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CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

Posted by Will Verduzco November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

CPU Spy Material Design

At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks.

Fast forward three years, and we’ve seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our devices evolved, so too did the Android OS and its aesthetic. In keeping with Android’s new Material Design UI paradigm, XDA Recognized Developer existz decided to give storm717’s open source app a material design makeover.

Just like the original app, the app is able to track the ‘time in state’ for every clock speed supported by your kernel. This is displayed in a bar graph, elapsed time, and percentage readout. But now, the whole UI meshes well with Lollipop, and the results are as beautiful as you’d expect.

The app is currently only compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but work is being done to bring it to earlier Android versions in the near future. If you’re running Lollipop and want a pretty way of checking your clocks, head over to the CPU Spy Material application thread to get started.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game?

In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently TK reviewed Amazon’s newest Fire TV device. How does this compare to the Chromecast? Check out this video to find out!

Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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Fight the Heat and Conserve Battery with EaseUS Coolphone

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Memory hungry Android applications are often responsible for making our device overheat. Having a highly active CPU and GPU can significantly decrease not only performance due to thermal throttling, but also battery life of your device because it’s working much harder. Furthermore, batteries less efficiently store charge when they’re running at above optimal batteries. And since batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles, you will eventually find that your battery discharges much faster than it did originally.

There are some things that you can do to make your battery last longer. Your battery’s temperature can be controlled by third party applications like EaseUS Coolphone by XDA Senior Member Santhosh M. EaseUS Coolphone is an app that can be used to close all the background processes that make your device overly stressed and hot. In addition to one tap closing, which is a very nice feature, the application offers a few interesting options like switching device’s connectivity settings through toggles and adding battery temperature or percentage indicators.

Some features available in the application require root to work better. If you can’t or don’t want to root your device, you can still use EaseUS Coolphone, but your possibilities will be somewhat impaired. The app itself should work with every device running Ice Cream Sandwich or newer.

More information regarding the application, thorough feature list and download link can be found in the EaseUS Coolphone-Cool Battery forum thread. Are you facing an overheating battery? Head over there and give this application a shot.

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Battery Charged in 30 Seconds? Maybe in 2016

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A lab worker disconnects from a charger a mobile phone at headquarters of StoreDot in Tel Aviv

Phones and tablets are getting more and more power hungry with each passing generation. Their battery capacities continue to rise, but still we have to face the problem of slowly charging and rapidly discharging batteries. A reasonable solution still hasn’t been developed, but it appears that some good news is just around the corner.

The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has developed a battery capable of storing a much higher charge more quickly than possible before. As a result, the battery can be fully charged in stunning 30 seconds. A prototype that is currently in use is still too bulky to be shipped with our super-slim smartphones, but StoreDot thinks that they will be able to make the battery significantly smaller by 2016.

The Israeli scientists are able to accomplish this feat using fancy “nanodots,” which are the bio-organic peptide molecules. The project is co-funded by one of the leading Asian phone makers. We should expect to see the first phones with a new type of batteries in 2016 if all goes according to plan.

The projected cost at the time seems like it will lead to a $100-$150 premium over existing models, but such a feature would be worth every penny for road warriors. One battery should last 1500 charges, which is approximately 3 years of standard usage–enough for the lifespan of most devices.

StoreDot also believes that the developed technology can be extended to car batteries. They plan to charge a car battery in two or three minutes, which is significantly better than several hours.

[via New York Post]

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ZArchive Manages Your File Archives

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management.

Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications like ZArchiver, which was developed by XDA Forum Member Ant-ON. The application can be used create multiple file types like, 7zip, zip, bzip2, gzip–just to name just a few. The full list of supported formats to decompress is even more impressive, as the app can open almost every archive extension.

ZArchiver is not a new project, as its initial release was way back in February 2013. It’s still actively developed though, and Ant-ON recently released a new beta that makes the application compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

If you work a lot on archives and want to have a useful tool to handle all your files, ZArchiver is exactly what you need.  You can read more about supported formats and other features that this application has to offer by visiting the official ZArchive application thread.

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Regain Double Tap to Wake Functionality on the Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Double tap to Wake Enabler

A few months ago, Google announced its newest flagship device, the Nexus 6, alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and some other sweet news (Lollipop!) Unlike previous phones in the Nexus line, the Nexus 6 featured some very impressive specs that pleased many users–though others were undoubtedly a bit less pleased with its higher price point. One particular feature that ended up in the Nexus 9 but not the Nexus 6 is double tap to wake.

If you happen to own the device codenamed shamu, then you might know that it was actually originally intended to have this option enabled by default. Unfortunately, it was disabled prior to release. Fortunately, it can be enabled back from the shell (using a terminal emulator or the ADB shell) assuming you’re rooted. That being said, if you prefer a simpler method, you’re also in luck: XDA Forum Member naxir made an application that does all of the work for you.

Doubletap to Wake Enabler allows you to enable the double tap to wake feature on your Nexus 6 with a single tap–get it? It also has the option to re-enable it on every boot, and is open source if you’d like to check it out yourself. While the application would normally cost you $0.99, naxir was kind enough to provide a complete APK to XDA users for free. (Note that you still need to be rooted in order for this to work.)

Keep in mind that this implementation was likely disabled in the past because it’s not completely ready for the average user, and may not be entirely reliable if your device has been sleeping for a while. Nevertheless, you’re more than welcome to give it a shot, and see how well it works for you. To do so, simply head over to the Doubletap to Wake Enabler forum thread, install and enable the application!

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Clean Your Recent Apps – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


In this day and age, you have quite a few apps installed and running on your Android device. Sometimes, having a lot of background processes can drain your battery. While the Android system does a good job of trying to maintain those background apps, sometimes it is better to just remove them. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes having an automated process makes it easier.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that automatically cleans your recent apps from your memory. XDA Senior Member created the Recent App Cleaner module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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Android Studio Reaches Release Candidate Status

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Android app developers have a few options when comes to Android IDEs. One of the most commonly used is the Android Studio. The IntelliJ Studio has been in active development for some time now. Android Studio is nearing its first stable release. As such, the first Release Candidate has been submitted to the Canary channel.

The release can still be described as not fully functional. There are a few bugs that still need to be ironed out, but the IDE will get its stable release shortly. In addition to some bug fixes, Android Studio has a new logo that is now available on the splash screen. The release candidate comes with Maven repository bundled up, so there is no need to be online in order to create a project.

Android Studio is one of the most capable IDEs available for Android. If you haven’t had a chance to test this suite yet, this is a great time to give it a shot. All you need to do is change your update channel to Canary to get in on the release candidate status.

More information regarding the release can be found in the official blog entry on Android Developers. You can download the latest stable release of Android Studio by heading over to this page.

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Connect ALL THE THINGS with Xender

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Smartphones, with all of their all connectivity options courtesy of OEMs, can easily connect themselves with various other devices. Android itself doesn’t give you too many options when it comes to file sharing, so you need external apps that allow you to share the content of your device or use your PC to browse phones memory wirelessly.

One app that allows you to connect with other phones to share your photos, applications, and other media files easily is Xender. The application comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member AnMobi, and it can connect two phones or a phone and your PC–without cables. You can even connect your Android phones to iPhones or iPads to easily share data with them.

If your phone is rooted, you can do such fancy things like share photos on your PC screen, send text messages, and more. Xender for PC uses the webpage to connect with the PC. In other words, your screen data is transmitted through the cloud similarly to what you would see in other remote desktop server/clients like Jump Desktop or Chrome Remote Desktop. While this isn’t the best for those who are browsing sensitive information on their devices, it does make the connection very easy and lets you get set up by just scanning a QR code with built-in scanner. Everything looks neat and works quite fast.

You can easily use your phone to share data with your friends or control your devices by sitting right in front of your computer. All you need is Xender and the Xender for PC applications. You can download them from the Xender Screen and Data Sharing and Xender File Sharing threads.

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Unofficial CM12 for Android One, Disabling Encryption on Nexus 6 – XDA TV

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


Android One devices have received an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of a Jolla Sailfish OS tablet and be sure the check out the article talking about how to disable data encryption on the Nexus 6! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! unlock your LG G3. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video talking about the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

Links to stories mentioned:

Check out Jordan’s YouTube Channel and Jordan’s Gaming YouTube Channel

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