Posts From GermainZ

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.

Notification Memos & Action Shortcuts Using Memo Reminders

Looking for a simple reminder app for actions you need to do soon, but without a set date and time? Memo Reminders by XDA Senior Member drashko lets you do that with zero hassle: just open it up, enter the reminder text, save it and you're done. A notification is then created, giving you easily...

Scan Resistors with ScanR

Ever messed with resistors? They're electrical components that limit the current in electrical circuits, basically making sure your TV can handle the voltage it gets when you plug it in. Failure to do so would likely result in tears due to your TV frying.Each resistor has a different resistance value, indicated using color-coding:There are usually...

Encore Music: an Open Source, Extendable Music Player

Streaming services have become a convenient and popular way to enjoy the latest music on the go. Unfortunately, using such a service means you need to use multiple apps if you want to keep your local music separate, or that you have to settle with the service's official app even if it lacks features you...

Optimize Battery Life with This Useful App

Battery life is an important aspect of your smartphone, especially if you use it for more than just calls on the go. Since you're on XDA, you probably do and want to get the most out of your battery. Now, you can't magically expand its size but no matter how much its capacity is, you...

An Updated Look at Glimpse Notifications

We've already featured Glimpse Notifications, by XDA Senior Member xrad, in the past. Quite a bit has changed since then, though. It's still the same app at the core with the same goal: to make taking a glimpse at your lockscreen easier when a notification comes in.While you should be able to use it with...

Clavis Keyboard, a PC-like Keyboard for Your Tablet

Ever wanted a PC-like keyboard for your tablet? One that could make use of all the screen estate, offer easy access to special and accented characters, and then some? That's what XDA Forum Member Woragh wanted, but he couldn't find any that fit all of his needs. And thus, Clavis Keyboard was born.Clavis Keyboard is...

Glimpse Notifications: Easier Lockscreen Notifications

Lollipop brought a revamp to the lockscreen, taking away custom widgets but showing your notifications instead. If you're a fan of that, you might want an easier way to check your notifications as they come in, without losing your current lockscreen.Glimpse Notifications by XDA Senior Member xrad offers just that. You'd normally have to turn...

AcDisplay 3.4: Pick Your Own Widget

You've probably heard of AcDisplay by XDA Recognized Developer AChep. If not, its goal is to inform you about new notifications while your screen is off. To do that, it shows you a minimal screen with intuitive gestures to view, clear or action the notification.AcDisplay is usable out of the box: you just need to...

CutCalc: A Calculator for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical and mechatronics engineers may want a handy app to calculate data for drilling, milling and turning. If you're part of those, you might have searched the Play store only to give up after not finding anything useful. Fortunately, XDA Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf found himself in that same situation, but decided to fix it by making...

Chrome 42: Narrowing the Gap Between Web & Native Apps

Websites have typically been less desirable than native apps, due to being unoptimized for mobile screens, responsiveness issues or simply not being able to provide all the features you might desire. New web standards aim to change that, and Chrome 42 will bring several of them to you. Push Notifications You'll be able to receive notifications from...

Streamline SharedPreferences with StoreBox

Many applications need to save data in a persistent manner for user preferences or options (e.g. the app's theme if choices are available or highscores). That's usually done via the SharedPreferences class, which basically lets developers store and retrieve key-value pairs of data (e.g. "themeToUse" is the key, "DarkTheme" is the value). This data is...

Major Update to Opera Mini

Opera comes in two main flavors for Android: Opera browser and Opera Mini. The latter is a great choice for users with slow connections or limited bandwidth, as it greatly compresses data (more aggressively than Opera browser's Turbo mode). You can easily save up to 90% of your bandwidth without any major differences for most...