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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…)

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 1, 2015

Hi Locker to Help You With Lockscreen Headache

The lockscreen is a part of the OS that we see hundreds of times every day, whether we're using Android or iOS. The look of the lockscreen depends on the Android version, device manufacturer or ROM chef. In short, it differs for almost every user. Luckily enough, users can use third party alternatives that bring more features. One such application is Hi Locker, developed by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. Hi Locker can be found both on the Play store and...

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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...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 25, 2015

Must Have App Review: Pocket Casts for Android

The great thing about our smartphones is the ability to put on your head phones and listen to music or podcasts while on the bus, on the train, waiting at the DMV or just eating lunch when you are trying to block out the outside world. In order to listen to podcasts seamlessly, you will want the best application you can get your hands on. The talented developers over at “Shifty Jelly” offer up a must have podcast application. In...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 15, 2015

Interview with Corgi for feedly Developer Stanislav Dmitriev

Here at XDA, we focus on highlighting the most promising projects that can instantly become hits. Not so long ago, we showed you Corgi for feedly, which brings the latest technology news to your lock screen. We reached out to one of the developers, Stanislav Dmitriev, who uses XDA as Stan.Dmitriev, to answer us a few questions regarding Corgi and other non-development things. Here's what Stan had to say. Hi, Stan! You’re one of the developers of Corgi for feedly. Could you...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2015

Clip Stack: A Clipboard Your Phone Needs – App Review

With the wonderful capabilities of our smartphones, we have access to piles of information, helpful tricks and millions of cat videos. Smartphones have brought friends and family closer. Find something funny, adorable, or twisted that your friends will like? Copy that link and share it on social media. However, if you want to share multiple links, it can be a tedious process. The developer little_cup offers up an app that allows you to control your clipboard and easily store multiple...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2015

Lollipop Style Lockscreen for Android 4.1 – XDA App Review

Android 5.x Lollipop has provided many visual updates, including the lockscreen. Unfortunately, some carriers and manufacturers are not offering Lollipop for some recent devices. On the flip side, some Lollipop users still prefer the old style of lockscreen. XDA Senior Member thotran7989 offers up an app that allows you to customize everything about your lockscreen. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Hi Locker.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2015

Call Utils – Floating Call Notes – XDA App Review

Business gets accomplished on the mobile device now. Whether that is through calls, emails, or text messages, somewhere somebody is doing business. It could be that guy rushing through the crowd in a power suit with a Bluetooth in his ear. What happens when he is on the run and needs to make a note about the call or caller? XDA Forum Member Ironsteel offers up an app that allows you to add notes to your callers and manage your...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 12, 2015

Ampere Measures Phone Power – XDA App Review

How many times have you looked at your phone to check the battery level? How many times have you gotten the low battery alert in the middle of the afternoon? Many people deal with this by having an array of power cords and power banks. But what amount of charge is your battery getting? Is it sufficient to overcome your phones draw? XDA Senior Member nihil0 offers up an app that allows you to see how much current is charging or...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 5, 2015

Play Videos & Record Your Screen w/ VXG Player – XDA TV

There are a lot of video players on the market, and to be completely honest, the default Android video player on our phones are often sufficient. However, sometimes you need to be able to play more formats that the default player doesn’t support. On a separate instance, maybe you need to record your screen, and instead of installing two apps, you can just install one. XDA Forum Member VideoExpertsGroup offers up an app that allows you to play many formats...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 4, 2015

Phobo Juggling – XDA Game Time!

A huge majority of us use our smartphone devices to play games. Whether it’s Plants v. Zombies on the bus or Asphalt 8: AirBorne at home, our devices help us pass the time in a fun way. Some of the best games can be deceptively simple and completely addictive, like Flappy Bird. XDA Forum Member thypham offers up a game that is deceptively simple, yet completely difficult. In this episode of Game Time, XDA TV Producer rirozizo reviews Phobo Juggling.  Rirozizo...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 29, 2015

Have Some ‘Quality Time’ – App Review

Our phones are jam packed with features. You can crush candy, you can send emails, you can take photos, you can make phone calls and you can surf the internet. However, sometimes that’s just too much. Sometimes we need to take a break from our device, but it is not always and easy as it seems. The team of developers at ZeroDesktop Inc. offer up an app that gives you some quality time away from the distractions on your phone....

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 27, 2015

Must Have App Review: AROMA File Manager

Here at XDA we spend a lot of time in our recoveries. Some of our tweaks, hacks, and mods require you to make changes to system files. That requires some pretty deep access. You can get to that access from recovery, like TWRP. However, the recovery file manager doesn’t feel like the Android file managers. XDA Recognized Developer amarullz offers up an app that lets you have a fully functional file manager in your recovery. In this video XDA TV...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 22, 2015

Clear Your Data Skies with Unclouded – XDA App Review

How many times have you tried to upload something to your Google Drive or Dropbox, only to find you have no more space? With all these different services and files the sky is often clouded with cloud storage. It may be helpful to understand which files are using a big portion of your storage and how much storage you have left. XDA Senior Member cgollner offers up an app that allows you to clear the skies in your cloudy data...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2015

Helium vs Titanium Backup – Backup App Showdown!

Just last week, we talked about the Must Have App for backups known as Helium. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which app was actually better: Helium or, the gold standard, Titanium Backup? Is it dependent on whether you have root on your device or not? Is it brute force versus finesse? In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK compares Helium to Titanium in a Backup App Showdown. In this cage match two will enter, how many will...

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