POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.4 KitKat
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.
To make use of . . . READ ON »
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 »
Posted November 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The OnePlus One is a great choice for all you who don’t want to spend the big bucks on the Google Nexus 6. The “Flagship Killer” received an OTA from the CyanogenMod team fixing some annoyances spotted since the last update. The CM team focused mostly on stability with this update, so you shouldn’t be expecting some new functions etc.
This small update fixes the following things:
- Memory causing screen artifacts will not anymore
- Random reboots and instability are now gone
- Solved problems with WiFi and modem crashes
- Fixed Filesystem
- Fixed issues with “black bar”
- Fixed issues with persist partition corruption
- AT&T VoLTE fixes
Posted November 5, 2014 at 06:00 am by TK
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the successor to Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy Note 2 and 3 phablet devices. The Note 3 was a giant-sized phone with a 5.7” screen display, with the Note 4 still sporting the same 5.7” display but with a higher QHD resolution. The Note 4 was released on October 17, with some US release dates lagging a bit depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant, which did not have a delayed release.
The internal hardware of the US-market Galaxy Note 4 is based on the Snapdragon 805 SoC, whereas the international model features the Samsung Exynos 5433 Chipset. Aside from carrier radio modifications and a few other minor branding d. . . READ ON »
Posted November 3, 2014 at 06:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Over the last few years, Android has become quite a complete mobile operating system. Numerous features and its open source nature make it an even more attractive choice both to developers and casual end users. Despite the overall greatness of the OS, there is still a little room for improvements–a fact that was demonstrated clearly with the awesomeness that is Android Lollipop and all of its new goodies!
One potentially useful feature that stock Android lacks is NTFS support. NTFS is a file system used both in Windows and certain UNIX-like operating systems. Support for this file system can be added by a suitable patch to the sdcardfs.ko kernel module. Such a patch has been provided by XDA Recognized De. . . READ ON »
Posted November 2, 2014 at 09:00 am by Jimmy McGee
Over that past couple of months we have, sort of, reviewed CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9, OmniROM and Paranoid Android. However, there are even more unicorn-filled options out there. Custom ROMs that take charge grab the unicorn by the horn and customize that open source Android, until it glitters with bling. All custom ROM aim to be a great blend of features and tweaks to improve your Andorid life.
In today’s video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) on his HTC One M8. The main features covered and talked about in today’s video are ribbon, Vibration Patterns, Navigation Ring, LED Control, Custom Toggles and more. While we are showing the version on the HTC One . . . READ ON »
Posted October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm by GermainZ
Running Android on a device that was never supposed to support the OS is quite a challenge. But even when you’ve got that part working, those last ten percent is often the most challenging. This has been exactly the case for the BadaDroid project, which aims to bring Android to Bada (a lesser known OS released by Samsung for their Wave series, for which development stopped in 2013 after it was replaced by its successor, Tizen). We’ve actually seen the project develop slowly over the last two years, and it’s always great to see it progressing further.
OmniROM is the latest member of the family of ROMs available for the Wave and Wave II, and it’s also the most usable to date, brought to you by X. . . READ ON »