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

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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 4.3, and added fonts from its bigger brother, the Sony Xperia Z2. And given that the majority of Sony devices are now running 4.3 thanks to recent update pushes, quite a few Xperias can get . . . READ ON »

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

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yotaphoneOnce 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. . . . READ ON »

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Save Time and Automate Your Device with Fences

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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 OEMs like Sony. However, AOSP still lacks built-in application. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to choose from to make your smartphone smarter. If . . . 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.

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

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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 KitKat such as the Xperia M, SP, TX, V, Z, Z1, Z1 Compact, ZR, and ZU. The camera app itself offers automatic scene recognition with 36 predefined scene types, and automatic HDR mode. The addons then build on the camera app. . . READ ON »

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Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Xperia Theme

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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 SArnab©®. This guide explains how to create a theme in Eclipse for Xperia devices in step-by-step detail. The guide should work with Xperia phones running Android 4.3.

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