POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Bring Back Native Facebook Sync on Your Device with Xposed

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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 simpl. . . READ ON »

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Be the Last Man Standing in Last Bird Standing

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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 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, y. . . READ ON »

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

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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. L. . . READ ON »

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Get Rid of Generic Contact Images with Identiconizer

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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 Mod. . . READ ON »

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Enjoy Spotify on Your Chromecast with Spoticast

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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 th. . . READ ON »

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Easily Backup and Restore Applications with Apps Backup

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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 possib. . . READ ON »

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

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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 M. . . READ ON »

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Fix External Storage Handling with Xposed Module

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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 Android’s source code were needed. And due to changes in how some later versions of Android handled SD cards, many applications lost the ability to access external SD cards. Luckily, Xposed Framework allows users to modify various aspects of their OS without messi. . . READ ON »

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

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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 looking for ways to get those raises they so feverishly deserve. But after January or February, it is back to regularly scheduled programming for many of them. In other words, resolutions go out the window or are simply forgotten and . . . READ ON »

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