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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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egzthunder1 · Feb 25, 2013

Greenify Keeps Your Android Running Smoothly

For most people, this is an old tune, one to which they have danced before: the eternal promise of extending battery life, making your device smooth and silky as the time it was taken out of the box. We have had these programs such as task managers, app killers, RAM savers, and so on for a very long time. The truth of the matter is that Android is actually quite capable of handling apps in a very efficient manner, and...

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jerdog · Jan 18, 2013

Minimalistic Text Editor for Android

As mobile devices have evolved, so have the tools for performing every day tasks. What used to require Microsoft Office on a standard computer can now be accomplished with various mobile applications that can create, edit, and view Office documents (because Microsoft still can't figure out how to mobilize their mammoth, memory-hungry, piece of... oh never mind). Further expanding the analogy, we used to use apps like Notepad to edit text files, and now we have a bevy of apps...

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jerdog · Oct 12, 2012

New Alarm Clock App for That Oft-Hated Moment of the Day

If there's one thing you may hate but may not be able to live without (and no, I am not talking about your significant other), it is the alarm clock. Some people have an internal one and have the uncanny ability to wake up 5 minutes earlier than their alarm; others have one that sits across the room and is the equivalent of the entire cast of the 12 Days of Christmas parading around your room. Either way, you still...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2012

Play with Your Food with Garden Troopers

If you are looking for a recipe for fun, XDA Forum Member Dimmerg has a recommendation for you.  He recommends that you try his Garden Troopers dish. To make this delicious dish Dimmerg has made the following recipe. Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package frozen yogurt 2 large tomatoes, diced 2 large cucumber, peeled and diced 2 game modes, sliced 5 difficulties, julienned 10 game fields, raised and dried A handful of entertainment Directions In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, frozen yogurt...

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Conan Troutman · May 26, 2012

FaceLock Face Recognition App Locking for Gingerbread

With the introduction of Android 4.0, came the facial recognition unlock feature (or gimmick to some). While far from being a secure way of preventing unwanted access to your device, it adds an extra layer of security that requires less effort to use than traditional methods. Inspired by this, XDA member adnanahmad1786 has developed FaceLock for Apps, which takes the same concept and allows you to protect specific applications with facial recognition. Furthermore, it's compatible with Gingerbread for those of you...

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Former Writer · May 1, 2012

Alt Mounter Simulates USB Mass Storage Back on Ice Cream Sandwich

For those running the latest and greatest Android has to offer, you may have noticed that USB Mass Storage has gone missing on many devices. For years, USB Mass Storage was the de facto way for users to connect their devices to their computers and transfer just about anything. Opting instead to go with MTP, many devices running Honeycomb, and now Ice Cream Sandwich, have removed USB Mass Storage entirely because it doesn't require storage to be dismounted in order to connect....

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 12, 2012

Flying Farting Donkies for Flatulent Flight

Every once in a while an application comes along where the jokes just write themselves. This application is one of them. Flying Farting Donkies is a simple, yet thoroughly enjoyable game. XDA Senior Member adecker introduces the game by saying the following: Introducing Flying Farting Donkies by Decker-Barringer Technologies; DBT for short. FFD is a fun and challenging arcade game that is safe for kids and adults to play! It features OpenFeint to track scores, provide achievements and social networking,...

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jerdog · Apr 12, 2012

Android 3.2+ Code (Inadvertently?) Preventing Write Access to External Storage

It would seem that Google has a bug in their AOSP code that was introduced around Android 3.2, which affects how the OS handles USB Storage and can prevent write access to SD cards and USB sticks. XDA Elite Recognized Developer, Senior Moderator, and News Writer Chainfire sums up the issue in his blog post: In the past, an app would request the "WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" permission, which would grant write access to all external storages (user/group "sdcard_rw"). This has apparently been changed to only grant write...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 12, 2012

Quickly Count Change With QuickChange

A penny saved is a penny earned, that is unless Canada follows through with its threat to stop producing the Canadian penny. If you are like most people, when you do use cash and you get change, you often don't like carrying it around. Some throw it in random places. Others unload their pockets every night into a single jar. A solution exists either way. XDA Forum Member NickAVV offers you version 3.0 of his QuickChange application. In the words...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 11, 2012

Swapp Your Cards with Card Swapp

Are you often multitasking while synergizing with the C-suite to maximize the ROI of the SEO implementation of your web presence? Do you mow through your piles of RFPs before COB? Do you have heated debates regarding the use of double-declining versus straight-line deprecation of capital improvement assets? Most importantly, are you tired of lugging around paper business cards while networking? If your brain didn't melt from the questions above, XDA Forum Member sharpwitz may have a solution for you....

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 11, 2012

Ease Your Mind with Barbell Loader

Math is difficult. When you are spending your time pimpin’ to the beat, walking down the street with your new la freak, with your animal print pants out of control, there is only one thing that matters for LMFAO and yourself. That fact is that you are sexy, and you know it. But how does one become so self-aware of his or her physical attractiveness? Well, it is simple---you work out. Lifting weights takes a lot of energy and concentration...

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Former Writer · Apr 8, 2012

Quill Handwritten Notes Updated with Galaxy Note S-Pen Support

It's one thing when an Android application adds support for new versions of Android or Android devices. It's another thing altogether when an application developer makes an application compatible with specific features on a particular Android device. And it's even more exciting when that feature actually rocks. For users of the Samsung Galaxy Note, there's an application updated just for you. XDA Senior Member Volker1 has updated the Quill application with S-Pen functionality. The app also supports active pen input...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2012

Busted Volume Rocker on Android Phone? Here’s a Solution

Recently our good friend and Member Advocate Admin egzthundar1, wrote an article for people with Windows Phones with broken volume rockers. While this certainly is a great application, I think we can all admit, that while this helps Mango users, it doesn’t help the over 9000 people who use Android. But fear not my green robot friends rocking Honeycomb and above, XDA Senior Member kevdliu created the Status Bar Volume Control Application. This simple application allows you to change the system...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2012

Change Your Call Screen with Ultimate Call Screen HD

Do you wear glasses? Is your vision not as good as it could be? Do you like seeing huge pictures of your friends so you are reminded of what they look like when they call? Do you have “friends” who use iPhones and brag about their awesome answer screen? Well, XDA Senior Member lowveld has a solution for you. Lowveld has created the Ultimate Call Screen HD call screen replacement. What can we say about Ultimate Call Screen HD other...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 23, 2012

Eat All the Pearls Before Time Runs Out with Frenzy Fugu Fish

One cannot help but to love games on devices which make use of the sensors loaded in them. Who can forget the ever popular Teeter where you needed to balance and direct a ball through a maze filled with obstacles like holes, walls, and uneven floors? If you have not seen too many of these and are simply tired of slicing fruits and veggies and tossing birds or other cute and fluffy animals across a screen, then you should take...

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Former Writer · Mar 11, 2012

Gesture Control Gives Tablet Users Control Via Multi-Touch

Multi-touch has become increasingly ubiquitous ever since pinch-to-zoom was added to Android's web browser and photo gallery. It has even been incorporated into several launchers, starting with the home screen previews in HTC Sense. Now you can incorporate even more multi-touch gestures on your Honeycomb tablet with Gesture Control. Developed by XDA Forum Member StupidIdea, the application is still in beta but has a few nifty features available. The root-level application, which installs as a simple .APK file, gives Honeycomb tablet...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 8, 2012

Enjoy your Favorite Anti-Root Apps Without Losing Root Completely

Normal development efforts around these parts tend to include hours upon hours of people trying to bypass securities added to our devices. The exploits found are normally turned into either temp or permanent roots for Android devices, and this happens to grant people with added functionality on their devices, the ability to run several apps that require root access, and much more. However, as everything in life, there are trade-offs. For instance, there are some apps and services that will...

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