February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Such addiction. So Doge. Wow.
Be it Flappy Doge, Dogecoin, strangely addictive online mining simulators, or the original meme itself, DOGE is pretty much everywhere nowadays. While the aforementioned Cookie Clicker clone certainly takes care your Doge-clicking needs on a desktop computer, there hasn’t been a suitable fix for your click-based addiction on mobile. But now thanks to XDA Forum Member Krzem, you can strategically and competitively tap away at your screen for hours—all while enjoying an image of a rather confused looking Shibe Inu.
Doge Breeding builds its game play on the same click for points concept seen in Cookie Clicker and Doge Mining Simulator. But rather than creating cookies or mining for cryptocurrency, you’re breeding doge. At the start of the game, each tap of the screen results in one doge. But in addition to mindlessly tapping the screen, you can purchase a variety of power-ups with your newly bred doge that either increase your doge-per-click or your doge-per-second. Sound simple enough? Not so fast. Another level of depth comes from how every time you purchase an upgrade, buying the same power-up becomes incrementally more expensive.
If you haven’t already had enough DOGE in your life, now’s the time to get some more. Get started by making your way over to the game thread and see if you can make it onto the game’s built-in leader board.
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that pairing your device’s custom ROM with a good Google Apps package is quite important. This is especially true thanks to the emergence of ART, and its incompatibilities with certain Gapps packages.
In the past we’ve featured quite a few ways of getting Gapps on your device with minimal struggle. But thanks to XDA Senior Member TKruzze and the official PA Google Apps, there is a fantastic solution for users of any 4.3- or 4.4-based ROM.
So, what makes this Gapps package unique? For starters, the applications are updated 0-day. In other words, a new version of the Gapps package appears as soon as Google releases a new version. Next, several (modular) packages with varying numbers of built-in applications are offered. Finally, new versions to the Gapps come as OTA updates if you’re a Paranoid Android user.
While these are the official Paranoid Android Google Apps, they should work on any 4.3- or 4.4-based ROM, as long as you select the proper version of Android. Head over to the original thread to get in on all of the latest Gapps action.
February 22, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Pushbullet is one of my favorite applications, and it became a must-have on my device ever since I first tried it. It’s a great tool that allows users to perform a variety of tasks such as share a photo and sending relatively large files between a computer, phone, or tablet with ease. The tool was featured some time ago, but it has been updated a couple of times since then. XDA Forum Member guzba and his crew haven’t been sitting idle, and now Pushbullet has its own version for Windows.
Previously, this app worked as an extension for Chrome or Firefox. But this wasn’t perfect, as those two browsers aren’t used by everybody. Now, the Pushbullet team announced on their blog that a dedicated application for Windows is out and they are looking for beta testers.
Having a standalone app is beneficial because a PC is now treated as a separate device. It can now be used to send or receive notifications, without needing to have a browser running in background. Another great thing is the ability to sending files directly by right clicking on the file and selecting a pushing option.
February 22, 2014 By: Samantha
When you want to do something on your Android device, chances are that it’s followed by an instinctive reaction—actually doing that what you want to do. Want to play some music? Go to that music widget. Want to change the sound mode? Tap that quick setting toggle a couple of times. Want to put the device to sleep? Reach for that awkwardly placed power button. Of course, this isn’t the case for all devices and situations. Some may be running older version of Android, your music widget may not be compatible with that third party launcher, or perhaps your power button is placed in a really inconvenient position. If you’re looking to remedy some of these issues, or simply wanting to try out a new method of performing actions on your device, check out Potato Statusbar Gesture.
A mod and app developed by XDA Recognized Themer mariozawa, Potato Statusbar Gesture allows you to perform certain actions by simply tapping or swiping to the left, right, double tapping, or long pressing on your status bar. Actions that can be performed include:
There are also the options to enable vibration when an action is performed, as well as set the default color of your status bar.
Installation of Potato Statusbar Gesture comes in two parts. The first is the actual app’s APK, which must be downloaded and installed. The second part consists of decompiling your SystemUI.apk, adding the provided smali files, editing an xml file, recompiling the APK, and pushing it to your system directory.
Potato Statusbar Gesture is compatible with Android version 2.3 and newer, with all the provided files and tutorial available in the original post. So if performing actions with only your status bar seems like something you will like to try out, check out the original thread for more information.
Some of us XDA community members work as system administrators in real life. Systems like to crash at the least expected moments. Our sysadmin, bitpushr could probably fill a book with such stories, but that’s not the point. The important thing to remember is that monitoring is important. You can easily verify this with a browser or ping command, but it becomes problematic when you maintain more than one website.
Luckily, there are tools here on XDA that make life much easier. XDA Forum Member Jeffail created an application to monitor your websites. With this application, you can easily check a site’s ping. The tool also determines whether the website is dead. Pypmin even ffers advanced settings, whereby users can define checking intervals.
And since any website can be monitored, Pypmin is useful not only for system administrators, but also regular users, as they can use this tool to check whether their favorite websites are working.
If you work as a sysadmin or wish to monitor your favorite websites, make your way over to the application thread and give Pypmin a go.
February 21, 2014 By: Samantha
If you’re running Windows 8 on a device of yours, you’re probably already aware of the wealth of unit conversion programs and software granted by the platform’s capability to run standard Windows EXE files. Of course, one of the most glaring downsides with this is that most, if not all, of such standard PC programs are not designed for the touch interface, which can lead to a whole lot of accidental presses. So, if you’d rather have a touch optimized app converting all those confusing units for you, check out Global Converter.
Developed by XDA Senior Member jimdem, Global Converter is compatible with both Windows 8 and RT. As an app with tablets and other touch screen devices in mind, its interface features big and unmissable buttons as the primary mode of navigation. The left half of the interface is dominated by a list of all the different types of units that the app supports, such as area, data, pressure, and radiation, while the right half is where you plug in your numbers and where the units are converted.
Global Converter is a well-polished and easy to use unit converter that can be downloaded for free, and it is ad-free. If you own a Windows 8 or RT device and would like to give this a go, check out the application thread for more details.
February 21, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
What ties together logcat and Holo UI? Possibly not much, as logcat is just a output of hundreds of processes running deep inside the phone, and Holo is an Android UI paradigm present since Honeycomb. It’s hard to find a connection between these two things, but there is one: a holo-fied logcat application made by XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899.
The application doesn’t differ greatly from the original CatLog, but a few things have been changed to make the application even more efficient. The top search and action bar were removedm, and ActionView method was replaced by ActionBar. The application was heavily redesigned in terms of UI and looks in order to be totally different from its predecessor. Logs are now presented in the dark Holo style. Even the app’s themes were redesigned.
Holofied CatLog becomes one of the most interesting and good looking applications for debugging on Android devices. If you are not familiar with the ADB version of tool, this application is a must-have on your phone.
Is your phone is unresponsive or buggy? Help the developer of your ROM by posting a logcat. And if you need help doing so, CatLog is a tool for you. The application can be found in the original thread, and should work with Android 3.0 or greater.
February 20, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Smartphones serve as ideal multimedia devices. With them, you can easily control your Smart TV or stream video through your Chromecast. Phones can be also used to control your PC, but you need external applications for that—applications like PC Quick Commands by XDA Senior Member ssrij.
This tool is divided into two separate parts. The first is an Android client, with which you can send some commands to control your PC. You can easily shutdown your PC, reboot it, or even put into hibernation. That’s not everything, as you can also easily run an application or process, so your smart device can become a modern remote controller. The second part of the tool is a Windows application that listens to your Android device and waits for the commands. It’s a small app that sleeps somewhere in the status bar of your Windows machine with NET 2.0 installed.
The developer also announced that the application will soon work with more operating systems, so Linux and Mac OS X users will also get to join in on the fun. The application is open source, so all the code can be reviewed and improved by the community.
More information about the project is available in the original thread. You can find both Android and Windows clients there, so don’t hesitate to go there and give it a try.
February 20, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The OmniROM project has been busy since it was announced at the Big Android BBQ. One of the awesome features was an app switcher called OmniSwitch. But most of the time to get these features, you have to install OmniROM. If only the dedicated developers could figure out a way to get it onto other devices.
XDA Recognized Developer EatHeat offers up OmniSwitch for all, back to Jelly Bean. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews OmniSnitch. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
February 20, 2014 By: Samantha
Not everyone has unlimited mobile broadband usage, even though it almost seems like all of our smartphone activities nowadays require it. It can be hard to keep track of your broadband usage if you like to stream or download videos and music, keep all your accounts synchronized, and download a lot of apps—especially if you’re with a provider that takes hours, even days, to update your usage. And if you’re unlucky, you may even have some apps sneakily using your precious data right under your nose, something that many folks may have experienced.
To help you take control of your data usage, XDA Forum Member rcllcr developed NetLive, an app that displays your Internet transfer rate in your notification area, as well as on your home screen as a widget. Allowing you to measure either your WiFi or mobile broadband usage, you can also choose to have the total usage displayed in addition to your uploads and downloads. Additionally, NetLive can track and show the name of the app that’s currently using the most data, so you’ll know exactly which app has been stealing your bandwidth.
NetLive is an app that many folks can find helpful in getting data usage under control. It’s compatible with Android version 2.3 and above, and can downloaded for free from the original post. If you want to check it out, visit the application thread for more information and download.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Do you remember Lucid Launcher? We featured this indie launcher a few weeks ago right here on the XDA Portal. XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 made a video series detailing its creation. And then on Valentine’s Day, the developer decided to update the application and add some love in the form of a few new features. The application also changed its status from alpha to beta, so it should be considerably more stable.
What is new in the new version? The application now supports 3 screens, and scrolling vertically switches between your work spaces. This can help you sort your applications, games, and widgets. The built-in browser also offers some new features and supports tabs. And these two new functions are only a small sample of the new features that have been added with this release.
The launcher is still simple and resource efficient, so even on older devices it will perform well. Powerpoint45 and his crew also made a website for the launcher. It’s still not ready for widespread release, but many core features have been added, so you can easily track the progress either in the XDA thread or the official website.
You can find the launcher by visiting its application thread. So if you are looking for a simple, minimal, and speedy launcher, you should definitely give Lucid a shot.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
It’s no secret that the AOSP camera leaves a lot to be desired. Sony, for example, decided to give its users the ability to insert a dinosaur or a volcano into their photos. There are also many other alternatives, such as the famous Focal app by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. It’s also interesting to note that some less common device OEMs make a pretty decent camera application as well, which can compete with those released by HTC or Samsung.
One such OEM is Lenovo, which released a camera app known as Lenovo Super Camera. The name isn’t too original, but the functionality of application is. And now, it’s available to all users, thanks to XDA Senior Member a2441918.
The application uses an unnecessarily large set of permissions including direct calling, but the developer responsible for a port removed it and gave users a choice between two versions. The only disadvantage of this mod is a broken Panorama Mode, but the rest of features work just fine. The modified camera app should work without major issues on Android 4.3 and 4.4.
If you are disappointed in your camera application and find your photo quality not good enough, you should consider visiting the application thread and giving Lenovo Super Camera a shot.
February 18, 2014 By: Samantha
Yes, there are definitely ways to spice up your Android lock screen, especially when you’re right here on the XDA forums. Mods that emulate lock screens of other devices? Check. Tutorial to teach you how to blur the lock screen? Check. Change your lock screen settings with an Xposed module? Check.
But what about playing mini-games on your lock screen? It’s definitely not something that we see very often, but if this sounds like something you’ll want to try out, especially on long, daily commutes with a lot of time to waste, check out Joy Locker.
Developer by XDA Forum Member ahnwook123, Joy Locker is a lock screen replacement app that has a comprehensive catalog of mini games that you can play right on your lock screen. By swiping from either the left or right of the lock screen, you’ll be able to access a range of shortcuts, including:
On top of all this, there are also additional customization options that let you perform tasks like toggle vibration and sound when unlocking, disable your system lock screen to avoid any clashes, and set a password or pin number, among others.
Joy Locker is compatible with any device running Android 2.3 and newer, free, and ad-free. So if you’ve been looking for a unique and fun alternative to your current lock screen, check out the application thread for more information and download.