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Jimmy McGee · Dec 6, 2014

Best Google Nexus 6 Mods – XDA TV

The Google Nexus 6 is finally landing more and more people’s hands. That of course means that more and more developers have gotten hands on the Nexus 6. Recently we showed you how to rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and modifications that he’s installed on his Nexus 6. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 30, 2014

Top 5 LG G3 MODs – XDA Developer TV

The LG G3 has been LG's breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3. In today's episode,  XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 5, 2014

“Transform” Your Xperia into an Xperia M2 in Just a Few Steps

Sony's Timescape UI is one of the most eye-pleasing custom Android interfaces currently available. Many consider it to be elegant and minimal, which has lead to it amassing quite a following of fans. Not too long ago at MWC this past year, Sony announced the Xperia M2, a mid-range device with development that is just now starting to flourish. And now, you can enjoy some of the M2 goodies on other devices. XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 ported the M2's System UI to other Sony devices running Android...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 19, 2014

Add a Quick Launch Panel to Your ROM with a Smali Modification

The panel that is available when you drag down your status bar differs in almost every custom build of Android. It's different in Sony or Samsung ROMs, not to mention AOSP and AOSP-derived ROMs. This panel is frequently used to toggle device features like WiFi, GPS, and ringer mode. Needless to say, these settings can be changed, and we don't need Xposed Framework this time thanks to a little smali editing. Those of you running Samsung devices may be familiary...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 4, 2014

Change Your Battery Stats Color with a Smali Modification

Holo UI has become an integral part of Android ever since the the launch of version 3.0 Honeycomb. Its visual styling has earned quite a few fans, as well as many who actually dislike it. A few days ago, we talked about the Holofication Nation project, where developers are transforming well known applications to better fit the Holo style. Now it's time to continue this journey and further 'Holo-ify' your device. Your battery stats readout is one of the last places...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 10, 2014

Add the Jelly Bean Easter Egg to Your Favorite Gingerbread or ICS ROM

The Android dev team has a sense of humor, and has put several funny easter eggs into their code. Probably the best known easter egg is the “hidden” pseudo-game in the About Phone section. Tapping on the Android version several times launches a screen with Jelly Beans, KitKats, or other funny stuff. Now, you can port these little mini games to other Android versions. XDA Recognized Contributor iamareebjamal wrote a guide for Gingerbread devices, and explained what needs to be...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 31, 2013

Make Your Gingerbread ROM Look Like KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat was released two months ago, and it brought a lot interesting changes like a transparent status bar. But not many of you know that you can get a very similar effect on any ROM, even Gingerbread, and all you need to do is to visit the thread we're going to describe below. With APK tool and good text editor like Notepad++, Gedit, or any UNIX-based notepads, you can easily make your status bar use a gradient background. XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2013

Bring Back Facebook Contact Sync with a Flashable Mod

If you've been on Android for 2 years or perhaps even shorter, you might remember that in Gingerbread you could sync contacts with Facebook. For unknown (mostly security) reasons, it has since been removed. It was quite nice for Facebook users, as your contacts always had updated photos without the need for any third-party applications. But then Google did what it did, and developers here on XDA used their amazing skills to bring this good back to our devices. XDA Forum...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

Improve Photos on LG G2 Photos with Jishnu’s Camera Mod

The flagship LG G2 was released not too long ago. Powerful hardware---almost identical to its younger sibling, the Google Nexus 5---places G2 in the top league of Android devices. But while the G2 packs great camera hardware, the stock camera software is a bit less than ideal. A camera mod released by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™ improves the photo quality significantly. For example, the stock camera app shoots video at 14 FPS in low light, which results in a choppy...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 15, 2013

Great XDA Mods for Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is latest and greatest phablet in the Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. It comes from the factory with many neat features. However, here at XDA, we don’t just want a normal device. We want to customize our device to get even more power, functionality, and great features. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents three mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. These mods include Fixing the Titanium...

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Samantha · Aug 23, 2013

Tutorial on Including Apps in Your Settings Menu

As you may all be aware, plenty of mods are available for the picking that offer customized settings menus. Usually, they include the addition of the standard CPU frequency settings, on-screen buttons, and a bit of shifting here and there of the settings layout. However, it'll still be nice to know the process behind such mods, either for curiosity's sake or because the available offerings are just not clicking with what you had in mind. Well, XDA Recognized Themer RomWiz brings you...

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Samantha · Jul 1, 2013

How to Edit the Settings Menu on Your Android Device

Feeling that there are some settings missing in the settings of your device? Or do you think some settings are a bit too tedious to reach? Perhaps the overall layout is just bugging you a little? You've seen it done in custom  ROMs, but never really knew how to do it yourself. Well, good news, because with the help of XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899's tutorial, you can now switch up the settings layout to your heart's content. Sorted into different categories...

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Samantha · May 17, 2013

Make Your Xperia Z, T, TX, V Status Bar and On-Screen Buttons Transparent

If you've only recently made the transition from hardware or capacitive navigational buttons to on-screen buttons like I have, you may have found the virtual buttons to be quite obstructive and intrusive, for a lack of better words. If you own either the Sony Xperia Z, T, TX, or V; there is now a guide that allows you to not only make the on-screen buttons transparent, but also the status bar if you wish. Written by XDA Forum Member Spaun_Studio, the...

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Samantha · May 12, 2013

PureView and UltraPixels for Everyone (Sort Of)

...Well almost everyone. We all know that PureView and UltraPixels are on the hardware side of things, and can't really be replicated through software, but maybe we can get sort of close via software, right? This is exactly what XDA Senior Member Xperia-Ray has done with the mod posted in the XDA forums along with a guide on how to emulate the results with the camera app Vignette. What Xperia-Ray has essentially done and what the guide details is decompiling Vignette with APKtool and adding...

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Samantha · May 6, 2013

XDA University: Add Beginner Modifications and Themes to Your Own ROM

Modifying and theming your Android device are both key tasks to enriching your Android experience, which is probably why members of the XDA community absolutely love modding and theming their devices. Today, we'll be going over the basics of creating your own mod and theme for your Android device. To get a good grasp on the fundamentals of modding, it's recommended to refer to the  Zip-based rom tweaking guide found at XDA-U. The guide lists what tools you need, and goes...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 22, 2013

Decompile and Recompile Classes.dex with Ease

It's fair to say that unless you've spent some time digging around inside APK files and making some heavy duty modifications to apps or the Android OS itself, you probably haven't come face-to-face with a .smali file in its natural environment. They are a common component in many of the most popular Android tweaks and hacks out there such as adding toggles, extending the power menu, and adding CRT screen off animation. The files themselves can often be found nestled...

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