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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 7, 2014

Get the Most of Android Wear with CASUALWear Watchface

Android Lollipop is undoubtedly what's on everyone's mind this past week. With that said, there are some other branches of our beloved Android operating systems that have received some developer love recently. One is Android Wear, which was somewhat cast out of the limelight because of all this Android 5.0 "noise." Android Wear was one of the more important talking points at Google I/O this past summer. Google clearly wants to make Android Wear the unquestionable leader of the wearables...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 6, 2014

Get a Taste of Lollipop with Nova Launcher – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop is out, and Material Design is all the rage. While some ports are available, most are out of luck as they have to wait for their manufacturer and perhaps carrier to release an update. And unfortunately, some may never come. There has got to be a way to get a bit of Lollipop on your device! XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil offers up a customizable, powerful replacement launcher with a touch of Lollipop. In this video, XDA TV...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 4, 2014

Google Inbox Given Small Visual Update

Not too long ago, Google launched an invite-only beta program for its new Email client, Inbox by Gmail. This new service has already gotten to be quite popular in just a few weeks, and many of us are seeing a stream of invitation requests on our G+ and Facebook news feeds. And now that users are routinely receiving three invites every few days, the community is ever expanding. After a week of extensive testing, Google decided that it's time to tweak its...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 1, 2014

Check Gradle Dependencies with Give Me Gradle!

There are multiple ways of compiling an Android application. You can use one of a variety of IDEs such as Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. You can also build it during the Android system compilation. Every method of compilation is different--maybe not exactly in terms of coding, but the build process as a whole. Android Studio, for example, uses Gradle. Gradle is a project automation tool that builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 31, 2014

Tracker Discounts Helps You Find Good Deals on Steam

If you're a PC gamer, you're undoubtedly well familiar with Steam. This online game delivery system is designed to bring mangy games, not only to Windows, but even Mac OS X and Linux. Steam offers some free-to-play games, but most of them are paid. However, you don't always have to pay the full price since there are occasional seasonal Steam sales and individual game offers. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to find the best deals, so XDA Forum Member drmkz...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 31, 2014

Add Frequency Bands to Your Qualcomm Device

Those of you who travel quite a bit undoubtedly own more than one device due to frequency band restrictions put in place by both carriers / OEMs, as well as local regulatory agencies. It's common to find regional variants of pretty much the same devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and other OEMs. And of course, these companies want to turn a profit, so they often sell multiple devices rather than one that can switch between all of its hardware-supported frequency bands. Surprisingly,...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 30, 2014

Google Updates Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera

While we haven't really had much in the way of consistent "Google Update Wednesdays" in the past few months, Google sure knows how to get back in the groove of things when they want to. Throughout the day yesterday, Google unleashed a massive wave of updates to a good deal of its first party Android apps, including Google Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera. So what's new in all of these Google updates and how can you...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 27, 2014

Smile Clock Alarm Makes You Grin to Stop the Ring

Let's face it--waking up is a chore. There's really no other way to describe being forced to leave the warm comfort of your bed and entering the cold world of work or school. However, a new alarm clock called Smile Clock by XDA Senior Member ntnel aims to change this by making your day start off with a smile. Smile Clock, as its name implies, aims to make sure you start your day with a smile. This is accomplished in a...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 26, 2014

Share Files with Other Devices over WiFi with ShareBox

If you've ever handed over your mobile device to someone else in order to share files or allow them to look at a picture or video that you've captured, you undoubtedly know frustrating the process can be. Not only do your friends and family have to pry your smartphone out of your hands, which is painful in its own right, but you also have to worry about what other content on your smartphone they might "accidentally" find. ShareBox by XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 25, 2014

TechTalk Compiles All the Android News You Need in One App

If you're as obsessed with mobile devices as the vast majority of our forum goers, chances are that you browse multiple Android-related websites to keep tabs on all the latest Android news. Manually browsing the web for content, however, isn't always the best approach. Luckily there are plenty of tools available to aggregate all the relevant content into one place, but following Google Reader's demise, many have been looking for the "just right" replacement for their Android news fix. XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 25, 2014

Android App Review: Google Inbox to Improve Your Life – XDA TV

Recently, Google+ exploded with the announcement of Google Inbox, as revolutionary new way to handle your email. Google is trying to revolutionize the way you deal with email, with features like Snooze for an email, quick reminders and automatic sorting into categories. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Google Inbox.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. If you want a more in depth review check out TK’s videos on...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2014

Lockdown Pro 2 Brings Material Design and Media Support

Back in March of this year, we took a look at a rather innovated security application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. Aptly titled Lockdown Pro, this app allowed users to lock applications with a PIN or pattern unlock. But rather than simply locking apps like the sea of other app locker solutions, Lockdown Pro differentiated itself by offering pre-defined locations where the phone locks automatically, as well as simulated force closes to prevent intruders from figuring out that they've been...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 23, 2014

Track the Time You Waste on Social Media with Socials Addict

When you use your phone, you often don't even realize how much time you spend waste on various social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are only a few examples of the very long list of social media portals. I'm sure that you are not using a physical stopwatch--but let's be frank, it's more than a few seconds per day. This time spent watching cats and stalking beautiful photos is nothing but total waste of productivity. You can do something about...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 23, 2014

Document the Story of Your Social Life with 8tory

The different forms of social media are growing every day. It's hard to imagine a day without using Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. If you are not a very communicative person, you can certainly still appreciate the ability to use social media logins to sign up to various websites. In short, social media as a whole is difficult to live without. Every few weeks or months, we see one or several new social media platforms pop up. One of the newest is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 23, 2014

Microsoft to Counter “OK Google” with Bing Torque

When Microsoft is making apps for Android, users should be aware that something strange is going on. And when these apps have the goal of replacing Google Now's voice search, we can only say "Oh my!" using our best George Takkei voices. Well, Microsoft decided that they were indeed up for the challenge, and as such, they have released Bing Torque for Android Wear. Whether this application has even a trace of a chance at beating Google Now's nearly ubiquitous...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 22, 2014

Pin Your Photos on Android Lollipop with Photo Pinner

In the last few weeks, we have been talking quite a bit about Android 5.0 Lollipop. This imminently upcoming version of Google's operating system is really innovative and brings lots of interesting features that can soon be enjoyed by many. Google put forth lots of effort to make this version of Android a big step forward comparing to Jelly Bean and KitKat. One of new features added to Lollipop is screen pinning, which prevents others from looking at your pr0n stash personal...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 22, 2014

Nova Launcher Update Brings Lollipop Functionality and Feel

One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel. Many of this update's changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 19, 2014

Get a Complete Set of Logs with Andy Log

The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we're not talking about lumberjack work. We're talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don't even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself. To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 19, 2014

Try Some Android Lollipop Applications on Your Device

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been officially announced and lucky users of Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 have a chance to try out the final developer preview. Google will soon release the full source code and begin the porting madness. If you crave some of the Android Lollipop experience on your older devices, XDA folks have prepared something for you already. As you may already know, Android 5.0 introduced a new file structure. System applications are now placed in...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 19, 2014

AutoCon Manages Your Connections to Perserve Battery Life

As we've talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy use is difficult almost no matter what device you run--with the obvious exception of phablets like the Galaxy Note lineup. Luckily, there are quite a...

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