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EvolveSMS Beautifies SMS Messaging

Since Android 4.4's release, the SMS application was officially removed from Nexus devices and replaced with Hangouts. This does not mean that SMS applications are dead and no longer supported---nothing could be more wrong. They are doing just fine, with more and more applications available in the Play Store. One of the newest and most interesting...

XDA Xposed Tuesday: SwypeBack, Navigate with Gestures – XDA Developer TV

According to chip maker Intel’s CES 2014 press conference, we will soon be controlling our devices with face and hand gestures in front of our displays. Well, we aren’t quite there yet, so now we have to rely on soft buttons on the bottom of our screens, or sometimes hardware buttons and simple touch interfaces on...

Instantly Beam Messages Between Chrome PC Browser and Your Android Device with Message Beam

Beaming messages, URLs, and other texts from a PC web browser such as Google Chrome, to your Android phone or tablet is nothing new. This function normally comes bundled with a host of other features in the form of a WiFi PC/Android client, or less commonly, as a standalone app such as Google Chrome to...

Android 4.5 May Break Compatibility with Many Current Root Apps

There's often much speculation surrounding what may be seen in upcoming and updated devices and new versions of Android. Most of this talk unfortunately centers around leaked images of some sort, rather than any hard evidence. Once in a while, however, genuine clues are discovered that help paint a picture of what's to come. A little...

Sysfile Copymaster: A File Manager for Modders and Themers

One of the more mundane aspects of modding and theming an Android device is probably the testing phase. Consisting of either constantly creating and flashing test ZIPs through a custom recovery, or going back and forth copying and pasting files, a good file manager can definitely be of great help. In addition to this, manually...

Restore Your Moto X Back to ‘Brand New’ with the Moto X Restore Utility

So you've already cracked the screen on your beloved Moto X when it just 'somehow' fell to the ground, and you're worried that Motorola will void the warranty because you're phone is rooted. Developer editions aside, there probably isn't much of a chance the tired and overworked device repairman will discover and immediately reject your...

Another Sneak Peek of Samsung’s Alleged New UI

A little under two weeks ago, we caught a glimpse of a few leaked screenshot purported to be the face of the next generation of Samsung's TouchWiz UI. A marked departure from the incumbent Nature UX, the alleged new design features a flatter UI drawing many similarities to HTC's highly acclaimed BlinkFeed. Now, another set of...

Get the Most from Your Battery with Intelli3G

Unwanted battery drain is a common issue on almost every Android device. In most situations, you can easily find the battery guzzling culprit: network mode. 3G or LTE are useful because of fast Internet, but most of the time, we don't need them---especially in a location with WiFi. Manually disabling them is an option, but...

Samsung Releases Open Source Kernel Files for the Note 3 KitKat Update

Not too long ago, we saw a leaked KitKat build appear for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Promptly after, that same leaked build started rolling out as an official OTA in certain regions, beginning with Poland. This timing fell fell right in line with a previously leaked memo, indicating that Samsung would update the device to...

Check Moodle On the Go with Moody

If you're attending high school or university, you may have heard of Moodle. For those who haven't it's an online platform for teachers and students to get together and share resources, hand in homework and assignments, act as an online announcement board, as well as other things. It's a useful and convenient service for teachers...

Keep Your Screen Simple with SickSky Launcher

There's no need to mention the importance of your launcher app. It's the second thing you see when looking at your phone, right after the lock screen Most launchers look pretty much the same. They feature a dock bar with a few icons, and a  main screen with icons and widgets. While this works, some people...

Customize the Navigation Bar on Your Sony Xperia Z

We've all pretty much gotten used to the standard Android navigation bar setup, which is normally any permutation of a back, home, and recent apps buttons. This generally features the home button right in the middle between the other two. But what about the power and menu buttons? Surely, they're just as commonly accessed to...