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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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Jimmy McGee · Jul 29, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Blur Your System Notification Panel – XDA Developer TV

Listen, we love innovative applications and modules that expand the functionality of your device. We cover those modules often. However, sometimes you are fine with the functionality you have, and you just want it too look different. So today, we celebrate that desire. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you blur your system UI. XDA Recognized Developer serajr created the Blurred System UI module. TK shows off the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 28, 2014

Change Your Toast Notification Style with XToast

Android uses multiple types of notifications. One of these is known as a “toast notification.” You've no doubt seen toast notifications in the past, where small prompts with a short text line are shown with information such as successfully signing in, and so on. The default toast notifications in Android are far from being pretty. But luckily, there are tools like the great Xposed Framework that can change almost anything in the Android OS. The best thing about Xposed is that all of these changes...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 25, 2014

Rid Yourself of Charging Annoyances with No Wake on Charge Xposed Module

Almost every OEM has skinned and otherwise modified Android to suit its particular needs. Companies like HTC and Sony have changed the default Android UI, added sounds, and modified substantial amounts of built in functionality to suit their own philosophies and commercial agreements. Some of added features are extremely annoying, and are equally difficult to disable. But what can't be done with regular settings menus can generally always be done using Xposed Framework. One of these small annoyances is Android wake on charge. When you...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 22, 2014

Remove Unnecessary WhatsApp Elements with Xposed

In modern life, you can't underestimate the power of the dark side messaging applications like Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. These apps are used by millions every day, so it's definitely a large user base. If you use WhatsApp just for typing plain text messages without sending selfies or cat images to your friends, or maybe you often misclick selecting the photo or voice record buttons, you might be interesting to try an Xposed module made by XDA Senior Member jayshah. Jayshash's module allows...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 22, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Launch Apps from Your Lock Screen with PINshortcuts – XDA Developer TV

Every Tuesday like clockwork, we talk about an Xposed Module designed to help you make your life easier, more secure, or just more awesomer (yes, I say that is a word).  We’ve showed everything from Heads Up Notification Easter eggs to Deep Sleep Battery Saver, all the way down to PerAppFonts customization. And today will be no different. Here is a module that, perhaps, will make your life easier In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 17, 2014

Blur Your Expanded Notification Panel with Xposed

Unlike Windows Phone or iOS, Android looks quite differently on various devices. OEM skins such as HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, or the lesser known Emotion UI look totally different than barebones AOSP. Clean Android might have lots of fans because of its simplicity, but not everyone is a fan of the default UI. Almost every OS flaw be fixed either by the source amendments or by using Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and his partner in crime Recognized Contributor...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 15, 2014

PINshortcuts Xposed Module Launches Apps by PIN Code

Security in Android (or any mobile device platform) is one of the top priorities for users. Google offers a few ways of protecting your private information and device data. These range from the popular pattern unlock to the old school, yet still functional PIN code. By default the OS asks you to enter a PIN code once the device is powered on. Protecting it with just a single code may not be enough, so third party developers invented a new ways of protection every...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 15, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Heads Up Notifications – XDA Developer TV

Easter Eggs: we all love them and finding them is always a thrill. Whether it be added features or just random silliness, finding treats in a program is invigorating, so imagine how many Android enthusiasts are excited about the heads up notifications feature hidden deep inside KitKat. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate the pop up notification panel feature in KitKat. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Heads...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 13, 2014

Change Your Status Bar Transparency Style with Xposed

The time when the Android status bar was only black, without any transparency is now long since forgotten. With the release of KitKat, Google officially added support for translucent status and navigation bars to the default launcher and system UI, so every application can now use transparency. Android development is evolving, and now most of things can be achieved without changing a line of code in smali. Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 is a powerful tool for both users and developers. One of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 12, 2014

Enhance Your Google Keep Experience with Keep Trash

Google Keep is one of these first party Google apps that has earned very positive feedback from its users. This app plays the role of a virtual notebook, and is loved by many. Unfortunately, Keep isn't perfect. The current model of deleting a note that serves no purpose is quite cumbersome. You need to perform three steps to get rid of it: First, you need to long press the note. Then, you tap on the three-dot overflow menu. Finally, you can select delete. XDA Senior...

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