GitHub is a Web-based distributed revision control and source code management system. It is home to quite a few open source projects here on XDA. Developers use GitHub to store sources for kernels, applications, libraries, and other projects on the Web. The main goal is to allow developers to keep records of their commits, which then enables other users to verify the work and help to improve the code. The service is so popular that XDA users can even link their GitHub profile with their XDA account.
The official GitHub application for Android lacks some crucial functions, so some alternative apps made by community are growing in popularity. One such app by XDA Forum Member alorma is called Gitskarios. Gitskarios allows its users to browse current repositories, star them, and watch the followers. The application serves all the basic functionality needed to browse code on GitHub. The only thing that is missing is commit browsing, but hopefully it will be added in the future.
The application is a very fast way of accessing the code repositories of your favorite developers and reviewing their work. It’s one of the applications that should be installed if you are a fan of open source software.
Check the latest code and help to improve it. The first step you need to take is to obtain the latest version of this application by visiting the Gitskarios application thread.
LTE has slowly become the standard when it comes to mobile Internet in many countries. OEMs are always trying to include the newest hardware solutions, so having a phone or tablet with an LTE support is nothing unusual. As such, pretty much every flagship device ships with support for various bands of LTE.
By default, Android indicates which kind of connectivity is currently in place. This is shown in the top right corner of the screen, right next to the clock. Some OEMs prefer to display LTE, while others simply use a 4G icon instead. If you want to swap yours on the fly, XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik prepared an Xposed Module that allows you doing this effortlessly. You can change your icon very easily, without recompiling the whole System UI of your ROM. Don’t let OEMs or carriers decide. Instead, you can make the choice for yourself!
Naturally, this module requires Xposed Framework to work. You can find the application and module collection in the dedicated Xposed Framework forum. To use it, your device must of course be rooted.
If you don’t like the way how your LTE connectivity is displayed on your device, head over to the 4G LTE Status Bar Xposed thread and change it right away. 4G or LTE: it’s up to you!
August 17, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Material Design is Google’s new UI metaphor for Android, which was presented for the first time during the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Developers are slowly adapting their applications to match these latest design instructions. However, this is naturally a slow process that is hindered by Android L preview SDK’s limited availability. Hopefully more applications will be updated to Material Designed aesthetics after the official Android L release.
One of the most popular applications to control your CPU parameters is No-frills CPU Control. Unfortunately XDA Recognized Developer hrk, who created this application has been inactive for some time and the application hasn’t been updated for over a year. XDA Recognized Themer TheArc took the publicly available sources and adapted them to match the Material Design look. The new app is now known as CPU Controls and offers basic options to control the hidden kernel settings. With this application, you can change the maximum and minimum frequency, governor, and I/O scheduler. CPU Controls will soon be expanded to have some under the hood features enabled, which weren’t introduced with the original No-Frills CPU Controls.
To change the hidden values in your kernel, the application needs a root access. You can find out how to root your device by checking our database! Your CPU can be controlled in a stylish manner. CPU Control gives you a way to do this within the confines of the Material Design aesthetic. You can get started by visiting the CPU Control application thread.
Almost all of us use widgets on daily basis. We use them to change the track in our favorite music player, read Emails, check our calendar, or check the weather forecast. It’s really hard to imagine Android without widget support.
Widgets with all their pros, have some cons as well. For example, they can typically be accessed only from the home screen. XDA Forum Member sreenisatish decided to change that. Inspired by Paranoid Android’s Halo, he made an app that allows the use of widgets in every app. Widgets can be accessed even in apps running in full screen mode. The most interesting part of Flippr is that you don’t have to exit any applications to use a widget. For example, you can change your music track while browsing the Internet with Chrome or playing Flappy Birds. Flippr uses a small bubble as a trigger, so all widgets are only one swipe away. Widgets can be organized into groups, so you can organize them to suit you best.
Manufacturer-specific widgets (Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC etc.) will not work properly with Flippr. You need to keep that in mind before deciding to try this application out.
You can enhance your Android functionality with Flippr. The Flippr application thread is the perfect place to get started.
Stock Android isn’t designed to give its user a full control under their files. Friends or family can relatively easy access personal videos, photos and other files without much effort. You can protect your device by adding a PIN, pattern, and so on, but still you can’t be sure that your files are safe.
To strengthen your file protection, can add another layer of protection. This will make your device a bit safer for your personal stuff. XDA Forum Member aritraroy came up with an interesting idea and created an application to hide files by adding a PIN file. The app can hide the most popular file types like documents, images, apps, and ZIP archives from public view. The app has a built-in Stealth Mode that deceives intruders into a fake vault. When the users fails to log in three times, application blocks itself for 15 minutes.
Hidden files can be protected with 3-Layer Encryption Engine, so hidden files are extremely hard to crack. If this application is not something that you are looking for, be sure to unhide all files, otherwise you may lose them permanently.
Fight with your nosy friends and protect your files. Head over to the Androignito application thread and give it a try.
Please note: It is important to keep in mind that while applications like this are helpful to prevent casual snooping, it’s almost guaranteed that an experienced hacker with device access will be able to have his way with your files. Furthermore, no details are given about the actual encryption algorithm used. But again, for preventing casual snooping, Androignito may be for you.
August 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Sony releases a long list of devices every year. Only a few of them are considered flagships, but every device has something that makes it unique. For example the Sony Xperia C3 is considered a “selfie phone” with a good 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
In addition to raw hardware capabilities, a device often has special software enhancements like a particular camera application that helps users snap the ever elusive perfect photo. With Portrait Retouch Camera App by XDA Recognized Themer Ben Ling, you can choose from 10 different beauty styles including those for men and women. Make-up effects, a decorative frame, or eye effects are just a short list of features that this app has to offer. Making a selfie with PROselfie Portrait Retouch application is a real pleasure.
Portrait Retouch Camera App was ported to work with all Xperia devices running Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and newer. To make use of this application, your ROM must be deodexed and rooted. If your phone meets those requirements, you can make a perfect photo of yourself.
If you own a Sony device, you can try out this application. All you need to do is visit the Xperia C3 PROselfie Portrait Retouch application thread to get the file.
August 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Being that we’re all power users here, we generally like the process of tweaking and keeping tabs on our mobile devices. This is useful for a variety of reasons. For example, with proper device stats monitoring, you can figure out why your device tends to overheat at times, why your battery “mysteriously” disappears, or quite a lot of other potential issues. While figuring out the root of most issues will require more elaborate tools such as logcat or wakelock detectors, many problems with heat and non-responsive systems can be determined by looking at per-process CPU utilization.
XDA Forum Member cygnus.uvdb offers up a great CPU monitor app that shows a list of every process running on y0ur device, as well as its CPU utilization. Linux and Mac users will immediately be familiar with the concept, as it is essentially the same as running the top command to view real-time stats. This data is then collected and displayed both in the notification area and in the app’s interface itself. You can also search within the viewable processes, as well as start and pause collection when you’re in the app. Finally, the app is relatively light weight, consuming less than 1% CPU work in background monitoring mode and 4-10% during normal operation–but this will obviously vary device to device.
If you’ve been looking for a simple CPU stats app that lets you always keep tabs on overall CPU utilization with a notification tray icon, head over to the CPU Monitor app thread to give this a try!
August 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
For those of you born in the late 90s or early 00s, you may not be familiar with life before the widespread use of LCD panels and digital transmission standards like HDMI and DVI. Back when CRT monitors and TVs reigned supreme and display data was transmitted through analog cables like the antiquated VGA connector or BNC connectors, pixel-perfect display accuracy was but an ever elusive dream. As such, users looking to optimize their picture quality had to futz around with various screen settings that determined screen size, position, and a plethora of other settings. Now that we’ve all got digital displays, worrying about display size and position is largely a thing of the past.
On mobile devices, we never really had to deal with any of the analog issues mentioned above. That’s because from the very outset, mobile devices featured digital display technologies. That said, there are still times in which it is good to be able to manually adjust certain display parameters. For example, you may want to use a rather beefy case on your smartphone or tablet that happens to obscure part of the screen. Rather than simply not be able to see the missing screen real estate, adjusting your display overscan settings would allow you to receive the missing data. Also, if you ever wanted to connect your smartphone to your TV via HDMI, you’ve surely noticed that many TVs apply their own under or overscan to the picture and either leave you with empty regions or missing content. Now, with Window Manipulator by XDA Senior Member Bassel Bakr, you can fix this.
Window Manipulator works by letting you alter your phone’s default window settings. It allows you to change the density, internally reported screen size, overscan area, and more. These settings can all be tweaked without the need to reboot. Unfortunately, KitKat is required in order to play. And in fact, it isn’t really guaranteed to work on anything earlier than Android 4.4.2. That said, the developer says that you’re free to try on older versions just in case. Just be prepared for unexpected results.
You can get started with display tweaking by heading over to the Window Manipulator app thread!
August 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back in April of this year, we talked about an interesting SMS application by XDA Senior Member matt_stang. Called Sliding SMS, this application took the old AOSP-derived CM10 messaging app and updated it with much more elaborate UI stylings similar to what we see in the Google Hangouts app. While the app was technically in beta at the time, it gained many loyal users. Since then, the app has seen continual refinement, as is now back in full release form.
Over the last four months, Sliding SMS has seem quite a lot of improvement. This manifests itself both in terms of a tweaked UI, as well as new features that let you get even more out of your messaging experience. On the UI front, conversations can now be given a background color when viewing the thread. You are also able to set dedicated status bar and action bar colors in order to match your system scheme. Even the logo colors are customizable now so that this messaging app is never the oddball in your carefully manicured OS. On the feature side, the primary change since the beta version involves a rebase to a newer version of the stock messaging app. Rather than being built on the CM10 app, it is now based on the stock Android 4.4.4 messaging app. In addition, users are now able to set notification behavior options, which let users select whether to open the app or a popup upon accessing a status bar notification, as well as new timestamp options and support for Android L Developer Preview.
If you’ve been looking for a stock-like SMS experience with a few more Hangouts-inspired tweaks, Sliding SMS is a great place to start. Head over to the Sliding SMS application thread to get in on the action.
August 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Pretty much every large-scale, multi-device custom ROM that has gained a significant number of users has something that makes it unique. Some offer unique features, while others offer flawless performance, customizability, and stability–and a lucky few manage to accomplish all of the above handedly. One of the custom ROMs that many now call their default ROM is PAC ROM. For those who are unfamiliar, PAC ROM brings many of the goodies from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod together, and packages them into one, multi-purpose ROM. However, not everything that makes PAC ROM good comes from the aforementioned components. There’s also quite a lot to the ROM that is good in its own right. One example is PACPerformance, the built-in kernel tweaker app offered by the amalgamation ROM.
Up until today, users had to install PAC ROM in order to give PACPerformance a try. However, it’s now been opened up for users of all ROMs to try. Created by XDA Recognized Developer Grarak, PACPerformance lets you tweak all of the relevant performance aspects of your device such as CPU speed and governor, to changing your I/O schedulers, and much more. In addition, the app offers quite a lot in terms of CPU, memory, kernel, and governor stats to keep track of how your device behaves over time.
If you’ve been wanting to give PACPerformance a try but are not a PAC ROM user, now’s your chance. Head over to the PACPerformance application thread to give this a whirl!
August 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Quite a lot of fields require their practitioners to be well versed in colors and their combinations. If you’re a painter or photographer, you’re probably quite well familiar with the major colors and how they interact in both additive and subtractive color mixing. Unfortunately, the rest of the population doesn’t really get much exposure to such conditions, and at least to this editor’s eyes, colors all just seem to mix together. Luckily, however, there’s now a fun game called Color Quiz that lets you hone your color IQ with simple, yet addictive puzzles.
Color Quiz was created by XDA Forum Member Kukulza. It offers two game modes: classic and arcade. The former has you combining a virtual palette of colors in order to get from white to the requested color on the left hand side of the screen, while the latter asks you to determine what two colors will combine into. All in all, this is a very unique gaming concept, and certainly a nice and welcome break from all of the giblets in our modern shooters—and if you get good enough in this game, you may even be able to figure out the constituent colors of said giblets!
If you’re looking for an interesting, alternative puzzle-type game, Color Quiz is a great place to start. Head over to the Color Quiz game thread to get in on the action.
August 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Our smartphones are multimedia gifts from above. They do everything; they can play games, watch videos, take pictures, surf the Internet, and even answer phones. However, sometimes answering the phone will interrupt your gaming or video watching experience. Well, this is acceptable no more!
XDA Forum Member xsmile711 offers up an application that gives you the ability to answer calls without leaving your game or videos. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews HandyCall. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.
Not too long ago, we covered an application that somewhat resembled the native Android task manager app, and pretty much did the same at the time. Hangar, developed by XDA Recognized Developer blk_jack has received various degrees of input from devs and users alike and has resurfaced as a major update to the application that we reviewed back then. In case you are not familiar with it, Hangar’s main objective is to keep all your most commonly used apps handy for you to use whenever you feel like it and without having to dig through the hundreds of apps that you likely have installed in your device. However, the way it works is slightly different from your regular task manager. If you have ever used Aviate Launcher, you may be already familiar with how this works. The app will weigh the usage of apps via an algorithm and will place them on the bar for you based on the value obtained from its calculations. So, you will not just get your most recent apps but rather a list compiled by your device based on usage patterns.
As already stated, Hangar has gone through some major revamping. It has loads of new features and fun things to try such as a fully customizable bar in which the icons can go. On top of that, it also offers customization of the icons themselves, so even if you are not running a launcher that lets you modify your icons, you can still do it via Hangar. Moreover, you can keep track of your app’s usage as well via either the app or a handy widget, And last but not least, if there is any app that you must absolutely have in your tray, now you can pin it so it doesn’t vanish by the time the app recalculates the algorithm.
The app is still in development stages and because of that it might present a few bugs here and there. So, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask or if you have bugs or suggestions, simply get in touch with the dev. You can find more information in the Hangar app thread.