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.
July 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, Google issued updates to two current generation reference devices, the Google Nexus 5 and Google Glass. The former received an incredibly minor update to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q), while the latter was shown to a rather significant update XE19.1 (up from last month’s rather significant XE 18.3 update).
First up, we have the Nexus 5 update. Today’s update takes users from Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q). However, this build isn’t making its way out to all devices. Rather, this build is only heading out to consumer devices in three markets: New Zealanders on 2Degrees, Aussies on Telsta, and those living in India. Because of this and the OTA’s paltry 2 MB size, it can be assumed that this is purely a radio update to better work in these areas. As such, if you’re not in New Zealand, Australia, or India, it’s not worth your time or the flashing risk.
Next up, we have an update announcement for Google Glass. The XE 19.1 firmware builds on last month’s XE 18.3 firmware, which brought features such as a camera viewfinder, better pairing instructions, and a recovery mode. Today’s update is similarly significant, bringing a visual revamp for the entire Glass interface, sporting a cleaner and sleeker look. It also improves connectivity and network issue handling.
The update for the Nexus 5 has begun reaching consumer devices in certain regions, but it has not yet been captured. Once it is available, however, you will be able to download the update in the Nexus 5 Stock OTA thread. Alternatively, you can head to the Nexus Factory Images page below to update by manually flashing the 4.4.4_r2 image. Similarly, the XE19.1 firmware is not yet available and doesn’t seem to actually be rolling out just yet. But given today’s announcement, it shouldn’t be too far off. Once it’s been captured, you will be able to find the Glass update and images in the Google Glass Stock OTA thread.
July 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Security in Android (or any mobile device platform) is one of the top priorities for users. Google offers a few ways of protecting your private information and device data. These range from the popular pattern unlock to the old school, yet still functional PIN code.
By default the OS asks you to enter a PIN code once the device is powered on. Protecting it with just a single code may not be enough, so third party developers invented a new ways of protection every day. One of them was presented by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik. PINshortcuts is an Xposed Framework module that lets you set PIN codes on per-app basis.
For example, if you want to open XDA App, you can to enter 1234. When an you want to launch your Internet Browser, you can use a different PIN code like 4321. After entering the code, the app will start directly from lock screen. Naturally, you can unlock your device without launching any apps by entering the default PIN code. The solution is pretty useful, but you obviously need to be careful. The more codes you try to remember will lead to some that you inevitably forget. Also a longer list of PIN codes will also give intruders more chances to simply guess the number and steal your data.
PINshortcuts is an Xposed module. This means that your device must be rooted in order to use this module. If you would like to use this module on your phone or tablet, make your way to the PINshortcuts thread and give it a try. How would you extend the security and functionality of your device? Let us know in the comments below.
July 15, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Easter Eggs: we all love them and finding them is always a thrill. Whether it be added features or just random silliness, finding treats in a program is invigorating, so imagine how many Android enthusiasts are excited about the heads up notifications feature hidden deep inside KitKat.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate the pop up notification panel feature in KitKat. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Heads Up Notifications module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Are you tired of Temple Run, Despicable Me 2, and and the rest of those runner games out there? Would you like to try a simpler, yet more fluid game that will keep you hooked for a while? Then keep on reading because XDA Forum Member Karriz brings you something that will fill you with joy for a little while. The one thing that characterizes most runner games is the fact that the obstacles are either fixed or move in a very similar pattern time and time again with the only difficulty being that they come faster as time progresses. Well, this is where this game, called Debris Cascade, outshines the competition.
In Debris Cascade, your objective is to survive the never stopping amount of space trash floating around the Earth. You are a small, and quite tough, satellite trying to complete your orbits. Your trusty side thrusters will allow you to move up and down to prevent the orbiting garbage to collide with you. However, the problem is that you are not the only thing that the debris can collide against. The pieces can hit each other, thus changing trajectories. So, what you thought was going to go left, might end up going right and vice versa. All in all, your field of play becomes ever changing as the collisions are all random. Lastly, remember how we said that your satellite was “tough”? That is because it will enable you to withstand some punishment (3 hits to be more precise). After each hit, the satellite will lose a piece. Oh, and be careful with your own pieces as they can hit you as well!
The game is in early development so far and promises to have a decent future thanks to the smooth graphics and animations. However, as there is always room for improvement, your feedback becomes essential for the betterment of the app. So, please leave some behind and reports about bugs as well if you happen to come across any.
You can find more information in the Debris Cascade game thread.
July 13, 2014 By: egzthunder1
Each device manufacturer normally adds their own “sauce” to flagship devices. However, these extra special features might or might not trickle down to lesser devices. Is this fair for people who may not be able to afford the extra premium for that added bit of functionality? Probably not, but that is how the world turns. This is where knowing a place by the name of XDA-Developers comes in handy. Some of our devs are committed to ensuring that any feature that would potentially work on a device is able to work.
With this in mind, we turn our heads towards the mods offered to the Sony Xperia line up. Sony tends to add tweaks to improve image and sound performance via various tweaked settings on the display and audio. This time around, we focus on a specific feature that comes from the Xperia Z1 known as X-Reality. Because it is one of those aforementioned premium settings present on flagship devices such as the Z1, Z1S, Z Ultra, and so on, this is not commonly available for lower end devices. XDA Forum Member taichiswag decided to change that.
This recovery-flashable mod will work, according to the dev, with both locked and unlocked bootloaders on most Sony devices running Android 4.3 and up. The installation does take some work, and it will require the device to be rooted due to the credentialmanagerservice.apk needing to be erased from /system/app. On top of that, you will need to make a few slight modifications to your build.prop.
According to the dev, the mod works flawlessly but since “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the one who will determine if the mod works on your device will be you, the user. Take it for a spin and report back if it works by letting everyone know which device you tried. You can find more information in the X-reality mod thread.
July 13, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The time when the Android status bar was only black, without any transparency is now long since forgotten. With the release of KitKat, Google officially added support for translucent status and navigation bars to the default launcher and system UI, so every application can now use transparency.
Android development is evolving, and now most of things can be achieved without changing a line of code in smali. Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 is a powerful tool for both users and developers. One of the modules presented by XDA Forum Member Woalk gives users the ability to change the status bar’s transparency style easily.
The module has eight available styles that can be applied. The list includes styles from Android L and HTC Sense 5, so if you are using the stock KitKat style, perhaps it’s the good time to see how this looks on other distributions. The only requirement (in addition to being rooted and having Xposed installed) is that your ROM must be AOSP or close to it. In the future, the list of supported styles will be expanded.
If you want to learn how to change the style of your status and navigation bars, head over to the status bar transparency module thread. From there, just download, install, and enable the module.
Just a few days ago, our XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us a walkthrough of this little app. Ever since Motorola hit the market with their innovative Active Notifications feature, lots of devs have tried to not only mimic this functionality but also to improve it. In case you are not entirely familiar with said feature, it is basically a way to see your notifications on your lockscreen–particularly that of AOSP, which lacks native notifications. This little tool shows your notifications for a short period of time or until the user interacts with it either by accessing it or dismissing it. Battery consumption is minimal due mainly to the fact that the app is only triggered by the notification event, so it is not like it is always listening (preventing your device from sleeping) or anything of that sort. As stated earlier, there have been several incarnations of this tool and now we bring you the work of XDA Forum Member anandbibek, Notific.
Notific displays your notifications on the lock screen in Heads Up Notification style. Most other Active Display type programs show you the icons, whereas Notific shows you a preview of the message in a floating window in the middle of the lock screen. Another feature that sets Notific apart from the rest is the innovative “pocket mode.” Essentially, this makes use of the device’s proximity sensor. If a notification comes through and your device is in your pocket, the sensor will know this and it will instruct the screen to not turn on. Worried about battery? Don’t be because as explained earlier, this type of app is not always awake but rather wakes up due to the notification triggering the app. Once the notification comes through, the sensor will remain active for a mere 10 seconds, which has minimal (if any) impact on your battery life.
The app is still in early stages and there are some bugs present/some polishing left to do. Because of that , if you do decide to take it for a spin and notice something is off, please let the dev know so that the app gets improved. Of course, feedback is welcome as well. You can find more information in the Notific application thread.
July 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for supported devices! 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 Chromecast now being able to mirror your Android devices’ screen and what you can do with Android Wear! 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 NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
You’ve probably got an Android phone. And because you’re on XDA, you are more than likely a power user. Chances are you get a lot of notifications. This is probably true even if you don’t consider yourself to be a power user. Wouldn’t it be great if you could view and respond to your notification on your Android Lock Screen?
XDA Senior Member anandbibek offers up an application that allows you get your notifications on your lock screen. In this video XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Notific. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then gives his thoughts. Check out this app review.
Speaking from personal experience, I know that no matter how hard I try to keep it clean, my Android Notification Tray gets as cluttered and dirty as the change tray in my car. Between the forty different instant messages and emails I get a day and other apps making their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to find stuff in one try. There has get to be a way to suppress those notifications that I don’t want.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you clean up your notification panel. XDA Senior Member defim created the NotifyClean module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
July 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android L has been ported to the Nexus 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of OmniROM landing on the Sony Z Ultra GPe. And in other porting news, the Jolla Phone Launcher has been ported to Android devices! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Deep Sleep Battery Saver. Then, TK reviewed the Sony Xperia X2. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of QuickClick. Pull up a chair and check out this video.