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Button Savior Non Root Receives Major Overhaul

Nearly one year ago, we talked about an innovative app by XDA Senior Member jerryfan2000 that allowed users to replace their physical buttons with their on-screen counterparts. There are a variety of reasons why one would want to do this, such as when a button starts going awry or simply the desire for something easier to reach....

Keep Your Focus During Work with ClearFocus

People say smart devices make life easier. And to a large degree, we agree. But if someone claims that they make work easier, they clearly haven't experienced the nightmare of trying to finish an assignment that's due the coming midnight with a smartphone on the table. It's during these times when not checking that Email,...

Control Your Music with Physical Buttons using Xposed

Music players are very important. And as such, they generally have a special place in every application drawer. Poweramp, Apollo, and other applications are launched countless times per day, and they play our favorite music on a daily basis. Some of them offer physical controls by repurposing the volume and camera buttons, but this is hardly...

Automate Your Device Profiles with TF Profile

Automation, which is now becoming commonplace, is one of the most powerful innovations recently made easier with smartphones. Applications like Tasker and wide support of NFC have made coming up with such use-cases very simple. For instance, you can set up some scenarios based on your current location, time, and so on. Tasker is paid app,...

New Windows Malware Infects Android Devices; Protect Yourself with Two Easy Steps

Cross-platform malware is nothing new. And to be more specific, cross-platform malware involving the Android OS isn't new either. This should come as no surprise, as the pint-sized mobile OS packs nearly as much functionality and freedom as its full-sized brethren. Some time ago, we saw the Android.Claco trojan. This particular piece of malware used a...

Easily Access Files on Your PC with AirStream

Dropbox is an extremely popular application. It's available for multiple platforms, and easily allows its users to access files from anywhere with an Internet connection. It's quite convenient, but limited storage space is an issue for those with large libraries, and of course only synced files can be opened. Imagine a mixture of Dropbox and SSH....

Answer a Call by Whistling with Auto Answer

Due to various reasons, driving around while using a phone is not entirely a good idea. They tend to distract us from the road. And as such, driving while using the phone is illegal in many parts of the world. It can also be fatal, as you have 25% of your driving-capable limbs doing something...

BusyBox Replacement on the Horizon? Meet GNU CoreUtils on Android

BusyBox is a small executable that allow Android (and other OSes) to use various common Unix/Linux commands and utilities. It was released in 1999 by Eric Andersen and originally developed by Bruce Perens in 1996. In Android, BusyBox is used to execute various Unix files and commands. The main disadvantage of BusyBox is that the...

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Gets Root and CWM Recovery Before Official Launch

Unveiled to the world only a bit more than a week ago, one doesn't know whether to be surprised or not to find out that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has already been rooted and can run CWM recovery. This was achieved by none other than XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who has contributed much to...

Get Information about System Resources with NotiSysInfo

Android, like every other operating system, consumes lots of storage space and Random Access Memory. The validity of third party task killers is for another, very long discussion. But even without killing apps in the background, accessing some information regarding resource consumption is often quite problematic and requires a lot of tapping through settings. The notification...

Smartwatch Showdown: Pebble vs Galaxy Gear vs Omate TrueSmart – XDA Developer TV

During CES 2014, XDA Developer TV Producer TK got a chance to get his hands on the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0 and interview the founder of Omate about the watch. Be sure to check out that video. Also, TK got a chance to do a full review of the Omate device as well. There is...

Pair Your Samsung Galaxy Gear with Non-Samsung Devices

Among the growing market of smart watches and wearable devices, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably one of the more prominent names. It is, after all, from one of the most success Android device manufacturers. So its a bit of a dampener when Samsung decided to restrict the Galaxy Gear to only the owners of the...