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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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Jimmy McGee · Jan 15, 2015

Run Two Things at Once with Tiny Apps – XDA App Review

There are a lot of custom ROMs or OEM bloaty skins that allow you to run two (or more) applications on the screen at the same time. But what if you are using AOSP or stock Android on a Nexus device, or your device doesn’t support mutliapps? XDA Senior Member wutk3ksHD offers up an app that allows you to run multiple apps at the same time. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Tiny Apps and shows off its uses, functionality and talks...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 13, 2015

Must Have App Review: Helium (Backup without Root)

Our smartphones have advanced tremendously over the last few years, and so have our uses for them. Everything from pictures and videos to emails and notes get stored on our devices. But don't you wish there was an easier way to back it all up? The creators of Helium offer an app that promises to quickly and easily backup your Android device. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the app, and gives us a run down on how it...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 6, 2015

Must Have App Review: Light Flow – XDA TV

We get a lot of incoming information on our devices every day. To help remind us to check things like email and messaging systems, Android gives us notifications. There are many times when you don’t want it to make a sound. Sometimes, even that horrible vibrating phone on a wooden table noise is too loud. Thus, we have to rely on our visual indicators The creators of Light Flow offer up an app that lets you view and control your...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 5, 2015

Enjoy Floating Texting with SMS Small App

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other communicators are not intended to be used as foreground applications due to their occasional use. Instead they are usually used as background apps and opened only when needed. These communicators are very popular but are still far behind SMS, which is in use by almost every phone in the world. Facebook was one of the first applications that made use of floating windows. Floating technology has become quite popular and even found its way to Sony's...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Enhance Your Wi-Fi Experience with WiFi Better Battery

Battery life on our Android devices is something that we're always looking for ways to improve. Google has been working to minimize the battery consumption in Android but there is still a lot left to be desired. Every little way of giving a device a couple extra hours of battery life can come in handy. Wi-Fi connectivity, for example, is usually enabled all the time, even when the device is not in the network range. XDA Forum Member Xenon O came...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2015

Protect Your Apps With a Secret Volume Key Combo

Application locking apps have been available for quite a long time. The majority of them usually require a PIN code password or pattern to be entered to unlock an app. While these options may give you some decent protection, you may want to consider spicing things up with a new method using your device's volume rockers. XDA Forum Member fazuvpk decided to take a unique approach and created the Oops! AppLock. This application allows you to unlock the locked app in a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2015

Tweak Your Kernel Parameters with Kernel Adiutor

The vast majority of custom kernels allow various modifications like selecting your governor, adjusting the maximum clock frequency, and much more. These paramters can be changed by executing commands through ADB or by using one of the kernel control applications created by various kernel developers here on XDA. Applications that let you change kernel settings are often limited to a few basic options or are paid-only. If you are looking for a free app with nice design and a long...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2015

Koala Phone Launcher – XDA App Review

If you're anything like the rest of the XDA community, you are an enthusiast who customizes your phone and uses all sorts of different features. However, that seems to mean to family members and less technical friends that you are their personal technical support network. You may want to know how to easily help them “just make some stinking calls.” XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek offers up a launcher replacement that simplifies the smartphone interface. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Manage Partitions with UAPM

To flash an image like a kernel or recovery, you usually need to have access to your PC and properly configured fastboot drivers. This isn’t too convenient, especially when you’re traveling and there is a new version of your kernel to try out. Advanced actions on partitions can now be performed directly from your device with a tool written by XDA Forum Member ferreirawax. This tool lets you backup your current partitions without going into recovery. The application can also...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 30, 2014

Must Have App Review: Pushbullet – XDA TV

Every day, we are subject to a barrage of incoming notifications. If you are working on a computer or playing on your tablet and you get an SMS, you have to stop what you are doing and check your phone only to find out that it’s your mom asking you how to use the DVR again. These disruptions can be overwhelming and kill your productivity. The folks over at Pushbullet offer up an app that lets you view and control...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Browse Your Files with Ease using MK Explorer

Google has made quite an effort in perfecting the powerful and multi-faceted OS that we know as Android. Despite its overall greatness, Google's mobile operating system lacks two things: a built-in FM Radio and a simple file manager. That said, there are plenty of third party applications that can fill the gap. One interesting file floating around the Internet is MK Explorer by XDA Forum Member kormateusz. This application is a lightweight, simple and elegant manager that can perform most...

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