But here at XDA, we don’t like features being device-specific, so we work on replicating the idea on other devices. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you unlock your device with a Knock Code. XDA Recognized...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 17, 2014

“YourTube” Lets You Tweak the YouTube App to Open Any Screen at Launch

When you open the YouTube application on your Android device, it defaults to the "What to Watch" screen. This is great for most users, as it shows some videos from your subscriptions, as well as videos that Google thinks you may be interested in viewing. However, not everyone likes being defaulted to this screen at launch. Many others would instead prefer to be dropped into their Subscriptions pane, the Watch Later list, or perhaps even a particular playlist/subscription. Now thanks to...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 16, 2014

Force Fast Scroll in All ListView Instances and Always Have a Draggable Scroll Bar

You may have noticed in your everyday usage that scrolling behavior isn't identical in every Android application. In the majority of cases, developers use the built-in ListView functionality to create these scrollable lists. But even using ListView, the end result isn't always the same. Certain sorted scrollable ListView instances feature a draggable scroll bar on the right hand side that allows you to quickly navigate between the different list categories. This draggable scroll bar appears when the developer adds android:fastScrollEnabled="true" into the XML...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 16, 2014

Sync Notes is a Simple and Elegant Cloud-Based Note Taking Solution

If you want to jot something down while you're on the go, there are dozens of ways to go about doing this. Android. You can easily open up a word processing application (like Google Docs) and create a new document with the relevant information. You can also send yourself a quick Email, or even set an alarm to remind you about something at a later time. However, none of these solutions is as simple or streamlined as using a dedicated...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 16, 2014

Geohot Roots the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 and Most Other Devices! Firefox OS Apps on Android, Xposed Fixes Play Store Permissions – XDA Developer TV

Geohot roots the Samsung Galaxy S5 and most other devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is a story talking about how Firefox OS apps can now run on Android, as well as how to control your Google Play Store permissions with finer detail! 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....

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Will Verduzco · Jun 16, 2014

Regain Lost Functionality in HTC Car Mode with Xposed

If you're an HTC device owner and you frequently find yourself using your phone while on the road, you probably have become well acquainted with Car Mode. For those unaware, HTC Car Mode is a user interface mode that puts together all of the most useful functions that you may find yourself using while in the car. This includes navigation, your phone dialer, music, and voice commands. While Car Mode is  a great feature addition, HTC decided to limit its...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 16, 2014

Application Signature Verification: How It Works, How to Disable It with Xposed, and Why You Shouldn’t

If you've ever tried to modify and reinstall a system application, you probably encountered application signature checks in one form or another. Either you removed the original app before proceeding, or you gave your modified APK another package name in order to get it to install without first removing the old application. And in either case, you also had to re-sign the application yourself in order to get it to install in the first place. You can get around all of these behaviors by temporarily...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

Display Your WiFi SSID in the Status Bar

If you're a college student living in university housing or if you reside in a densely populated area, chances are that you have dozens of wireless networks in range. You may also have different WiFi networks in range that you connect to depending on task. For example, some schools and companies only allow users to access certain resources if locally connected. This then becomes an issue when you have many potential networks to connect to, as these resources may or may not work. Luckily,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

Tinted and Translucent Status and Navigation Bars in Any App

A few days ago, we talked about the rumored future of Android's UI. Dubbed "Quantum Paper," this initiative aims to deliver a much more consistent user experience across all Google products when accessed through Android, the Web, and even iOS. One of the expected UI tweaks that we may see if and when Quantum Paper comes to fruition is the widespread use of tinted and translucent status bars. This, along with app-specific action bar colors, will lead to a highly unified user...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

Fix the New Google Play Store Permissions System Using Xposed

Just a few days ago, we talked about how recent changes to the Google Play Store permissions system potentially open the door to a world of new rogue applications. For those in need of a quick refresher, this all boils down to Android's entire permission system being collapsed into 13 categories. Users running the latest versions of the Play Store are by default only shown the applicable categories, rather than individual permissions themselves. And to make matters worse, permissions changes are not even...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 14, 2014

Change Performance Profiles on a Per-App Basis with Xposed

You may recall that not too long ago, CyanogenMod implemented per-app performance profiles in its recent builds. While many were quick to criticize the move because certain benchmarks were automatically included in the high performance whitelist, performance profiles can be legitimately useful when used wisely and given adequate user control and transparency. After all, you can probably stand to limit your maximum CPU speed or number of active cores when reading an eBook. Obviously, not everyone runs CyanogenMod ROM. But luckily, there are certain tools available to bring performance profiles...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 14, 2014

Cloupload Update Brings Multiple File Type Support and Intelligent Syncing

Not too long ago, we talked about Cloupload by XDA Forum Member bluefirex. For those who don't remember, Cloupload is a fairly full featured and user friendly CloudApp client for Android that gives you fast and easy access to all of your hosted files from the comfort of your mobile device. Now, Cloupload has received a fairly significant update that brings several new features to the table. In its previous iteration, Cloupload allowed users to upload images and perform various file management tasks such as renaming...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 14, 2014

Massive Lockdown Pro Update Brings Time PIN, Per-App Preferences, and More

The need for mobile device data security is more real now than ever. But despite this, not everyone is a fan of locking his or her entire device. Luckily, there are several tools available that give you mild protection to casual snooping for those who'd rather lock individual apps instead of the entire OS. Back in March, we took a look at a great application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989 called Lockdown Pro. Now, the developer is back with a massive overhaul, adding plenty...

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