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Effectively Optimize Your Media Scanner Service with Xposed

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android’s developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot.

The Media Scanner service itself doesn’t offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can’t control it. Well, you can’t do so easily without the Xposed Framework. XDA Forum Member thomashofmann decided to address the issues with Media Scanner by creating a module that provides quite a few tweaks. With this module, you can easily select which folders will be scanned, run the process in the foreground, or trigger the scan wherever you want it to run. There are even more features, which can be accessed by launching the module icon in the application drawer.

To use this module, your device must be rooted and run Android 4.0.4 or higher. Xposed Framework doesn’t yet work with ART, so this and other modules are obviously unusable with the newest release of our favorite operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

You can learn more about the Media Scanner and its behavior by visiting the Xposed Media Scanner Optimizer forum thread. Of course, the module can be found there as well.

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Stream Your Media Files with the New Version of Droid Sync Manager

Posted by wicked September - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn’t put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6.

With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh. The most important ones are certainly a changed UI for the Android client, which now follows Material Design UI language and two things related to phone to PC communication. With this new version, you can now stream music and video files directly to your Android device and access the Windows network shared files. These functions might really come in handy when you have a video file available on computer and don’t want to spend an eternity copying the content to your phone or tablet. Many bugs that have been discovered since the initial release have been fixed as well, to make this project as stable as possible.

Droid Sync Manager is a tool that is definitely worth trying if you are using Windows as your main operating system on your PC. With this utility you are getting the most of both OSes since they can now play really nicely together. If you haven’t tried DoidSync yet, it’s a good time to change this. If you already have, then check what’s new. You can learn more about this project by visiting the Droid Sync Manager app thread.

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Disable the APK Installation Screen with Xposed

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Many applications available here on XDA that aren’t available on the Google Play Store. There are usually a few reasons for their absence: Developer accounts cost money, they are too “hacky” to be acceptable on the Play Store, or simply developers don’t want to release their work in the biggest app store for Android. You can find plenty such applications in the various forums we have here.

Unlike some other operating systems, Android allows its users to install applications directly from internal storage. When initializing installation, you are given a screen that shows you every permission used by the app and other important information. Normally, you should be well informed of all of the permissions used by every single application. However, if you’re installing APKs en masse after a format and you already know that they are safe from previous experience, the repeated windows before installation can become a bit burdensome. XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik realized this and created an Xposed Framework module that lets you disable such time-consuming screens.

Before using this module, you must keep in mind that these screens are there for a reason, and as such you need to use it wisely. Some applications contain malicious code that can be harmful to your device or steal valuable information, so we only recommend using it in a situation similar to the one listed above and only with trusted applications by well known developers.

If you are going to install many APKs directly and you already know that they are safe, you may wish to streamline the process. Head over to the AutoInstaller module thread, follow the instructions provided in the opening post, and enjoy fast and automatic app installation. Once done, don’t forget to disable the module so you don’t unwittingly install malicious apps.

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Blast Those Flags with Knock the Flags

Posted by egzthunder1 July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Lately, we have seen a rather drastic shift in the world of mobile device gaming. The infamous Angry Birds series has tried to reinvent itself again and again, attempting to continue reigning supreme over all else. However, it seems that it was not really enough, and it makes sense. After all, just how many times can you possibly sling a bird at pigs without looking for something else to do? Then, came the spawn from Hell known as Flappy Birds, closely followed by the likes of 2048, and several of the aforementioned games’ variations. Maybe, it is time to take a step back and look at one of the game styles that gave birth to the infamous FPS genre. Shooting things down when you are doing it from your own point of view is a far more challenging endeavor, particularly when you have physics involved. If this sounds appealing enough, then you may want to stop by and test XDA Forum Member Arbiter7‘s latest addition to the Android world of gaming.

Knock the Flags is a game that somewhat resembles what the next iteration of Angry Birds should have been. Essentially, you are manning a cannon, and your objective is to shoot your ammo at the flags set on the screen. The game will take into consideration various factors such as distance and shooting angle (ballistics), on top of providing you with 4 different types of ammo, each with different attributes, to achieve your objective. The terrain on which the flags are located are key to the strategy that you must use in order to achieve the most destruction by shooting the least number of cannon balls. You can even follow the ball as it goes towards the target thanks to the “Flycam” feature. That is the closest most of us will ever get to being a human cannonball.

The game can be challenging but certainly a fun way to pass the time (and understand a bit about physics in the process). It is still, however, under development and there might be things that you might not be entirely content with. So, if you happen to have a few minutes you can provide the dev with feedback, suggestions, and even bug reports if you happen to come across a few. You can find more information in the Knoch the Flags game thread.

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Reddit for Android: As Close to Official Reddit as it Gets

Posted by egzthunder1 July - 19 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The online world is made up of several factions, clans, communities, social media sites—whatever you want to call them. Pretty much every person in the world with Internet access belongs to at least a few of these, and if not as a member, at the very least as an everyday lurker. After all, we all need our daily dose of cats, bacon, cats with bacon, and so on. Some people prefer the social aspect of sites like Facebook. Then, after you get past pseudo real/serious sites, comes what the new Internet culture has become. You have the likes of Digg, Reddit, and if you walk a little further towards the edge of the abyss, you get 4chan. That said, if you’ve made your way to 4Chan, you’ve gone too far—no, really! Today, we are focusing on Reddit and an app created by XDA Senior Member Theworld2020.

Reddit for Android is an app that, despite not being officially maintained by the Reddit team themselves, is built with everything they would do if they were to code one. For starters, the app is made with Reddit’s own API and coded with every bit of Google and Reddit’s standards, rules, and regulations. This is done so that the app’s experience is as close as your PC’s version of the social site–but without making you believe that you are no longer using Android. As for features, it contains all the features you have grown to love (or hate) of the actual site, such as the ability to see comments, upvote and downvote everything in sight, working account login and even new registration options, browse through your own history (for the narcissist in all of us), and best of all, it is light on battery usage. Oh, and did we mention that the app is not only free but ad-free as well? (That’s really a plus over most other Reddit apps out there.)

The app is fresh out of the oven,and the dev is looking for feedback on how to make it better. Maybe you can suggest a few options that are missing, or maybe you came across a bug. Either way, please drop by the thread and take the app for a spin. Good luck, and remember: If you see 4chan in the URL, you went too far. You can find more information in the Reddit App thread.

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Quick Note is a Stylish and Capable Notetaking App

Posted by wicked July - 19 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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In this crazy fast and modern world, we often need to supplement our memory by writing some notes. The classic paper and pen system is often not an option, especially now that this can be accomplished with our fingers and our Android devices.

Android is pretty bare without third party applications, but the Play Store is huge and contains dozens of great alternative to Google’s own apps. Quick Note is one alternatives to Google Keep that was presented by XDA Forum Member HeartBroken.

Quick Note, as its name suggests, is a notepad with a bunch of handy features. In addition to making simple notes that help you to remember basic things, the application has a very useful checklist mode. You can plan your whole day and mark things off that have been done, or make a shopping list of what you need to purchase at the store. The app even allows you to set reminders for certain notes.

If you are a flash-o-holic and change your ROM several times a day, you can backup your notes with a built-in option. You can also search for notes that were written previously. Quick Note is a great companion that transforms your smartphone into a personal and capable notebook.

If you’re looking for a good notepad application alternative to Google Keep, you can try Quick Note in the Quick Note application thread.

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PINshortcuts Xposed Module Launches Apps by PIN Code

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Security in Android (or any mobile device platform) is one of the top priorities for users. Google offers a few ways of protecting your private information and device data. These range from the popular pattern unlock to the old school, yet still functional PIN code.

By default the OS asks you to enter a PIN code once the device is powered on. Protecting it with just a single code may not be enough, so third party developers invented a new ways of protection every day. One of them was presented by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik. PINshortcuts is an Xposed Framework module that lets you set PIN codes on per-app basis.

For example, if you want to open XDA App, you can to enter 1234. When an you want to launch your Internet Browser, you can use a different PIN code like 4321. After entering the code, the app will start directly from lock screen. Naturally, you can unlock your device without launching any apps by entering the default PIN code. The solution is pretty useful, but you obviously need to be careful. The more codes you try to remember will lead to some that you inevitably forget. Also a longer list of PIN codes will also give intruders more chances to simply guess the number and steal your data.

PINshortcuts is an Xposed module. This means that your device must be rooted in order to use this module. If you would like to use this module on your phone or tablet, make your way to the PINshortcuts thread and give it a try. How would you extend the security and functionality of your device? Let us know in the comments below.

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Avoid All the Space Junk in Debris Cascade

Posted by egzthunder1 July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Are you tired of Temple Run, Despicable Me 2, and and the rest of those runner games out there? Would you like to try a simpler, yet more fluid game that will keep you hooked for a while? Then keep on reading because XDA Forum Member Karriz brings you something that will fill you with joy for a little while. The one thing that characterizes most runner games is the fact that the obstacles are either fixed or move in a very similar pattern time and time again with the only difficulty being that they come faster as time progresses. Well, this is where this game, called Debris Cascade, outshines the competition.

In Debris Cascade, your objective is to survive the never stopping amount of space trash floating around the Earth. You are a small, and quite tough, satellite trying to complete your orbits. Your trusty side thrusters will allow you to move up and down to prevent the orbiting garbage to collide with you. However, the problem is that you are not the only thing that the debris can collide against. The pieces can hit each other, thus changing trajectories. So, what you thought was going to go left, might end up going right and vice versa. All in all, your field of play becomes ever changing as the collisions are all random. Lastly, remember how we said that your satellite was “tough”? That is because it will enable you to withstand some punishment (3 hits to be more precise). After each hit, the satellite will lose a piece. Oh, and be careful with your own pieces as they can hit you as well!

The game is in early development so far and promises to have a decent future thanks to the smooth graphics and animations. However, as there is always room for improvement, your feedback becomes essential for the betterment of the app. So, please leave some behind and reports about bugs as well if you happen to come across any.

You can find more information in the Debris Cascade game thread.

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Theftie Helps You Find Your Stolen Device

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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When a phone or tablet gets stolen, not much can be done. Such situations should not occur, but the world isn’t perfect and some people want things for free. When this happens, there are some tools that help you protect your private data and wipe as a last resort.

Wiping data and locating your device is not everything that can be done remotely, however. XDA Senior Member leducbao has gone further and created an app that also can be used as an Xposed Framework module, to take a selfie of thief using front camera of your device. The photo is sent to a predefined Email afterwards. This data can help you and police gather evidence to catch the thief

Theftie works in three modes: Prevent protects the device from unauthorized access by locking it and making a selfie of the thief. Catch allows communication with the device. Finally, rescue data – retrieve your personal data like SMS, photos and documents and save them to Google Drive.

Just like Android Device Manager, Theftie can wipe the SD card and phone data. While activated, app can’t be uninstalled which makes your phone protected.

Don’t allow your device to be stolen without hope of rescuing your data. Head over to the application thread and give Theftie a shot.

Apps like Android Device Manager or Theftie don’t guarantee your device’s safety, so if your phone gets stolen, don’t hesitate to inform the local police.

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Bring Back Native Facebook Sync on Your Device with Xposed

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A few years ago when the whole Android party was starting, Google and Facebook were really closely integrated. Before Ice Cream Sandwich, users were able to see contacts synced directly from Facebook on their devices. Then, policies changed, and synchronization through the first party Facebook app was no longer possible, so people looking for contact syncing had to switch to a third party app in order to keep their contacts up-to-date.

Said third party apps, despite being great, have one big disadvantage: They are unable to get the Email address and phone number from your Facebook friends list. In the last few years, we’ve talked about an almost limitless number of Xposed modules for simple things like turning everything into Hodor (Hodor, Hodor, Hodor!!1oneeleven!) to more complex set of tools like GravityBox. Now, XDA Senior Member agentdr8 created a module to bring the Facebook sync functionality back. Everything is quite simple and requires just few simple steps to be followed. Once again, Xposed shows its potential to change almost anything on your OS.

Before using this module, ensure that your device is rooted and Xposed Framework is installed. After that, install the module, enable it, reboot, and enjoy your updated contact entries in your phone book. To learn more about this module, visit the original thread.

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