August 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Here on XDA Developer TV, we talk about helpful Xposed Modules on our weekly show, XDA Xposed Tuesday. We’ve covered some modules that have everything and the kitchen sink, and those are great, but sometimes the simplest module catches our attention because it solves a singular major annoyance.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the starting screen in the YouTube application. XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created the YourTube module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
August 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets it first Custom ROM based on Tizen OS! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the article talking about creating your own custom Android Wear watch face. Also, be sure the check out the article talking about the closing for round one of our Pebble Developer Challenge! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. Producer TK released a video reviewing the new Lepow ADD Magnetic Expandable External Battery. Jordan also talks about the addition of Ubuntu, Spur, and Epson as sponsors for xda:devcon14. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the on-board battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the Lepow ADD. This device is marketed as a backup external battery charger, but it has an twist, it has two parts, so you can have a huge battery, or separate it to charge one and carry a light stinger for your short trips. Does this one stand out? Check out this video to find out.
August 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
A quick search of the Google Play Store for a Reddit app, and you get a bunch of results. There are almost as many results as there are subreddits. The conundrum than for an Android Reddit app, is the same as for a subreddit, which one is most appealing to me? Which one best suits my interests and needs? Which one doesn’t suck?
XDA Senior Member Theworld2020 offers up an application that gives you a lag free experience for accessing Reddit on your Android device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Pro Reader for Reddit. TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.
August 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.3 KitKat has been released for the Verizon G Pad 8.3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the article talking about getting Navigation on your Samsung Gear 2. Also, be sure the check out the article talking about the Android Fake ID vulnerability! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV, where TK released a video showing you how to root the OnePlus One and the addition of the experimental Linux Kernel 3.10 defconfigs for some SoCs. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Another month has come and gone, and just like clockwork, we now have another CyanogenMod 11 monthly snapshot release. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you are likely already familiar with the CM team’s new M release system. Rather than providing release candidate and stable builds, the team now delivers monthly snapshot builds that are generally considered to be more stable and reliable than nightlies, and which can for practically all intents and purposes be used as daily driver builds.
Today’s builds come in at milestone 9 (M9), and it brings various new features, fixes, and even officially supported devices. This release is the first time in which a non-nightly release is compiled for the Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, and HTC One M8. In addition, M9 brings several new features such as tweaks to the lock screen, headset volume, quick settings, spam notification filtering, settings search, and so on. As stated on the official CyanogenMod Blog:
* Themes support for additional UI elements
* Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
* Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
* Torch – Improve performance
* Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
* Center clock support
* Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
* Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
* Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
* Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
* Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
* Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
* Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
* Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
* Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
* Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
* Fix encryption on some LG Devices
* Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer
The M9 builds are currently in the process of being compiled and will be available for all officially supported devices in due time. And at the time of this article, the tally is at 17 devices and counting. So if you’re a CyanogenMod fan, head over to the CyanogenMod Download Site and pick up the latest snapshot build. Then, be sure to head over to the XDA forums to share your experiences and get in on the additional modifications like kernels, root-level apps, mods, and themes.
August 3, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Seeing a theme covered here on XDA portal isn’t too common. We don’t often like to play favorites and feature a particular piece of creative work, as creating a good theme requires lots of time and skills. But sometimes we make exceptions, especially when the project that we want to present to you is different from most available on XDA.
For a few years now, the XDA-Developers forum has offered a default color scheme that has come to represent “home” to many users. This is of course the chocolate-like brown that we see in the forums and here on the XDA Portal. Using this as inspiration, XDA Recognized Contributor EnricoD created a theme that changes the look of your OS into… XDA! As described by the author himself:
XDAdev’s caramel lovingly dipped in either white or dark/milky hearty chocolate finished with Swappa’s pistachio
It’s really hard to find a better description for the color scheme used in this theme. Practically every UI element is designed to match the XDA style.
The theme will work only on ROMs with native theme support (e.g. CyanogenMod, ParanoidAndroid, AOKP, and so on). If this theme doesn’t work, you will have to look into finding a compatible ROM.
This theme is perfect for every XDA addict. It’s unique because of its color scheme, and a must-have for many addicted users of our forum. If you are looking for download, the ChocoUI theme thread is the best place to get started.
August 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Cell Phone Unlocking is legal again!! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Android 4.4.3 rolling out to European HTC One M8s and the article talking about modding your Sony Xperia Z1 to have stereo speakers! 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 Blurred System UI. Then, TK reviewed the OnePlus One. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Commandr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 1, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been almost nine months since the LG G Pad 8.3‘s official release. At about the same time, Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. While the majority of current generation devices have since been updated to Android 4.3 or 4.4, the LG G Pad 8.3 (Verizon variant) has been stuck on 4.2. Luckily, things have just changed for the better. Users of this mid-sized tablet should feel happy, as the Verizon variant of the device has been updated from Android 4.2.2 directly to Android 4.4.2 via OTA update.
The update codenamed VK81022B comes in at rather hefty 404 MB, and it brings lots of new features and bug fixes. The G Pad 8.3′s screen can now be unlocked with the new Knock Code lock, which was already available on other LG devices. Of course, all major features introduced in KitKat (Immersive Mode, printing, and so on) are available as well. A few previously reported bugs have been squashed, and hopefully this update will bring no new major issues.
From a power user’s point of view, you must know that OTA can’t be flashed using TWRP recovery. In other words, you’ll need to revert to stock recovery and stock firmware. Your device must be in vanilla state, so forget about root for the moment.
If you can’t wait for Verizon to push the OTA for your device, XDA Senior Member paperWastage has captured the file for your sideloading pleasure. If you are an LG G Pad 8.3 owner, you can visit the KitKat update information thread to learn more about this update and apply it on your device.
[via Android Police]
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.