XDA News Articles

Jimmy McGee · Jul 23, 2015

Boldbeast for Your Voice Recording Needs – XDA TV

Many people use their phone to help them keep their life organized. From creating to do lists and setting reminders, we put a lot of information on our phones. Sometimes you want to put a reminder in your phone, but you are on a phone call or don’t have use of both your hands. XDA Senior Member boldbeast offers up an application that will help you record phone calls or voice memos. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 22, 2015

Hound vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

There are many great features on our phones. Between Microsoft’s Cortana coming to Android and Google Now getting more and more intelligent, voice control of our searches is not far away. Siri, Cortana and Google Now are not the only ones looking to make a vocal search assistant, as song identification service SoundHound is jumping into the ring with their new Hound app as well. So the question begs to be asked, which digital assistant implementation is actually better: Hound by...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 16, 2015

Customize Your Live Wallpaper – XDA App Review

One feature of Android that doesn’t get a whole lot of love is Live Wallpapers. Oppo has wallpapers that change based on the position of the sun in your region. Other live wallpapers just move around when you switch screens. Most people turn them off to get more battery life. However, what if you could get some useful information out of your live wallpaper? Would it be worth the small battery hit? XDA Senior Member frankmonza offers up an application...

Mathew Brack · Jul 15, 2015

TapDeck Officially Launches After Very Successful Beta

When we last featured TapDeck, the app had just entered beta. Four months later and they have helped you change your wallpapers 4 million times in 162 countries! Today they have officially launched an awesome new update introducing some new features including extra sources, material design and the ability to drop your new wallpapers straight to your friends' screens.     The update has brought some cool new options for social interactions: You can now connect with your networks (Google+,...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 9, 2015

Solid Explorer’s Big Update – XDA App Review

The Play Store is filled with many impressive launchers to choose from. Last week, we talked about a small little launcher that makes your shortcuts float called Rovers. However, you need more than just a launcher, you need a way to explore your files. A solid option that has been around for a while in the file explorer arena is called “Solid Explorer.” Solid Explorer Developer NeatByte offers up a material design update to the app. In this video, XDA...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 2, 2015

Floating Apps with Rovers – XDA App Review

There are a lot of great launchers to help customize your phone. Some Launchers allow you to apply different color themes. Others offer many great automated features. Some make your most used apps easy to locate by putting them in prominent positions. There is a launcher that will let you do just about anything you want. XDA Senior Member roshga offers up a neat little app that allows you to have floating shortcuts to your favorite apps. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK...

Jimmy McGee · Jun 25, 2015

Most Recently Used Apps Widget – XDA App Review

If you use your phone a lot, it’s possible that you use the same set of programs over and over. Having quick easy access to the apps that you have most recently used can be a quick way to go between apps. Android widgets can be very helpful. XDA Forum Member registered-user offers up a neat little widget that allows you to get quick access to your most recently used apps. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews MRU Widget....

Jimmy McGee · Jun 18, 2015

Easy Copy – XDA App Review

Let’s be real for a minute here. As great as Android is, sometimes switching between apps is cumbersome. Especially if you are trying to copy something from one app to another. There has to be an easier way. If I copy an address it should open Google Maps. If I copy a URL, I should be able to open in Chrome or my browser of choice. XDA Forum Member MurinXDA offers up an app to help make copying and pasting...

Jimmy McGee · Jun 11, 2015

How To Combine Icon Packs – XDA App Review

The great thing about the state of Android customization is that there are a lot of awesome Icon packs. Using an icon pack lets you change how the icons for your apps look. There are many different icon packs to suit your mood. However, what if you like some icons from one pack and some icons from another? XDA Senior Member FemBlack offers up an app that lets you combine your icon packs. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK...

Jimmy McGee · Jun 4, 2015

See Through Phone W/ Iris – XDA App Review

We spend a lot of time on our smartphones. The older generation likes to joke that we are so focused on our phone, looking at it all the time that we are going to walk into a wall and break our nose. Well with the power of our phone and the rear facing camera, this hazard can be eliminated. XDA Forum Member nyomidev offers up an app that uses your camera to show you what’s coming by overlaying your apps. In...

Mathew Brack · May 27, 2015

KickMaterial: Material Design For Kickstarter

Frustrated by the lack of a Kickstarter Android App, Grzegorz Oksiuta and Outline have collaborated to design an MD themed Kickstarter app. While Kickstarter has put an end to hopes of a release, the concept looks spectacular and if not for an overly cautious legal department "could be released tomorrow".   "Last year, to keep up with what’s great, I switched from iOS to Android. There were a lot of things I missed though, especially some favorite apps. Where was...

Jimmy McGee · May 20, 2015

Put a Pin In It with PinTasking – XDA App Review

Smartphones today are extremely powerful, constantly handling many apps at once. Switching between running apps is handled many ways. However, sometimes it would be nice to just put a pin in it and get back to it later. XDA Forum Member PhinxApps offers up an app that creates a visual pin to switch between apps. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews PinTasking. TK shows off the application and shares his thoughts, so check out this app review. (more…)

Jimmy McGee · May 14, 2015

How to Tweak Your Kernel – XDA App Review

Part of being a power user is getting and using more of your device than even the OEM could imagine. Power users want to tweak everything to run just perfectly in their eyes. There are many apps out there that allow you to customize your kernel and today we are going to show off a few. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews three different applications to tweak your kernel. The applications covered in this video are FKupdater, Kernel...

Jimmy McGee · May 7, 2015

System information Now w/ Castro – XDA App Review

Part of being a power user is getting and using more information on your device that is standard. Power users like to see things like the Battery Voltage load and the CPU performance. Knowing this information can help solve a performance issue you may be experiencing. However, default Android doesn’t give you access to all the information. XDA Forum Member **Menos** offers up an app that collects and displays this information in one place. In this video, XDA TV Producer...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 2, 2015

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (Apr 25 – May 1)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...

Jimmy McGee · Apr 30, 2015

Launcher 10 for Your Enjoyment – XDA App Review

Many people say that the best thing about Android is the ability to have custom launchers. Custom Launchers let you configure your device to be exactly how you want it. Do you want a sea of icons or a simple desktop with only one or two icons and the time? It doesn’t matter you can do whatever you want! XDA Forum Member junaid558 offers up the latest version of custom launchers. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Launcher...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 23, 2015

Review: “Hello” Facebook Dialer, Bye to Your Privacy?

Facebook is known for releasing many experimental apps which integrate into their core services. Groups, Facebook at Work, Facebook Home (yuck), and the like have met uneven reviews, but in a way they have their own niche. When it comes to this new app, a dialer simply called "Hello", Facebook tried to get to the core of smartphone functions - that is, being phones. They claim that their solution makes your phone "truly smart". Facebook has made such claims before,...

Jimmy McGee · Apr 23, 2015

Keep Those Services in Check – XDA App Review

Every day when our devices our in our pockets, our bags, or just laying on ours desks there is still a hubbub of activity going on in the background. However, just like your PC, not all those services NEED to run constantly in the background. Yet, Google doesn’t really make it easy to control. XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco offers up an app that lets you control your background services. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Servicely. TK shows...

Jimmy McGee · Apr 9, 2015

Flynx Link Browser – XDA App Review

If you’ve ever read an article on your mobile device, you’ve probably encountered the problem with links in stories. You start off reading one story. And half way through an interesting sentence or word is highlighted with a link to another story. Sooner or later your half way through 15 stories. XDA Forum Member night_hawk91 offers up an app that allows you to open these links and keep them handy for later reading. In this video XDA TV Producer TK...

Jimmy McGee · Apr 1, 2015

Must Have App Review: Spider Squisher Pro Extreme

Here on XDA TV we have a series we like to call Must Have Apps. These are apps that we think are so great and useful that you must have them. We’ve given this title to such programs as Pushbullet, Light Flow, Helium, the AROMA File Manager, ROM Toolbox and Pocket Casts. But today we have an app that surpasses them all. Former XDA TV Producer Adam Outler offers up a must have application. In this video, XDA TV Producer...