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Jimmy McGee · Nov 20, 2014

Android App Review: Get Amaze with Material Design – XDA TV

Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface has introduced the topics of material design.  All apps are going to material design, even boring old file managers.  Those standard apps that allow you to browse the file system of your phone, and today’s app does it in material design. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 offers up a Material Design-themed file manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Amaze File Manager. ...

Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2014

Toggle Cell Radio 5.0 Micromanages Your Lollipop Connectivity

Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update. Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets,...

Will Verduzco · Nov 17, 2014

Unlimited Screen Recorder Captures Screencasts on Lollipop

There are plenty of reasons why one would want to capture video from a mobile device. Perhaps you're showing a friend or parent how to perform a certain task on Android, or maybe you're in the mood to show off your skills in Angry Birds. Heck, you could even be a developer trying to educate your users. Whatever the case, creating and capturing screencasts can be quite useful. Unfortunately, most applications that allow users to record a screencast are of...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2014

ADB WiFi Connects Your PC and Phone–Even on Lollipop

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) can be used to perform various actions like pulling a logcat, pushing and pulling the files, and much more. To connect your device to your computer, you normally need to use a USB cable, which must be plugged in to your device and a computer. Unfortunately, cables seem to like disappearing at the least opportune moments--when you have to pull a log, for instance. With the ADB WiFi tool by XDA Recognized Developer bartito, you can put...

Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2014

Amaze File Manager is a Material-Compliant Root Browser

There are dozens upon dozens of powerful file managers available for Android. There are also quite a few file managers that aren't too painful to look at. Unfortunately, however, there aren't too many Android file managers that fall under both categories by being powerful and also a pleasure to look at. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 hopes to change this with Amaze File Manager. As its name suggests, Amaze File Manager is an Android file manager. It features an attractive Material Design-compliant...

egzthunder1 · Nov 15, 2014

Ditch Messenger and Regain Facebook Chat on Android

Facebook is the undisputed king of the social sites (with others such as Google + gaining popularity... and fast). Because of this status, they can pretty much do anything and everything they please with their platform, and users are to either take it or leave it. One of Facebook's latest moves, which royally annoyed a lot of people, was that they killed off chat functionality in their Android app. As an alternative, Facebook released what we know today as Facebook...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 13, 2014

Android App Review: Control Your Phone from Your Computer with Weak Control – XDA TV

Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse? XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser....

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 10, 2014

SCR Screen Recorder Ready for Lollipop, Unrooted Devices

Screen recording was added natively in Android 4.4 KitKat. Almost instantly, various screen recording applications showed up. One such screen recording app is SCR Screen Recorder by XDA Senior Member iwobanas, which has now been updated to work with newly released Android 5.0 Lollipop. The vast majority of currently available screen recording apps require root access. SCR Screen Recorder, however, makes use of the android.media.projection API, which allows apps to capture the device's screen without ADB. As a result, this...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...