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Jimmy McGee · Feb 12, 2015

Ampere Measures Phone Power – XDA App Review

How many times have you looked at your phone to check the battery level? How many times have you gotten the low battery alert in the middle of the afternoon? Many people deal with this by having an array of power cords and power banks. But what amount of charge is your battery getting? Is it sufficient to overcome your phones draw? XDA Senior Member nihil0 offers up an app that allows you to see how much current is charging or...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 17, 2014

USB Desktop Charger Roundup – XDA TV

Sometimes you learn one way to do something, and that's the way you do it forever. You never learn another way because you think that's just the way it is. However, there are many ways to charge your phone. You can struggle with the included charger, trying to find a outlet close enough to a table to rest your device. If you have many devices, they can be strewn around your house. Thankfully, there are other options out there. In...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 9, 2014

Lepow ADD Magnetic External Battery Review – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the on-board battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2014

RavPower 14000mAh Power Bank Review

A little over a month ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed a device that was an external battery plus a plethora of options from RAVPower. Perhaps the most useful feature of that device is its battery, because while it is nice to have a Wireless Internet repeater, most of the time you just need to juice up your phone. So why buy a multipurpose device when you can get just a battery---and one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 29, 2014

RAVPower RP-WD01 Wireless SD Card Reader, USB External HDD Reader 3000mAh External Battery & More! – XDA Developer TV

How many times have you been playing with your phone and your battery goes dead? Well in this day and age, you can pick up huge battery packs that will charge your device in no time. But sometimes you don't need the battery, so carrying around a heavy battery pack isn't always worth it. Well what if the battery you carried gave other functions. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 3, 2013

Simulate the Moto X Touchless Controls with Open Mic+

Aside from Active Notifications, one of the Moto X's coolest features is undoubtedly its touchless controls. Rather than having to first open Google Now before saying the hot word, this can be done anywhere without ever laying a finger on the device. Now thanks to XDA Forum Member RSenG2x, you can have similar functionality on your own device. Open Mic+ allows you to use Google Now anywhere. You are able to issue commands by simply saying "Okay Google," or waving your...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 1, 2013

Create Your Own Device Manager Functionality with OwnMdm

Not too long ago, Google unveiled Android Device Manager, allowing users to locate and sound an alarm to their devices when they have been misplaced or stolen. Recently thereafter, Google even allowed users to secure their devices remotely with the web-based tool. Having additional options is always nice, though, and XDA Senior Member pacosal created an alternative that allows you to create your own Mobile Device Manager. The aptly titled ownMDM allows you (and only you) to remotely control your devices using two parts:...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2013

Easy File Transfer Between PC and Device with Websharing 2.0

Many moons ago, a developer known as XDA Forum Member tliebeck released a pretty interesting file manager called FX File Explorer, which among other things, allowed you to view and organize your media files in a more intuitive way without having to guess what you were looking at. This same dev also had another app under the name of WebSharing 1.0. This app along with most of its features was a perfect companion to the aforementioned file manager. As time went by,...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 30, 2013

Location-Based Notifications for Yourself or Others

Not too long ago, Google Now and Google Keep both acquired the ability to set location-based reminders. This is a great feature, as a reminder can only ever be as useful as its predefined triggers. One major issue with the two aforementioned apps, however, is their requirement for relatively new versions of Android (4.0 or greater). Since a sizeable chunk of the Android pie (32%) is made up of Android 2.x users, there has to be a more inclusive solution. Thankfully...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 29, 2013

Mi File Explorer Given Massive Update to v4

About a year and a half ago, we wrote about how the much lauded MIUI File Explorer was ported to other devices and given root access capabilities. Since then, XDA Senior Member HootanParsa's project has grown and matured in many ways. Along with changing its name to Mi File Explorer, HootanParsa's app has been completely reworked with an entirely new codebase, rather than the ported MIUI file explorer seen at the project's inception. Now, the project has hit its fourth version...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 28, 2013

Quickly Optimize APK and Classes.dex with GOptimize

If you're trying to minimize your load times by lowering I/O time, optimizing your applications' resources may be worth looking into. Naturally, loading smaller APKs leads to less time spent reading the application data. With any form of compressed data, there eventually becomes a tradeoff in compute versus read time in higher levels of compression, but for the most part application loads and general device performance seems to be limited by I/O rather than compute performance. For this reason, XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 27, 2013

Use NFC for App Access and Control

As we talked about a little while ago, NFC can accomplish far more than "merely" serving as a replacement for your credit card. After all, while incredibly cool, NFC mobile payments make up just one potential use for the technology---and one that not very many devices support in the first place due to the lack of an NFC secure element. One such alternative use for the technology is automation. Due to having two young children with a penchant for Netflix...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 24, 2013

Pie Controls for All Devices Froyo Onward

Not too long ago, we featured a couple of Xposed modules aimed at emulating some of Paranoid Android's functionality on other ROMs. The first gives you an experience similar to Paranoid Android's open source Halo interface. The second gives you per-app controls for things like dpi, language, and much more. Due to requirements inherent to the Xposed framework, only devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or later could participate. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member EatHeat, you can have an experience relatively...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 23, 2013

Generate Nvflash Blobs for Original Nexus 7 and Other Asus Tablets with Flatline

Blob files for Nvidia Tegra-powered Asus devices are incredibly useful. This is because they allow us to easily flash images to our devices using Nvflash at an extremely low level. Given the low level at which APX (Nvflash) mode runs and how this is much more primitive than booting into a standard Android recovery partition, a device with the appropriate blobs is practically unbrickable. Thus, blob files can be used to get us out of seriously sticky situations that would otherwise...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 23, 2013

Automaton Updated with Host of New Features

Not too long ago, we took a look at an app by XDA Senior Member Akshay (Aky) that simulates smart cover functionality. Conceived originally as a smarter method of sleeping and waking your device, the app was quickly re-imagined to incorporate additional features under a new name: Automaton. Since our previous coverage, the developer has been hard at work adding in new features, in addition to unlocking (pun intended) previously paid-only features into the free version of the app. Now, essentially all...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 22, 2013

Open Source Focal Camera App Appears in Standalone Form

Not too long ago, we talked about the new camera application Focal by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD that made its debut in CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies just a couple of months back. At the time, several community members expressed their wishes for the application to be available in standalone form. Now after an interesting turn of events caused in part by a change in direction for the large scale multi-device ROM, the application is finally available for users of any ROM to use....

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Will Verduzco · Sep 21, 2013

Root Functionality added to the Open Source Simple Explorer

Not too long ago, we gave praise to the open source application Simple Explorer. At that time, we noted that the app brought a great user interface and streamlined functionality. We also stated that we were left longing for root functionality. Luckily, however, this was on XDA Senior Member DF1E's list of features to add. Now after some time has passed, DF1E has gone ahead and added root-level file management to Simple Explorer. Root-level delete, move, and copy functionality was added...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 21, 2013

Open Source Active Display Implementation Added to ChameleonOS

We've given much coverage recently to applications that simulate the  Moto X's Active Notifications functionality on other devices. Since applications already exist to bring this functionality in a non ROM-specific manner, you may be wondering why we would feature a ROM-based solution. Well, when these additions are made to a fully open source ROM, with commits clearly visible and usable by other developers, we pay close attention. When deciding what new features to add to ChameleonOS, XDA Senior Member 0xD34D decided that the...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 15, 2013

Block Android Intent Broadcasts with ReceiverStop for Xposed

A few days ago, we took a look at an Xposed module by XDA Senior Member defim aimed at allowing users to choose which apps launch at boot. That app works by blocking the BOOT_COMPLETED command. What if you could block other intents from reaching Android's BroadcastReceiver? As it turns out, defim has you covered for this as well, with his app ReceiverStop. Just like Boot Manager, ReceiverStop is an Xposed Module. In other words, you first need  XDA Recognized Developer rovo89's fantastic Xposed Framework (thread) to...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 15, 2013

Manage Your Storage Space with the Open Source Mounts2SD

Not too long ago, we featured a brief guide aimed at helping users use Link2SD in order to increase apparent internal memory. The program cited, however, is only one of various options that can connect your /data and /sd-ext paths. Mounts2SD by XDA Recognized Contributor dk_zero-cool accomplishes this, and also provides users with heaps of additional functionality that you may find useful. Starting life out as a simple SD-Ext script (without the use of symlinks), Mounts2SD's functionality has grown considerably. In addition to...

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