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When a phone or tablet gets stolen, not much can be done. Such situations should not occur, but the world isn’t perfect and some people want things for free. When this happens, there are some tools that help you protect your private data and wipe as a last resort.

Wiping data and locating your device is not everything that can be done remotely, however. XDA Senior Member leducbao has gone further and created an app that also can be used as an Xposed Framework module, to take a selfie of thief using front camera of your device. The photo is sent to a predefined Email afterwards. This data can help you and police gather evidence to catch the thief

Theftie works in three modes: Prevent protects the device from unauthorized access by locking it and making a selfie of the thief. Catch allows communication with the device. Finally, rescue data – retrieve your personal data like SMS, photos and documents and save them to Google Drive.

Just like Android Device Manager, Theftie can wipe the SD card and phone data. While activated, app can’t be uninstalled which makes your phone protected.

Don’t allow your device to be stolen without hope of rescuing your data. Head over to the application thread and give Theftie a shot.

Apps like Android Device Manager or Theftie don’t guarantee your device’s safety, so if your phone gets stolen, don’t hesitate to inform the local police.

quickclick

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, America’s holiday. The great thing about being American is if you want to be lazy, you can bet there is a shortcut product available for you now for only 4 easy payments of $19.95. But wait, there’s more! If you call now, you get twice the product. Today’s app feature helps make your life simpler by making controlling your Android device easier.

XDA Senior Member bluenote73 offers up an application that allows you control your device with a sequence of clicks on your volume keys. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews QuickClick.  TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality; then he talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.

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Google Android Apps

It’s still Wednesday in Mountain View, and you know what that means—it’s another Google Update Wednesday. Today, we have one entirely new application in the Play Store, two major app updates that bring Android L compatibility, and four other, more minor updates.

First off, we have Android Wear. Coming in at inaugural version 1.0.0.1261840, this app allows you to pair with and edit the parameters of your new Android Wear device–provided you’re one of the lucky few to already own one. In addition to basic device configuration settings, this app also allows you to control voice action preferences, as well as notification settings.

Next up, we have Google Docs 1.3.251.21 and Google Sheets 1.3.251.25. Those of you brave enough to be using the Android L Developer Preview on your daily driver device will have undoubtedly noticed that before today, Docs and Sheets simply would not install on L Preview. This changes today, thanks to updates to both of these apps. In addition, both updates now allow you to directly edit Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) files, just like what we saw in Slides not too long ago. If that’s not all, both apps have been given a touch of Material Design UI flair, thanks to a floating action button and trademark Material Design visual stylings.

Finally, we have minor updates to Search, YouTube, Slides, and Google Play Services. These updates come in at versions 3.5.15.1254529, 5.7.41, 1.0.783.22, and 5.0.84, respectively.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

Latest App Updates:

Google Play Services:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APKs!]

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Friedrich Nietzsche once said that without music, life would be a mistake. For many, this statement can’t be any more accurate. Music plays an important part in the lives of billions, including many of us here on XDA.

Because of music’s importance in our lives, music players are some of the most important and frequently used applications on Android. If you are looking for a free and lightweight solution, XDA Forum Member kcrims has something that might interest you. Pixel Player is a highly customizable and powerful music player that can replace other, more popular applications. And it won’t use all your system resources because it’s a very lightweight application.

What does Pixel Player has to offer? Holo UI, lockscreen controls, queue management, widgets, and headset button controls are just a small subset of its available functions. The player is actively developed and kcrims is open for suggestions, so Pixel Player can easily become a perfect player for you.

The app is still in its beta stage, so may contain some bugs. It’s a very interesting application for all music lovers nonetheless. It will work on devices running Android 4.0 and newer, which by now is the vast majority of users.

If you are looking for free and functional music player, make your way to the application thread and give Pixel Player a try.

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When it comes to app development, coding and debugging must be treated equally. Finding bugs and fixing them is a tiresome but essential job that simply has to be done. Very often, developers decide to create tools to help with debugging and make their apps bug free.

Debugging also applies to modding, hence why some changes cause crashes and unexpected behavior. XDA Senior Member r3pwn created an application that helps debug Google Apps. Some ROM teams or individual developers change the proprietary Google application using reverse engineering tools. These changes may cause malfunctions, and those apps have no debugging system built-in. Luckily, an application by r3pwn adds a menu with debugging scenarios.

After reading and analyzing logs, developers should be able to find what’s wrong and apply a fix. This application should work on every version of Android starting from Ice Cream Sandwich. The newest Android L developer preview causes some trouble though, but hopefully it will be fixed soon. #DebugAllTheThings requires root access to properly get debugging data.

If you are an app modder and modifying Google Apps has caused you to pull out your hair, make your way to the application thread and give #DebugAllTheThings a shot.

[Thanks to XDA Senior Member nathantaylor for his fancy meme image and Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and a half foe original art work.]

Google Android Apps

Update: As it turns out, a new version of Google Play Services rolled out while we were compiling this post. We’ve added the appropriate links down at the bottom of this page.

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It’s not quite (Google Update) Wednesday just yet, but we’ve got a bunch of Google first party app updates to share with you today. Most significantly, we have an update to Google Play Music. In addition, we have smaller, bugfix updates for Google Keyboard, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, and yet another update to Google Play Services.

First up, we have Google Play Music. Today’s update takes us to version 5.6.1608P.1252217 (up from 5.5. from1509O.1140258 early last month). As one would expect from the relatively major point increment, Play Music 5.6 brings quite a few new features. The first two things you’ll notice about version 5.6 are in its slide-out “hamburger” drawer. For starters, there’s now account switcher functionality like many of Google’s other Play-enabled apps. In addition, there’s now a switch in this menu to toggle Downloaded Only, which was moved from a less prominent place in the UI. In addition, this new version brings support for the upcoming Android TV, and but it no longer works on Chromecast emulators like Cheapcast.

In addition to the major update to Play Music, we also have more minor updates to Keyboard, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, and Play Services. The Keyboard update takes us to 3.1.20003.1236599 (up from 3.0.19373.1072412a), Sheets takes us to 1.3.251.12 (up from 1.3.144.27), Drive is now 2.0.222.40 (up from last week’s 2.0.222.39), Gmail is now 4.8.1 (up from 4.8.0), and Play Services is now up to 5.0.81. We haven’t noticed any major changes in any of these, but given how many people were having major battery drain issues with the previously released Play Services 5.0.77, we wouldn’t be surprised if this update fixes things.

These updates are gradually making their way out to consumer devices via their listings on the Google Play Store. But of course, not every device will get them in the initial wave. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and uploaded the APKs to our Dev-Host account:

NEW Google Play Services:

OLD Google Play Services:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the tip!]

QuickOffice on Android L

Approximately two years ago, Google acquired Quickoffice, Inc. Then about nine months ago, the QuickOffice suite was re-released as a free app in the Google Play Store. At the time, many were quick to criticize the redundancy of having editing capabilities in Google Drive, as well as a standalone office suite. Complicating matters further, Google also decided to release standalone Docs and Sheets apps at the end of April. But two days after the release of Docs and Sheets, Google Drive 1.3 removed its built-in editing capabilities in favor of the new standalone apps.

Now that we also have the standalone presentation editor Slides, it’s natural to assume that Google would aim to remove the last remaining redundancy: the QuickOffice app itself. As stated on the Google Apps blog, QuickOffice will be removed from Google Play and the iOS App Store in the coming weeks:

With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Existing users with the app can continue to use it, but no features will be added and new users will not be able to install the app.

With the removal of QuickOffice, hopefully Google will be better able to focus its efforts on making Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive as smooth and capable as possible. Are you a QuickOffice user? If so, what are your thoughts?

[Source: Google Apps Blog | Via AndroidPolice]

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One of the most interesting features in Android L is how it handles notifications. If you are not familiar with Heads Up notifications, this style shows you notifications such as new Emails, texts, or calls directly on your screen. It was presented in the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, and has a big role in enhancing Android’s UX.

We previously talked about a standalone Xposed module or a paid component of Gravity Box as means of getting this notification style on your device. But if your phone isn’t rooted or you’re not running Xposed, XDA Senior Member Dr.Alexander_Breen has something that might interest you.

Heads Up! brings this new type of notifications to every device running Android 4.3 or 4.4. It works with a whitelist, so only selected apps will use this recently discovered feature, while the rest remain with old style notifications.

Heads Up! can be limited to full screen mode only, so you can use normal notifications while in normal apps, and use Heads Up only with full screen apps like movies and games.

If you want to try out this new type of notification, make your way to the application thread to get started.

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Even with all of the I/O 2014 and Android L commotion, Google still managed to give us a healthy Update Wednesday yesterday, with app updates to Google Drive, Search, and Maps, as well as the arrival of Slides and Android TV Remote in the Play Store. But not content in simply delivering 5 new APKs for us, Google has now issued updates to Keep and YouTube. The Play Services 5 update that we talked about yesterday has also begun rolling out.

First up, we have a relatively significant update to Google Keep. Today’s update brings us to version 2.3.02 (up from version 2.2 from early April), and it packs one major feature. If you’re one of the lucky few to already own an Android Wear device–either through I/O or by ordering on the Play Store–you can now view your Keep notes, reminders, and lists on Android Wear-powered wearables.

In order to run this latest version of Keep, you must have Play Services 5 installed. This is most likely due to new APIs needed for the Wear integration. Thankfully, we have you covered there as well, with mirrors for every known variant. In addition, YouTube was also updated to version 5.7.41 (up from version 5.7.38 two weeks ago). There’s nothing major here, so it’s most likely just a bugfix update.

These app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

Google Play Services:

Are you a current / soon-to-be Android Wear owner? If so, do you see yourself using this Keep integration? Let us know in the comments below!

[As usual, many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APKs!]

wifischeduler

Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve talked about automating your device with many videos in our Tasker Tutorial Series. In that series, we have a lot of options from the basic to the advanced. However, sometimes you just want to automate how and when your device turns on WiFi.

XDA Recognized Developer bartito offers up an application that allows you control your WiFi state based on the cell towers you are connected to. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews WiFi Scheduler.  TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.

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Google Android Apps

Despite all of the Android L craziness we’ve seen today (from its unveiling to the permissions changes and UI improvements) it’s still Wednesday, and you know what that means. It’s time for another Google Update Wednesday, folks. This time, we’ve got major updates to Google Drive and Google Search, a more modest update to Maps. In addition, we also have two new apps in the Play Store: Slides and Android TV Remote Control.

First up, we have a significant update to Google Drive, which brings us to version 2.0.222.39 (up from last week’s 1.3.222.29). There aren’t too many new features in this new version, but it packs a massively updated, and more modern UI that is visible when viewing file details. This refreshed screen now allows you to perform actions more easily, and with fewer clicks. The screen now allows you to share, download, move, and rename a file–and if you hit the overflow button, you can print and delete as well. In addition, a new activity tracking section at the bottom of the details page shows the last modifications made to a file, by date.

Next, we have an update to Search. This update takes us to version 3.5.14.1234234 (up from April’s 3.4.15.1143430). Upon updating, most users won’t immediately notice anything different. However, with Search 3.5 installed, certain Google accounts are now able to use “OK Google” Hotword detection in any screen, including the lock screen and third-party apps. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on a few accounts at the moment, but hopefully the rollout continues quickly.

Last in terms of app updates, we have a more modest update to Maps, which brings us to 8.1.1 (up from last month’s 8.1.0). This update is a bit less significant than the Drive and Search updates, but according to the Google Play Store listing, this update improves terrain view and transit directions. And for those lucky enough to already own Wear, it adds support for that as well!

Finally, we have two new applications, which have just made their Play Store debut: Slides and Android TV Remote Control. We’ve been looking forward to the release of Slides ever since Docs and Sheets were introduced several months back. Now, it’s finally here–and with it, Google now has a fully functional office suite. Most impressively with Slides is that as announced at the I/O keynote, you are even able to natively edit Microsoft Office files. In addition to Slides, we also have Android TV Remote Control. Even though none of us actually has Android TV yet, this application will be quite useful once Android TV-enabled TVs and set-top boxes start popping up later this year and early next year.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

Simple Currency Converter

While you are traveling, it’s useful to know the exchange rates in the country you are visiting. As websites can often be cumbersome while in areas of slow connectivity or when limited to small data allowances, the easiest way to check is often by using an app. And of course, XDA is where you can find many interesting applications to make your summer travels easier.

One of the most interesting and definitely best looking currency converter apps comes from XDA Forum Member xsmile711. Simple Currency Converter easily calculates the selected amount into practically any currency from any other part of the world. You can select the currency of the country you are currently visiting and check the live rates and graphs, updated every minute.

With Simple Currency Converter, you can monitor up to 12 currencies simultaneously. And if you have no Internet connection, the application will save the latest rate for when you are offline. Simple Currency Converter also looks good, and its aesthetics can be customized thanks to four stylish themes provided by the developer (Cyan, Dark, Green and Crystal).

If you are planning to go abroad for summer holidays, don’t forget to install Simple Currency Converter on your device. It will save you lots of time finding the latest exchange rates. To get the application, make your way to the original thread and give it a try.

minminlock

In this day and age, we all have a lot of apps on our phones and tablets. Some of those apps may have some personal information on them or could cost us money, so it would be nice to keep people out of them. For example, you don’t want your friends stealing your phone and ordering weird stuff from your Amazon app, so you might need to lock your apps from opening.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you lock your applications. XDA Senior Member FatMinMin‘s created the MinMinLockmodule. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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