Battery Widget Reborn Gets Material Design Makeover

Battery Widget Reborn Material Design

We’ve reached a point in technology where our smartphones and tablets are catching up with desktop and laptop PCs in terms of what we can do with them. Our mobile devices have already surpassed their larger counterparts in portability, versatility, and compactness. However, the elephant in the room has always been battery life, with a day or two being the upper limit under moderate use. Needless to say, this issue is given a lot of attention and there are methods to prolong battery life such as undervolting and underclocking. Even so, the keeping track of your battery level and optimizing accordingly remains a significant task.

While there are a multitude of apps and widgets to optimize your battery usa. . . READ ON »


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Control Your Screen On/OFF Animation – XDA TV


Android is about customization. There are what some would consider advanced customizations, such as setting up Tasker Automation. There are also what some would consider basic customizations, like adding Pie Controls to your Chrome browser. Either way, the possibility of choice with Android is great. You can even change the way your screen turns off and on.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your screen on and screen off animations. XDA Recognized Developer zst123 created ScreenOffAnimation module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Lollipop-Based OmniROM, Android 5.0 for Moto X 2014 and LG G3 (F400S) Captured – XDA TV


Android 5.0 Lollipop is now being booted by OmniROM! 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 a leaked version of Android Lollipop for the LG G3 and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto X Lollipop Soak Test! 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 rirozizo talks about SOT and battery life. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you how to root the Nexus 9 and unlock the bootloader. Be sure to check out Ethan Yonker’s, aka XDA Senior Recogni. . . READ ON »

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Root the Google Nexus 9 and Unlock Bootloader – XDA TV

Root The Nexus 9

In this episode, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 it finally landing into people’s hands. And while development is hot, some things are not readily available yet. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Nexus 9 is no exception!

Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Nexus 9 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to install a unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your Nexus 9, take a moment and check this video out.

Also be sure to check out this video to find out who won the Big Android Giveaway!. . . READ ON »

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Tint System Bars with Flat Style Colored Bars!

Flat Style Colored Bars

Custom ROMs and mods allowing you to tint system bars have always been popular. This has been especially true with the previous hype surrounding KitKat’s leaked images, as well as the upcoming changes in Lollipop allowing developers to easily set the status bar’s color.

Over the years, we’ve seen different implementations for this in various ROMs such as AOSPA, ThinkingBridge‘s Chameleon Engine and OmniROM. Flashing one of these custom ROM may not be feasible for all users, though. Luckily, the Xposed Framework allowed this feature to be made in a more portable manner. We’ve already seen Tinted Status Bar by XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG and Tinted Translucent St. . . READ ON »

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Improve the Quality of Your Note 4’s Photos


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is without a doubt a great device. The highly functional S-Pen and pretty high end hardware specifications make it one of the most interesting devices of 2014. But even the best Android devices can be improved upon, and XDA is definitely a good place to look for some neat modifications.

One of the aspects of the Note 4 that can be improved is the default camera application. Samsung put some restrictions on its camera application to make the files smaller, decreasing the quality of photos and movies in the process. XDA Recognized Contributor kevinrocksman found a way to change the settings to improve the JPEG quality from 96% to 100%, extend the video record time, and much more.

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What’s SOT and Why Isn’t it the Battery Meter – XDA TV

Battery Life

Mobile phones are getting more powerful everyday. With each passing generation, our smartphones are getting higher definition screens and more powerful processors. Mobile phone batteries are getting bigger too, but it doesn’t seem that way. Compared to older phones, batteries are bigger than ever. But because of the power hungry screens and chips, you wouldn’t notice that. There is a constant battle to get a full day out of a smartphone battery, while still being able to actually use the device.

In this episode of XDA TV, special guest isock gets real about a couple misconceptions about battery life. He defines what SOT is, what does that actually mean in regards to battery life, and is SOT rea. . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images and Source Code – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop source code is fully available to build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 and be sure the check out the article talking about Chainfire rooting the Google Nexus 9. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for ChromePie. Then TK did a review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of Nova Launcher. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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How to Use a Custom Toolchain for ROMs and Kernels


Toolchains are basically a bundle of development tools that are used in a chain (the output of one tool becomes the input for the next, and so on) in order to compile source code (in this case, ROMs and kernels). While the Android NDK toolchain (which comes with GCC, among other tools) is usually used for this, developers can also use other toolchains if they wish. These can include optimizations focusing on performance or stability, for example.

Linaro and SaberMod are two popular examples for custom toolchains. They both introduce several optimizations, especially for recent ARM CPUs. If you’re trying to find out how to switch to a custom toolchain, then you might want to check out the tutorial XDA Seni. . . READ ON »

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