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Jimmy McGee · Mar 3, 2015

True Silent Mode for Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 24, 2015

Xposed Modules with Lollipop Support – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Last week we talked about how the day has finally come! Xposed now works on Lollipop. Last week we showed you how to install the new Xposed update. Today we take a look at some modules that are working in some capacity on Lollipop. Whether all the features make a return or if they are even needed depends on the modules and Lollipop itself. On today’s XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the updated Gravitybox LP and the...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 17, 2015

Xposed Framework on Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

We knew it would happen! The day has finally come! Xposed now works with ART and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Yes, this release is still an Alpha and some bugs need to be worked out, but the arduous task of porting Xposed Framework to the new Android Run Time has largely been completed! Naturally, this means that it's time to return to our XDA Xposed Tuesday video series. For our next installment, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the latest version of Xposed...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 16, 2015

Xposed for Lollipop, Kindle Fire HDX Bootloader Unlocked – XDA TV

Xposed Framework Alpha for Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Lenovo upgrading some devices to Lollipop and be sure to check out the article talking about YouTube, and the value of the site! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 14, 2015

Xposed Modules to Install Right Now on Lollipop

Unless you've been bootlooping during all of yesterday, you probably heard about Xposed gaining Lollipop support at long last. This was no easy task for super-star XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89, and ever since the release of the newest Android version we've had little information regarding development, which prompted many to believe it might never make it to our newest Android, or that we wouldn't see anything like it soon. But rovo89 proved good things don't have to end, and he...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 25, 2014

Top 5 Apps for 2014 + Top Xposed Mod of 2014 – XDA TV

It’s that time of year where you look back and remember the things that happened during the year. You learn from the bad things, and celebrate the good things. It’s been a great year here at XDA TV and we are looking back at some of our favorite items from the year. Tuesday we talked about our Favorite Xposed Mods of 2014, and yesterday we talked about the Top 5 stories and videos from 2014. In this episode, XDA TV...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

Best Xposed Mods of 2014 – XDA TV

The story of the Xposed Framework has been somewhat of a roller coaster. In the beginning of 2014, everyone was excited and making great modules for the framework. Then, Lollipop came around, and Xposed Framework hasn't yet been updated to be compatible. That said, not everyone is running Lollipop yet, and the framework may one day see compatibility on newer OS builds. In honor of this fantastic framework with almost limitless modification possibilities, we would like to look back over...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 16, 2014

Battery History with More Details – XDA TV

When you use your device, there are always little programs in the background that could be sucking up your battery juice. There are many apps out there that can help you see what’s running in the background like WakeLock Detector. However, those apps can give you too much data. Sometimes you just want to go into your native Android battery stats and see all the applications using battery, not just a short list. If you still have access to the...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 9, 2014

Screen Dimming to the Next Level – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Auto brightness on some devices is a joke. Even if you control your brightness manually, the dimmest setting is oftentimes still too bright. If you’re in a dark room or area too bright a screen can hurt your eye or be a distraction to others. Don’t be distracting! In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you take your screen dimming to the next level. XDA Forum Member tony78960 created the...

Samantha · Dec 2, 2014

Get the Windows Taskbar and Start Menu on Android OS

A lot of users of Windows 8 were angry when they took away the classic Start Menu and replaced it with the more touchscreen friendly "Modern UI" start screen. Demand for the return of the Start Menu has been so strong that there are numerous programs out there that recaptures this element of the UI, and in fact, has forced Microsoft to bring it back in a future Windows OS update. Now it seems like there are some folks who...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 2, 2014

Optimize Your Media Scanner – XDA Xposed Tuesday

If you’ve got a lot of file crammed on your device and external SD card--and let’s be honest, who doesn’t--you could be losing precious battery life. The reason is that when your device boots, it has to scan the files to create the Android media store entries. And there is nothing you can do about it. Or is there? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you optimize your media...

Samantha · Dec 1, 2014

Easily Mass-Send Snapchat Messages to All Your Friends

Although it's demonstrably insecure by its very nature, Snapchat can be a really fun way of communicating with your friends. While those immensely ugly faces that you make in front of the camera can technically last beyond those 10 seconds if you use an aftermarket client or any number of other methods to preserve the data, most casual users don't do this so it's kind of like the self destructing tapes used as plot elements in various movies. But when...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 25, 2014

Clean Your Recent Apps – XDA Xposed Tuesday

In this day and age, you have quite a few apps installed and running on your Android device. Sometimes, having a lot of background processes can drain your battery. While the Android system does a good job of trying to maintain those background apps, sometimes it is better to just remove them. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes having an automated process makes it easier. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 18, 2014

Download Status on the Notification Bar – XDA Xposed Tuesday

If you’ve ever had to download something on your phone, you know that big files can take a while. Depending on your data coverage, small files might also take a while. So to kill time during a download, you go do other things on your phone. It would be nice if you didn’t have to pull open your notification tray to check the status of your download. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2014

Effectively Optimize Your Media Scanner Service with Xposed

Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android's developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot. The Media Scanner service itself doesn't offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can't control it. Well, you can't do so...

GermainZ · Nov 15, 2014

Check Download Status with Statusbar Download Progress

Most download operations use the standard Android download manager, which provides developers with a robust and reliable solution. A few popular examples that make use of it include the Play Store, Chrome and the Xposed Installer. (If you're curious, the "Downloads" app on your phone provides an interface for viewing files that have been downloaded using the Android download manager.) If you want to view the progress of an ongoing download, you'd usually have to pull down the notification bar...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 15, 2014

Best Mods for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – XDA TV

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been out for a little bit and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the phases of a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and then you’ve rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video, XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Check out these mods to give you an answer to...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 11, 2014

Control Your Screen On/OFF Animation – XDA TV

Android is about customization. There are what some would consider advanced customizations, such as setting up Tasker Automation. There are also what some would consider basic customizations, like adding Pie Controls to your Chrome browser. Either way, the possibility of choice with Android is great. You can even change the way your screen turns off and on. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your screen on and...

GermainZ · Nov 8, 2014

Tint System Bars with Flat Style Colored Bars!

Custom ROMs and mods allowing you to tint system bars have always been popular. This has been especially true with the previous hype surrounding KitKat's leaked images, as well as the upcoming changes in Lollipop allowing developers to easily set the status bar's color. Over the years, we've seen different implementations for this in various ROMs such as AOSPA, ThinkingBridge's Chameleon Engine and OmniROM. Flashing one of these custom ROM may not be feasible for all users, though. Luckily, the...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 4, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Get Some Pie for Your Chrome

Chrome has become Android’s default browser. As great as Chrome is, it’s still missing some ease-of-use features. Sometimes on our phablet devices, we need two hands to work in Chrome--lest we need to perform an awkward thumb stretch. Because of this, simple Pie Controls would help with navigation. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you enable Pie Controls in your Chrome browser. XDA Forum Member JT5 created the aptly...