Changing the profile of your device manually is now long forgotten. Since the advent of Android automation applications like Tasker, we’re now able to take full advantage of automatically enabled profiles. Some OEMs have even noticed that profile management might be a good idea, and they have implemented some features into their stock firmware.
IF you are looking for a free and interesting alternative to Tasker, you should consider meeting Sfen. It’s made by XDA Senior Member greglord. With Sfen, you can create events that can be triggered when certain conditions are met. You can specify an action and the event that is triggered at certain locations.
Using apps like greglord’s can make your phone or tablet significantly smarter and more automated. Setting profiles leads to almost limitless possibilities. You can easily save battery life, start your music player, or start your favorite game when you are going to the can.
Sfen is still at a very early stage of development, so some bugs might still be present. However, the developer is fixing them and collecting ideas to make the app even better in the future.
If you are looking for the tool that will make your device more automated, Sfen may be to your liking. You can get the latest version by visiting the Sfen application thread.
Being the most often looked at part of our device’s UI, the lock screen is prime real estate for things that we care about and are important to us. Be it the time, widgets, or shortcuts, we all have some sort of personalized setup for our lock screens that best suit our tastes. And perhaps, photos may be among them. If this is true in your case, XDA Senior Member wangxing has developed an app called Galaxy Photo Screen Lock which may be of your interest.
Galaxy Photo Screen Lock is a lock screen replacement app that displays photos and images right on your lock screen. What makes this stand out beyond the default lock screen some OEMs add with custom wallpapers is that wangxing’s offering allows you to choose multiple pictures that can be displayed as a slideshow. In addition, it comes with a selection of beautiful static custom backgrounds and all the essentials, such as time and weather widgets, and a camera shortcut. All these elements are also customizable and can be toggled on and off if you wish to do so.
If you would like to renovate your lock screen, visit the Galaxy Photo Screen Lock app thread for more information and download.
July 27, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Application updates usually bring various improvements and bug fixes that take the newly updated app one step closer to perfection. Well, the key word here is ‘usually,’ since developers occasionally take two steps back when taking one step forward. This includes additions such as crippleware, new bugs, and much more.
The best solution to avoid the aforementioned situation would be downgrading to the older version of the app. However, that’s not possible using the adb install command. Removing an app and installing it back is not an option as well, because of app data loss. XDA Senior Member pyler found a solution for such this issue and made AppDowner. Pyler’s app can downgrade other applications without uninstalling them or losing data. Getting into the technical side, AppDownren uses the pm install -r -d file.apk command of Unix systems, which is able to install the older version of the application over a newer one. It might be (but hopefully not too often) useful for some XDA members.
To install an app, you need to select the APK from your local storage–yes, you obviously need to have the old version saved–and tap on the Install APK button. AppDowner will do everything for you. No cables, commands, or other tricks are needed in order to get this done.
Are you in need of an application downgrade? Visit the AppDowner thread to learn more about this tool.
There are dozens of overclocking and kernel tweaking apps out there. In addition, some ROMs offer built-in settings to set your CPU governor and overclocking options. However, not every ROM offers such functionality, and many applications that let you tweak the more advanced kernel capabilities are paid-only or freemium.
XDA Recognized Developer pedja1 wants to change this with a free app that lets you work your kernel tweaking magic.Kernel Tuner 2014 is a rewritten version of Kernel Tuner, an app originally intended for HTC Evo 3D. The majority of functions work with other devices, hence the decision to revamp the app, adding some brand new functions.
So, what this app can actually do? Many things. You can fully control the CPU, GPU on Qualcomm devices, voltage, governors, and much more. The list of features is very long, so the best thing to do would be to try it out for yourself on your own device.
To use Kernel Tuner 2014, your phone must be rooted and be running a custom kernel. Obviously, you must also be careful when adjusting your kernel parameters. If you don’t know what you’re doing, be prepared to have a restore image handy.
Unleash the full power of your kernel in a few simple steps. Head over to the Kernel Tuner 2014 application thread to get started.
Without calendars in some form or another, most of our lives would be utter chaos. Unless you are Johnny Mnemonic with a memory implant, you most likely need some help in the form of a calendar to store crucial information. Google has its own calendar, but to be frank, it looks like it is more at home last decade than in the ’10s.
Luckily, you don’t have to be at the mercy of Google thanks to alternatives like Slate Calendar by XDA Forum Member codedevnew. This app is a calendar and personal assistant that helps you keep track of all your important data from your personal and work lives. It combines a few things like calendar events, contact birthdays, weather, results of your favorite sports games, and more. It’s also integrated with Google Calendar, so you don’t have to waste your time importing data from other applications. Oh, and one more important detail is that this app looks really nice.
Slate Calendar is still in an early development stage, which is described as beta by the author. If you are unlucky, you may experience some weird issues, so don’t wait to report them back to developer. You can find this neat, eye-catching calendar by visiting the Slate Calendar app thread.
July 25, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
As their name suggests, smartphones should be smart. And usually, they are–but in certain situations, they could be smarter. Their functionality can be enhanced with tools like Tasker. This app allows users to define scenarios, which are executed when certain required criteria are met. Unfortunately, Tasker is somewhat difficult for newcomers to use, and it requires some knowledge and experience to be configured properly. Because of this, it’s a no-go for some of the less tech savvy users.
Picture yourself plugging in your headset and suddenly a defined set of apps appears right in your notification area. Thanks to XDA Forum Member rickythefox, it’s entirely possible. Headset Menu creates a menu or widget with applications selected by you. With this app, you can add your favorite music player, streaming application, and YouTube and run the desired application in just few simple steps. It’s very useful feature, since most of us connect headphones often, and looking for an app often takes too much of our precious time. Headset Menu saves you few seconds, and allows you to change your sound source really easily.
The application doesn’t require anything special except Android 4.0 or newer, which the vast majority of us already have. It works on every device, and it doesn’t even require root access. You can find the application by visiting the Headset Menu app thread. The application is in its development stage, so don’t forget to leave your feedback in the thread.
July 24, 2014 By: egzthunder1
Over the years, since even before Android entered the scene, we have striven to have our devices do as much as they can with as little interaction from us as humanly possible (aka the lazy effect). Lets face it, we carry these devices around because we are in constant need of being connected with others, forgetful, and always in a rush. What happens when you combine all of the aforementioned in a single daily routine? You tend to forget to do things–or worse, you remember that you need to do something while you are doing something else (i.e. texting while driving). What if we told you that there is an automation app that can allow you to set things/tasks to do on your device and forget about it? If you are thinking about Tasker, the answer is “No, it is not Tasker but something simpler.” Tasker, as good an automation tool as it is, can be overwhelmingly complex to use (depending, of course on the kind of activities that you need it to do). Because of this, there is a simpler solution that will give you just as good of a solution as the aforementioned one and it was created by XDA Forum Member LineItApp.
LineitApp is an app like no other in terms of functionality and ease of use. The app makes use of wireless communications such as WiFi, AGPS, and GPS, essentially to pinpoint your location on a map. The map is interactive and you have to decide where you need your actions to take place by drawing a line on the map. Once you are on the move and you cross the line that you made on the map, the GPS/WiFi/etc will determine that you have gotten past that specific coordinate and it will trigger the action that you associated with it.
For instance, LineitApp can set you up to get the device to automatically send a text message to your friend Joe, letting him know that you are on your way. You can instruct the device to send that text when you have gotten a block away from your house by drawing a line on the map exactly on the intersection following the one from your house. Once you cross that, the device sends the text you specified. If you thought that was cool, then the overly controlling parents in the crowd will start drooling over the “Send a line to anyone” feature. This basically will set the same functionality as you have on your device but on anyone else’s device. Once the person crosses the designated line, the action will trigger. For instance, you can instruct the other device to let you know when a person is getting home by setting a line on the path you know he/she takes to come home. Nifty feature.
The app is still in development but the dev seems to be adding more features as we speak (with the latest being an automated garage opener). Please drop by the thread and provide your feedback regarding the app as it will be really interesting to see what the limits for LineitApp are, or even if it has limits at all (as far as potential is concerned). You can find more information in the original LineitApp thread.
July 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
With Android L on the horizon, it’s no surprise that Google’s preparing itself for the upcoming major changes to its mobile platform. Undoubtedly, much of these changes are due to Android L’s new UI paradigm, Material Design. Just two days ago, Google issued a rather significant update to the Play Store that brought with it the first traces of Material Design. Now, Google’s given a similar makeover to its Chrome Browser beta channel.
Today’s update brings Chrome Beta to version number 37.0.2062.39 (up from 36.0.1985.81 last month). As one would expect from a major version number change, Chrome Beta 37 brings a few new tricks to the table. According to the official release notes on the Chrome Releases Blog:
This release contains a number of new features including:
- Material Design updates
- Simplified sign-in
- Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements!
This update’s main claim to fame is undoubtedly the first bullet: Material Design. This manifests itself in the form of a lightly tweaked tab switcher interface, reminiscent of the new Recents menu found in the Android L developer preview, as well as a larger omnibar, refreshed action overflow menu, and more open typography. Unfortunately, individual tabs do not yet tie into the Android L Recents feature, as was promised in the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Strangely, the tab selector button no longer shows you how many open tabs you have. And at this time, it’s unclear as to whether this is a limitation of the developer preview or if Chrome simply hasn’t taken advantage of the feature just yet.
Just like what’s always the case with Chrome Beta channel updates, this version should already be live for everyone in the Google Play Store. But since not everyone has access to the Play Store, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK for your sideloading pleasure.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
July 23, 2014 By: egzthunder1
How many times have you given your device to someone else in order to show them a picture, website, or something completely unrelated to your daily lives, only to find that person rummaging through your personal data including who you called and even your text messages? Surely, you can delete several of your records, but that can be immensely impractical due to the fact that you may need to call or write to those numbers again. There are also tools available that hide entire sections of your device from sight or even prevent access to them once the tool is active. But once again, that might be cumbersome for many due to the need to activate and deactivate certain things in your app, just to have access to your logs once again. So, how do you protect yourself from prying eyes, while keeping the sanctity of your device intact or without doctoring your own log? XDA Senior Member FemBlack might just have what you need.
Introducing Reflection. This app has the ability to hide your call logs and your inbound and outbound SMS messages. However, the app doesn’t simply hide everything, but rather allows you to hide specific phone numbers from sight in either of the aforementioned. So, you no longer need to roam around your call logs looking for entries to delete or even delete text messages from that person. This app, upon entering the desired phone number, will provide you with options to hide all incoming, or outgoing SMS messages or calls. As you add numbers, you will get a list that gets populated with these numbers and what you block in each one of them. The best part is that the app is PIN protected, which means that not even the nosiest of people will get to your precious logs without your consent.
The app is still in testing phases. The major obstacle at this point is the app’s limited ability to handle SMS in KitKat. However, the dev is diligently working towards fixing that. As of version 5, the feature is in alpha stage for 4.4 and above. The dev is looking for valuable feedback either feature wise or in the shape of bug reports. Maybe if you are savvy with regards to the SMS handling on KitKat, you might be able to lend a hand to the developer to make the app better. Last but not least, the dev has graciously made the app free of charge for XDA members. You can find more information in the Reflection app thread. Enjoy!
Not too long ago here on the XDA Portal, we covered how Google had made good on their promise to allow Google Chromecast customers to finally cast and mirror their device screens onto the big screen through the little and inexpensive powerhouse. However, due to limitations on devices for which this feature had become available, our members stepped up to the plate and decided to “fix” Google’s mistake and gave the gift of mirror cast the home screen to pretty much all devices, with a few exceptions. But this article is not about Chromecast or even Google. Rather, we focus on the work that XDA Senior Member farmerbb has brought to the table, which should make a whole lot of you very happy that you decided to take the plunge with that FullHD TV.
The dev presents his app, known as Second Screen. Despite of what its name might suggest, this is not a tool to extend your home screen to a TV but rather a tool to properly cast your current screen onto the big screen. The main issue is that Android natively tries to use any resolution it sees fit whenever it streams its screen. It pays no attention to what resolution your screen actually has and essentially mirrors a raw version of your device’s screen onto the TV it is being cast to. This happens regardless of whether you use DNLA, MHL, or any of the other TV devices such as Miracast–or even the Chromecast. Second Screen aims at providing you with a way to properly cast your screen so that it looks is best whenever you are showing it off to your friends and family. It does so by allowing for a user selectable resolution and even DPI in order to take full advantage of your TV. On top of this, the app has several additional features such as turning the screen and haptic feedback off in order to save battery usage while you cast. Also, it provides easy connectivity options to use either a WiFi or Bluetooth input devices in order to turn your device into a home entertainment system. As for the cherry on top, you can cast Chrome in Desktop mode without manually having to go in and change clients yourself.
The app requires root to work and is, unfortunately, made to work mostly on AOSP-derived ROMs. Feel free to try it on other devices, but the dev makes no guarantees that it will work on other software. Feedback for this is rather paramount, so if you have a device running any AOSP variant and have a Chromecast, Miracast, or any TV fitted with a way to receive a cast, please take it for a spin and report any feedback you may have. Now, go and cast your heart out! You can find more information in the Second Screen app thread.
July 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s not Wednesday yet, but we’ve got a great Google first party Android app update to share. Rather than an app update in the traditional sense, today’s update is actually to the Google Play Store–and this new version packs quite a nice visual makeover that features a new and image-rich UI, as well as a hint of Material Design.
Today’s update to the Google Play Store brings the virtual storefront to version 4.9.13, up from version 4.8.22 that we shared just six days ago. And as you can expect from a relatively significant version number change, 4.9 brings a few very noticeable visual changes. For starters, when you access any particular Play Store entry–be it audio, video, apps, or written content–you are given a new image-rich listing page. This new style, which is seen in the leftmost screenshot, makes it easier to get a sense of your potential app purchase, as well as allow developers to create more enticing listings. In addition, Play Store listings now feature a floating action bar menu that fades into place when scrolling down any entry. This, along with a new and more prominent Google+ section can be seen in the middle screenshot. Finally, an updated “What’s New” section can be seen in the rightmost screenshot. This can be summoned by tapping on the section and dismissed by either clicking the “x” or scrolling up past the content.
The update isn’t complete in its visual transformation, however. When first launching the app, users won’t see any readily apparent changes. At this time, only the listing pages appear to be changed. That said, the update is a good move in the right direction, and we can’t wait to see the rest of the app’s visual makeover–perhaps in time for Android L and Material Design in the Fall.
While Play Store 4.9 has already begun rolling out, it will naturally be some time before everyone receives the update. As such, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK for your sideloading pleasure.
[Many thanks to XDA Recognized Developer febycv for the APK!]
“Today while browsing XDA, I’m going to check to see if my favorite ROM has been updated–but first, let me take a #selfie.” Photos of your own face taken from arms length, selfie snapshots, are the sign of the era of smartphones. It is after all not too surprising to see now that we have easily accessible cameras and Internet connections. Selfies even made their way to this year’s Oscar ceremony, so this phenomenon is certainly not a trend that will be easily broken.
Taking a good photo of yourself might be considered trivial, but it is in fact is somewhat problematic. On most phones, the front facing camera is of significantly lower quality than the rear camera. And if you try to use the rear camera for your selfie, you’ll likely end up with half of your face excluded from the picture. There are some tools though that can help you out when snapping your photo. One of them was made by XDA Forum Member hotspot_volcano.
Cleverly entitled Smart Selfie, this app presents a rather innovative idea. The app recognizes faces and guide you using voice commands to take a perfect selfie photo with your rear-facing camera. After launching, the application asks you about how many people will be included in your photo and the shot’s orientation. The app then guides you and suggests how to move the camera in order to take the shot. When all the requirements are met, application automatically pulls the trigger and your shot is taken.
Currently, the application limits the rear camera to 5 MP, and it detects up to 4 people. However, this is still far better than most standard front cameras–barring the Oppo N1, of course. Smart Selfie should work on almost every device running Froyo or later and with CPU faster than 800 MHz.
Are you a selfie enthusiast? If yes, don’t hesitate to visit the Smart Selfie application thread and let the app take your best photo ever.