ANDROID 4.1-4.3 (JELLY BEAN) Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

[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...

[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...

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...

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...