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 the likes of 2048, and several of the aforementioned games’ variations. Maybe, it is time to take a step back and look at one of the game styles that gave birth to the infamous FPS genre. Shooting things down when you are doing it from your own point of view is a far more challenging endeavor, particularly when you have physics involved. If this sounds appealing enough, then you may want to stop by and test XDA Forum Member Arbiter7‘s latest addition to the Android world of gaming.
Knock the Flags is a game that somewhat resembles what the next iteration of Angry Birds should have been. Essentially, you are manning a cannon, and your objective is to shoot your ammo at the flags set on the screen. The game will take into consideration various factors such as distance and shooting angle (ballistics), on top of providing you with 4 different types of ammo, each with different attributes, to achieve your objective. The terrain on which the flags are located are key to the strategy that you must use in order to achieve the most destruction by shooting the least number of cannon balls. You can even follow the ball as it goes towards the target thanks to the “Flycam” feature. That is the closest most of us will ever get to being a human cannonball.
The game can be challenging but certainly a fun way to pass the time (and understand a bit about physics in the process). It is still, however, under development and there might be things that you might not be entirely content with. So, if you happen to have a few minutes you can provide the dev with feedback, suggestions, and even bug reports if you happen to come across a few. You can find more information in the Knock the Flags game thread.
July 19, 2014 By: egzthunder1
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 get past pseudo real/serious sites, comes what the new Internet culture has become. You have the likes of Digg, Reddit, and if you walk a little further towards the edge of the abyss, you get 4chan. That said, if you’ve made your way to 4Chan, you’ve gone too far—no, really! Today, we are focusing on Reddit and an app created by XDA Senior Member Theworld2020.
Reddit for Android is an app that, despite not being officially maintained by the Reddit team themselves, is built with everything they would do if they were to code one. For starters, the app is made with Reddit’s own API and coded with every bit of Google and Reddit’s standards, rules, and regulations. This is done so that the app’s experience is as close as your PC’s version of the social site–but without making you believe that you are no longer using Android. As for features, it contains all the features you have grown to love (or hate) of the actual site, such as the ability to see comments, upvote and downvote everything in sight, working account login and even new registration options, browse through your own history (for the narcissist in all of us), and best of all, it is light on battery usage. Oh, and did we mention that the app is not only free but ad-free as well? (That’s really a plus over most other Reddit apps out there.)
The app is fresh out of the oven,and the dev is looking for feedback on how to make it better. Maybe you can suggest a few options that are missing, or maybe you came across a bug. Either way, please drop by the thread and take the app for a spin. Good luck, and remember: If you see 4chan in the URL, you went too far. You can find more information in the Reddit App thread.
July 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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, as its name suggests, is a notepad with a bunch of handy features. In addition to making simple notes that help you to remember basic things, the application has a very useful checklist mode. You can plan your whole day and mark things off that have been done, or make a shopping list of what you need to purchase at the store. The app even allows you to set reminders for certain notes.
If you are a flash-o-holic and change your ROM several times a day, you can backup your notes with a built-in option. You can also search for notes that were written previously. Quick Note is a great companion that transforms your smartphone into a personal and capable notebook.
If you’re looking for a good notepad application alternative to Google Keep, you can try Quick Note in the Quick Note application thread.
July 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 day. One of them was presented by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik. PINshortcuts is an Xposed Framework module that lets you set PIN codes on per-app basis.
For example, if you want to open XDA App, you can to enter 1234. When an you want to launch your Internet Browser, you can use a different PIN code like 4321. After entering the code, the app will start directly from lock screen. Naturally, you can unlock your device without launching any apps by entering the default PIN code. The solution is pretty useful, but you obviously need to be careful. The more codes you try to remember will lead to some that you inevitably forget. Also a longer list of PIN codes will also give intruders more chances to simply guess the number and steal your data.
PINshortcuts is an Xposed module. This means that your device must be rooted in order to use this module. If you would like to use this module on your phone or tablet, make your way to the PINshortcuts thread and give it a try. How would you extend the security and functionality of your device? Let us know in the comments below.
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 time and time again with the only difficulty being that they come faster as time progresses. Well, this is where this game, called Debris Cascade, outshines the competition.
In Debris Cascade, your objective is to survive the never stopping amount of space trash floating around the Earth. You are a small, and quite tough, satellite trying to complete your orbits. Your trusty side thrusters will allow you to move up and down to prevent the orbiting garbage to collide with you. However, the problem is that you are not the only thing that the debris can collide against. The pieces can hit each other, thus changing trajectories. So, what you thought was going to go left, might end up going right and vice versa. All in all, your field of play becomes ever changing as the collisions are all random. Lastly, remember how we said that your satellite was “tough”? That is because it will enable you to withstand some punishment (3 hits to be more precise). After each hit, the satellite will lose a piece. Oh, and be careful with your own pieces as they can hit you as well!
The game is in early development so far and promises to have a decent future thanks to the smooth graphics and animations. However, as there is always room for improvement, your feedback becomes essential for the betterment of the app. So, please leave some behind and reports about bugs as well if you happen to come across any.
You can find more information in the Debris Cascade game thread.
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 as an Xposed Framework module, to take a selfie of thief using front camera of your device. The photo is sent to a predefined Email afterwards. This data can help you and police gather evidence to catch the thief
Theftie works in three modes: Prevent protects the device from unauthorized access by locking it and making a selfie of the thief. Catch allows communication with the device. Finally, rescue data – retrieve your personal data like SMS, photos and documents and save them to Google Drive.
Just like Android Device Manager, Theftie can wipe the SD card and phone data. While activated, app can’t be uninstalled which makes your phone protected.
Don’t allow your device to be stolen without hope of rescuing your data. Head over to the application thread and give Theftie a shot.
Apps like Android Device Manager or Theftie don’t guarantee your device’s safety, so if your phone gets stolen, don’t hesitate to inform the local police.
June 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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: They are unable to get the Email address and phone number from your Facebook friends list. In the last few years, we’ve talked about an almost limitless number of Xposed modules for simple things like turning everything into Hodor (
Hodor, Hodor, Hodor!!1oneeleven!) to more complex set of tools like GravityBox. Now, XDA Senior Member agentdr8 created a module to bring the Facebook sync functionality back. Everything is quite simple and requires just few simple steps to be followed. Once again, Xposed shows its potential to change almost anything on your OS.
Before using this module, ensure that your device is rooted and Xposed Framework is installed. After that, install the module, enable it, reboot, and enjoy your updated contact entries in your phone book. To learn more about this module, visit the original thread.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 its name states, the point is to survive all the other birds that are trying to get rid of you in every level. You eliminate your opponents by jumping on them à la Mario. And much in the same fashion as with the beloved Italian plumber, you lose a life if they touch you in any other way. The tricky part is to be able to control the bird well enough to land on top of the other birds. The first few levels are relatively easy, but the bird types get tougher and gain other abilities as you progress in the game.
The game features end-of-level bonuses, clean and smooth cartoon-esque graphics, and yes, Flappy Birds sounds as well–just in case you were missing that game a bit. The game is ad-supported, and the dev is continuously working on making the game better with each release. As you may have imagined, though, feedback is something that could potentially make this game grow quite popular–the bird element is already present and we all know how successful that has been for other game developers.
So, what are you waiting for? Go test your skills, be the bravest bird, and leave some feedback. You can find more information in the game thread.
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. The second way is to use a theme, but that’s a luxury reserved for users of ROMs supporting theme engine.
Both of the aforementioned methods are rather inconvenient and require some dev knowledge or custom AOSP-based ROMs, which some users like to avoid. Luckily, you can accomplish the same task with a handy Xposed module. All you need to do is download xSuite by XDA Senior Member GalaxyInABox. xSuite allows you to easily change an application’s icon and display name to anything of your choosing.
To enjoy these goodies, root your phone, install Xposed Framework, and go to the module thread.
May 11, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 a identicon, a small image made of geometrical shapes. Everyone’s shape is unique and can serve to distingush contacts from one another.
Now thanks to an application by XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, you can have this feature without having to install ChameleonOS on your own device. Identiconizer gives you the option to choose the style and size of the image, and create identicons for all missing contact with just one click. The application can work as an Xposed module as well, allowing it to be integrated directly into the OS.
The application and the source code can be easily found in the application thread. If your contacts look boring and you want some unique images to replace the stock icon, head over there and give Identiconizer a try.
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 any official affiliation. To try it on your Chromecast, you need to have a premium account and enable “Device Broadcast Status” in the application. Spoticast fully integrates with your screen, so you can see album art and the progress bar directly in high quality. It’s an early release, so not everything will work as expected. For example, there’s a slight delay and few bugs that still need to be squashed, but having Spotify on Chromecast is great nevertheless.
If you are using Spotify often and want to use it on your Chromecast, make your way to the applcation thread and give Spoticast a try.
May 8, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 applications onto your SD Card and allows you to easily restore them without wasting your network bandwidth. Apps Backup also updates the saved apps and games and stored data in order to keep them as up to date as possible. With a few clicks, you can see your favorite apps back in the application drawer. Naturally, the application requires root privileges to work.
The version available on XDA is a trial, but bartito was kind enough to provide a unique code only for XDA users, which unlocks all the features of the app. You can get the application in the original thread.
April 17, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 what to do when you want to have a bit of the AOSP taste in your device without fully switching to an AOSP-based ROM? If you have an ICS-powered Samsung device, the answer is simple: Read a guide written by XDA Recognized Contributor Mohitash that shows you how to change the lock screen on Ice Cream Sandwich-based Samsung devices like the Galaxy S Duos or Captivate Glide.
The guide begins by using the well known APKTool to decompile SecSettings.apk and android.policy.jar. Then, you perform some smali editing, recompile, and send the modified files back to the device. The method is thoroughly described, so you shouldn’t have much trouble adding it to your stock or stock-based TouchWiz ROM.
If you still own an older Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung device and want to make it to look a bit more like a Nexus phone, head over to the guide thread and give the described method a try.