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Quickly Optimize APK and Classes.dex with GOptimize

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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 Senior Member gu5t3r created a simple BASH script to help you quickly optimize your applications. It mainly works by compressing your PNGs more efficiently. However, it skips the pesky Nine. . . READ ON »

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Use NFC for App Access and Control

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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 viewing, XDA Forum Member odwdinc decided to streamline a method to control various apps by using NFC tags. His guide uses physical tags, as well as a few add-on programs to script many complicated input tasks that would otherwise be diffic. . . READ ON »

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Pie Controls for All Devices Froyo Onward

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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 similar to Paranoid Android’s Pie Controls on any rooted device running Froyo or later. It is important to point out, however, that this is not Paranoid Android’s Pie Control. . . READ ON »

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

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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 be unrecoverable without major device surgery.

Naturally, you’d want to have the appropriate blobs for your device just in case anything goes wrong. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer rayman (and the rest of the cre. . . READ ON »

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Automaton Updated with Host of New Features

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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 features from the paid version are available in the free version. When asking the developer what were the biggest highlights in the new version, he replied:

Major Changes:
New advance unlock option
New S

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Open Source Focal Camera App Appears in Standalone Form

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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.

Just as we described before, Focal brings several key features to the table, all of which lead to a better overall camera experience. The most notable of these changes include an open source replacement for Google’. . . READ ON »

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Root Functionality added to the Open Source Simple Explorer

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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 in version 1.8 (August 28), with root-level rename and creation added in 1.8.1 (September 12). Other minor tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations have also been added throughout the revisions since our last article.

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Open Source Active Display Implementation Added to ChameleonOS

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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 ROM should incorporate functionality similar to the Moto X’s most known and copied feature. Rather than just adding the code and not sharing it, the d. . . READ ON »

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Block Android Intent Broadcasts with ReceiverStop for Xposed

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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 play. And just like other Xposed modules, installation is a breeze. Simply install the module APK and activate it using the Xposed Installer GUI. Using the app is eas. . . READ ON »

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