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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part II

Android is six years old now. One week ago, we presented the first part of the Android story. Now, it's time to continue the journey. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away---located in Mountain View, the first version of the operating system dedicated for tablets was born. Google called it 3. 0 Honeycomb and presented it alongside the Motorola Xoom. (more…)

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TK · Oct 11, 2013

Supercharge Android App Switching with Switchr

Switching Apps on Android is generally accomplished using Android's native card-style multitasking solution. We've seen some apps that provide quick access to favorite programs with a swipe from the side of the screen with the original Sidebar, Sidebar plus, and Appsi Sidebar. However, when you are in a program and want to switch to another running, you always had to go to the multitasking button. Depending on your device, that might be pressing and holding the home button for 2 seconds, double...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2013

Galaxy S 4 / Note 3 Lock Screen on Any ICS+ Device

Envy is a very interesting driver for innovation. Ironically, wanting to have something that others enjoy tends to have a somewhat interesting effect on our developers. After all, the will generated by the lack of newer versions of Windows Mobile available on newer devices was the main driving force that pushed XDA to be what it is today. Our "thing" or hobby (whichever way you want to see it) could be easily called envy. But regardless of how envious we...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 11, 2013

Port the Lidroid Notification Toggles to Non-Samsung ROMs

If you're a fan of the notification toggles found in XDA Senior Member lidroid's series of ROMs for various Samsung devices, you may be hesitant to switch to a different ROM or even a different device. After all, as we discussed earlier, notification toggles are quite useful, and having more of them is never a bad thing. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Adi Aisiteru Reborn has created a guide showing you how to port the toggles over to various non-Samsung Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 11, 2013

Google Updates its Google Maps Update

It didn't take long for Google to address several shortcomings with its July 10 Google Maps update. Although the update includes some exciting new features, which are described in an earlier posted article, it also lacked a few useful features that were in previous versions. This of course left some of the Android community with negative feedback and criticism. In response to those complaints, Google posted a public statement on its G+ account at approximately 1 a.m. PST, July 11. Through...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 11, 2013

Review of the New Google Maps

To the standard end user, this year's Google I/O  left much to be desired. The disappointment was mainly in the fact that Google failed to release the highly anticipated Android update, Key Lime Pie.  Instead, the annual developers conference, which was held the week of May 15, focused on developer tools and a rebuild of Google Maps. The "new Google Maps," as the Mountain View company calls it, is a major update that integrates Google Earth to create three-dimensional tours of...

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egzthunder1 · May 20, 2013

Serajr Power Toggles Brings Settings to the Small App World

Ever since the introduction of multi-window with things like Cornerstone and floating apps, there has been a somewhat radical change in the overall Android UI. Granted, not everyone can take advantage of this as most manufacturers do not include such features in their brand UI experience. Samsung is one of the only ones that actually does this with their multi window capabilities. Not too long ago, Sony decided to jump in the bandwagon with their own concept of multi-window usage...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 26, 2013

Stay Up-to-Date with The News: UK Edition

As of late, we have been covering apps that have surfaced on XDA that perform functions that we are used to seeing on most mobiles. However, the gist of these new/old apps is that they all add a bit of a twist to the already working models, thus breaking the status quo of all the other apps in its category. In the particular case of RSS feeds or other types of news feeds, most apps will deliver vast contents to...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2013

Theme ALL the (Rooted) Phones with XThemeEngine

You may or may not recall sometime last year, when a member by the name of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 introduced a brand new concept to this world, named Xposed Framework. This essentially enables the user to hack any ROM and change virtually anything without coding, cracking the ROM open with a kitchen, or even flashing a zip through recovery. Possibilities with such a tool are virtually endless, and it is nearly risk free. Some people have released a few things...

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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 23, 2013

Facebook Away from the Facebook App with Fast Home Widgets

Not too long ago, XDA Forum Member taomorpheus released a rather interesting alternative to the current official Facebook app called Fast. The app is essentially a replacement for the original, bringing to the table a far simpler, less bloated, and much lighter client for the the infamous social media site. As good as it is, there is always room for improvement. Since the dev knew this to be the case, he kept on cranking ideas to make the experience of Fast even...

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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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egzthunder1 · Apr 14, 2013

Show Your HotSpot App Who’s Boss with HotSpot Control

HotSpot functionality: the forbidden apple of mobile telecommunications. Being able to share your Internet connection with others or even with your own multiple devices is something that we did have always desired, particularly those who hate the idea of paying a "convenience/access fee" to a carrier. The feature/idea of tethering from our mobile devices is not new, and in fact has been around since well before the PDA Phone came to be. However, ever since its implementation, both manufacturers and...

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rstanford · Apr 6, 2013

Create an Interesting Home Screen with Buzz Launcher

Altering your home screen has been made simpler thanks to the work of XDA Forum Member Buzz Plan. Buzz Launcher, which is only available for phones with Android 4.0.1 or greater, allows users to quickly download, apply, and share home screens. The application also makes it possible to create your own home screen using features such as Multi-Wallpapers and My Icons.  The Buzz Custom Widget add-on gives users access to clock, date, and battery widgets to include in their own...

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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 8, 2013

Add Your Favorite Mods on the Sony Xperia Arc

Not too long ago, we started covering how-to guides in the Epic 4G Touch section. These guides aimed to teach users and aspiring developers alike the ins and outs of messing with ROMs internals at the code level, as opposed to simply flashing zip files from recovery. The guides covered a few minor mods (features of TouchWiz ROMs on SGS3) that were mostly for eye candy and some functionality. However, the underlying point of them was not to make your...

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Samantha · Mar 3, 2013

Mods Collection For The Xperia P, U, Go, and Sola

Installing multiple essential mods on a device that's been constantly reflashed with a fresh new ROM can be cumbersome and tedious. You run the risk of finding yourself with the dreaded bootloop if you forgot one simple step in the installation process. On top of this, the whole process is extremely time consuming, on many occasions taking up hours of your time. To help alleviate this, XDA Recognized Contributor Pandemic presents ST Octane Settings for the Xperia P, U, Go and Sola....

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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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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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egzthunder1 · Feb 19, 2013

HTC Sense-Like Frame/Grid Widget Now Available without Sense

I have been a Sense fan for a very long time---ever since it was known as Manila, to be more precise. It offered all the eye candy that you could handle at the expense of not having much RAM left over, but as phones became more powerful, this became less of an issue as time went by. Among all the pretty weather animations, fancy clocks, and sliding homescreens, there was one feature that always captivated me: the picture frame. I...

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