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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

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A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your pho
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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

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Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole pr. . . READ ON »

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

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App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can als. . . READ ON »

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Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that any sound coming out of a wristwatch isn’t exactly going to be audiophile-grade. But then again, smartwatches aren’t meant to serve as standalone music players (for now at least), with their speakers acting as the outlet for notifications you may receive on your watch. However, if you own a Samsung Gear 2 and find yourself needing a bit of musical accompaniment from your watch as you quietly working at the table, you may want to boost its sound with XDA Forum Member tonydav’s tool.

The tool is a .bat file, which when executed on your PC, will automatically boost the sound volume of your Gear 2 within an indicated minimum and maximum range. XDA Senior Member gav83coll. . . READ ON »

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Unlock Hidden Camera Settings on Your Moto G

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At one point in time or another, we’ve all gotten very fiddly with the camera settings on our Android devices–maybe it was because you had just discovered that your camera actually had settings, you were playing around with a new mod or port, or perhaps you even thought of yourself as a ‘street photography’ connoisseur. With this said, if you own a Moto G and find yourself simply not satisfied with the customization options for your phone’s camera, you might want to check out XDA Forum Member GodOfPsychos’s tutorial.

GodOfPsychos has written a tutorial which teaches you how to ‘unlock’ the advanced camera settings and options for your Moto G. Originally hidden by default, these settin. . . READ ON »

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Customize the Info Panel of the OnePlus One Lock Screen

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The lock screen of the OnePlus One is quite the pleasant thing to look at. It’s minimalistic and simple, yet different from what we’ve all perhaps gotten used to over the years. But by default, the customization options are quite limited, particularly in regards to the solid-colored panel that takes up the bottom half of the screen. Yes, you can say that a third party lock screen will fix this little issue, but if you’re looking for some more freedom with the original lock screen, you may want to check out Recognized Developer NunHugger’s mod.

NunHugger’s mod essentially allows you change the color of the OnePlus One lock screen panel or replace it with an image or a gradient. The mod comes in a variety of . . . READ ON »

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Learn How to Build an APK Installer for Your Tizen Smartwatch Widget

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As of right now, if you want to install a widget into your smartwatch running Tizen OS such as the Samsung Gear 2, you’ll have to sideload the wgt file onto the device using SBD tool. I’m sure that for many Android users who also happen to own a Tizen wearable, installing widgets onto that device isn’t as straightforward as what one may have gotten used to when using Android. With this said, there’s now a way which you can install Tizen widgets as an APK courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980.

Skin1980 has written a tutorial teaching you how to build an APK installer for your Tizen widget enabling you to install the widget as a simple APK rather than sideloading it using SBD tool. The process requires you . . . READ ON »

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Customize Your OnePlus One’s Boot Logo

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In an era when customizing the user interface of your Android device has become an absolute breeze, customizing the boot logo probably one of the less effortless ways of customizing your device. Rather than having a comfortable app on your phone from which you can change every little detail of the UI, customizing a boot logo often requires a bit more motor skills and creativity. If you own a OnePlus One and are thinking of switching up the boot logo, XDA Forum Member chillstep1998 has written a tutorial to help you get started.

The tutorial teaches you how to create your very own boot logo for the OnePlus One. The process requires you to download the provided files and tool that chillstep1998 has created, and editin. . . READ ON »

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How to Change Your Boot Animation – Android Basics 101 – XDA Developer TV

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The great thing about Android is the vast possibilities when it comes to customization. When you root, you open up even more options for customization. One of those options is changing your boot animation. Why have the same stock boot animation as everyone else? You can find a vast selection of custom boot animations from simple graphic animations to animations that make your phone feel retro or pay homage to another device like a Playstation 2.

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to change the boot animation on your Android device. He shows off the steps using his Nexus 4, but these steps should work for any rooted Android phone. S. . . READ ON »

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