Google Hangouts Update Brings Stickers, Video Filters, More

Hangouts Update

Google Hangouts is the company’s answer to Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger, and its users are finally being treated to a variety of new features that they can play with thanks to the new update from Google that was announced yesterday. These features include those which enhances both the fun factor, such as stickers and video filters, as well as usability and utility such as confirmed phone numbers and “last seen” timestamps.

It almost doesn’t seem possible that Google Hangouts didn’t officially offer stickers without the help of third party apps, since many other messaging apps have had support for quite some time. But with this new update, 16 new sticker packs including turtles . . . READ ON »

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Power Bank Comparison and Options – XDA TV


There are so many Power Banks out there. However, they are not all the same. Some sacrifice weight for capacity. Others do the opposite. Some come with two ports and some come with more, while others come with less. Some are just batteries with a case around it, but others have some unique features.

In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews and discusses various options. He reviews the Lepow U-Stone 12000mAh Power Bank, the Lepow ADD Power System, the PowerAdd Apollo 2, the OLALA 10000mAh Power Bank and the RadioShack 3000mAh Slim Power Bank. Check out this video to learn your power options.. . . READ ON »

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Tap2Unlock Brings Security to Tap2Wake


Android OS offers many ways of unlocking your device. Among the most popular are entering a pattern or PIN and face unlock. Although patterns and PINs can be pretty secure, there are still ways to improve upon them.

The Android kernel offers many functions that can be used even when the screen is powered off. Double-tap-to-wake is a common feature that can be found on many custom ROMs here at XDA. XDA Senior Member goutamniwas created quite an interesting method for screen unlocking using the tap2wake technology.

With Tap2Unlock, you can unlock your screen by entering a PIN code while your screen is off. This module splits the screen into four squares. Pressing the wrong pattern will light up the screen but disab. . . READ ON »

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Man Man to Teach You More About Linux


No matter how deep your knowledge is about PCs, you occasionally may find yourself with a certain question that needs to be answered. All major operating system have thorough documentation with loads of useful information. Smartphones can come in handy when you have no access to the Internet on your PC or your desktop environment doesn’t want to initialize properly.

Not too long ago, we talked about Linux Man Pages by XDA Senior Member sylsau. This application allows you to browse through GNU/Linux manual pages and even save them on SD card. A nice alternative was recently presented by XDA Forum Member Antic1tizen. Man Man is an application that can read man pages, and it contains the following featur. . . READ ON »

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Screen Dimming to the Next Level – XDA Xposed Tuesday


Auto brightness on some devices is a joke. Even if you control your brightness manually, the dimmest setting is oftentimes still too bright. If you’re in a dark room or area too bright a screen can hurt your eye or be a distraction to others. Don’t be distracting!

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you take your screen dimming to the next level. XDA Forum Member tony78960 created the Screen Filter module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Android Studio Finally Reaches Stable Release Status


After months of hard work, the Android team has announced the first stable build of the Integrated Development (IDE) built on the IntelliJ IDEA (Community Edition) Java IDE. Android Studio 1.0 is finally available to download for all major platforms. As such, Android app developers will undoubtedly be very pleased.

The first release candidate was released just a few weeks ago. The IDE will be distributed just like Google Chrome, meaning that those of you who want the latest features will be able to use the Canary channel. More stable builds can be found in Dev and Beta channels, while the Stable contains carefully tested builds.

Android Studio has lots of features that may be useful for experienced deve. . . READ ON »

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Simplify SQLite Usage on Android with DBXDroid


SQLite is a relational database management system contained in a C programming library. Its initial release was way back in 2000, and since then the project has been actively developed. You can find SQLite included in many operating systems like Windows Phone, NetBSD, and of course our favorite Android. SQLite instances are also available on all major desktop Web browsers.

Writing large SQLite databases on Android is tedious work. XDA Senior Member aditya.kamble wrote a simple object-relational mapping library to ease the creation process through the use of straight forward functions. The DBXDroid is an open-source project that can be implemented into other Android projects. Key features of the lib. . . READ ON »

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HTC One M7 GPe Gets Lollipop, Verizon G3 CM11 Nightlies – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop is available for the HTC One (M7) Google Play Edition! 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 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia S, Ion and Acro S and be sure to check out the article talking about Cyanogen to update the OnePlus One globally, even in India! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3r shows you how to turn off the forced encryption on Lollipop. XDA TV Producer TK released a video talking about his top Nexus 6 Mods. And if you missed it b. . . READ ON »

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ACA Clock Widget Keeps Track of Multiple Time Zones

ACW Clock Widget

For many Android users, the home screen never stays the same for more than a couple of days. I don’t know if it’s because of the absolute vast options for customization, their aesthetic tastes simply change quickly, or simply that they enjoy playing around with home screens. In any case, any customization addict knows that this pastime wouldn’t be possible without the right apps.

With this said, ACW Clock Widget is a great application for home screen customization. Developed by XDA Forum Member xsmile711, the app packs over 30 widgets (17 of which are free) for telling the time and weather. Options for customizing widgets are also pretty expensive, allowing you to toggle location, date and time, calend. . . READ ON »

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