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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 25, 2014

Bring Back Native Facebook Sync on Your Device with Xposed

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:...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 13, 2014

Be the Last Man Standing in Last Bird Standing

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 7, 2014

Hangar Manages Your Applications with Ease

In the real world, a hangar is a closed structure that's generally used to hold aircraft or spacecraft in protective storage. We don't really have jets and airplanes in Android--at least, not real life ones---but that's not to say that a hangar is out of place on our mobile devices. A new app that goes by the name Hangar allows us to keep our home screens uncluttered by managing our favorite apps. Hangar by XDA Recognized Developer blk_jack provides access to your most frequently used apps. You can...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 5, 2014

“Transform” Your Xperia into an Xperia M2 in Just a Few Steps

Sony's Timescape UI is one of the most eye-pleasing custom Android interfaces currently available. Many consider it to be elegant and minimal, which has lead to it amassing quite a following of fans. Not too long ago at MWC this past year, Sony announced the Xperia M2, a mid-range device with development that is just now starting to flourish. And now, you can enjoy some of the M2 goodies on other devices. XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 ported the M2's System UI to other Sony devices running Android...

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jordankeyes · May 28, 2014

Device Review: YotaPhone, a Dual-Screen Phone and e-Reader

Once in a while, a device comes along that throws convention against the wall and tries something different. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. With that in mind and as you can tell from the title, we're going to talk a bit today about the YotaPhone from Yota Devices. Yota, a Russian mobile broadband provider, started making devices back in 2011, but focused heavily on wireless modems and routers. And then in December 2012, they unveiled their first smartphone, the YotaPhone. (more…)

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Tomek Kondrat · May 19, 2014

Save Time and Automate Your Device with Fences

Smartphones are quickly taking over the roles of our watches, calendars, and even our personal computers. With these miniaturized devices, we are able to set our alarms, remind ourselves about upcoming appointments, take care of business, and perform countless other tasks. These smartphones of ours can be made to truly live up to the "smart" in their name by performing automation tasks such as turning off data connectivity when not in use and, and so on. Device automation has been partially integrated into stock firmwares from...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 15, 2014

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

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....

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Get Rid of Generic Contact Images with Identiconizer

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Enjoy Spotify on Your Chromecast with Spoticast

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 8, 2014

Easily Backup and Restore Applications with Apps Backup

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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 24, 2014

Sony Xperia M2 Smart Social Camera and Addons Ported to All Xperia Phones Running Jelly Bean or KitKat

The Sony Xperia M2 is Sony's affordable offering for early 2014. While not quite a lust-worthy flagship device like its big brother the Xperia Z2, the M2 is still decently specced, and it offers quite a bit to make it an ideal device for those who don't need the absolute latest and greatest. One of the nice software additions found on the M2 is its Smart Social Camera app. Luckily, XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 has ported it to all Xperia devices running either Jelly Bean or...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 13, 2014

Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Xperia Theme

Theming is an art. As such, making a beautiful theme is an extremely time consuming and challenging task. Preparing resources requires countless hours spent in a graphics editor app. Putting everything together into an application isn't easy, but within XDA you'll find a long list of guides and tutorials that help you understand the Android ecosystem better. If you have some ideas regarding theming and don't know where to start, you should read a guide written by XDA Senior Member...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 3, 2014

[FTF] Sony Xperia SP Receives Android 4.3 Maintenance Upgrade to 12.1.A.1.201

Although the Xperia SP isn't yet in the list of devices scheduled to receive the official Android 4.4 goods from Sony, that's not to say that the SP can't still benefit from some rather substantial OEM love. Early yesterday, Sony began updating the Xperia SP to firmware version 12.1.A.1.201. While it's not KitKat, it packs quite a few bugfixes over the previously released 12.1.A.0.266 build. Just like the previous build, 12.1.A.1.201 is based upon Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But according to Sony's...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 1, 2014

[FTF Available] Sony Xperia M Dual Now Also Receives Android 4.3

About a week ago, the Sony Xperia M started receiving its official update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While not KitKat, it at least proves that Sony still wants to show its mid-range device  some official firmware lovin'. Naturally, many Xperia M Dual (C2005) owners wondered when the dual-sim variant would receive the update. Thankfully, that time is now. XDA Forum Member navidhz first shared the news early yesterday, and it was later confirmed by Sony on the Xperia M Dual's official firmware page....

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 28, 2014

Fix External Storage Handling with Xposed Module

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 27, 2014

Monitor Your Internet Access with a Colorful Status Bar Clock

"What's the time?" You probably ask yourself this question countless times during the day. One second later, you're probably checking the time on your smartphone. However, the system clock in the status bar can't be modified to much without digging into source code of SystemUI.apk. Most things in Android can be modified without touching code. This is all thanks to XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 and Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, who created amazing Xposed Framework. With this tool, even stock ROMs can...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 26, 2014

Sony Xperia M Receives Android 4.3, Update Captured and Converted to FTF!

Although Android 4.4.3 is already undergoing internal testing, most devices other than modern flagships have yet to receive an official taste of any version of KitKat. In fact, it's not uncommon for older or less powerful devices to be prematurely forgotten in update limbo. But rather than complain that they're not running the latest and greatest firmware, we can at least be happy when they do receive some official firmware love from their OEMs. The Sony Xperia M is one such device....

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 25, 2014

Add Profile Support to Jelly Bean ROMs

The Android OS has been undergoing extensive development for over five years. Through the years, we've seen many useful features added, and many of these features were implemented in AOSP, while an equally large number have come from custom ROMs. One of the main features added recently is profile support. It's quite a useful feature to have on shared devices such as tablets. Every user can customize his or her profile with favorite apps and settings. Not too long ago,...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 18, 2014

Maintenance Baseband Update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III T999

Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was the Android 4.3 update for the device. Apologies for the mistake. While several recent high end devices have finally been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, many are still running Android 4.3. The T-Mobile Galaxy S III is one of these devices. While it has just started receiving a new it finally received its official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The update comes in the form of build ID UVUENC2. And...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 11, 2014

Add Multiple User Profile Support on Your Phone

Sharing a tablet or phone isn't anything unusual. Phones very often serve as relaxation tools, or easy-to-use Internet terminals from which you can easily access the web and keep in contact with people you love. At default, phones offer only one user profile, which isn't ideal if you want to avoid potential changes to your device settings or keep your private data private. User profiles were added to the OS with Android 4.2, but Google decided to put this feature...

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