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Jimmy McGee · Oct 7, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Don’t Get Down with OBB on Your Internal Memory

Everyday, our devices are getting more and more powerful--so powerful that you can play some serious games like Portal or Asphalt 8: Airborne. The problem with these games is the often require a huge library file for maps, and graphics elements, and these OBB files can take up a big chuck on your on-board storage In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you move these massive files to your...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 6, 2014

ProtectedApps Keeps Your Private Apps and Data Safe

As much as we would all like, our mobile devices aren't always quite as private as we would assume. It's often difficult to prevent others from getting a bit too comfortable with the content stored on our smartphones and tablets when we hand them over for entirely unrelated purposes. After all, it's likely that most readers will have been in a situation where you needed to hand your device to somebody else to let them take a picture or make...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 5, 2014

Manage Fonts on Your Android Device with Fonter

Probably one of the most effective ways of changing the overall look of your Android device is by replacing the default font. It's a seamless process on some desktop operating systems like Windows, which feature the appropriate mechanisms to make a change very easy. The situation differs a little bit on Android. While changing the system font is relatively easy when your device is rooted (rename the file of the font and put it in appropriate folder), changing the font on...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 30, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Modify Your Volume Control

How many screenshots have you seen with a volume status bar in the middle? How often do you wish that your volume statusbar didn’t pop up right in front of your YouTube Video? Well, with the power of the Xposed Module, you have the option of customizing your volume status bar. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you customize the display of your volume statusbar. Xposed Developer niko001 created...

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Samantha · Sep 28, 2014

Change the Volume From the Notification Panel with Xposed

You know, it seems like a lot of the time it’s simply much easier to navigate to my phone’s ‘sound’ settings and manually change the volume of my music rather than actually pressing the physical volume buttons on the side. Maybe because my device is finally showing its age, or I’m just not patient enough, but on many occasions the volume buttons decide not to trigger, or it changes the wrong type of volume at the good part of the...

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Samantha · Sep 27, 2014

Liven up Your Notification Icons by Animating them with LiveIcons

We usually see quite a bit of Android customization in a few select elements of the UI, such as the lock screen, status and navigation bars, and home launcher. However, one of the areas we’ve not seen many people delve into is device animation, particularly with regards to animated notification icons. Perhaps it’s a little too insignificant for anyone to notice, or maybe it just never came across people’s minds, but animated notification icons might be a really fun part...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 24, 2014

Don’t Waste Internal Storage; Keep Obb Files on SD Card with Xposed

Obb is a data file format used by multiple game developers. Data stored in such a format often contains music, videos, and other large files that are downloaded after the APK is installed. This makes the APK smaller and easier for developers to maintain. (Imagine uploading 2 GB file every time when the app gets updated!) Additional data files are stored in internal storage, which isn't a perfect situation--especially for owners of devices with external SD card support. The internal storage gets full...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 23, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Shut Up Your Phone – XDA Developer TV

So many different applications want to send us notifications that sometimes the vibration and message tone is non-stop. And as a citizen of this Earth let me tell you, it’s not just annoying to you, it is often more so to others. So be kind to your neighbors and control your phone. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you minimize the amount of notification sounds your phone plays....

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 16, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: DonkeyGuard, Don’t Be a Donkey, Control Your Device – XDA Developer TV

Some applications ask for the world when it comes to permissions. I have spoken to developers who say it’s better to ask for permissions you don’t need, than you have to ask for more permissions in an update. However at some point, you may want to tweak information for certain apps. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you take full control over your device. XDA Senior Member CollegeDev...

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Faiz Malkani · Sep 9, 2014

Take Advantage of the LG G3’s Quick Circle Case with These Cool Graphic Clocks

Back in May when the  LG G3 was launched, one of its highly marketed features was its optional Quick Circle case. While not a pioneering venture in its field, this implementation utilized its circular cut-out window for more than just answering phone calls, extending its presence to widgets and full blown apps as well. Despite its rather expansive coverage, the Quick Circle case is best known for circular clocks, which allow the user to place circular widgets on the home screen that remain visible through...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 9, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Automate your Text Message Responses – XDA Developer TV

Text messaging is one of the most popular ways to communicate currently. However, if you are a responsible adult and respect those around you, there are times where you can’t, or shouldn’t, spend a lot of time text messaging. What you need is a way to speed up common text entry. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you set macros that will automatically type in what you set...

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Samantha · Sep 9, 2014

ChromePie Lets You Navigate the Web in Google Chrome with Pie Controls

Surfing the web on an Android device perhaps isn’t the most smooth experience one can have, especially when compared with using a PC. Maybe the screen is not big enough or not that responsive, or the words displayed are too small. Or maybe the browser you’re using is at fault, which, on many occasions, it tends to be for many people. If you’re using Google Chrome, and feel that its UI is not quite optimal, XDA Forum Member JT5 has developed...

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Samantha · Sep 7, 2014

Customize Your HTC One Max with Xtended Settings

The HTC One Max is HTC’s answer to the incredibly successful Note series by Samsung. With top notch specs, a beautiful screen, and running Sense 6 (as of a couple of months ago), the One Max is a great device to have in your hand if phablets are your thing. If you happen to be an owner of the One Max and are looking to further customize its interface, in a big way or small way, you may want to...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2014

Change All Aspects of Your Lock Screen with LockScreen Tweakbox

Back in April, we talked about a useful Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik that allowed users to increase the number of allowed lock screen pattern attempts. This is incredibly useful for those who would like to use a particularly difficult to remember and enter lock screen pattern, as well as those who have the pattern set to not display entry attempts. In the time since, the previously covered module has been discontinued. Luckily, hamzahrmalik followed up on his previous creation with the...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 2, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: How to Control Google Play Wake Locks – XDA Developer TV

Xposed Modules are usually pretty simple. There are a few out there where a Smali edit or a change in build.prop would produce the same result. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time or desire to dig through mountains of build.prop fields to find what you are looking for. But that’s alright, Xposed Module creators have found and shared their tweaks for us. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 2, 2014

Make Text Entry More Efficient with Macro Text Expansion

One of the best things about the modern day smartphone is its ability to save us time here and there. Features like Google Now keep us apprised of all the relevant news and scores so that we don't have to manually search for the information ourselves. However, this isn't the only way in which our smart devices can save us time. Many of us often use our mobile devices to enter repetitive tidbits of information. XDA Forum Member mikmitch recently realized this, and developed...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 1, 2014

Bring Back Tablet UI on KitKat

Google presented their brand new UI for tablets alongside the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb back in early 2011. It was widely used on many devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1, at which point Google finally decided to end this project. The UI was replaced by the Phablet layout in Android 4.2. This Phablet UI is basically the phone layout stretched to match the tablet size. Google went even further and removed the Tablet UI from source code in Android 4.4, so it's very...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 31, 2014

Prevent Apps from Locking Screen Orientation with HaveOwnOrientation

Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked. XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 27, 2014

Add Timestamps to Xposed Installer Logs with… Xposed!

If talking about the most interesting projects in the last few years, we must mention the powerful and versatile Xposed Framework. This tool is the foundation that allows us to implement hooks into existing code using the app_process binary. In short, Xposed helps us by letting us fix various bugs, add new features, and perform various other tasks on any rooted firmware with Xposed installed--without the need to dive into Smali modifications. The two developers standing behind this project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 26, 2014

Always Enter the Correct Password with HideNoPasswords

If you've ever entered a password on your mobile device, you've surely noticed that password input fields normally hide the inputted characters by showing dots rather than the characters themselves. This is great to prevent casual snooping, but it also results in possible mistakes. Most of us also are well aware of how several consecutive mistakes may lead to account restrictions. So if you're not in a public area, why not spare yourself of the inconveniences with a handy Xposed Framework module. If you don't...

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