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egzthunder1 · Nov 29, 2014

Organize Your Apps Better with JINA

We've all been there at one point or another. You take out your device to open an app to look for something and you find yourself wasting about a minute fumbling through hundreds of installed apps in your device while frantically swiping up, down, left, and right in order to find the app you set out to find. This is just one instance and if you are a busy individual, the likelihood of this happening several times a day is...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 14, 2014

Avoid All the Space Junk in Debris Cascade

Are you tired of Temple Run, Despicable Me 2, and and the rest of those runner games out there? Would you like to try a simpler, yet more fluid game that will keep you hooked for a while? Then keep on reading because XDA Forum Member Karriz brings you something that will fill you with joy for a little while. The one thing that characterizes most runner games is the fact that the obstacles are either fixed or move in a very similar pattern...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 13, 2014

Be the Last Man Standing in Last Bird Standing

The craze over birds in the mobile gaming world just won't go away. Every time we feel that we have gotten over Angry Birds or the ever so infuriating Flappy Birds, we seem to stumble into the madness that involves feathered creatures once again. This is where XDA Forum Member ogiepogi@gmail.com comes in, with his latest creation, Last Bird Standing. Last Bird Standing is a game that is based on the retro Atari game Joust. The objective of the game is quite simple. As...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 25, 2014

Get Greenify-Like Functionality on Gingerbread with Xposed

Despite all of the advances that Android devices have made over the years, battery life remains as an issue for most of us who use our devices heavily while on the go. Luckily, there are a variety of tools available to help us manage battery life a little better. One such tool is Greenify. Unfortunately for users of legacy devices, Greenify is only compatible with Android 4.0 and up.  And while the vast majority of users have already switched to newer OS builds,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 31, 2013

Make Your Gingerbread ROM Look Like KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat was released two months ago, and it brought a lot interesting changes like a transparent status bar. But not many of you know that you can get a very similar effect on any ROM, even Gingerbread, and all you need to do is to visit the thread we're going to describe below. With APK tool and good text editor like Notepad++, Gedit, or any UNIX-based notepads, you can easily make your status bar use a gradient background. XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 9, 2013

Dual Boot on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S Plus GT-I9001 is the lesser known cousin of the original Galaxy S GT-I9000 smartphone.While virtually indistinguishable from the I9000 from the outside, the devices are vastly different on the inside: For starters, the I9001 swaps out the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor for a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon S2. While the hardware received somewhat of an upgrade compared to the original Galaxy S, there is a bit less aftermarket development available for the S Plus. Now, however, a major gap has been...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2013

Never Forget to Charge Your Phone Again with AC Socket

Ever since the days of Windows Mobile, we have had features available on our devices that we pretty much have taken for granted. This includes things like applications for taking down notes, setting calendar events, alarms, and many others are things that we have lived with for many years. Because of this, not too many improvements are done to said features as they essentially do everything we expect of them---and they do it well. We have some developers out there...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 14, 2013

Control Your Computer from Your Mobile with Monect

One of the key advancements in the mobile industry is the fact that people want to break away from the chains of a desktop (and even laptop) computer. Not having to carry 5-7 lbs of tech on your back is always an interesting point to consider when deciding what you want to get for work/play. However, since our devices are not (yet) fully capable of replacing our computers, the best thing we can do is try to utilize what we have and...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 5, 2013

Android Flashing Tool for the HTC Touch HD

There seems to be a tendency these days of referring to devices that have been around for a year or so as "old." And given the pace at which mobile technology advances, that's probably a fairly reasonable assessment. So by those standards, the HTC Touch HD (a.k.a Blackstone) is positively geriatric---not in a crocheting by the fire, reminiscing about the good old days kind of way though; the Blackstone is more of a fencing with walkers kind of device. Originally released back in late...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 28, 2013

Defend Your Battery with Wakelock Detector

As our devices become more powerful, larger, and are filled with more and more software from the manufacturers (bloatware and some spyware); some things tend to take a hit that tend to make our experiences with our devices rather short lived. The battery is about the only thing in the entire technological salad that comprises our mobile devices that does not keep up with the rest. In this day and age, you will see similar sized batteries (in terms of...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 2, 2013

UNCOPT File Browser for all Your File Management Needs

Since the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android has been rather stringent on developers because of the whole Holo requirements set forth by Google. Essentially, ROMs are required to have this theme in the ROMs in order to be able to access the Play Store. Because of this and because a seamless aesthetic always looks better, many app developers have focused on trying to implement the Holo look on all their creations. The result is a myriad of launchers, themes,...

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Former Writer · Dec 17, 2012

Downgrade the LG Optimus 3D to Gingerbread

Leaks can be both good and bad. They give users and developers to a chance to check out what OEMs have in store for their devices. However, they can be fraught with danger, like the dreaded Atrix 2 ICS leak of 2012. Sometimes, it's difficult to downgrade to a more stable previous release. This happened to the LG Optimus 3D, and there is now a fix. XDA Senior Member berni987654321 released a method that helps get users safely back to Gingerbread. When...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 18, 2012

Victory – HTC Releases Closed Source WiFi Drivers for HTC Amaze 4G!

Manufacturers and developers have a long standing love/hate relationship that has kept the fragile ecosystem where we spend most of our free time intact. The dance beat is somewhat the same across all brands and, for the most part, all devices as well. Most manufacturers out there are held against certain standards (either due to their own internal procedures and codes or due to contractual obligations with carriers) that force them to do certain things on the devices they make...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 4, 2012

Add Physics to your Homescreen with Node

We have featured several LiveWallpapers on the Portal in the past---everything from Mario dashing through the different worlds in his game and Tetris pieces falling and accommodating themselves to Androids falling on your screen and bouncing around as you move your device. However from time to time, we come across some wallpapers so interesting that they deserve attention. XDA Forum Member suffick released a few LWPs on XDA recently. And his latest addition Node is a physics-lover's must have. The premise of...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2012

Treat Your SD Card as Real External Storage with SwapSD

Quick, simple, and dirty. Some of the best hacks around on XDA require very little to get them to work, and make your life easier in the process. Also, these "simple tricks" tend to fix major snafus from some manufacturers when it comes to so-called features that make you ask "What in the world were they thinking?" So is the case for many Samsung Galaxy devices. One common complaint is how external storage on Galaxy devices is "weird" (for lack...

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David Watt · Sep 30, 2012

Stock Data Usage Monitor Hidden in Android Gingerbread

Those of you running later versions of Android such as Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean have probably noticed the useful data usage monitor. What most people won't realize is that the basic framework for this data monitor is also included in Gingerbread. XDA Senior Member tweakradje decided to start digging around in Phone.apk to see if anything resembling a data monitor was in there. Sure enough, hidden away from view, lives the framework for the data usage monitor. It appears that Google started work...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 28, 2012

CWM Recovery 6 Lands on the HTC Rhodium

Custom recoveries such as the venerable ClockworkMod Recovery are (in addition to Superuser and SuperSU) likely some of the most widely utilized programs developed on XDA due to the functionality they bring and the doors that they open. As such, CWM has been ported to countless devices, and has become the preferred method of flashing custom ROMs onto virtually anything that runs Android. It seems that the CWM fever expanded into devices that were never meant to run this type...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 24, 2012

Defy Flashing Gone Wrong? Solve it with Ease

The Motorola Defy: a phone that, much as its name suggests, should be able to withstand elemental rage. When it came out last year, lots of blogs and websites showed how the Defy was impervious to submersion by dumping it in a cup of water. This resulted in the feeling of complete and absolute immunity, with many touting the device as "immortal." However, as with most "immortal" characters of virtually every story, there is always something to which they are vulnerable....

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egzthunder1 · Sep 23, 2012

Add Actual 3D Wallpapers to your EVO 3D Home Screen

A few weeks ago, we brought you news about an app that enabled 3D on the EVO 3D at all times by XDA Recognized Contributor jmztaylor. In that article, we stated that one of the cool things that one could do with this would be to have actual 3D wallpapers on your screen. However, the process of getting these on the screen is not as straight forward as one would think. On Sense, when a wallpaper is chosen, the OS will automatically...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 22, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Receives Root at Long Last

In the world of Android, there are some devices that are in a world in between tablets and phones. Their only purpose in life is to claim a market that has long been dominated by Apple's iPod line. Sometime last year, Samsung decided to try and dive into this market with a portable device dedicated solely to become a media and gaming pocket center to remove Apple from its current throne. They did so by releasing the Galaxy Player series...

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