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Easily Customize Your Sony Xperia Z’s Launcher and Lock Screen with Xposed

Up until now, customizing an Xperia launcher and lock screen has been quite the hassle, usually consisting of decompiling an APK, making your edits, and recompiling it. So if you wanted an extra row or column of icons on your home screen, you had to flash this, if you wanted fading home screen indicators, you...

Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

One of the more attractive aspects of the new Android 4.3 update on a number of Sony Xperia devices is what Sony calls the "Smart Social Camera." Originally exclusive to only the Xperia Z1, the camera software allows users to install additional Xperia-only camera apps for additional functions and features to enhance your photo and...

Easily Add Reboot Functionality to Your Stock ROM with Xposed

Although typically lacking in features, stock ROMs are possibly the most stable daily drivers. I know that there are some exceptions, but at least most near stock builds are quite stable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of stock ROMs do not offer a way to easily reboot. Instead, users are forced to turn their devices off,...

Beautify Your Lock Screen with Xposed

Android lets you make your device quite beautiful with just a few modifications. A good old wallpaper is still very important, as it can remind you of your family, friends, favorite band, or simply look good. Unfortunately, most ROMs available on XDA don't offer a function to use a separate wallpaper for your lock screen. As...

Learn How to Create Your Own Xperia Theme

With the new Android 4.3 update rolling out to the newer Sony Xperia handsets, and with the leaks going around for those still waiting, users may have discovered a new aesthetic feature called 'Xperia Themes.' They're downloadable and customizable theme packs that change various elements of the whole Android interface, including your navigation bar, home...

Mobile ODIN Updated to Version 4, New Features and Devices

We first featured XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Mobile ODIN app a little over two years ago. Ever since the beginning, Mobile ODIN has allowed users to flash ODIN-flashable firmwares directly from the device itself, without the need to connect to a full computer. Over the course of the app's various updates, Mobile ODIN has evolved considerably---both...

Display Your Contacts in Style with Contact HD Widgets

Using contact apps and widgets isn't only a great way to have all your most commonly used contacts organized in a single, easy to access location. Rather, these tools can also become an interesting part of your theme and overall UI experience. More often than not, contact widgets are either small pictures that can trigger a...

Decompile and Compile Your Favorite Apps with Quick Mod Tool 2.0

If you ever thought of modding an application, you've undoubtedly heard about smali and baksmali. These two tools can convert an APK into editable files, which can then be converted into more readable Java files by a tool such as the one we will cover today. Decompiling can be done with binary files only. But...

New Nokia Normandy Shots Point to WP-Styled UI, Lumia-Like Body!

Ever since we caught our first glimpses of the alleged Android-powered Nokia Normandy, leaks have been popping up left and right. While some are quick to label a Nokia-built Android device as the Holy Grail of smartphones, others aren't too impressed with the interface shots seen to date. Now, thanks to Twitter leakers @evleaks and @vizileaks,...

Android App Review: Quickly View Your Calendar Status – XDA Developer TV

In today’s fast paced world, we often have a lot going on. Wise people use their calendars to keep track of all that. But if you don’t respond to notifications from your calendar or don’t check it often, you could miss important appointments. If there were an easier way to view your calendar, maybe you...

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Here at XDA Developers, we've written about many topics. However, one particular topic has become extremely popular. Of course, I'm talking about the Xposed Framework by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89. With Xposed, you can customize almost every element in Android---and I dare you to question the word "almost." One of the most popular Xposed developers around, XDA...

Easily Program your Gamepad Buttons with Tincore Keymapper

Gaming is one of the biggest uses of our mobile devices. We have everything that could be found on larger systems in a very compact and convenient package. However, most portable devices lack two rather common features essential for gaming: customization and comfort. Sure, there are apps out there such as SixAxis that will allow...