February 15, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Accessing your installed SD card from a computer using a micro USB cable isn’t the most convenient solution, as you need a cable and a free USB port, and your smartphone is most likely hidden someplace inconvenient. All these obstacles may significantly increase the time it takes to send over a file or album to your SD card.
If your device is constantly connected to a WiFI network, you can use it as a link between your PC or even other device (not necessary with Android installed) to access it. All you need is an application created by XDA Forum Member DmitriL who created a tool to easily access your device through your favorite web browser. The concept is pretty similar to famous AirDroid.
To use the app, you need to install a client on the Android device and type the IP and port to connect with it. The application automatically generates a PIN code to make the connection safer and protect it from intruders who want to check your files without your permission. With Droid Over WiFi, you can easily upload, download, and modify files and directories. If you have multimedia files on your phone, they can be easily streamed using the browser.
February 15, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The constantly increasing popularity of social networking forces us poor Android users to share our statuses multiple times. But why should we spend much time Tweeting and sharing our statuses on Facebook when we can use a single application designed and developed to handle multiple social networks at the same time.
One of these application is Shareboard by XDA Senior Member anandbibek. With this application, we can easily post our statuses on Twitter or Facebook and possibly other social networks that are not yet added. Our statuses can contain both text and images. And of course, if you don’t want to use one of these services, you can disable it.
This application doesn’t run in background, so unnecessary synchronization won’t be triggered. Shareboard is free of Google Analytics, so the big brother from California can’t spy on us either. With this application, your privacy is kept intact as no statistics are collected and cached on your device—though that’s obviously not the case for when the posts make their way onto the aforementioned social media sites. Perhaps the UI isn’t quite as flashy as other social media apps, but many will favor its minimal interface.
More information about privacy and the app itself can be found in the original thread, so if you are a #Facebook and #Twiiter junkie, you should definitely go there and give Shareboard a shot.
Many have categorized it as an addictive nightmare. Everyone who has taken on it has fallen. The game that many have deemed as being inspired by the devil himself is here to stay. Yes, Flappy Bird, the acclaimed yet controversial new craze that has made us wish we had never downloaded the game, is here to stay (at least on Android). However, there is always someone who can take something awful and evil and make it that much worse by applying a mod or two. Ladies and gentlemen, what if I can tell you that there is a way to add yet another level of addiction with a dash of Internet pop culture to this spawn from hell? Not convinced it can get any worse? What if I give you doge mixed up with Flappy Bird?
It seems that the sudden demise of the Super Mario graphics ridden game on Apple devices has triggered a new culture of modders to come forth and revitalize the fallen angel. XDA Forum Member holabola decided to mash up the aforementioned meme with Flappy Bird, giving birth to Flappy Doge. This game is a modded version of the original, where the bird was basically replaced by an 8-bit version of the doge meme. The game and its objective does not change at all, but it is a fun and new way to punish your device for being able to run this thing. Most of the text and messages in the game have been changed to “doge style,” so expect to see some of your favorite doge-isms as you play.
As stated, the game is simply the modded original, but the dev who released this is open to suggestions on what other “fun” things could be done to improve this addictive yet nerve racking abomination. If you think you have what it takes to not want to throw your device against a wall or hit it with a blunt object, head over to the original thread and take it for a spin.
[Thanks to Senior Moderator M_T_M for the tip!]
February 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve said this before, but one of the best things about Android is just the sheer number of options available. If I want my phone to act in a certain way, there is always (pardon the phrase) “an app for that!” With Android, you can access apps and other parts of your device with gestures, and today we will talk about another option to control your device with gestures.
XDA Senior Member leducbao offers up an application to set and manage hotspot actions on your device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Quickr. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
February 12, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In the past week, we’ve seen quite a few significant updates to Google’s first-party mobile apps. This started with a few major updates to Maps, Search, Newsstand, Drive, and Hangouts. We then saw a rather substantial update to the YouTube mobile app, which brought the web-app essentially inline with the Android app. And then a few days later, an update to Google Search’s backend added relationship-based contact awareness in Voice Search. Now, Google has updated another one of its first party offerings: Google Play Music.
Google Play Music 5.4 packs quite a few improvements over the older version 5.3 it replaces. Previously, users had to visit the Play Music Settings webpage in order to manage their connected devices. But now, users are now finally able to manage these devices directly from the Android application itself. This itself wouldn’t normally be a major issue. However, since Play Music only allows for 10 connected devices, adding a new device or reinstalling the Play Music app after a ROM install and full wipe often meant having to access the cumbersome web-app. Now, users can simply deauthorize connected devices in just a few clicks in the settings menu.
In addition to the mobile device management options, version 5.4 also brings a few UI tweaks. The most noticeable is undoubtedly the additional options in the application’s hamburger menu. Furthermore, the playback screen has been revised somewhat, placing the Google Cast menu right above the media playback controls. And on the topic of Google Cast, this new update also fixes a minor bug where connected Chromecast units would show up multiple times in the Google Cast menu.
Google Play Music 5.4.1409N is currently being delivered in the form of a staged roll out, which should gradually make its way to all devices through Google Play. That said, I’d bet a pretty penny that everyone reading this would like to get in on the update a bit early. In order to allow everyone to get in on the action now, as well as those living in regions without Google Play, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on DevHost for your sideloading pleasure!
[Many thanks to Senior Member kautionwirez for the tip and APK!]
Active Display is an innovative feature that was first seen on the Moto X. It was then quickly ported to other ROMs by ChameleonOS’ developers. This feature works by showing you notifications on your device’s screen when they arrive. And when used in conjunction with an AMOLED screen, the battery drain isn’t too great in most instances. This sort of feature is very useful when a device lacks a notification LED, but nothing holds you from testing it on devices armed with big LCD screens, like Sony Xperia devices.
While a few app-based solutions already exist, the Active Display implementation created by the ChameleonOS team was limited to custom ROMs incorporating their commits. But thanks to XDA Recognized Developer AChep, running KitKat (Jellybean support will be added soon) can try Active Display. The application was written from scratch, with the use of some open-sourced libraries. AChep completely revamped the user interface, which is now clear and simple, and notifications are presented in an aesthetically pleasing manner, allowing users to read headers before opening them. The application is battery friendly and doesn’t require root access, so can be used on devices running stock firmware. That said, AcDisplay must be given Device Administrator status so that these notifications can work properly.
AcDisplay is an interesting application, and hopefully developer will continue to add unique features. Until then, you can make your way to the application thread and give the newest version a shot.
February 12, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
A few years ago, the CyanogenMod team released an application to download and flash ROMs directly. ROM Manager was also able to flash a ClockworkMod recovery and perform a variety of additional tasks. But with a new and unrelated app by XDA Senior Member hastalafiesta also called RomManager, you can now perform a variety of tasks on your existing ROM and kernel.
The application allows users to easily enable or disable tweaks that can improve your Internet connection, SD card performance, and battery life. Many advanced tweaks like Fsync, IO stats, and EXT4 enhancements can be turned on with just one click. If your ROM supports the CRT animation, RomManager can disable or re-enable the animation with ease. With this app, you can also optimize the GPS on your device and do many more things with your kernel or graphics.
To use this application, you must be rooted and be running a custom kernel. If you are unsure what a custom kernel can do for your phone, we recommend visiting XDA-University, where you can find many interesting articles with information about governors, IO schedulers, and more.
If you wish to change various performance-related settings on your phone or tablet, head over to the application thread and give RomManager a shot.
February 11, 2014 By: Samantha
Imagine there’s an icon pack that you’ve downloaded, installed, and absolutely love. After sifting through a whole lot of packs that looked great on paper but turned out otherwise on your home screen, you’ve finally found the one that fits in just right with your theme, wallpaper, and widgets combination. But as to be expected, there are still those couple of apps that went unthemed.
With that said, XDA Recognized Themer tung91 developed a mod and app that will help icon pack users get in touch with themers about missing icons for certain apps, as well as streamline the process of collecting such information from users by themers. After following the steps provided by tung91, the icon pack interface will have a “request” button that users can then access to send a list of applications to the theme creator.
Users who are interested in using this feature must also install the provided APK onto their device because without it, the “request” feature will not work. Additionally, tung91 has provided a modified icon pack which users can install test out if you’re interested in the idea but would like to see what this mod does first.
If you want to find out more, head over to the original thread.
February 11, 2014 By: Samantha
The Samsung Group Play app is pretty sweet in theory. The ability to play your songs on various devices at the same time can be a great social feature, as well as a less awkward alternative to struggling to hear a song your friends ‘must absolutely listen to,’ as it plays from your phone’s pitiful speaker. If this sounds like something you want to try on your unsupported device, you may want to check out Chorus.
Developed by XDA Forum Member rahuliyer95, Chorus brings the music sharing functionality of Group Play over to all devices running Android version 2.3 and newer. It operates in a similar fashion, relying on a WiFi network (or hotspot) to share songs playing on the host device to others on the same network. The host device creates and names a so-called ‘room’ on the network, to which other devices then must connect to by entering the code generated on the host’s screen.
Additionally, rahuliyer95 provides a clear and brief introductory tutorial at the Chorus’ first launch to help get you know your way around the app’s functions and setup process. There’s also a Holo-themed, in-app music player where you can create, edit, and save your own playlists easily.
Rahuliyer95 has developed a well-polished app that can be regarded as a great alternative to those who own not only Samsung devices running an older version of Android, but non-Samsung devices in general. It’s free and ad-free, and can be downloaded from the original forum post. If you would like to learn more, visit the application thread for more information.
February 10, 2014 By: Samantha
Having lived somewhere that’s sunny all year round, I still empathize with fellow Android users who live in places where snow exists. I imagine having a device with the ability to detect touches through gloves would be of great benefit, especially considering how capacitive touch screens work. But the unfortunate reality is that only a handful of devices cater to this, such as the Sony Xperia Sola with its unique “floating touch”, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The bad thing for Galaxy S 4 owners, especially those who do are running an AOSP-based ROM such as CyanogenMod, is that the native option to change the screen sensitivity is only available on TouchWiz and GPe ROMs.
XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer broodplank1337 decided to address this issue by developing the aptly named Galaxy S 4 Glove Mode. The app that does exactly what its name suggests, as it allows users to activate and disable glove mode on the Galaxy S 4 running AOSP-derived ROMs. This should work on devices that have a kernel supporting the function, so ask your kernel developer about its compatibility before trying. Credit must also be given to Xio-Long Chen, whose open source commit serves as the foundation of the app.
If you would like to find out more, check out the application thread for more information.
Imagine that it’s Friday and your parents are leaving for the Sahara desert this weekend. Living by the seaside with the blue waves beating the shores and the sun shining all year long, you absolutely can’t wait to barricade yourself in your room with a year’s worth of chocolate, Doritos chips, and strawberry milk while re-watching a whole season of Friends.
But unfortunately, a tsunami decides to show up and you have to run.
Developed by XDA Forum Member ValkA, you take on the persona of Rory, a whale-slash-fish-like creature, in Tsunami run. This is all while slipping, sliding, and jumping your way over hilly and bumpy terrain, as the tsunami chases after you through grassland, snow, the city, and more. In order to escape the tsunami, you have to gain enough velocity when sliding down hills by holding the right side of the screen to launch yourself up over the coming hills. There are boosts and gold coins scattered throughout the levels, and tilting the screen left or right will pull you up or down. There’s also a multiplayer feature, so you can play with your friends who are on the same WiFi network as you.
With 75 different levels and fun, addictive gameplay, you may find yourself barricaded in your room playing Tsunami Run while downing chocolate, Doritos, and strawberry milk as your only sustenance for days. If you would like to find out more, check out the application thread for more details and download.
Don’t you hate it when you are stuck in a crowd and you need to unlock your mobile device? Sure, the vast majority of the time, nobody’s genuinely trying to sneak a peek at your lock screen code—but you never truly know who’s watching. Because of the potential danger of having others learn our lock screen codes, we all try various “techniques” to thwart would-be prying eyes. But let’s face it—if somebody really wants to stealthily learn your lock screen code, there’s a good chance that they’ll find it.
Rather than using a single, predefined unlock code, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a time-based PIN that changes so that a password that works one minute won’t work the next? And wouldn’t it be nice if this PIN relied on something like the time of day so that you could never accidentally forget? Well, that’s exactly what XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase has done with his new application TimePIN.
TimePIN does exactly as its name states. It allows you to enter a 4-digit PIN based on the current time of day to unlock your device. And if somebody happens to sneak a peek at your unlock code, it won’t do them any good unless they somehow figure out that the PIN changes based on the time of day. Obviously for this to work, you must grant the application Device Administrator status. However, the process is painlessly easy, and you will be up and running in no time.
What about if you want to make things a bit more complicated for those would-be hackers? Never fear, as jcase has you covered. Through a series of modifiers, you can obfuscate the original time from the generated PIN code. For example, the if the time is 12:34 and you enable the “reverse” modifier, the code will become 4321. And for an even greater degree of security, there are also other modifiers available such as mirror (12344321), double (12341234), and offset (add a predefined offset to the PIN). What’s more, these additional modifiers can be stacked together for a seriously complicated password that only you could ever know.
TimePIN is available for free and comes with the time-based PIN functionality, as well as the reverse modifier. However, a small $1.99 in-app purchase unlocks all of the additional modifiers for life. Fend off those pesky password snoopers by heading over to the application thread to get started.
Those who’d rather see it action before jumping on the bandwagon should check out the demo video made by jcase himself below:
Android is a Unix-like operating system. It interprets Linux commands using its own Toolbox and/or BusyBox. And leveraging this power, there are certain situations when you need to run shell commands at boot. If you don’t want to mess with init.d or other system folders, you can find applications that run commands at boot for you—applications like Boot Shell.
Boot Shell was created by XDA Senior Member gh0stslayer. With this application, users can easily define shell commands that are executed at boot. The application can execute simple commands like copying a file or making a list of installed apps in /data/app/, and it can also be used to activate kernel-related functions like overclocking, undervolting, governors, and loading custom modules. It’s pretty easy to use, as all you need to do is to enter the command that you wish to execute, and add it to boot or as a favorite command.
If you are on a rooted stock ROM without init.d functionality, or simply want to add some shell commands at boot, make your way to the application thread and give it a try.