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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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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Don’t Forget About Birthdays with Birthday Reminder

A person's birthday is, without a doubt, one of the most important days in his or her life. In our fast-paced lives, we often forget about calling our loved ones and friends to wish them a happy birthday. Google Calendar in Android is quite helpful in letting us know about scheduled meetings and tasks. Unfortunately, the calendar isn't that good at notifying us about upcoming birthdays. Every tool that can help with our ability to remember is definitely worth a shot....

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 25, 2014

Top 5 Apps for 2014 + Top Xposed Mod of 2014 – XDA TV

It’s that time of year where you look back and remember the things that happened during the year. You learn from the bad things, and celebrate the good things. It’s been a great year here at XDA TV and we are looking back at some of our favorite items from the year. Tuesday we talked about our Favorite Xposed Mods of 2014, and yesterday we talked about the Top 5 stories and videos from 2014. In this episode, XDA TV...

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Samantha · Dec 24, 2014

Turn Your Camera Into a Live Puzzle Game

The classic sliding puzzle game hasn’t changed much, if at all, over the years. Dating all the way back to 1880 with the first sliding puzzle game dubbed the Fifteen puzzle, its only ‘advancement’ has seemingly been making its way onto the computer screen with a convenient reset button. The core mechanic of the game has stayed the same throughout the years, being able to slide tiles along certain routes to end up with a final configuration--perhaps a picture, or a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Koala Phone Launcher Helps the Visually Impaired

Smartphones, especially those with smaller screens, aren't always the best option for those among us who hail from an older generation. Small letters and numbers may be an obstacle that is difficult to surmount. People with vision problems often decide to get a classic feature phone with hardware buttons, leaving all of the advanced technology behind. Among the many launchers available for Android, one is quite unusual. XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek created an application whose main goal is making a phone...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2014

Smart Unlock Bypasses Lockscreen Security on Trusted Wi-Fi

During this year's Google I/O Keynote, Dave Burke introduced a new concept for handling lock screen security. Lollipop's new API allows using smartwatches or different portable devices as trusted devices to determine whether lock screen security is needed or not. In practice, this works by disabling lock screen protection when your phone is within range of your smartwatch--simple but efficient. Unfortunately for many users, this functionality is only available on Lollipop, so KitKat and Jelly Bean devices have been left...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2014

Now Gesture Tweaks Replaces Google Now with Custom Action

On most modern Android devices with software navigation keys, swiping up from the bottom of the screen launches Google Now. And for those devices with hardware navigation buttons, long pressing on the home button accomplishes the same task. With no native settings in Android to change the action to anything else, these convenient gestures remain untouched and unused on many devices. So until Google finally realizes that not everyone cares for or uses Google Now--at least not enough to warrant...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2014

ToqAN Fixes Android 5.0 Notification Bug on Qualcomm Toq

The Qualcomm Toq is probably one of the lesser known smartwatches on the market right now. This can probably be attributed to the fact that device was a proof-of-concept device built by Qualcomm that was meant to encourage other OEMs to take up Mirasol displays for their own smartwatches, and that it was available for sale in only limited quantities. Its standout feature, as you may have guessed, is its Mirasol display, which is comparable to e-ink displays on wearables...

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Samantha · Dec 20, 2014

Stop Your Screen From Turning Off with KeepItOn

We all know the feeling of reading a news article or rather long document, when our screen suddenly turns off after a minute or two. This can be extremely annoying when you’ve found yourself a perfectly comfortable position while lying in bed. You're then forced to stretch out that finger to reach the power button and unlock your device. Of course, you can change the sleep settings to a longer period of time, but this is hardly an effective solution. In situations...

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Samantha · Dec 19, 2014

Github Tutorial App Shows You How to Use… Github

Github can get pretty complicated and using it can become quite daunting, especially for a rookie who’s just getting started. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there aren't too many ways around it in the community-driven open-source development world, particularly if you want to compile a custom recovery, or a ROM or something else from source. So to help you out with all the ins and outs of Github, XDA Recognized Contributor and Themer Vivek_Neel created a Github Tutorial app. Github Tutorial, unlike...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2014

Chainfire Turns Your Bootanimation into a Logging Center

Having a nice boot animation certainly adds a little bit of aesthetic polish to your ROM. But other than its purely aesthetic value, boot animations don't really provide any useful information. When your device is boot looping or one of your services is constantly crashing, ADB is still the most reliable option to get information. There are plenty applications able to get logs straight from device, but not many can access logs while booting. XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 18, 2014

Lean Mean Battery Power Saving App Review

We talk a lot about battery topics here at XDA TV. We talk about everything from Power Banks to USB Desktop Chargers to Battery Saving Apps. We talk about this stuff because both we and our viewers are not “normal” users. We don’t use our devices to check Facebook on our breaks and find the nearest skinny jeans store. No, we use it for much more--and all that screen on time can really eat up your battery. XDA Senior Member Flyview...

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Faiz Malkani · Dec 16, 2014

Record or Broadcast Your Device Screen Using Shou.TV

In a world where static pictures have become monotonous and GIFs dominate the Internet, this paradigm shift has affected the mobile ecosystem as well, with screenshots slowly but steadily being replaced by screen recordings. Before Android 4.4 KitKat, there was no official solution to record the screens of Android devices, and the few solutions that did exist at the time used rudimentary capturing methods with below-par results. However, Google introduced ADB screen recording functionality in Android 4.4 KitKat, which made a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 12, 2014

Use Widgets on Your Lock Screen with Widget Pager

To make our devices more efficient, many have turned to the use of widgets. Developers who care about their users often decide to put lots of work into making widgets an integral part of their applications and services. Widgets debuted on Android home screens, but Google later allowed users to use them on their lock screens in certain versions of the platform. In the versions of Android that allow for lock screen widgets, you can ordinarily use only one widget...

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