April 9, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
XDA-Developers is all about learning and sharing the knowledge with others. It doesn’t matter if it’s knowledge on installing an application or hacking the bootloader; knowledge is priceless.
Not too long ago, we talked about a guide to making your own Flappy game clone. Making a game is a challenge, but it’s within range of even so called newcomers. However, it certainly takes ambition and determination to achieve your goals. If you prefer spoken word to written, you should definitely watch a series on game making by XDA Forum Member evh98.
Evh98 recorded 50 videos, in which he describes the complicated and long process of creating a game. During the session, evh98 teaches you Java and the LibGDX library in order to create a 2D game. Just be sure to keep it away from birds, pipes, and other rather addictive elements. If you already know how to code, the author suggests that you start from video 21, where the game making process begins.
For more information regarding the project, please go to the original thread. There, you can find links to YouTube channel with tutorial. We all hope that one day you will present your game here on XDA boards.
Nothing provides more satisfaction than making something yourself. Learning is a beautiful process. And when you create even something small with your own brain, you feel like a king. The same thing applies to Android, where first you start by using apps created by others and then you may venture to make your own.
Xposed Framework module development differs a bit from that of a regular application. As you know, Xposed Framework allows you to modify many aspects of the Android OS without APKTool, decompiling, pushing back to your device, and all of the requisite clutter. If you are ready for a challenge, XDA Forum Member hamzahrmalik posted a tutorial on how to create an Xposed module.
Before you get started, you should know that this isn’t an easy process. You must know quite a bit about Java. But with a bit of an effort, you should be able to create your own module. The module presented as an example in the guide was made in Eclipse, but you can use an IDE to compile an application. You should be able to create one on every operating system that supports Eclipse.
So if you think that now is a good time to start developing some Xposed module, make your way to the tutorial thread to get started.
April 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In the age of text message, Twitter, and quick communications in general, we have a plethora of URL shorteners. However, URL shorteners have a dark side. Many things can be hidden within, including viruses, scams, and worst of all, the dreaded RickRoll. But now, there is an option for you to protect yourself.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you see shortened links before you open them. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ created the CrappaLinks Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
April 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 5.5 update is coming to the Verizon HTC One Max today! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews some of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Verizon LG G2′s KitKat update was leaked, as well as a story about how to convert your Carrier HTC One M8 to Google Play Edition! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out for development starting on the Nokia X with TWRP and CWM ported to it and the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 has hit Milestone 5! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back in January, we took a quick look at Auto Answer by XDA Senior Member itayg. Intended to make answering the phone while driving a bit safer, this innovative app allows users to easily answer incoming calls with nothing more than a whistle. Naturally, this lead many to wonder what other common tasks can be more easily handled with a whistle. Now, itayg has released another whistling app: Whistle Camera.
Whistle Camera works in much the same way as Auto Answer—except now, whistling takes a picture. So why would this be of any use? Well, just think of how many times you’ve tried to take a group photo and had to deal with cumbersome timers or how many times you’ve had to perform yoga poses with your fingers in order to hold the phone right and then press the shutter button when taking selfies of you and your friends. Well, with Whistle Camera, you just have to concentrate on aiming your device, as a simple whistle will actuate the shutter.
The Whistle Camera app is complete replacement camera app, complete with autofocus, basic editing, a gallery, and more. It also works with both the front and rear cameras on your phone, so you can use it for selfies or dash-mounted shots when you’re in the car and spot a nice looking landscape or sunset. Finally, the app allows you to customize where the images are stored, as well as the sensitivity of the whistle detector.
If you want an alternate way of taking pictures, head over to the application thread and give Whistle Camera a shot.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
For whatever reason, we all use random numbers from time to time. And no, I’m not just talking about the field of cryptography. Rather, we often need help deciding between things to eat, items to buy, and so on. And because of this, there are countless utilities available to help us generate random numbers—or at least as close as you’ll come with an entirely computer-based solution that doesn’t involve external unpredictable data like atmospheric noise.
But what if instead of picking a number between one and ten, we need a coin flip or a dice roll? What if we need a random letter, color, image, or even some help coming up with a somewhat random password? Well, thanks to an app by XDA Forum Member ekimual, you can satisfy your taste for pseudo-random numbers, letters, and so on.
Ultimate Randomizer is exactly that. It is essentially the ultimate random generator, allowing you to generate various different types of data in various different types of formats. For example, you can generate random numbers with predefined ranges. You can also generate random letters with predetermined restrictions on vowels or consonants, if you so desire. You can also generate random colors with corresponding hex codes, and even simulate a coin flip.
Please keep in mind that since this is a computer-derived random sequence, it’s inherently not truly random. But given the most common use cases, that likely won’t be an issue. Head over to the application thread to give Ultimate Randomizer a shot.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands of friends on our social networks. But despite this, we don’t really ever see or talk to most of them. This is to be expected because as time moves on and people move far away, it is increasingly difficult to casually keep in touch. And then even when your old friends are nearby, you may not even know that they’re in the viscinity. What if it didn’t have to be this way? A new app called FacesIn aims at making it easier for nearby friends to keep in touch.
Posted by XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco on behalf of Senior Member cgollner, FacesIn is a geolocation app that ties into various social networks. Once it’s LinkedIn (pun intended), the app shows you a map of friends who have checked into their social media nearby. In addition, it also allows you to post to your social networks from within the app. Currently, FacesIn supports LinkedIn, Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter. Google+ support is on the way as well, but the team has run into issues due to lacking APIs.
If you want to know which friends are nearby, head over to the application thread and give FacesIn a shot.
April 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
With each passing generation, our mobile devices are growing increasingly powerful. And with this increase in computational power, we are seeing more complicated and advanced apps. But while these advanced mobile apps are often quite capable, they often do so by emulating the functionality of their traditional desktop counterparts, and this sometimes makes them a bit cumbersome to use with our pudgy fingertips.
One need only look so far as the nearly ubiquitous Chrome browser to see how capable a mobile browser can truly be. But even Google’s first party browser doesn’t seem like it was built from the ground up for your pocket. This is where Javelin Browser by the cleverly titled Javelin Browser dev team comes in.
Javelin Browser is built atop the open source Lightning Browser‘s codebase. But rather than function like most web browsers, Javelin features a minimal and finger-friendly UI that lets you streamline your browsing experience. The browser features a built-in ad blocker, which can be disabled with the touch of a button, as well as plenty of gestures such as a two-finger swipe to switch tabs. Finally, Javelin features a very nice reading mode, although the next version will improve upon this with regards to formatting. Future versions will be able to import your bookmarks from Chrome browser, and feature an even better reading mode.
If you’ve been looking for a fresh and finger-friendly browser, head over to the application thread and give Javelin a shot.
We’re all power users here. And because of this, we probably have many tens, if not hundreds, of apps installed on our devices. Be it apps to let us better keep track of our hardware stats or a benchmarks or even something for a little entertainment while taking some time off, there are nearly countless numbers of apps for any purpose—and there’s a good chance that we will want to try them all.
So how do we more easily search for, manage, and uninstall all of our apps? XDA Forum Member AndroidDeveloperLB offers up a solution with his aptly titled App Manager. This app acts as a replacement to the standard Android app manager. It offers essentially all of the functionality of the original, but with a few added tricks. For starters, it has an excellent search feature to allow you to more easily find the applications you’re looking to uninstall or share. Next, you can use the app to share apps via Play Store or Amazon links or directly by sending an APK—though the latter should never be used on paid apps. With this app, you can even uninstall system apps if you grant it root access.
If you’ve been looking for a more powerful App Manager, head over to the application thread and give this one a shot.
I’m sure that by now, the vast majority of you have already devoted more than a few hours to the fantastic tile game 2048 by UI designer and web developer Gabriele Cirulli.If you haven’t, may I suggest that you take a break from the world of mobile hacking and give it a try.
Now you may ask why I’m talking about a simple, yet surprisingly addictive web-app game here on the XDA Portal. Well, there’s now a fantastic port of the game available for your mobile device. And although the official version works great on mobile devices, this port packs a few extra features to make it even more interesting when you’re on the go.
XDA Forum Member parakayjay provides an innovative take on the classic puzzler by delivering the same gameplay we’re used to with the original 2048 game—and then some. This version brings several possible control schemes such as tilt, on-screen keys, and swiping. And just like in the original, your goal is to combine tiles in order to create a 2048 or 4096 tile. But unlike the original, you’re now able to select from three possible grid sizes. So when you get a bit too good at generating 2048 tiles on the default 4×4 grid, you can move to larger grids.
Admittedly, the game’s UI is rather simple and no-frills. But if you’re looking for an incredibly addictive and new take on the original, head to the game thread and reach 2048!
April 5, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Android and ADB are perfect companions. Of course you can use Android without using this debug tool, but most will end up going back to it when a problem arises with your favorite custom ROM or application. Many of you might scared by the number of commands and overall geekness of ADB. But fear not, as there is a tool that will make you forget about all those pesky console commands.
ADB can be served in a graphically friendly form. A perfect example was developed by XDA Forum Member Fusseldieb, who created a Windows application to communicate with a phone using the ADB protocol. With Super ADB Tool, you can perform simple tasks like uploading or downloading a file, rebooting to recovery or bootloader, and even taking a logcat or sideloading a file. There’s a very long list of features, which will surely be expanded upon in the future.
The application should work with any Windows computer that has .NET Framework 3.5 installed, and you can find out more along with the app’s official changelog in the original thread.
Almost every popular Android application can be downloaded directly from the Play Store, and most of us live in supported regions. However, very few of us willingly allow Google to take watch of nearly everything we do. That’s why some of us use external sites to download applications—or even better, we download them directly from the developers here on XDA. But after a while, we end up with various APKs scattered across our hard drives, and it’s quite difficult to keep track of everything.
Luckily, XDA Recognized Themer BDFreak created a handy application to organize Android applications on your personal computer. The tool runs on Windows, and it renames, categorizes, and cleans up the mess for you so that you don’t have to. If you’ve ever wondered how many duplicates you have, select your default download directory and then begin a scan. The application will then categorize APKs and inform you about your collection. It can then even rename applications to help you keep track of different versions. With this tool, you will forget about that APK mess.
More information about this tool and the application itself can be found in the original thread. So if you don’t like using the Play Store or simply have a large collection of downloaded APKs, give this handy tool a shot.
With good reason, our current era is called the age of information. We have various different types of media at our disposal, all informing us of some groundbreaking events. And then the popularity of smartphones makes accessing this information even easier than ever. What could ever better than a small device connected to the Web that can be pulled out of our pockets in a few seconds and show us any piece of information we would ever want to see?
One of the most convenient methods of accessing news over the Internet is still RSS. Combined with a mobile device, RSS is still quite powerful. And since mobile technology isn’t our only interest, many of us also enjoy reading from sites like BBC and CNN to get apprised on the goings on in the world. XDA Senior Member Theworld2020 created an application to gather the news from more than 60 different news sites, all from various different categories. With this app, finding a weather forecast or the latest football scores are easy as pie. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date with all recent information from around the world.
You can grab the latest version by visiting the application thread.