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Get a Taste of Many Different Devices with the Definitive Ported Apps Directory

Ported apps are inherently fun. While shoehorning the Galaxy S 5's stock app suite onto your two-year-old Galaxy S III won't magically turn your aging device into Samsung's latest and greatest, doing so allows you to experience some of the "exclusive" features that newer devices have to offer. Because of that, we frequently see quite...

F2FS Put to the Test Against EXT4

You may recall that earlier this month, we talked about speeding up the original Nexus 7's internal memory by using F2FS. F2FS was created at Samsung early last year for use on Linux-based operating systems. As its name implies, Flash-Friendly File System is a file system designed specifically to cater to the specific characteristics of...

[OTA Captured] Sprint LG G2 Receives Android 4.4.2-Based ZVC Update, Open Source Files Released

Right at the tail end of 2013, the Korean version of the LG G2 started receiving its official OTA update to Android 4.4 KitKat. After that, we knew it was only a matter of time before the update would make its way to carrier-branded variants of the device. About two months later, we saw the update...

Perform Simple Calculations on the Fly with Floating Calculator

Imagine that you're in the middle of composing an email on your smartphone or tablet. Suddenly, you realize that you need to quickly verify a calculation before clicking send. Normally, this would require you to return to your launcher (or sidebar launcher), find the appropriate calculator app, perform your calculations, and finally return to your...

Automatically Enable Airplane Mode when You Lose Signal

There are few things more annoying than losing network connectivity on our supposedly always connected mobile devices. But one thing that definitely is worse is losing connectivity, and then subsequently draining your battery as a result of the lost connection. Unfortunately, this is all too common for those of us who frequently travel to rural...

Xperia Z2 Calendar Ported to All Android 4.0+ Devices

Sony's new flagship Xperia Z2 was released late last month at MWC in Barcelona. Improving on its predecessor in every aspect that counts, the Z2 is quite the tempting proposition for those looking for a new high-end device in early 2014.Earlier this month, XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD provided a firmware dump for Sony's latest flagship. While this was obviously not intended...

Want to Run Some of the Sense 6 Apps on Your Non-HTC Device?

Although it was briefly caught on camera a couple weeks earlier, HTC Sense 6 was officially unveiled to the world five days ago alongside the newly released HTC One M8 (2014). HTC's Sixth Sense (sorry, had to) was then ported to various devices, including the HTC EVO 4G LTE, but not everyone wants to run...

Simplify Your Home Screen with Crescendo

It's reasonable to go out on a limb and assume that most of our readers have at least 50 apps installed on their mobile devices. Because of this, we often turn to sidebar launcher apps such as the recently updated SideControl to make all of these apps easier to launch. But sometimes, instead of making apps...

Mod for the LG G2 Brings 120 fps and 4k Ultra HD Video Recording

The LG G2 offers some pretty nice camera performance out of the box. Thanks to its 13MP sensor and optical image stabilization, both pictures and 1080p video come out crisp and clean. However, this is XDA and we don't ever settle for what's given to us by the OEMs. Instead, we tweak and modify our devices to...

C Locker Updated to Version 5, Brings Many Major Additions

We've talked quite a bit about XDA Senior Member astoncheah's "C" series of applications in the past. Bringing both Convenience and Customization, C Locker allows its users to launch applications and perform various tasks directly from their lock screens.Since its initial release last March, C Locker has seen plenty of frequent and feature filled updates. The last...

Jcase and Beaups Root the Verizon HTC One 2014 (M8) and S-Off Last Year’s Verizon HTC One

Announced just last week, the HTC One M8 (2014) is nothing short of a knockout device. The new One improves upon its predecessor in practically every way imaginable. And barring its arguable camera capabilities, the M8 seems to have set the bar for the first half of 2014 with its combination of style, build quality, and performance.Naturally,...

Ricky’s ROM Kitchen Reborn with Many Added Features

It should come as no surprise that the cleanest and most robust way to introduce your own modifications to an existing project is through modifying the original source code and recompiling. However, this is not always possible. Often times, we must begin our journey to app or ROM modification from a closed source binary, and...