POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Greenify Keeps Your Android Running Smoothly

greenify

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 more often than not, these are not normally needed. Also, the available RAM on most newer devices certainly makes them obsolete (for newer gen devices anyways). Furthermore, leaving programs in RAM (when available) prevents the need to relaunch them the next time you open them. However, when a new approach . . . READ ON »

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

SenseGrid

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 am not entirely sure how or why. Maybe it was a mistake or an Eureka moment, but HTC got it right the first time around with this feature. Going from WM to Android, the Photo Widget was adapted into Sense and retained much of the same look and functionality that it had before. During the days of Se. . . READ ON »

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HTC Thunderbolt Receives Lackluster ICS Update

HTC Thunderbolt

Let’s face it: HTC is far from being the model of the open source development world. While they still have a large following, their recent earnings statements are an indication that their followers are no longer following them. Their deliberate snubs at the development community, and the users who depend on them, have ranged from complete lack of required GPLv2 kernel source code to locked bootloaders and then allowing a pseudo-unlock which prohibits the flashing of partitions. With a net profit of only $33mil in Q4 2012 (down almost 90% from Q4 2011) and sales down 7% in January 2013 compared to January 2012, it’s obvious something needs to change. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou seems to think t. . . READ ON »

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Minimalistic Text Editor for Android

Wordpad_Android_TextEditor

As mobile devices have evolved, so have the tools for performing every day tasks. What used to require Microsoft Office on a standard computer can now be accomplished with various mobile applications that can create, edit, and view Office documents (because Microsoft still can’t figure out how to mobilize their mammoth, memory-hungry, piece of… oh never mind). Further expanding the analogy, we used to use apps like Notepad to edit text files, and now we have a bevy of apps on the desktop that allow you to not only edit a text file, but also features color-coding for different programming languages.

Sure, we have a number of text editors on mobile, but many of them try to be all things to all people. No. . . READ ON »

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Unlock Bootloaders without Fastboot on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and 10

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Bootloaders are like locks on a cookie jar: They’re just begging to be unlocked. When users on XDA see a locked bootloader, they immediately start looking for the accomplished developer who is working on hacking the device. It is for this reason that we like to hold Google Nexus devices as the gold standard for how manufacturers (and carriers) should approach their bootloaders, as well as firmware openness.

Nexus devices are easy to unlock: You go into fastboot mode, type ‘fastboot oem unlock’, and you’re done. Easy peasy. Of course, Google’s method involves an automatic wipe of your data, which functions as a pseudo-security measure. There of course is a way to get that data . . . READ ON »

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Open Source App Lets You Control Your Phone over SMS

aeGis

Security applications are a dime-a-dozen these days. While it normally wouldn’t be noteworthy to have a new entry into the fray, this one is different in one very important way: The developer knows none of your information. AeGis, which comes to us from XDA Recognized Developer Decad3nce, is unlike competing applications in that it does not require a data connection, you are not asked to log in to anything, and you do not need to register and pay a large firm a yearly fee in order to use the below features:

Features:

- Ability to remotely lock your device via SMS
– Ability to remotely enable sound on your device via SMS
– Ability to remotely locate your device via SMS
– Ability to remote. . . READ ON »

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Use Android MTP on Linux

Enable MTP on Linux

Starting with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the OS switched to MTP from USB Mass Storage mode for access to the device’s storage via USB. MTP stands for Media Transfer Protocol, and it carries several benefits over USB Mass Storage. Unlike the latter, MTP allows you to simultaneously access the storage on both the device as well as the computer. Also, with MTP, corrupt file transfers are theoretically much less probable.

While accessing the storage via MTP from a Windows PC is a piece of cake due to excellent driver support, doing so in Linux can be a hassle, as the OS doesn’t ship with said support by default. XDA Recognized Developer & Contributor Lloir has come to the rescue with his . . . READ ON »

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NFL AFC Inspired Analog Clocks Widget for Football Fans

NFL Inspired AFC Logo Clock Widget Collection

The NFL regular season is in full swing, and the league competition is heating up in December as the Playoffs approach in January before leading to Super Bowl XLVII in early Feb. If you love football and are rooting for one of the AFC teams, what better way to show your support than to get the logo of your favorite team right on your Android home screen in form of a clock widget? XDA Forum Member ron427 shared his AFC-Inspired Logo Clocks collection with us, which includes analog clock widgets representing all 16 members of the American Football Conference from all four divisions.

The collection is part one of the six-part NFL Inspired Collection that cost $0.99 each at the developer’s website, but a. . . READ ON »

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Xperia Launcher Ported to all Android Devices Running ICS or Higher

Xperia Launcher

There are many different launchers out there. Whether it’s an old favorite or something you can’t normally get, there are options galore. A favorite here on XDA is when a launcher intended for specific devices gets ported to be used on all devices. Now, the Xperia Launcher has been ported to work on any device running Android 4.0.3 and up.

XDA Senior Member ra3al has posted the port to XDA. It has a plethora of features, but nothing newer Xperia owners don’t know about. They include:

- User selectable number of home screens (up to 11) and default screen selection
– Customizable desktop and app drawer grid size (from 3 x 3 to 9 x 9)
– Infinite scrolling on the desktop and the app drawer (

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