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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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Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

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When you are starting your journey into any sort of development, it’s never easy at the beginning. Perhaps the best way to learn something new is by doing, and in the context of coding, this involves using some code samples and modifying them to gain experience. After you’ve become familiar with this for long enough, you can then make your own project from scratch. The same applies to Android applications—and not only the most basic ones. If you are looking for a good source of resources to enhance your knowledge, XDA is the perfect place for you!

If you ever dreamed about making your own application, a simple application launcher might be a good place to start. While you may b. . . READ ON »

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Change Your Samsung Galaxy S2’s Dialer Background in Real Time

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As with anything, if you’ve looked at something long enough, things can get pretty boring. This is the reason why we have a plethora of custom themes, mods, and tutorials that teach you how to customize and personalize almost every aspect of your Android device. One of these elements include the phone dialer, which up until recently, could not be easily changed through the native device settings on your Samsung Galaxy S 2. If however, you feel like it’s about time to have these settings introduced to your phone, be sure to check out this tutorial.

Written by XDA Senior Member remuntada78, the tutorial teaches you how to add an option in your Galaxy S 2’s native settings to change the phone dialer with c. . . READ ON »

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Compile Your Own Kernel From Source with Comprehensive Tutorial

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One glance at any developer section of any device forum on XDA and you’ll find countless custom kernels handcrafted by XDA members. For the newcomer, this could be quite the treasure trove among the interwebz for them to play with. However, as much fun as they can provide, they could also be quite daunting to the aspiring developer who simply does not know where to start. If you feel this may be you, you should definitely check out XDA Senior Member Eliminator79’s kernel compiling tutorial.

Eliminator79 has written a great tutorial teaching you how to compile a kernel from source with a slight focus on Sony devices–although this tutorial can also be used for other devices. The tutorial is broken down i. . . READ ON »

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Learn How to Make a Live Wallpaper all by Yourself

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Still images can be beautiful, but some of you prefer to see animations on your screens. This is why Google decided to add live wallpaper support to Android back in version 2.1. They became are a vital part of Android ages ago, even before Holo was unveiled in Honeycomb and refined in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond. There are numerous wallpapers available in Google Play Store and XDA forum alike–including some that pull images from your social networks. Most of them, however, can’t be used for coding educational purposes since they have closed source code.

Since XDA is a place where we are looking for every opportunity to learn something new, many would like to learn how to create your ow. . . READ ON »

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How to Make Your GPS Lock Faster – XDA Developer TV

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Nothing is more frustrating than opening up Google Maps and it taking way to long to lock your location. Additionally, slow GPS lock can impact the play-ability of GPS based games such as Ingress. When this happens, people try all sorts of voodoo to try and speed up the lock. They shake the phone, they walk in circles, they scream obscenities at the phone and more. What you really need, is to do something that might actually work.

In this episode of  XDA Developer TV, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to make your GPS lock faster. He shows off the steps of how to modify the AGPS servers in the gps.conf. This is not as difficult as it sounds. So check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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