While the Nokia X isn’t exactly the lust-inducing, flagship-caliber device that we were all hoping for from the Finnish OEM’s entrance into the Android world, the device and its software are still rather intriguing.
In addition to making the Nokia X more functional by shoehorning external development onto the device, we’ve also seen porting efforts to bring some of the Nokia X’s software to other devices. This began with porting the Nokia Store to other devices, and we later saw the Nokia X ROM running on the HTC HD2… well, sort of. Now thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member xperiaz2, you can enjoy the Nokia X’s camera software on nearly any device running Jelly Bean or later.
As you can see in the screenshots to your right, the Nokia X camera software has some pretty nifty settings. These include ISO sensitivity control, the ability to display a live intensity histogram, configurable noise detection, redeye reduction, anti-banding, and more. All’s not perfect with the camera app, however, as the resultant pictures are stored with very high compression. Additionally, the port seems to have mixed results when running on other devices. For example, some have stated that while the actual camera functionality works fine, it causes a Gallery force close after recording a video.
If you want a taste of the Nokia X camera experience on your own device, head over to the ported app thread and give this a go.
Update: It seems as if XDA Senior Member opssemnik has ported an even more functional version of the Nokia X camera to all 4.1+ devices. This version fixes many of the force closes that were encountered in the version above.
Smartphones are undoubtedly the most “personal” of our personal computers. We use them to access our Email, banking information, and pretty much the rest of our private data. Luckily, there are quite a few file locker applications available to help keep prying eyes away from our Gmail. However, things get a bit trickier if you’re looking to hide files that reside on your device’s storage.
Sure, you can easily encrypt your internal storage through Android’s security settings menu, but what about your external storage? And what about those who want to let others casually access their devices but don’t want their tech savvy friends viewing their naughty selfies? Luckily, XDA Senior Member Doplgangr offers up a great app to encrypt files of your choosing.
Secrecy, as its name implies, allows you to hide and encrypt various files of your choosing. These can be pictures, videos, or any other file type. And unlike many other available options, Secrecy actually encrypts the files in question, rather than simply storing them as raw data in a hidden location.
Now there is one caveat here, and it’s a big one. While this application states that every file is encrypted with AES256, it is not open source. Thus, you can never truly be sure how securely your files are being stored. But for the casual user simply looking to make certain files inaccessible when a device is mounted to a PC, Secrecy certainly does the trick.
If you’re looking for a simple and user-friendly way of hiding your files, head over to the application thread and give Secrecy a shot.
April 10, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Although we weren’t graced with the good fortune of receiving another Google Update Wednesday yesterday, the creator of our favorite little green robot has decided to share a few goodies with us today. These come in the form of first-party Android application updates for Chrome Beta and Google Keyboard.
Today’s update to Chrome Beta brings it to version 35.0.191634. As you would expect from a major version change, v35 brings quite a few new features. The most immediately noticeable is the ability to undo closing a tab. Before, one would have to navigate to the recently closed section of the new tab screen in order to reopen a closed tab. But now, you are able to click undo in much the same way as when you delete an email in the Gmail app.
In addition to the undo closed tab feature, Chrome Beta v35 also brings multi-window support for certain devices and improved controls and support for subtitles in fullscreen HTML5 video. Naturally, you must be running a compatible Samsung (or presumably LG) device with ROM support to use the multi-window feature. Finally, the Chrome Releases blog also cites that this version brings Chromecast video casting support even though this was added in a previous update.
Chrome Beta isn’t the only app to receive Google’s update love today. Google Keyboard also received a minor update from 3.0.19373.1072412a to 3.0.19423.1102675a. However, this update is nowhere near as significant as the update to v3. Instead, this seems to simply be a maintenance / bug fix release, as nothing was added to the app’s What’s New section in Google Play.
Both Chrome Beta and Google Keyboard can be found in their respective pages on the Google Play Store. But for those who don’t have access to the Play Store or in case the updates aren’t available yet for all devices, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs on our Dev-Host account. You can find those links below:
April 10, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Way back in 2011, we talked about the interesting Chainfire3D plugin CF.lumen. For those of you who don’t remember, the plugin intelligently modified the color temperature of your device’s display based on the time of day and relative solar position. In other words, a customizable color filter would be added after sundown in the hopes of reducing eyestrain.
Unfortunately, however, the old CF.lumen plugin only worked with devices running Android 2.x. Now let’s fast forward to today, as XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s has brought CF.lumen back from the dead. Today’s new version of CF.lumen comes in at version 2.0, and it brings support for rooted devices running KitKat onwards. And rather than working as a plugin for Chainfire3D, CF.lumen v2 is its own independent application.
CF.lumen v2 functions in much the same way as the old plugin, as it allows you to set color filters to match the time of day. There are three conditions available (day, sundown, sleep), and each can be customized to your own liking. In addition, this version brings a colorblindness mode, which may help those with difficulty distinguishing between certain shades of colors.
About 8 months ago, TK reviewed a lockscreen App called C Locker by XDA Senior Member astoncheah. Now, the app received a major update and overhaul. This new update allows users to use everything from a customizable ring to other widgets and lock screen customizations. The app is all new, so TK decided to check out the changes.
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews C Locker again. TK shows off the application and its changes, so check out this app review.
Stock Android has improved significantly since the days when it was barely usable. However, some OEMs still love to put significant amounts of bloat into their firmware, thinking that we all love to play demo games or use pointless applications.
If your phone is held back by unnecessary bloat or too many installed apps, you can do two things: wipe your device completely or use a tool like the one created by XDA Forum Member SuffAdvApps. App Eater, as its name implies, eats applications. It’s a simple uninstaller with many great features like batch uninstallation, sorting, and app search.
In future releases, the developer promises to add root support, so App Eater also be able to help you uninstall all of the bloat from your stock ROM. The application also supports widgets, so uninstalling the most recently used application is very easy. This then makes it good for testing apps, since it’s only a click away.
To find out more about this application, make your way to the original thread.
Remember back when we would have to send text messages via T9? You know, before the age of the modern smartphone? I know, I know. Many of you reading this are under the age of 20, and thus don’t really have a clear memory of the ’90s. Heck, I’m sure some of you were born in the ’00s, but go with me for a second.
One would think that banging out even short SMS messages with a standard numeric keypad would be a chore. And in a way, that’s certainly true when compared to full QWERTY keyboards and today’s amazing predictive text soft-keyboards. However, the single innovation that made this manageable at the time was the T9 predictive text algorithm. Since then, T9 has largely been forgotten, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still plenty of uses for this relic from the past. And one such example is Dial an App by XDA Forum Member luciferabby.
As its name implies, Dial an App allows users to “dial” applications like they’re placing a call on a standard telephone keypad. In other words, you’re presented with a grid of nine letter blocks, which you use to spell out the application name. The more letters you enter, the more the choices are narrowed down. Essentially, you can think of it like Launchy for your Android device.
So does it work? It’s actually quite efficient. Rather than scrolling through several home screens or your cluttered app drawer, you can get to the application you want in seconds. And about the only thing holding it back from being “perfect” is the lack of a traditional phone dialer. Now, imagine how great this app would be if you could not only dial applications, but also make calls from within the same interface? There’d never be a reason to use any other dialer. Luckily, the developer let me know that this is in the cards for a future update.
If you wish to give Dial an Application a try or have suggestions for the developer, head over to the application thread.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back in January, we took a quick look at Auto Answer by XDA Senior Member itayg. Intended to make answering the phone while driving a bit safer, this innovative app allows users to easily answer incoming calls with nothing more than a whistle. Naturally, this lead many to wonder what other common tasks can be more easily handled with a whistle. Now, itayg has released another whistling app: Whistle Camera.
Whistle Camera works in much the same way as Auto Answer—except now, whistling takes a picture. So why would this be of any use? Well, just think of how many times you’ve tried to take a group photo and had to deal with cumbersome timers or how many times you’ve had to perform yoga poses with your fingers in order to hold the phone right and then press the shutter button when taking selfies of you and your friends. Well, with Whistle Camera, you just have to concentrate on aiming your device, as a simple whistle will actuate the shutter.
The Whistle Camera app is complete replacement camera app, complete with autofocus, basic editing, a gallery, and more. It also works with both the front and rear cameras on your phone, so you can use it for selfies or dash-mounted shots when you’re in the car and spot a nice looking landscape or sunset. Finally, the app allows you to customize where the images are stored, as well as the sensitivity of the whistle detector.
If you want an alternate way of taking pictures, head over to the application thread and give Whistle Camera a shot.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
For whatever reason, we all use random numbers from time to time. And no, I’m not just talking about the field of cryptography. Rather, we often need help deciding between things to eat, items to buy, and so on. And because of this, there are countless utilities available to help us generate random numbers—or at least as close as you’ll come with an entirely computer-based solution that doesn’t involve external unpredictable data like atmospheric noise.
But what if instead of picking a number between one and ten, we need a coin flip or a dice roll? What if we need a random letter, color, image, or even some help coming up with a somewhat random password? Well, thanks to an app by XDA Forum Member ekimual, you can satisfy your taste for pseudo-random numbers, letters, and so on.
Ultimate Randomizer is exactly that. It is essentially the ultimate random generator, allowing you to generate various different types of data in various different types of formats. For example, you can generate random numbers with predefined ranges. You can also generate random letters with predetermined restrictions on vowels or consonants, if you so desire. You can also generate random colors with corresponding hex codes, and even simulate a coin flip.
Please keep in mind that since this is a computer-derived random sequence, it’s inherently not truly random. But given the most common use cases, that likely won’t be an issue. Head over to the application thread to give Ultimate Randomizer a shot.
April 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands of friends on our social networks. But despite this, we don’t really ever see or talk to most of them. This is to be expected because as time moves on and people move far away, it is increasingly difficult to casually keep in touch. And then even when your old friends are nearby, you may not even know that they’re in the viscinity. What if it didn’t have to be this way? A new app called FacesIn aims at making it easier for nearby friends to keep in touch.
Posted by XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco on behalf of Senior Member cgollner, FacesIn is a geolocation app that ties into various social networks. Once it’s LinkedIn (pun intended), the app shows you a map of friends who have checked into their social media nearby. In addition, it also allows you to post to your social networks from within the app. Currently, FacesIn supports LinkedIn, Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter. Google+ support is on the way as well, but the team has run into issues due to lacking APIs.
If you want to know which friends are nearby, head over to the application thread and give FacesIn a shot.
April 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
With each passing generation, our mobile devices are growing increasingly powerful. And with this increase in computational power, we are seeing more complicated and advanced apps. But while these advanced mobile apps are often quite capable, they often do so by emulating the functionality of their traditional desktop counterparts, and this sometimes makes them a bit cumbersome to use with our pudgy fingertips.
One need only look so far as the nearly ubiquitous Chrome browser to see how capable a mobile browser can truly be. But even Google’s first party browser doesn’t seem like it was built from the ground up for your pocket. This is where Javelin Browser by the cleverly titled Javelin Browser dev team comes in.
Javelin Browser is built atop the open source Lightning Browser‘s codebase. But rather than function like most web browsers, Javelin features a minimal and finger-friendly UI that lets you streamline your browsing experience. The browser features a built-in ad blocker, which can be disabled with the touch of a button, as well as plenty of gestures such as a two-finger swipe to switch tabs. Finally, Javelin features a very nice reading mode, although the next version will improve upon this with regards to formatting. Future versions will be able to import your bookmarks from Chrome browser, and feature an even better reading mode.
If you’ve been looking for a fresh and finger-friendly browser, head over to the application thread and give Javelin a shot.
We’re all power users here. And because of this, we probably have many tens, if not hundreds, of apps installed on our devices. Be it apps to let us better keep track of our hardware stats or a benchmarks or even something for a little entertainment while taking some time off, there are nearly countless numbers of apps for any purpose—and there’s a good chance that we will want to try them all.
So how do we more easily search for, manage, and uninstall all of our apps? XDA Forum Member AndroidDeveloperLB offers up a solution with his aptly titled App Manager. This app acts as a replacement to the standard Android app manager. It offers essentially all of the functionality of the original, but with a few added tricks. For starters, it has an excellent search feature to allow you to more easily find the applications you’re looking to uninstall or share. Next, you can use the app to share apps via Play Store or Amazon links or directly by sending an APK—though the latter should never be used on paid apps. With this app, you can even uninstall system apps if you grant it root access.
If you’ve been looking for a more powerful App Manager, head over to the application thread and give this one a shot.
I’m sure that by now, the vast majority of you have already devoted more than a few hours to the fantastic tile game 2048 by UI designer and web developer Gabriele Cirulli.If you haven’t, may I suggest that you take a break from the world of mobile hacking and give it a try.
Now you may ask why I’m talking about a simple, yet surprisingly addictive web-app game here on the XDA Portal. Well, there’s now a fantastic port of the game available for your mobile device. And although the official version works great on mobile devices, this port packs a few extra features to make it even more interesting when you’re on the go.
XDA Forum Member parakayjay provides an innovative take on the classic puzzler by delivering the same gameplay we’re used to with the original 2048 game—and then some. This version brings several possible control schemes such as tilt, on-screen keys, and swiping. And just like in the original, your goal is to combine tiles in order to create a 2048 or 4096 tile. But unlike the original, you’re now able to select from three possible grid sizes. So when you get a bit too good at generating 2048 tiles on the default 4×4 grid, you can move to larger grids.
Admittedly, the game’s UI is rather simple and no-frills. But if you’re looking for an incredibly addictive and new take on the original, head to the game thread and reach 2048!