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Droid Manager Given Major Overhaul and New Functionality

A little over a year ago, we took a look a Windows-based Android management utility created by XDA Recognized Developer DeepUnknown known as Droid Manager. Back then, the multi-purpose Android utility stood out by offering the ability to perform quite a few ADB-based tasks quickly and easily.Since then, DeepUnknown has been hard at work, dramatically improving his...

Porting Sony Small Apps to CM 10.1, Sony Rooting Toolkit, Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 Released! – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 has been released, and it brings new APIs for the Sony SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z1. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about an easy rooting Toolkit makes rooting...

Tinted Status Bar Brings App-Specific Color Changes

If you've been following the rumor mill surrounding Android 4.4 KitKat, you've surely seen the unverified leaked images of the new status bar. Rather than being a static shade, many think that the next revision of the OS will feature a dynamically colored status bar that changes depending on the app currently in view. This isn't...

Location-Based Notifications for Yourself or Others

Not too long ago, Google Now and Google Keep both acquired the ability to set location-based reminders. This is a great feature, as a reminder can only ever be as useful as its predefined triggers. One major issue with the two aforementioned apps, however, is their requirement for relatively new versions of Android (4.0 or...

Mi File Explorer Given Massive Update to v4

About a year and a half ago, we wrote about how the much lauded MIUI File Explorer was ported to other devices and given root access capabilities. Since then, XDA Senior Member HootanParsa's project has grown and matured in many ways. Along with changing its name to Mi File Explorer, HootanParsa's app has been completely reworked...

Why You’d Rather Be Coding – XDA Developer TV

Many of our readers out there have the desire to become developers. Many have an idea for an app, but they never actually get around to doing anything. This could be called procrastination. This could be called the new Grand Theft Auto V video game. This could be the final episode of Breaking Bad. Whatever...

TWRP Recovery Themes for 720p Devices

Sometimes, it's those little tweaks that fill us with the most joy inside---you know, little goodies like boot animations, themed icons, and the like. After all, our mobile devices are growing so incredibly powerful that not even manufacturer-supplied bloatware can hold them back from delivering acceptable levels of performance. Because of this, many have taken to...

iCube Brings a Modern Take on Labyrinth Games

Ever since purchasing my first smartphone approximately ten years ago, I've had hundreds of mobile games installed across nearly two dozen different mobile devices. However, a special place in my heart will always be reserved for HTC's Teeter.Although primitive by today's standards, Teeter provided a uniquely simple yet consuming experience. Since then, we've seen ports...

Quickly Optimize APK and Classes.dex with GOptimize

If you're trying to minimize your load times by lowering I/O time, optimizing your applications' resources may be worth looking into. Naturally, loading smaller APKs leads to less time spent reading the application data. With any form of compressed data, there eventually becomes a tradeoff in compute versus read time in higher levels of compression,...

Voice Out Small App for Xperia Device Text Messages

Just a little while ago, we featured a guide showing users how to bring Sony Xperia small apps to other Android 4.2.2-based ROMs such as CyanogenMod 10.1. As if the more common small apps weren't enough, third party developers will continually bring out additional apps that make use of these device-specific APIs.One such application coming...

How to Port Sony Small Apps and Task Switcher to CM10.1

If own a Sony Xperia device and have switched out your ROM for an AOSP-derived firmware such as CyanogenMod, you may miss a few OEM-provided pieces of software from time to time. Some of the interesting value-added software provided by Sony include their "small apps," as well as their upgraded task switcher.Thankfully, XDA Senior Member lukakas has created...

Google Bans Spammy Ads from Play Store

If you're a developer who writes mobile apps for a living, chances are that you've at least experimented with mobile ads in the past. Far more true than on other competing platforms, the Android app developer ecosystem is essentially driven by in-app advertisements rather than upfront payments.This is a topic we broached some time ago,...