POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.4 KitKat
Posted December 11, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Newer doesn’t always mean better. This fits the Android OS perfectly with regards to some solutions that are in fact less polished than their older counterparts. For many, the quick settings toggles used in stock Jelly Bean ROMs for Sony Xperia phones were ideal, since they were available right after pulling down the notification bar. In KitKat, these toggles were moved to the separate tab, making access a bit more cumbersome.
With some willingness and a bit of free time, you can easily bring back the Jelly Bean-style quick settings toggles to your KitKat Xperia ROM. XDA Senior Member anagramgenius wrote a guide in which the whole process is explained in detail. The method demonstrated by anagramgeniu. . . READ ON »
Posted December 9, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Unlike Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique.
One OEM with quite a lot in terms of skin customization is Sony. Animations and fancy transitions are just a small part of Sony’s UI tweaks. If you feel that there could be more, XDA Senior Member kalel2012 prepared a guide that shows you how to add an animated background to the pulldown notification and system settings.
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Posted December 5, 2014 at 01:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
If you’ve ever thought of flashing a custom ROM, CyanogenMod’s name more than likely rings a bell. This custom ROM project is one of the most popular on XDA. Its developers have created dozens of device trees and kernels used by many other developer teams. As such, CyanogenMod is often used by developers to create the first functional source built ROM for quite a few devices.
Most flagship devices already received quite functional CM nightlies some time ago. One device has had to wait a little bit was the Verizon LG G3. The Korean OEM decided to lock the bootloader for almost all variants of the LG G3, and the only variant with an unlocked bootloader was T-Mobile’s version. Thanks to XD. . . READ ON »
Posted November 30, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
The great thing about XDA is you can find all these great custom ROMs. There are so many in fact that sometimes you want to have access to a couple so you can change depending on your mood. And while you can just flash those everytime, what if there was an easier way?
In this episode of XDA TV, rirozizo shows you MultiROM Manager using his Nexus 4. MultiROM is an unique customization that you can place on supported Android phones and select which ROMs you have installed you want to run. Rirozizo shows off how to install the MultiROM feature. He shows you how to add available ROMs. He shows the user interface. He talks about MultiROM at length. If you wanted to know more about MultiROM, check out this video.. . . READ ON »
Posted November 29, 2014 at 01:00 pm by egzthunder1
We’ve all been there at one point or another. You take out your device to open an app to look for something and you find yourself wasting about a minute fumbling through hundreds of installed apps in your device while frantically swiping up, down, left, and right in order to find the app you set out to find. This is just one instance and if you are a busy individual, the likelihood of this happening several times a day is quite high. There are alternatives that have come with the evolution of Android such as the use of folders, multiple desktop environments, and even some launchers which come with the ability to categorize your apps either alphabetically, by installation date or by whichever way you feel (your o. . . READ ON »
Posted November 22, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Call recording, while not legal in every part of the world, is quite handy in certain situations. Some OEMs have decided to implement call recording into their default Phone applications, and sometimes hide it. There are ways to enable the feature, if it’s there but hidden, through Xposed Framewok modules or other apps.
On the older firmwares, such as 4.4.2, Sony had a hidden call recording feature in SemcPhone.apk. This feature was split over multiple applications. XDA Senior Member AndroPlus found a way to restore the call recording feature by extracting the Chinese variant of the ROM. The extracted CallRecording.apk can be flashed onto the device using one of the popular recoveries.
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Posted November 17, 2014 at 12:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android’s developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot.
The Media Scanner service itself doesn’t offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can’t control it. Well, you can’t do so easily without the Xposed Framework. XDA Forum Member thomashofmann decided to address the issues with Media Scanner by creating a module that provides quite a few tweaks. With this module, you can e. . . READ ON »
Posted November 13, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse?
XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Weak Control. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »
Posted November 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
One of the most famous writes of all time, Joseph Conrad, once stated that it’s only those who do nothing who make no mistakes. We can apply this quote to Sprint, which added the ItsOn service to their version of HTC One M8.
ItsOn was designed to provide intelligent and granular control of mobile network communication—and it’s doing that, but not quite as expected. It didn’t take long to notice that this service is a massive battery drain that often even consumes up to 50% of the overall battery time. User frustration was inevitable, but there is a solution for this problem provided by XDA Recognized Contributor O.M.J. His flashable ZIP archive contains a kernel with a modified ram. . . READ ON »