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App Ops Brings Granular Permissions Control to Android 4.3

Say it with me: It's about time! While not officially released yet (and although similar functionality has been possible via root in the past) granular permissions management is unofficially on its way to stock Android. In fact, if you're willing to take a few seconds to create a custom shortcut, an incredibly easy task on most...

Nvidia SHIELD Unboxing – XDA Developer TV

Back at CES, Nvidia announced a unique Android Device. It wasn't a tablet. It wasn't a phone. It wasn't a phablet. It was SHIELD. As XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talked about earlier, SHIELD is a gaming device poised to really make use of Nvidia's next flagship SoC, the Tegra 4. Designed to resemble a standard gaming...

Nexus 7: Old versus New – XDA Developer TV

Yesterday, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin showed you how to root your New Nexus 7 (2013). With everyone excited about the new version of the Nexus 7 device and a version of Android 4.3 available for the Old Nexus 7, Kevin thought he would compare the two. Two Nexus 7 devices enter the cage; only one...

Yet Another Reason to Update to Android 4.3: TRIM Support

Android 4.3's launch last week has been nothing short of an almost resounding success. Why "almost?" Well, aside from a few issues with copy/paste, most users seem to be quite happy with the latest iteration of Jelly Bean. This level of user satisfaction is to be expected, as the latest flavor of Jelly Bean brings...

Reclaim Productivity and Lose the Distractions with Time Ruler

Let's face it: Certain calls and texts are simply more important than others. And while your friends who enjoy sharing their latest ermahgerd may not realize it, you don't always have the time for such diversion. So turn off your ringer, right? Wrong. By simply disabling your ringer and notification sounds, you'll also miss those rare important messages. To...

Focal Added to CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightlies

Thanks to the hard work of CyanogenMod's development team, a slew of devices are now able to run Project Nemesis Phase 1: Focal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak (XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) announced July 29 that the new camera application was pushed to the official CyanogenMod repositories, and to CM-10.2 builds. Although possible to build Focal for CM-10.1, Lesniak said the team...

Major Update to the Android Everything Tool

A little over a month ago, we brought you news about the Android Everything Tool. The tool, made by XDA Senior Member ricky310711, really did as its title would lead you to believe, and automated a good number of tasks such as changing your LCD density parameter and performing custom recovery functions such as backing up your...

How to Root the New Nexus 7 (2013) – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to root your New Nexus 7 (2013). To go along with Android 4.3, Google announced that they had refreshed the Nexus 7. Ever since, the Internet has wet its pants in excitement. Everyone is excited about the new device. As usual at XDA, we...

Keep Tabs on Your Phone’s Juice with Battery Buddy

Have you ever wanted a very strange way of keeping track of whether or not your phone is plugged in and charging? We're guessing the answer to that is probably not. However, for those who like standing out, Battery Buddy by XDA Forum Member CurlyY may provide the requisite entertainment. Battery Buddy is literally just that. It is a...

Replacement Lock Screen Enables Shortcuts, Keeps Pattern Unlock

We've all seen those nifty replacement lock screens out there---you know, the ones that prominently feature app shortcuts, widgets, and more to provide you with at-a-glance information and easy access to some of your favorite key applications. However, the majority of them have one tragic flaw: To enable the quick app launcher, you must disable...

New Controls for XDA’s Mention/Quote Tracking System

A few months ago, we announced XDA's new mention and quote tracking system for our community members. We've been excited to see the system used tens of thousands of times per day. Earlier today, we rolled out a new controls that are available in the Mention System Settings page. You can now hide mention and quote notifications...

Xposed Module Offers Simple Status Bar Customization

The status bar is an Android UI element that many seem to have minor (and sometimes major) issues with. It is one of the most commonly requested customizations out there, and can often be quite a fiddly and time consuming process. While there is certainly no shortage of ways to swap out things like battery and connectivity icons that...