July 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
In addition the obvious proficiency with graphics, creating a good Android theme requires certain knowledge about exactly one must do. Even the default theme engine used many ROMs requires theme files to have a compatible structure, otherwise your newly created themes will not work or will be incomplete.
Sony devices have a quite unique UI, which many people fancy. Unfortunately, like most of stock ROMs, it’s bloated and full of commercial content. Because of this, quite a few XDA folks decide to venture over to AOSP-derived ROMs in their many flavors. If you ever wondered how to make an AOSP ROM to look like an Xperia device, XDA Senior Member gamzekal has the answer to this question. Gamzekal wrote a guide about porting Xperia Themes to CyanogenMod 11. The whole trick is to use Ambor Theme Engine by XDA Senior Member Ambor and change a few files. The guide explains which files should be changed and what code should be replaced in order to get a theme working on CM.
You’ll need a few minutes of free time and the themer’s best friend, APKTool. To learn how to theme your CM ROM to look like an Xperia ROM, visit the Xperia to CM Theme guide thread to get started.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2 And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
July 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PINshortcuts. Then, Adam Unboxed The XDA Way a Samsung Gear Live. And later, TK gave us an Android Wear App Review of EchoWear Song Search. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 24, 2014 By: egzthunder1
Everyone likes screen real estate–no question about that. The sole idea of having more space available for your clutter of icons, widgets, and so on is what has fueled phone manufacturers to come up with screens so large that they barely fit in our pockets anymore. We do, however, always look for more, and one sure thing that many people could (and do) away with are the soft buttons (for devices with no hardware buttons) and the status bar.
There are apps such as video players and games that hide both the status bar and software navigation buttons while active. This is known as immersive mode. But while some apps offer immersive mode, not every app has this feature built in. Sure, there are a myriad of options out there to hide either bar (or both) using tools such as Xposed Framework, or even by simple build.prop manipulation. Several launchers such as Nova and Buzz even allow you to hide the status bar and bring it back out via gestures. However, all of the above (except the launchers of course) require root or custom ROMs. Well, XDA Senior Member StupidIdea is here to tell you that you no longer need root.
GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode is an app that automatically gets rid of either of the aforementioned bars, or both. This app is really a combination of some of StupidIdea’s previous works, many of which have been featured in the Portal over the past few years. As stated, the app does not require root and has the ability to hide either one of the bars, or both for the full immersive experience. GMD is actually quite simple to use, thanks to gesture controls that allow you to hide and reveal either bar through simple swipes. It also comes equipped with a notification in the status bar that allows you to switch back and forth. The app does have a few quirks such as how in order for the keyboard to work on certain apps, the Navigation bar must be present.
So, what are you waiting for? Get back every pixel that is rightfully yours by trying this app. Oh, and while you are at it, try and see if you can find any bugs within the app that the dev should know about. You can find more information in the GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode app thread.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
Lately, we have seen a rather drastic shift in the world of mobile device gaming. The infamous Angry Birds series has tried to reinvent itself again and again, attempting to continue reigning supreme over all else. However, it seems that it was not really enough, and it makes sense. After all, just how many times can you possibly sling a bird at pigs without looking for something else to do? Then, came the spawn from Hell known as Flappy Birds, closely followed by the likes of 2048, and several of the aforementioned games’ variations. Maybe, it is time to take a step back and look at one of the game styles that gave birth to the infamous FPS genre. Shooting things down when you are doing it from your own point of view is a far more challenging endeavor, particularly when you have physics involved. If this sounds appealing enough, then you may want to stop by and test XDA Forum Member Arbiter7‘s latest addition to the Android world of gaming.
Knock the Flags is a game that somewhat resembles what the next iteration of Angry Birds should have been. Essentially, you are manning a cannon, and your objective is to shoot your ammo at the flags set on the screen. The game will take into consideration various factors such as distance and shooting angle (ballistics), on top of providing you with 4 different types of ammo, each with different attributes, to achieve your objective. The terrain on which the flags are located are key to the strategy that you must use in order to achieve the most destruction by shooting the least number of cannon balls. You can even follow the ball as it goes towards the target thanks to the “Flycam” feature. That is the closest most of us will ever get to being a human cannonball.
The game can be challenging but certainly a fun way to pass the time (and understand a bit about physics in the process). It is still, however, under development and there might be things that you might not be entirely content with. So, if you happen to have a few minutes you can provide the dev with feedback, suggestions, and even bug reports if you happen to come across a few. You can find more information in the Knock the Flags game thread.
July 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his XDA Unboxing series where he tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. Whether intentional or not, he has unboxed a few Samsung devices in his day. Everything from the original Samsung Galaxy II, the Galaxy Nexus, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, to the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4.
However, he doesn’t stop at striping it down to its bare bones. He talks with XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_troy about TWRP for the Gear Live. Finally, he shows us an interesting bit of charging information, in the vein of his last video investigating charging. So what are you waiting for? Check out this video.
July 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Every Tuesday like clockwork, we talk about an Xposed Module designed to help you make your life easier, more secure, or just more awesomer (yes, I say that is a word). We’ve showed everything from Heads Up Notification Easter eggs to Deep Sleep Battery Saver, all the way down to PerAppFonts customization. And today will be no different. Here is a module that, perhaps, will make your life easier
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate apps from your PIN lock screen. XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik created the PINshortcuts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
July 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One Mini is receiving Sense 6! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the comprehensive guide to help you get started with CyanogenMod Theme Development. Also, be sure the check out the article showing you how to control Tasker with your Samsung Gear 2! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan released a video showing you how to root the LG G3. Finally, Jordan talks about our call for talent for XDA Developer TV. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 19, 2014 By: egzthunder1
The online world is made up of several factions, clans, communities, social media sites—whatever you want to call them. Pretty much every person in the world with Internet access belongs to at least a few of these, and if not as a member, at the very least as an everyday lurker. After all, we all need our daily dose of cats, bacon, cats with bacon, and so on. Some people prefer the social aspect of sites like Facebook. Then, after you get past pseudo real/serious sites, comes what the new Internet culture has become. You have the likes of Digg, Reddit, and if you walk a little further towards the edge of the abyss, you get 4chan. That said, if you’ve made your way to 4Chan, you’ve gone too far—no, really! Today, we are focusing on Reddit and an app created by XDA Senior Member Theworld2020.
Reddit for Android is an app that, despite not being officially maintained by the Reddit team themselves, is built with everything they would do if they were to code one. For starters, the app is made with Reddit’s own API and coded with every bit of Google and Reddit’s standards, rules, and regulations. This is done so that the app’s experience is as close as your PC’s version of the social site–but without making you believe that you are no longer using Android. As for features, it contains all the features you have grown to love (or hate) of the actual site, such as the ability to see comments, upvote and downvote everything in sight, working account login and even new registration options, browse through your own history (for the narcissist in all of us), and best of all, it is light on battery usage. Oh, and did we mention that the app is not only free but ad-free as well? (That’s really a plus over most other Reddit apps out there.)
The app is fresh out of the oven,and the dev is looking for feedback on how to make it better. Maybe you can suggest a few options that are missing, or maybe you came across a bug. Either way, please drop by the thread and take the app for a spin. Good luck, and remember: If you see 4chan in the URL, you went too far. You can find more information in the Reddit App thread.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your LG G3. Jordan recently reviewed the LG G3, and it has been released on the major carriers in the use. So as usual here at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G3 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. In fact, you could even use TowelRoot as of the time of this writing, so now you have options. So if you wanted to root your LG G3, take a moment and check this video out.
July 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
In this crazy fast and modern world, we often need to supplement our memory by writing some notes. The classic paper and pen system is often not an option, especially now that this can be accomplished with our fingers and our Android devices.
Android is pretty bare without third party applications, but the Play Store is huge and contains dozens of great alternative to Google’s own apps. Quick Note is one alternatives to Google Keep that was presented by XDA Forum Member HeartBroken.
Quick Note, as its name suggests, is a notepad with a bunch of handy features. In addition to making simple notes that help you to remember basic things, the application has a very useful checklist mode. You can plan your whole day and mark things off that have been done, or make a shopping list of what you need to purchase at the store. The app even allows you to set reminders for certain notes.
If you are a flash-o-holic and change your ROM several times a day, you can backup your notes with a built-in option. You can also search for notes that were written previously. Quick Note is a great companion that transforms your smartphone into a personal and capable notebook.
If you’re looking for a good notepad application alternative to Google Keep, you can try Quick Note in the Quick Note application thread.
July 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Live from New York, its the XDA News Update hosted by Jordan Keyes! Ok, so maybe it’s not live, but Jordan does review all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the Nexus 5 receiving Android 4.4.4_R2 in selected countries and be sure the check out the announcement of the XDA Root Directory! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Heads Up Notifications. Then, Jordan reviewed the LG G3. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of ShortPaste. Pull up a chair and check out this video.