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The Evolution of Android – Part II

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android-evolutionAndroid 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.. . . READ ON »

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Supercharge Android App Switching with Switchr

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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 tapping home, or pressing the dedicated softkey. Switchr by XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib makes going back to a previous app as simple as swiping your finger. Mohammad_Adib, the same deve. . . READ ON »

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

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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 may seem, having the opportunity to do what others do on top of what we do is, after all, what we do best. In this case, XDA Forum Member -Aatif- brings us a little something for all (who do not own a recent Samsung device) to enjoy.

S4/Note3 Lockscreen . . . READ ON »

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Port the Lidroid Notification Toggles to Non-Samsung ROMs

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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 or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM.

The guide first instructions you to decompile SystemUI.apk, and then it walks you through the values you will need to modify. Naturally, you need to know how to decompile and recomp. . . READ ON »

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Google Updates its Google Maps Update

Make this map available offline It didn't take long for Google to address several shortcomings in 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.
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Review of the New Google Maps

Google Maps Update For the standard end user, this year's Google I/O, left much to be desired. The disappointment lied 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 San Jose based company calls it, is a major update which integrates Google Earth to create three-dimensional tours of user surroundings. According to Google, the application highlights the things that matter most to you, wherever you go and whatever you are doing. On July 10, two months after Google's announcement of the exciting new update, the company finally introduced the mapping application for Android smartphones and tablets. Google Maps v7.0.0 is gradually rolling out global updates to Android 4.0.3+ devices through the Google Play store, and soon through the App Store for iOS products. For those of you who cannot wait for the update, leaked apk's are already being seen in the wild. Updates are specific to android versions, so if you can't wait for it to be officially rolled to your device, make sure you are following the correct download. For quick access to Android 4.1+ updates, see Android Police compiled list of mirrors.
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Serajr Power Toggles Brings Settings to the Small App World

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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 with a concept called “mini apps.” For those not familiar, these mini apps act similar to active widgets, providing you with some functionality that would otherwise require an app taking the entire screen use. Sony inc. . . READ ON »

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

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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 your screen, from any source capable of relaying information to your particular app. However, the limitation for most if not all apps of this kind is that they will display only a couple of sentences, maybe even a small synopsis of the entire piece, and will link you to the source’s website to read the article. XD. . . READ ON »

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Theme ALL the (Rooted) Phones with XThemeEngine

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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 here and there, but as with most novel concepts, things take time to take a foothold in people’s minds. The good news is that more and more people are beginning to see the wonders of this framework and have begun using it to add functionality th. . . READ ON »

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