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Streamline Android Theme Customization with Graphic Porter

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Graphic Porter

I don’t have a custom theme on my Android phone, and the reason for this is because I am too busy picky (and perhaps lazy) to go through the countless fantastic custom themes that have been created and made available here on XDA and in the Play Store. And I’m sure that many folks here are in the same situation. Because despite the vast selection of themes, we all find ourselves a little bit too picky about something specific –perhaps it’s the icons, the accent colors, or the switches. And this is where Graphic Porter comes in.

Developed by XDA Senior Member br.ruan, Graphic Porter is a tool which simplifies the process of modifying and porting existing custom themes. Running on PC, it enables you to change every aspect of the theme throughout the Android system, such as check boxes, background images, radio buttons, and IM emoticons. If there’s something you’re not happy with, just select the UI element you want to change, and the tool will automatically find and bring to you the specific files you have to change.

Graphic Porter’s porting feature is just as easy to use. The tool will automatically find the theme’s files and resize anything to suite your device’s screen resolution. Because of this method however, it should be noted that it might be a bad idea to port themes made for devices with lower dpi than your own.

Graphic Porter will definitely be a welcomed tool for anyone who likes to ensure that their Android device looks just the way they want it to look. If you would like to check this out, head over to the Graphic Porter thread for more information.

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: Modify the Look of Your Volume Control – XDA TV

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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How many screenshots have you seen with a volume status bar in the middle? How often do you wish that your volume statusbar didn’t pop up right in front of your YouTube Video? Well, with the power of the Xposed Module, you have the option of customizing your volume status bar.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you customize the display of your volume statusbar. Xposed Developer niko001 created the StatusbarVolume module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.


Be sure to check out other great XDA Developer TV Videos

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XDA Partners with LG for Developer Challenge

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Many Android enthusiasts know the name LG. LG is the maker of some Google Nexus devices and some great devices of there own, from the LG G2 and the follow up LG G3. Of course, there are many other great devices that LG makes, including tablets and watches. LG is focusing heavily on user experience. The thought is, if I have a smartphone and a tablet, can I have the same experience on both? Well LG thinks you can, that’s why they’ve developed the LG QPair. With LG QPair, users do not need to be worry about missing calls or SMSs when they are using tablets. LG QPair is an awesome feature which helps users to use their tablet and smartphones seamlessly. The LG QPair SDK is the software tool that opens APIs for LG’s unique QPair application. With the LG QPair SDK, LG invites developers to build unique, delightful, and practical apps that push the boundaries of traditional user experience.

The XDA – LG Developer Challenge is a 2-week competition – your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best LG QPair SDK app and bring it to life with a LG G Pad of your own. We’ll be awarding LG G Pads to the 10 best app proposals in order to give even first time developers a chance to work on the LG platform. Of the 10 proposals that we select, the best 2 LG QPair SDK apps created will rewarded with a new LG G Watch R.

Here’s how the competition is going to go:

Round 1 (September 29 – October 10, 2014):

  1. Developers around the world are invited to submit a proposal for an app they want to build with LG’s QPair SDK before October 10, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time).
  2. A panel of judges from both XDA and LG will select 10 Finalists, based on the proposals innovation, ingenuity and originality.
  3. The 10 Finalists will each receive one LG G Pad to develop their apps on.

Round 2 (October 18 – December 19, 2014):

  1. Finalists have 8 weeks to develop their apps and submit them before December 19, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time) for Grand Prize consideration.
  2. A panel of judges from both XDA and LG will select 1 Grand Prize winner.
  3. Via an open voting system, the public will vote for its favorite app among the 10 Finalists and select the Popular Choice Grand Prize winner.
  4. Both Grand Prize winners will receive a LG G Watch R for their winning apps.

Grand prize and Popular Choice award winners will be announced on December 27, 2014.

Prizes

App Idea Finalists (10)
- LG G Pad

Grand Prize Winners (2)
-LG G Watch R

Important Dates

  • Challenge Idea Submission Period: September 29, 2014 (9:00am Pacific Time) – October 10, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
  • Idea Selection Period: October 10, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time) – October 14, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
    • Idea Selection will be done by LG and XDA.
  • LG G Pad Shipment Date: October 17, 2014
  • Challenge Development Period: October 14, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time) – December 19, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
  • App Submission Date: on or before December 19, 2014 (5:00pm Pacific Time)
  • Finalist Voting Period: December 20, 2014 (10:00am Pacific Time) – December 27, 2014 (1:00pm Pacific Time)
    • Public Finalist Voting will take place on the XDA Website and will be open only to registered XDA users.
    • XDA & LG will choose 1 grand finalist winner.
  • All Winners Announced: On or around December 27, 2014 (2:00pm Pacific Time)

Terms & Conditions

  • Only one entry per person may be accepted, and excess entries will be disqualified
  • You must be a member in good standing, with no history of bans and/or serious infractions.
  • Developers must have shipping address based in the U.S.
  • You must be able and willing to keep your contest thread updated.
  • XDA reserves the right to disqualify an entry for any extenuating circumstances.
  • If selected in the first phase, the developer must use the LG QPair SDK to build their app.
  • The app can be LG devices only or pair with any Android smartphone.
  • Developers must submit their app to the Google Play Store and the LG Smart World to be a valid entry in the last phase of the competition

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Customizing the OnePlus One, XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Live! – XDA TV

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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You can now customize your OnePlus One’s boot logo! 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 XDA 2015 forum redesign going live and be sure the check out the article showing you how to compile your own Ubuntu kernel! 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 droidmodd3rx released a video reviewing Paranoid Android. Then rirozizo showed you how to be a good user. 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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Change the Volume From the Notification Panel with Xposed

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Notification Volume

You know, it seems like a lot of the time it’s simply much easier to navigate to my phone’s ‘sound’ settings and manually change the volume of my music rather than actually pressing the physical volume buttons on the side. Maybe because my device is finally showing its age, or I’m just not patient enough, but on many occasions the volume buttons decide not to trigger, or it changes the wrong type of volume at the good part of the song which absolutely needs to be played at the loudest volume. And I’m sure that many of us share similar gripes with our devices. Lucky for us however, XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik has developed the perfect Xposed module for the job.

Aptly name Notification Volume, the Xposed module imbeds volume sliders into the bottom of the notification panel of your Android device. This means the next time you need to immediately change the volume, you don’t have to wait for your volume buttons to ‘unlag’ as you can simply drag down the notification panel and adjust your ringer, media, or alarm volume from there. As of right now however, two bugs are yet to be ironed out, being that the volume sliders overlap your quick setting tiles if you have a lot, and the sliders will not update if the volume was changed by the volume buttons.

If you would like to give Notification Volume a whirl on your device, head over to the Notification Volume module thread to get started.

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Paranoid Android AOSPA 4.6 Beta 2 Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Paranoid Android custom ROMs is not for tin-foil hat wearing users. At least not exclusively. They bill themselves as a custom ROM focused on open devices. Their aim is to extend Android, under the same guise as Google with is Android Open Source Project. Further Paranoid Android is proud of the fact that you will find a minimalistic user focused approach to Android instead of a bunch of options.

In today’s video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off Paranoid Android on his Samsung Galaxy S4. The main features covered and talked about in today’s video are “Rainbow Smoothness”, DSB (Dynamic System Bars) and various bug fixes to improve performance. While we are showing the version on the Samsung Galaxy S4, the features will be similar on any Paranoid Android supported device. Grab your favorite beverage and check out this video.

Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos.

Check out droidmodd3rx’s YouTube Channel.

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Liven up Your Notification Icons by Animating them with LiveIcons

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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We usually see quite a bit of Android customization in a few select elements of the UI, such as the lock screen, status and navigation bars, and home launcher. However, one of the areas we’ve not seen many people delve into is device animation, particularly with regards to animated notification icons. Perhaps it’s a little too insignificant for anyone to notice, or maybe it just never came across people’s minds, but animated notification icons might be a really fun part of Android customization that no one’s really considered.

With this said, XDA Senior Member hulgo has developed an Xposed module called LiveIcons that animates your Android device’s notification icons. As of right now, the module allows you to replace your current still SMS icon with either of two animated icons called ‘Breathing’ and ‘Flip’. The module is compatible with any Android device running any ROM that uses the AOSP messaging app with the package name com.android.mms.

Hopefully in the future we’ll see more icons and options introduced to LiveIcons in the future, as it is definitely a fun module that has a lot of potential. If you would like to give this a go, contribute to the module, or check out the development progress, head over to the LiveIcons module thread for more information.

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Calc+ Is the Calculator of the Future

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The Calculator app is one of these small tools that we can’t really live without. And in practice, we use them quite often. Physical calculators were replaced by phones ages ago. And with Android, the calculator app can take the form of a full fledged scientific calculator tool.

Every Android phone has a calculator installed, but to be honest it’s far from being great. There are some great alternatives available in the market, like the Calc+ application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. This calculator allows you to perform basic calculations as well as using some advanced functions like square root or trigonometric functions. If you enter a bad value, you can fix it by simply tapping on it and entering the new one.

If you have something to share, this application allows you to do so, just select which activity you want to use and you’re done. If you find the default skin boring or not nice enough, you can use one of many themes and fonts. Some of them are free while the rest requires a small fee. The calculator’s functionality isn’t limited in any kind.

Start calculating in the new, professional and pretty way with Calc+. You can get it from the Calc+ application thread.

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How to Be a Good Custom ROM or Kernel User – XDA TV

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Listen, we understand, starting down the path of device hacking, customization and development can be daunting. The experienced guys at time can seem like jerks. However, most of the time, its not that they want to be jerks, its that they know that the journey to Android customization enlightenment is filled with trials and tribulations that help you learn and become an expert yourself. It’s almost more about the journey than the destination.

In this episode of XDA TV, Producer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo gives you some basic tips and tricks on how to be a good custom ROM or Kernel users. Or most generally how to be a good XDA user. It gives you some basic edicate rules for communicating with developers on the XDA forums. So, if you don’t want to be called an annoying noob, check out this video.


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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AndroidCtrlUI.dll Lets Devs Browse Device Files in Windows Explorer

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In the not too distant past, we talked about AndroidCtrl.dll, an interesting library that can be used with various Windows-based projects to communicate with Android devices. This library is a set of tools written in C# .NET 4 that enhances the original capabilities of ADB, Fastboot, and other basic Android communication methods.

The developer of this library, the XDA Senior Member k1ll3r8e, developed a new tool based on AndroidCtrl.dll: the AndroidCtrlUI.dll. This time you can browse files in the Windows Explorer style by using ADB. It’s a convenient way of file operations, since this doesn’t require any commands to be entered by users. Everything looks exactly like with regular folder view and can be managed just by using GUI and mouse.

This library can be used with various Windows tools that use ADB to communicate with Android devices. Just like its predecessor, the project needs to be written in a .NET 4 language to work properly. K1ll3r8e provided a set of instructions to show you how to add the library and call it from the code.

You can add AndroidCtrlUI.dll to your project right now. All you need to do is visit the AndroidCtrlUI forum thread, download the file, and import it with your favorite IDE.

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