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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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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2014

Effectively Optimize Your Media Scanner Service with Xposed

Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android's developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot. The Media Scanner service itself doesn't offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can't control it. Well, you can't do so...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 21, 2014

Stream Your Media Files with the New Version of Droid Sync Manager

Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn't put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6. With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 23, 2014

Disable the APK Installation Screen with Xposed

Many applications available here on XDA that aren't available on the Google Play Store. There are usually a few reasons for their absence: Developer accounts cost money, they are too “hacky” to be acceptable on the Play Store, or simply developers don't want to release their work in the biggest app store for Android. You can find plenty such applications in the various forums we have here. Unlike some other operating systems, Android allows its users to install applications directly from internal...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 23, 2014

Blast Those Flags with Knock the Flags

Lately, we have seen a rather drastic shift in the world of mobile device gaming. The infamous Angry Birds series has tried to reinvent itself again and again, attempting to continue reigning supreme over all else. However, it seems that it was not really enough, and it makes sense. After all, just how many times can you possibly sling a bird at pigs without looking for something else to do? Then, came the spawn from Hell known as Flappy Birds, closely followed by...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 19, 2014

Reddit for Android: As Close to Official Reddit as it Gets

The online world is made up of several factions, clans, communities, social media sites---whatever you want to call them. Pretty much every person in the world with Internet access belongs to at least a few of these, and if not as a member, at the very least as an everyday lurker. After all, we all need our daily dose of cats, bacon, cats with bacon, and so on. Some people prefer the social aspect of sites like Facebook. Then, after you...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 18, 2014

Quick Note is a Stylish and Capable Notetaking App

In this crazy fast and modern world, we often need to supplement our memory by writing some notes. The classic paper and pen system is often not an option, especially now that this can be accomplished with our fingers and our Android devices. Android is pretty bare without third party applications, but the Play Store is huge and contains dozens of great alternative to Google's own apps. Quick Note is one alternatives to Google Keep that was presented by XDA Forum Member HeartBroken. Quick Note,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 15, 2014

PINshortcuts Xposed Module Launches Apps by PIN Code

Security in Android (or any mobile device platform) is one of the top priorities for users. Google offers a few ways of protecting your private information and device data. These range from the popular pattern unlock to the old school, yet still functional PIN code. By default the OS asks you to enter a PIN code once the device is powered on. Protecting it with just a single code may not be enough, so third party developers invented a new ways of protection every...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 3, 2014

Theftie Helps You Find Your Stolen Device

When a phone or tablet gets stolen, not much can be done. Such situations should not occur, but the world isn't perfect and some people want things for free. When this happens, there are some tools that help you protect your private data and wipe as a last resort. Wiping data and locating your device is not everything that can be done remotely, however. XDA Senior Member leducbao has gone further and created an app that also can be used...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 25, 2014

Bring Back Native Facebook Sync on Your Device with Xposed

A few years ago when the whole Android party was starting, Google and Facebook were really closely integrated. Before Ice Cream Sandwich, users were able to see contacts synced directly from Facebook on their devices. Then, policies changed, and synchronization through the first party Facebook app was no longer possible, so people looking for contact syncing had to switch to a third party app in order to keep their contacts up-to-date. Said third party apps, despite being great, have one big disadvantage:...

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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 15, 2014

Don’t Like Your Icons? Change Them Using Xposed!

Android is an extremely flexible OS, in which almost everything can be adjusted to fit your personal needs. However, a problem arises when an application is downloaded from Play Store and it happens to have an ugly icon. Luckily, you have a few ways to change the icon or even its displayed application name. One of them is to recompile the app and set a new icon and name, but very often it won't work because of errors in smali and XML code....

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Get Rid of Generic Contact Images with Identiconizer

Take a look at your Android contacts list for a second. Doesn't it look really nice when your friends' social media profile images are populated as contact icons? This is generally done automatically via synced social media sites, but unfortunately, not everyone you care about is on social media. In these cases, you're generally greeted with a generic icon. In order to make one's contacts list look a little nicer, the ChameleonOS developers decided to replace the generic contact image with...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Enjoy Spotify on Your Chromecast with Spoticast

A few years ago, not many people expected that music would be streamed from the Internet legally. Then came services like Spotify, which allow users to stream music on various devices. It's officially available for Windows, OSX, Linux (outdated, but still), and on almost every mobile operating system. The one device that is missing on this list is the Chromecast---well, "was" missing. Thanks to XDA Forum Member NOPDevelopments, Spotify can be used with the Chromecast. Spoticast is an unofficial port of Spotify and was made without...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 8, 2014

Easily Backup and Restore Applications with Apps Backup

Having your phone download a long list of application updates to oftentimes unused applications is nothing unusual. This consumes lots of time, storage space, and bandwidth. To prevent such a situation, you can either disable synchronization with the Google Play Store, or you can backup your applications and restore it when you want to use it. If you prefer the second option, you should check out the application by XDA Recognized Developer bartito. As its name suggests, Apps Backup backs up...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 17, 2014

Get the AOSP Lock Screen on Your ICS-Powered Samsung Device

Android is the only popular mobile operating system that allows users, developers, and OEMs to implement dramatic modifications to its user interface. Some OEMs such as Samsung, LG, and Sony release their devices with highly modified custom software, which differs greatly from Google's version of Android that is seen in Nexus and GPe devices. One of the aspects that is often changed in OEM skins is the lock screen. Almost every OEM has its own unique style of lock screen. But...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 28, 2014

Fix External Storage Handling with Xposed Module

In recent Android releases, Google has become more and more unwilling to cater to the use of external SD cards. It was never quite clear why Google decided to abandon SD card support in their Nexus devices, but many believe this to be due to the added simplicity of removing another storage area. While Google nixed the idea on its own devices, various OEMs decided to keep SD card slots in their devices. To use them properly, some modifications to...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 1, 2014

Create your Own Routines and Stick with them with “Habbits”

Every New Year typically brings about a very rare phenomenon. No, I'm not talking about being plastered out of your mind. People tend to get in a certain mood---a mood that brings them hope and serenity about the upcoming year. Normally, people will look back at the previous year's failures, and make plans to not fail again. That's right, the New Year's resolutions are here in full force. People all over the globe are hitting the gym, writing books, and...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 21, 2014

Xposed Module: Preference Injector

XDA Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed framework has been on every root user's mouth for the last year or so. This revolutionary tool for customizing Android without actually touching the ROM itself has been a heaven sent tool for modders out there to share what they can do with their knowledge, without having to actually cook a ROM every time they want to implement a new feature. We normally feature them on the Portal and they even have their own XDA...

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