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GermainZ
GermainZ

Currently studying for a Master's degree in Computer Science at EPFL, Germain Z. is interested in all things related to technology, mobiles and programming. Previously, he was also a Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer on the XDA forums.

neutriNote Lets You Take Quick Notes in Markdown

If you've never heard of Markdown before, it's a simple way to write in plain text while still being able to generate a well formatted HTML document. Markdown's goal is to be easy to read and write regardless of the tools you're using, while still allowing you to convert your documents to other formats --...

HappyID Shows You Contact Notes When You Need Them the Most

With the ease of meeting people and adding contacts to your smartphones today, you might have found yourself in a situation where you just couldn't remember who that "John Smith" in your contacts list was. Was it your classmate, that guy your friend introduced you to once, or someone else entirely? Thankfully, contact notes exist...

Walloid, an App for Vendor, Custom ROM and Material Wallpapers

There's a lot you can customize on Android, from changing launchers to using icon packs or fully fledged themes, or even flashing entire ROMs for their look and feel. That being said, one of the oldest and simplest customization options is also one of the most noticeable: changing your wallpaper. Finding a good wallpaper can be...

The State of Android Gaming — Interesting Takeaways From TestBird

TestBird is a Chinese startup company established in 2013 that offers a cloud testing platform for mobile games. The company will be publishing the first English edition of their report, China's Mobile Game Compatibility Test White Paper for the First Half of 2015, at Game Connection this coming Wednesday. Game Connection is an international convention for...

A Detailed Tutorial to Flashing WP8/10 on Your Lumia Devices

Ever had a botched system update on your Lumia device, or wanted to downgrade for a reason or another? If so, then you've probably heard that you need to flash back the Windows ROM.While there are various device-specific or OEM-specific tools to do so for you, it can still be a daunting task for a...

Find The Best Apps With Google’s Categoric Top Charts

The Google Play Store is, for most of us, the main source of applications. That's not particularly surprising since it's pre-installed on every Android smartphone you're likely to get, and counts a huge selection of apps, passing 1.6 million in July.It's hard to have both quality and quantity with that number. There's a lot of...

An Update on Vinli, a Device to Turn Your Car into a Connected Car

There's been a clear, rising interest in connected cars lately (not to be confused with self-driving cars, which are a bit further along the road). This is especially true when it comes to some major tech companies that are new to the automobile business, such as Google or Apple. New companies are also showing up to...

Sony Confirms Why the Z5 Only Renders in 4K When Necessary

If you haven't heard about it yet, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the company's latest flagship and the first smartphone with a 4K display. We previously covered that the Z5 Premium does not run at 4K natively all the time, which actually makes sense. Sony has now confirmed this to Phone Arena, explaining content is...

MiniMap, a Clever Floating and Resizable Map Overlay

Ever needed a small map floating in the corner of your screen while you multitask? Inspired by video games featuring minimaps, XDA Senior Member Flyview created an app that offers exactly that.MiniMap shows you a small, resizable map as an overlay on any other app you're using. You can use it to give quick directions...

Google’s Ways of Monetizing Android — What They Know

As an interesting thought exercise, let's take a look at how Google can potentially use Android to further drive their other services and make great profit. It's highly unlikely push ads will ever be used as most users are completely against them, and Google's own Play Store policies forbid them. This article doesn't aim to predict...

SlimRoms is Back to Life, for Real This Time

The SlimRoms team has been silent for a while, due to various technical and management problems, and we heard more about their situation today due to an informative G+ post. After a SlimRoms member responsible for the servers suddenly left them, they realised how much they were relying on a single person and decided to...

AOSParadox, a New ROM for the OnePlus One With a Fresh Perspective

AOSParadox is the first ROM for the OnePlus One that isn't based on the CM device tree. Instead, it's directly based off CAF AOSP (CodeAurora Forums; CAF AOSP is basically stock AOSP with additional optimizations for Qualcomm devices) repos, making it as close to AOSP as you can get on a non-Nexus. Why is the device...