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 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.
There are two kinds of people here at XDA-Developers: those who focus on the looks and functionality of a device, and those who focus almost exclusively on raw power, performance, and how well it stacks up against other devices within the same tier. The latter group relies heavily on certain types of apps and modifications that boost performance (tweakers, kernels with various governors, etc.), as well as benchmarks to measure said performance benefits.
Since the introduction to Android, we have seen various benchmarks that have allowed us to see how tweaking settings affects the performance of a device. One of the biggest names in this field is without a doubt AnTuTu Benchmark. For those not familiar with this class of benchmark, apps like AnTuTu utilize a series of tests that measure graphical and arithmetic performance, as well as I/O read and write speeds and several other factors. These results are then compiled and given a numeric value in the form of a component and total scores.
AnTuTu has been around for a while and it is currently officially in version 4. But just like most things in the Android ecosystem, if the app intends on staying on top of this ever shifting world, it must evolve. With this in mind, XDA Forum Member AnTuTuLabs comes to us bearing good news for the performance-a-holics here. Version 5 is currently in its development stages, but it seems to have reached a point where it is safe enough to test drive. The new benchmark suite seems to include various goodies such as a single-threaded performance test, as well as a few types of graphics testing that will utilize the full potential of your 2D and 3D graphics chip. This then allows you to obtain a rather clear picture of how well your device compares to others.
The app promises to be a ground breaker, much like its predecessors. If you are interested in generating your own opinion regarding the app, please take a look at the OP of the thread and send an Email to the address provide. You should receive an early preview to the app shortly, courtesy of AnTuTuLabs. Needless to say, please report any bugs you may run into.You can find more information in the AnTuTu Benchmark thread.
March 5, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Gathering usage data for various internal components in Android has never been easy. Sure, some information is available in performance settings on certain ROMs. But in some stock UIs, it’s either cumbersome or impossible to track your usage. Naturally, this information is quite useful when your phone suffers from unexpected battery drain thanks to high CPU respource consumption.
To make up for the lack of a built-in solution, XDA Forum Member Rolf Smit created Tinycore. This app serves as a system, CPU, and memory indicator that is displayed right in your status bar. But due to limited space of the bar itself, only one variable can be displayed at a time. The application doesn’t require root or any special privileges to run. But if you really like it, you can set Tinycore to run at every boot. You can also customize its display options to suit your needs most.
If you are interested in monitoring your RAM and CPU usage, you should give Tinycore a try. A full list of features and the download link can be fount in the application thread.
February 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
If you are a music maniac, you’re more than likely annoyed when you receive pointless notifications like “Your troops are ready for battle” or “eagleeyetom mentioned you at XDA-Developers.” This can be especially annoying while you are listening to the music. XDA offers thousands of applications that can enable or disable some features, so those pesky notifications aren’t anything special.
XDA Forum Member tpierce89 tried to find an application in order to allow his Android-using family to disable notification sounds during music playback. But due to a lack of luck in the search, he ended up creating his own application, and that’s how Don’t Pause was born.
The application is very easy to use, and offers what’s expected from it. While playing music, Don’t Pause puts notifications in silent mode, so that music is no longer silenced when a notification arrives. It has two modes, where notifications are disabled or enabled. This is useful when you are listening to your music in random places like the bus or while you’re taking a nap. In other words, with Don’t Pause, notifications only make a sound when convenient for you.
You can learn more about the application and see it in action by visiting the original thread.
February 7, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
A couple of days ago, we talked about a new OmniROMs feature called OmniSwitch. For those who don’t remember, it is an app switcher created by XDA Senior Member maxwen that also offers quite a few customization options like adding favorites or killing running processes by swiping. OmniSwitch can be found in the newest OmniROM nightlies and used on every supported device.
One disadvantage of OmniSwitch for users not running OmniROM is that it’s distributed only with OmniROM, and doesn’t work on anything except KitKat. These compatibility problems were solved by XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat, who managed to backport OmniSwitch to Ice Cream Sandwich and newer versions of Android. The features of OmniSnitch and OmniSwitch are essentially the same. In both applications, you are able to change your running process, display your current RAM usage, and define favorites. The only broken feature in OmniSnitch is the missing option to kill the running process by swiping or using action buttons. However, one possible workaround for this bug is building OmniSnitch alongside your ROM.
More information can be found in the application thread. If you are on Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean and want a small taste of the Omni goodness, you should definitely give this a shot.
February 4, 2014 By: egzthunder1
From time to time, we need to step away from video games and Android development in order to study and enrich ourselves with knowledge that transcends the keyboard. Many times, we also need to study for exams or we could simply be curious about the atomic number of a certain element. After all, who isn’t? Since the world of Android apps has a place for everything, we are proud to see that even educational apps such as this pop up from time to time on our site.
The periodic table of the elements is a fantastic resource for anyone out there interested in basic chemistry. It is the basis, the cornerstone for beginning to understand the world as we know it. So, XDA Forum Member sylsau decided that it would be a good idea to make his own version of it for our mobile devices. The app itself is free, and it has all the information and resources that you could expect from a periodic table (and much more). For instance, you get basic information such as atomic weight, number, and symbol. You can also group atoms, search for specific elements, and even find out about each element’s electron configurations (along with a beautiful yet simple drawing of their orbitals). Moreover, each element comes with a Wikipedia link as well as a link to related videos. Last but not least, the app also provides information about nuclear, thermodynamic, and electromagnetic properties, as well as reactivity information.
The table is up to date, featuring all 118 elements including the latest two, 114 and 116, which were recently named by IUPAC. The dev is looking for feedback with either bugs or suggestions to make the app even better and easier to use. So if you feel like you could use an extra hand with your chemistry assignment or simply want to look more educated in front of others at your weekly MENSA meeting, head over to the thread and enjoy this app! You can find more information in the original thread.