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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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Jimmy McGee · Aug 26, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: SSSHH Be Quiet Phone! XQuietHours – XDA Developer TV

The greatest thing about technology is its ability to keep us connected. However, technology can also impact our sleep, from waking us with notification noise to keeping us watching videos. Well, CyanogenMod has a QuietHours setting that mute notifications automatically. But what if you don’t want to install CyanogenMod or CyanogenMod doesn’t support your device? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you have quiet hours on almost any device....

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 26, 2014

I Am Groot!

Some quotes from movies are quite famous and end up being remembered for a long time. Sometimes they are long, sometimes short, but they are always catchy. If you ever watched Guardians of the Galaxy, you certainly know about what I'm talking about. I am Groot! Yes you are right, one of the best, extremely lovable wooden characters played ever by Vin Diesel says nothing but this quote. Groot can put down roots on your Android device. It's entirely possible, thanks...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 25, 2014

Enable Call Recording in CyanogenMod 11 with Xposed

Xposed Framework is one of the most interesting projects available for Android. Almost every ROM, no matter whether it's stock-based or not, can have extra features enabled or have existing features fixed. And the most interesting part of Xposed is that it works with almost every device, as well as most of the currently used Android versions. One feature that can easily work in some ROMs but is often disabled is call recording. The Android OS can easily use your...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 24, 2014

Preserve Your Battery Life with NlpUnbouncer Xposed Module

Battery life is one of those things that still is a bit of an issue on modern Android devices. It's also the subject for many discussions that take place on the forums. Android itself is somewhat of a battery hog, and Google is trying to do its best by adding Battery Historian, a feature to track down wakelocks. There are also plenty of third party solutions like scripts that help or make the situation even worse. One device component that often reduces users' battery life...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 24, 2014

Sleep Well Thanks to XQuietHours

The Quiet Hours feature available on certain OEM firmwares and custom ROMs is extremely useful for those who have trouble sleeping. If you have friends spread all over the world, they may (and often do) try to contact you in the middle of the night. Quiet Hours prevents that, and makes your sleep time more efficient. This feature stops your device from playing any sound at preselected hours, primarily for use at night. While most ROMs available on XDA have Quiet Hours functionality built-in, Paranoid Android...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 23, 2014

Disable the APK Installation Screen with Xposed

Many applications available here on XDA that aren't available on the Google Play Store. There are usually a few reasons for their absence: Developer accounts cost money, they are too “hacky” to be acceptable on the Play Store, or simply developers don't want to release their work in the biggest app store for Android. You can find plenty such applications in the various forums we have here. Unlike some other operating systems, Android allows its users to install applications directly from internal...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 19, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Kids Mode for Your Phone – XDA Developer TV

The greatest thing about technology is its ability to teach and promote personal growth. No one knows this to be truer than the technology enthusiasts who have procreated and have a little mini-them running around. However, sometimes this little spawn gets ahold of your phone, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and they sometimes make changes they should. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you create a kids mode on...

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Faiz Malkani · Aug 18, 2014

Customize Your Hover Notifications with xHover Xposed Module

One of Android L's most interesting features is its way of handling notifications, choosing to show a hovering dialog containing them, which you can interact with or swipe away. This allows you to view and interact with notifications without needing to pull down your notification shade and subsequently break your workflow.  However, the source code for this was found in Android 4.4 KitKat and a similar feature was developed by the ParanoidAndroid team and baked into their ROMs. However, ParanoidAndroid's Hover feature,...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 12, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Change YouTube’s Mobile App Starting Screen with YourTube – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we talk about helpful Xposed Modules on our weekly show, XDA Xposed Tuesday. We’ve covered some modules that have everything and the kitchen sink, and those are great, but sometimes the simplest module catches our attention because it solves a singular major annoyance. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the starting screen in the YouTube application. XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 6, 2014

Change Your Battery Stats Colors without a Smali Mod

You may recall that earlier this year, we covered a simple Smai modification by XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor iamareebjamal that allowed users to change their battery stats color with a simple Smali modification. Such a modification isn't exactly groundbreaking, as it just changes the way a certain (though often used) Settings page looks. However, as Google and OEMs place an increasing emphasis on UI styling, customizing a page's look is more valuable than ever. Let's say that you wanted to go ahead...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 6, 2014

Great XDA Mods for Your Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Xperia Z2 has been out for a while, and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the various phases inherent to getting a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and you’ve even rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Sony Xperia Z2. Check out these mods to give you an answer to...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 5, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Statusbar Gestures – XDA Developer TV

In this day and age, pressing the power button to turn off your phone is old hat. The LG G2 brought the knock to wake feature and the LG G3 expanded on that! The idea of gestures doing things on your phone is nothing new, but some versions of Android just don’t have the customizability you’d like. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you to add various gestures to your...

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Faiz Malkani · Aug 4, 2014

Improve Landscape Typing by Disabling the Full Screen Keyboard

Landscape orientation typing was all the rage a few years ago, back when phones had slide-out, physical keyboards. These devices also weighed a ton, so they quickly fell out of favor. However, this form of text input can sometimes prove to be more efficient, whether its because two handed typing feels natural with the increased width, or because you can't seem to press a key without pressing the adjoining ones too when in portrait mode. Sure enough, when Android came...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 2, 2014

Fight off the Android Fake ID Vulnerability with Xposed

While Android is considered a pretty stable and safe operating system, there are some vulnerabilities that pop up from time to time. Some of them are pretty nasty, and force Google to release a minor revision to their OS. But developers here on XDA don't like to wait, so they often take matters into their own hands before Google officially addresses the problem. One of the recently discovered bugs is known as the Android Fake ID, and it has been present in...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 31, 2014

Control Your Toast Notifications with SlicedToasts

Toasts are delicious, even in their Android flavor. In Android, toast doesn't lead to a yummy sandwich, but rather a type of notification. Google decided to use these short prompts to inform about various things that are going on. For example, you may see a toast when an application is granted a superuser access. Despite the idea behind toast notifications being great, Google has left room for big improvements in terms of implementation details. Developers didn't like to wait, so they started...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 30, 2014

Change the Alarm Icon in the Status Bar with Xposed

It's hard to find a more hated object than your alarm clock. They wake us up nearly every day, help us to get up on time for school or work, and basically keep our lives on tracks. However, we still don't like them. That said, we need to deal with them. But despite their annoyances, we can at least make them look pretty. Stock Android isn't always the most beautiful OS. Sometimes, icons and other UI elements look like they're taken directly from Android...

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