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Google Play Store 5 Brings Added Material Design, New Icon

Google Play Store 5

This past week and a half has sure been busy for first party Google Android application updates. Just a little over a week ago, we started off with a Google Play Newsstand update that brought a complete Material Design makeover. Then just one day later, Google followed up with a Google+ update that brought some additional Material Design goodness to the first application to sport the UI style in the first place. Then two days ago, we were given updates to the Chromecast companion app and Chrome Stable. But if you thought that Google was all done with updates for the week, you were wrong. There’s (at least) one more in store, and it’s a doozy: Google Play Store 5.

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Android App Review: Multitask with Ease with C Floating


In the past we have shown you C Locker and C Widget. Those applications allow you to customize your lockscreen and your weather widget, respectively. Well, from the same mind that gave you those apps, now you can customize your multitasking shortcuts.

XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah offers up a customizable, powerful application that allows you to multitask and switch apps fast. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews C Floating.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast 1.8 Custom Wallpapers, Chrome Updated to 38

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Last Friday, we saw the release of Google+ version 4.6, which brought Google’s Facebook competitor a bit more inline with the latest Material Design UI guidelines. Now just a few days later, Google is gracing our Android devices with two new updates, Chromecast 1.8 and Chrome Stable v38.

First up, we have an update to the Chromecast companion app, bringing us to version 1.8.22. The Google Chromecast has always been lauded for its aesthetically appealing backgrounds. But now with today’s update, users are finally allowed to personalize their Chromecast devices with custom backgrounds. You can also enable weather updates, satellite images, and news headlines, just like what was mentioned ba. . . READ ON »

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Battery Utility Helps Preserve Your Device’s Battery Life

Battery Utility Android

In the last few years, Android devices have really made some great strides when it comes to overall speed and device power. Our tiny (or not so tiny) smartphones now pack so much processing power that it’s not entirely unheard of for certain users to be able to use them as their primary computing devices–at least when on the go. One area where we haven’t seen such great advancements, however, is battery life. Perhaps due to consumer demand for thinner devices, there simply isn’t much space for a gigantic battery. And because we all want as many high power cores as possible, lower power designs aren’t favored. So what are we to do?

XDA Senior Member Theworld2020 created Battery U. . . READ ON »

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather


App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can als. . . READ ON »

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ProtectedApps Keeps Your Private Apps and Data Safe


As much as we would all like, our mobile devices aren’t always quite as private as we would assume. It’s often difficult to prevent others from getting a bit too comfortable with the content stored on our smartphones and tablets when we hand them over for entirely unrelated purposes. After all, it’s likely that most readers will have been in a situation where you needed to hand your device to somebody else to let them take a picture or make a phone call, only to find them browsing your saved pictures or call log afterward.

Luckily, you have quite a few tools at your disposal to prevent casual user snooping. There are various app lockers that we’ve covered here on the XDA Portal, and a new offe. . . READ ON »

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Manage Fonts on Your Android Device with Fonter


Probably one of the most effective ways of changing the overall look of your Android device is by replacing the default font. It’s a seamless process on some desktop operating systems like Windows, which feature the appropriate mechanisms to make a change very easy.

The situation differs a little bit on Android. While changing the system font is relatively easy when your device is rooted (rename the file of the font and put it in appropriate folder), changing the font on a per-application basis requires some additional tools. One of them was recently presented by XDA Forum Member goodevh. Fonter is a font manager that allows you to change the font system-wide and for specific applications. This power. . . READ ON »

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S Tools+ Given a Material Design Makeover

S Tools+ Material Design

Not too long ago, we took a look at S Tools+ by XDA Forum Member naman14. For those who don’t remember, S Tools+ is an application geared towards Android power users that lets you stay informed about what’s going on with your device. This is accomplished thanks to a bunch of utilities that although being slightly unrelated, all help you keep better track of what’s going on with your device, its sensors, and the world around you.

While S Tools+ was always incredibly powerful, and it was even somewhat aesthetically pleasing thanks to its clean interface, it was never truly beautiful. Now, naman14 has updated the app’s UI to match the latest in Google’s aesthetic design. And as be. . . READ ON »

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Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair


Just yesterday, we talked about a rather significant update to the Google Play Newsstand app. Perhaps the most noticeable change in yesterday’s update wasn’t exactly a new feature, but rather a nearly complete Material Design UI overhaul. Today, Google is rolling out an update to the Google+ app to bring even more Material Design flair to the already Material-compliant app.

While quite a few first party Google applications have now received the Material Design goodness, many of you will undoubtedly recall that one of the first apps to receive a makeover was Google+. In fact, the Google+ app actually received its current overall UI style well before Android L and Material Design w. . . READ ON »

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