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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Google Play Newsstand 3.3 Brings Material Design Makeover

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In a clear break from the previous practice of delivering nearly weekly Google Update Wednesdays, it’s been quite a while since we see a significant update to one of Google’s core Android apps. While today’s not Wednesday, Google has detailed a rather large overhaul to one of its most popular news content consumption apps, Google Play Newsstand.

Today’s update brings Google Play Newsstand up to version 3.3. And chief among the changes found in the latest version, is a complete UI overhaul that brings many elements of Material Design to the app. This is mainly seen as part of the new magazine reading experience, which brings bigger images, more contextual headers, and smoother . . . READ ON »

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App Review: Calculating Your Android Calculator Options

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Sure, everyone has a default Calculator and it’s something that you don’t think about it until you need to do some calculations. Default Calculators work in a pinch, but if you have a large formula or a complex equation you need a better Calculator. Let’s put this OMAP chipsets to the test, they are made my TI right?

XDA Senior Member thotran7989 offers up a customizable, powerful calculator for your calculating needs. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Calc+.  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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Calc+ Is the Calculator of the Future

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The Calculator app is one of these small tools that we can’t really live without. And in practice, we use them quite often. Physical calculators were replaced by phones ages ago. And with Android, the calculator app can take the form of a full fledged scientific calculator tool.

Every Android phone has a calculator installed, but to be honest it’s far from being great. There are some great alternatives available in the market, like the Calc+ application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. This calculator allows you to perform basic calculations as well as using some advanced functions like square root or trigonometric functions. If you enter a bad value, you can fix it by simply tapping on it an. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Chromecast Screen Cast at 1080p – XDA Developer TV

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For a while now, the Google Chromecast has had the ability of the cast your screen from your mobile device. However, must TV are 1080p or 720p. With Chromecast picking whatever resolution it wants it may not make full use of your TVs functionality. If the right resolution was picked, your Chromecast mirroring could be so much better.

XDA Senior Member farmerbb offers up a simple application that gives you the ability to quickly select the resolution you Screen Cast at. In this video XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Second Screen.  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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