This wonderful Geek-Christmas time of the year is back once more, promising a lot of exciting reveals from big manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, but also some pretty gems teased by other smaller OEMs. What kind of exciting products will we see? While we've got a lot of leaked information from the highly expected S6 and M9, there is still a lot to learn about both - and about everything else that will be shown. What kind of trends will...
Turn Off Your Android Phone Remotely
“Why would you want to turn off your Android phone remotely,” you may ask? Well, there’s no set reason justifying such an action. However, possible reasons may include wanting to turn off your phone if it’s been locked in the office or your friend’s car for the night to conserve battery to last you through the next day, turning off your friend’s phone for fun, or simply for the novelty. Well, XDA Senior Member RavinduSha came out with an app called Remote Turn Off on the XDA Forums.
Remote Turn Off is a simple app, allowing users to remotely shut down the phone with the app installed. Requiring root access, the installation process consists simply flashing the provided zip file or moving the APK from the ZIP file to the /system/app folder manually and setting the correct permissions. To turn off the phone, users must text the phone number ‘power#off,’ with the first run requiring a permanent grant to root access by the app. The phone can be shut down with a text message from any phone number, however the shutdown code cannot be changed. There’s also no app icon in the app drawer, as not to add to the already cluttered and disorganized app drawer many users have.
Remote Turn Off provides a function that may be useful for many users, but lethal if the code falls into the wrong hands, especially ‘pranktious’ friends. Originally developed for personal use, RavinduSha has made ‘Remote Turn Off’ available to all users for free. So if you would like to install this onto your phone, or your friend’s phone, remotely, you can find more details and download in the original thread.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Last week, I wrote about the best apps to unleash the raw photographic power of your Lollipop smartphone. All four of those cameras generate lossless DNG images with pounds of potential for apps like Photoshop to unlock, but what if you’re looking to edit or view those pics on the go? QuickPic, Google Photos, and the other mainstays treat raw images like they don't exist. This rundown seeks to fill the void and give you full control over your precious pictures....
While the majority of the top apps have already incorporated Google's newest design language, there are still very many apps that are in need of some Material Design love. Which apps do you think are most desperately in need of an update?