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Android Nougat still has Flappy Droid and the Dessert Case Daydream

With every new iteration of Android, Google introduces a new Easter egg "hidden" away in settings. I say "hidden" because these Easter eggs are more of an Android tradition/Google inside-joke by this point, rather than something we're supposed to actually hunt for. To access the Easter egg in Android, all you have to do is go...

Tutorial: Recreate The New Nexus Launcher’s Appearance in Nova

Earlier today the world was treated to a sneak peek at the new Nexus launcher which is believed to be coming with the 2016 Nexus phones. This new launcher added a chevron to open the app drawer and a shortcut to Google Now at the top of the homescreen. Now thanks to some incredibly quick...

Tutorial: Clear Drawer For Nova Launcher

Today we are going to be looking at how to setup the clear drawer look on your app drawer. We will be using Nova launcher, a few custom icon packs and a custom clock widget. Marcos has made this video for XDA TV that will take you step by step to achieve this awesome look. This...

Here’s how to Access Hidden Settings on your Phone

Depending on what flavor of Android your phone is based on, you might be stuck with a settings page that is... a bit of a mess to say the least. For that reason, Google introduced a search feature in the settings app starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are a few settings screens that are inaccessible...

Here’s a Quick Fix for the Nexus 6’s Recent YouTube App Lag Issue

Android, as we all know, is a general purpose mobile operating system. Even if you hop from one Nexus phone to another one, your software experience can differ in really subtle ways. On paper, you shouldn't notice many software differences between the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 6P. But on the Nexus 6, the YouTube app...

Huawei Phones Disable Logcat, here’s how to Restore Access

While I was helping XDA Recognized Developer and fellow Portal Writer GermainZ debug a new app we've been working on (which we think you guys will love), I needed to collect and read a logcat to figure out where things were going wrong. On my phone, I went ahead and installed MatLog by XDA Junior Member plusCubed so...

Tasker Pro: Skip Music Tracks using Volume Keys, without Root!

If you've been itching for some seriously awesome Tasker tasks (and are tired of the boring stuff like telling you how to reboot your phone or shake your phone to wake the display), then our Tasker Pro series is for you. We will be posting a series of highly advanced Tasker profiles that will show you just how powerful Tasker can...

Why and How to Use Google’s Firebase Suite: What Its Tools Can Do for You

The fundamental building blocks of Android app development can be whittled down to an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a device or emulator to run it on, and while these are enough to build an app, a host of other tools augment the developer experience, aiding the team behind the product to scale the product, improve...

How to Change Your Android Encryption Password Without Changing Your Lock Screen Password

As more and more users seek better protection for their private data across the technological space, Google has continued to introduce additional features in Android for their more privacy minded consumers. Notably, Google introduced full disk encryption (FDE) in Android Lollipop and made it a requirement for any device shipping with Android Marshmallow to have FDE...

Tasker Pro: Always Control Media Volume with Volume Keys

Automation is supposed to be about simplifying everyday tasks to give you more precious time doing the things you love. At XDA, we've shown you how you can use Tasker to secure your device, improve productivity, or make driving safer, all a part of our series called 'Tasker Week.' But the fun doesn't end there. If...

Tasker Pro: Unlock your Windows PC with your Fingerprint!

Automation is supposed to be about simplifying everyday tasks to give you more precious time doing the things you love. At XDA, we've shown you how you can use Tasker to secure your device, improve productivity, or make driving safer, all a part of our series called 'Tasker Week.' But the fun doesn't end there. If...

PSA: Enable Scroll Anchoring in Google Chrome to Prevent Annoying Page Jumps

There are a ton of awesome features hidden away in many Google apps that are rarely hyped up namely due to a lack of advertisement by Google. One such feature hidden away in Google Chrome's chrome://flags page is the Scroll Anchoring feature. Introduced back in April initially only in Google Chrome Dev v51 builds, the feature prevents...