While its no secret that there are a multitude of alarm apps available on the market, some people, especially XDA members, like to have as many features as possible crammed into theirs. Our very own XDA Member malrok37 has added some pretty nifty features to his app.
It’s called MRKAlarm and as well as the features we would all expect to find in any alarm clock he has added some rather ingenious touches;
The option to define a period of time between the alarm being triggered and reverting to a state of silence.
The ability to sync with your google calendar. Handy if you have a day off or you work different shifts each day. Once your schedule is in your calendar and the app set up, it will know when you wish to be awoken and you no longer need to worry about resetting it.
The option to trigger the alarm when your battery runs low. Better to wake up too early than too late, right?
When it was first unveiled on the Portal a few weeks ago, Fireplace Market had started to turn some heads. Many feel that there is a need for an innovative, third-party marketplace for root users. All of the applications in Fireplace Market require root access, and are designed for advanced users. At the time of the original article, Fireplace was still in the initial stages of development. Not anymore!
Fireplace Market 2.0 has hit beta phase and it’s open for public consumption. The developer, spxc and his team have taken this application to the next level, and have even opened up their submission page for applications to be added to the market here.
To enjoy this new market, you’ll need an Android device running 2.1+, with root access, and a network connection. So head on over to the thread here or to the developer’s website here and show your phone some love. Developers looking to submit an app, see the link above and take advantage of this exciting new distribution platform!
February 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There are a lot of launchers out there. ADW, LauncherPro, Espier and GO, just to name a few. All these launchers have their own special set of features that make them unique from one another and most people who use them have their preferences.
Well, there’s a new launcher in town now and it’s boasting the unique feature of being the fastest launcher out there. XDA Senior Member lowveld has developed a launcher called FTL Launcher, or Faster Than Light Launcher. The launcher is fast and focuses on performance and usability rather than other features.
The complete feature list includes:
- Based on Gingerbread Launcher2 source code
- Added stuff from oxygen Launcher2 mods
- Tweaked for extreme speed
- Fully accelerated 3D Waterfall app drawer
- 4 configurable quick launch apps on Dock
- Configurable Support for launcher auto-rotation
- Configurable Infinite looping of homescreens
- Wallpaper scrolling disabled (configurable in the full version)
- Configurable support for scrollable widgets
- 5 homescreens (Configurable to 3, 5, 7 or 9 in the full version)
- Fixed transition speed of homescreens (set to “Fast”, in full version there are two faster options, and one slower)
- No bounce effect on homescreen transitions (configurable on the full version)
As you may have extrapolated from the feature list, there is a free version and a paid version, but lowveld has promised that the free version does not affect usability or performance in any way so that should not sway any users to not give it a shot.
You can find the launcher in the Android Market by searching for it or you can check out the original thread for additional information and screen shots.
February 3, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Traveling the world is the dream of countless people from all over Earth. People from the west want to go east and vice versa. People from the north think about going south and vice versa.
As we’ve talked about previously, there aren’t many better apps than GlobeTrotter to use if you plan on traveling across this humble planet of ours and, with a couple of recent updates, it hasn’t gotten anything but better.
XDA Member wariat has been making as much progress as possible to make GlobeTrotter the premier app for travelers, with points of interest and language support for many countries. Very recently, wariat has added a huge update to GlobeTrotter, which includes even more languages supported and an update list of points of interest for the following countries:
So for those who intend on traveling abroad in the near future and want an app on their phone that’ll help them get acquainted with their new surroundings, you can find the original thread for the app here for links to the Market app, screen shots and a full list of the updates.
December 25, 2011 By: Joseph Hindy
The game is called Flying Santa and the premise is quite simple. You play as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to all the good girls and boys out there. Sounds boring? Oh, it gets better. While delivering gifts you must be on the lookout for the monster who’s out to steal Christmas gifts. When you find this not-really-the-Grinch-but-the-game-plan-is-similar creature, you must thwart their attempts to take the gifts those kids spent all year working hard at not being brats to earn (and that you worked hard to deliver!).
If you’d like to know more and check out some screen shots, follow the link above to the Flying Santa game and check out the details. If flying Santa Clauses, bats, super happy smiley sun faces and whooping some monster booty seems like your thing, then by all means go grab it from the market. Have we mentioned, it’s totally free too!
I was thinking about the HTC Rezound today. I do that sometimes–sit down and let my thoughts wander. I thought about its three-way fight within Verizon against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR, and how it will fare this Christmas season. I also thought about TrevE’s work on HTC’s astounding Carrier IQ screw-up. And I came up with a target market based on privacy and security to whom no manufacturer has managed to sell phones yet: the hopeless-paranoid.
See, on one extreme, there’s the non-paranoid. These people either think they have everything under control or don’t care if they have control. They’re the ones who buy crappy phones on contract. They have no interest in phones, it’s just something they use and could easily afford at the moment.
At the opposite extreme, there’s the empowered-paranoid. These are developers and other early adopters who use independent development. They constantly seek the best phones either because it shouldn’t have the flaws of crappier phones, or because, if it does have problems, they can do something about it and not feel like they’re wasting time developing for sub-par hardware.
If we imagine a square to give a two-dimensional range to my envisioned market, in another corner are the paranoid-curious. These people don’t worry too much, but their brains pump out thoughts often enough that they can at least spare a few to consider the advice of developers and early adopters. That means worrying about privacy and security to some degree. They buy higher-end phones because the empowered-paranoid–who are, again, developers and early adopters–encourage it.
Then there’s the hopeless-paranoid. These people have all the security and privacy concerns of developers, yet feel they have no way to correct it. Which phones do they buy? They don’t. The only thing they know to do when they’re worried about their privacy is to avoid the thing that makes them worry. They aren’t worried about specific security issues–they don’t actually know enough to worry like that. They’re worried about everything. They say things like, “I don’t want people to be able to call me no matter where I am.” We’ve all heard lines like that, and we all know it’s silly. If you don’t want to talk to people at a certain time, turn off your phone. No, they’re worried about more than being so accessible.
Now, you may be asking, is there actually any reason to be paranoid? I guess that depends. I reread some of the articles egzthunder1 wrote covering all TrevE’s amazing work exposing the dirty little secrets of HTC and the carriers. And while he focuses on HTC phones, make no mistake that other manufacturers are doing the same.
So yes, I think paranoia is justified. And thank goodness for all the developers that work so hard to strip Carrier IQ and their ilk from ROMs. To a certain extent, thank goodness for the manufacturers and carriers that openly support development by not locking down devices. To the carriers and manufacturers who try to keep us from developing their devices, let me introduce you to the above four target markets. I suggest you change your minds. To HTC specifically, we see how developer-friendly you’re trying to be, but we see your devotion to carriers like Verizon more. You need to decide that Peter Chou lied and bootloaders will not be unlocked, or you need to stand up for yourselves.
There is a point to all this. As I said, I was thinking about the HTC Rezound, announced last week. And since it’s on Verizon, its bootloaders will probably be locked. That’s a clear move to prevent development. So do something for me: pretend the bootloader can’t be unlocked through exploits. We can’t get S-Off, we can’t get root, no custom bootloader, no custom kernels or custom ROMs. To put it simply, developers can’t develop. All that paranoia and nothing can be done about it.
Which of those four groups of people does that sound like? That’s right. The hopeless-paranoid. The people who don’t buy phones. Except, in this case, they don’t buy your phones. The only difference is, developers influence the buying habits of that large group of paranoid-curious people. The HTC Rezound? Great specs. Too bad the bootloader won’t be unlocked. And doubly too-bad, HTC, that you made the Rezound exclusively for Verizon, the US carrier certain to get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Merry Christmas, HTC. Perhaps you’ll remember us in your New Years resolutions.