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Get Your XDA 2015 Custom Avatar and Signature Images Here

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Custom XDA 2015 Avatar and Signature Images

As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The community comes foremost, with contributions made in various forms, such as ROMs, mods, open source apps, and much more. Each user contributes in one way or another–be it in the aforementioned ways or by testing, reporting bugs, flashing unstable builds, and so on.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, XDA Senior Member thenookieforlife3 has consolidated a thread where services such as custom avatar and signature image design are offered at no cost, with a single request being all that’s needed to get such a custom set. The signature and avatar images come in a variety of themes, including light and dark variations of XDA’s 2013 and 2015 themes, with your username and forum title emblazoned across them. Optionally, thenookieforlife3 also offers custom colored images with slight variations.

Head over to the custom signature and avatar images thread to get started with acquiring your shiny new image sets. Do consider thanking or donating to thenookieforlife3 if you take a liking to his work and are satisfied with it.

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Nova Launcher Update Brings Lollipop Functionality and Feel

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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One of the most popular third party launcher on Android, Nova Launcher, has just received an update to version 3.2. The new stable version of this great and lightweight application brings multiple optimizations and fixes, as well as an Android 5.0 Lollipop overall UI feel.

Many of this update’s changes are hidden deep under the hood, so you need to know where to find them. Kevin Barry, known to many of you as XDA Senior Member kevin@TeslaCoil added a short changelog to his Google+. What’s new in Nova Launcher?

Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
Lollipop Icon Theme for Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Downloads, Email, Dialer, Settings and SMS (Settings – Look Feel – Icon Theme)
Preview of scroll effects in Settings
Optimizations and fixes

The changes are not limited only to Android 4.3 and newer, and you can see them on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you can’t wait for actual Lollipop to hit your device, you can enjoy some of the Material Design-inspired animations with this latest update of Nova Launcher.

You can grab the application by visiting the official Nova Launcher thread. Remember to use the stable branch of the application. The update should also hit the Play Store any moment, so be prepared to see the new version of the launcher heading your way.

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Check Your I/O Usage with Iotop for Android

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux–only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.

Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.

Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:

  1. A rooted device.
  2. A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can always ask your kernel developer to enable the necessary configs (or enable them yourself if you’re compiling your own kernel — if not, you unfortunately can’t do anything else).

This can be particularly handy if you’re experiencing lag but CPU isn’t the issue (in which case you could fire iotop up and check if any process is causing a lot of I/O activity in the background), or if you’re trying to debug your app. If you’d like to find out more, visit the iotop for Android forum thread now to see how to install and use it.

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: XHangouts Will Improve Your Hangouts

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

XHangouts for Hangouts

Ever since Google started supporting text messaging in Hangouts many people have changed over. However, there are many people who still gripe that MMS is a pain at times. Additionally, Hangouts, like most Google apps, tries to tell you which is best, so changing button actions an preferences is not always easy.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change your Hangouts preferences. XDA Senior Member Kevin M created the XHangouts 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 TV Videos

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Shattered Screen? Turn Your Broken Device into a Complete Media Center!

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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A cracked screen usually means you’ll have to spend a hefty amount to make your device usable again. For older devices, it might actually be easier to buy a new one. If this situation sounds familiar, or if you simply have an old device with a shattered screen laying around, XDA Forum Member mailme45 has written a guide that may help you make that device useful once again.

The tutorial walks you through turning your phone into a fully fledged media center (running a fork of XBMC/Kodi). Assuming your device supports MHL, you’ll only need a few things to get started:

  1. A USB OTG cable along with a mouse so you can control the phone until it’s fully set up.
  2. An MHL adapter that allows you to display your phone’s screen on your TV or monitor.
  3. A way to control the device remotely once it’s ready. In this case, a Wi-Fi connection and Yatse, a free remote app for XBMC/Kodi.

This probably won’t cost you more than $10 to $40, depending on where you buy the accessories from. You could even do without the USB OTG cable if you’re rooted, in which case you’d be able to use ADB instead.

Alright, folks — you’ve seen the requirements, so if you have a device with a shattered screen laying around, a USB OTG cable and MHL adapter, make sure to head over to the Shattered Scren Media Center tutorial thread to give a new life to your phone, and turn it into a complete media center.

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Updated Android Lollipop Preview Images – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Android Lollipop Preview Images are now available! 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 Android L final API and marterial design support library going live and be sure the check out the article talking about the Micromax Canvas 5 which may ship with CyanogenMod! 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 off the Best 3 Pro Camera Apps. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video showing you how to unlock and root a Nexus Device. Then XDa TV posted the opening keynote from Google at this years Big Android BBQ. 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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Get a Complete Set of Logs with Andy Log

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we’re not talking about lumberjack work. We’re talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don’t even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself.

To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per one log. It’s a big waste of internal storage and application grid. XDA Senior Member Bassel Bakr gave us the pleasure to meet Andy Log, the logging application to rule them all. The concept of Andy Log is very simple, yet innovative. The application can save the following logs: logcat, build.prop, CPU info, systctl, kmgsg, last kmsg, dmesg and uptime. Logs are stored on your SD card, and you can select the pattern of file naming. After obtaining your logs, you can use them for your internal usage or provide them to developer of your favorite ROM or kernel.

The application will work with any rooted device running Ice Cream Sandwich or newer. It’s simple, lightweight and can easily replace several logging applications. Andy Log gives its users the ability to pull logs that are usually not the easiest to get without any trouble.

You can get the application and identify all issues with your device by visiting the Andy Log application thread.

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AutoCon Manages Your Connections to Perserve Battery Life

Posted by Will Verduzco October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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As we’ve talked about in the past, battery life is still somewhat of a sore spot on most modern day Android devices. While our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and storage have all received many boosts over the years, battery life on most mainstream devices has not. As such, making it through a full dayu of heavy use is difficult almost no matter what device you run–with the obvious exception of phablets like the Galaxy Note lineup.

Luckily, there are quite a few ways to stretch out your battery so you don’t have to be tethered to a charger all day. Obviously you could replace your kernel with a more battery friendly variant, and you could also mitigate the biggest battery drain culprit: screen brightness. However, there are other things such as WiFi and mobile data connectivity that also tend to zap our power reserves. XDA Recognized Developer bsuhas created a smart application that is aimed at limiting your connections when your screen is off to save power and data usage.

The aptly titled AutoCon works by turning off your WiFi, mobile data, and Bluetooth connections when your screen is off and turning them back on when the screen is back on. You can set it to connect to networks periodically so that you don’t lose access to your notifications, and you can change the interval at which mobile data is reestablished to customize it to suit your needs. Furthermore, the app is also able to pull off various other tricks such as disabling WiFi when no network is available or turning off AutoCon’s connection disabling functionality when a particular app is opened. This would then allow you to whitelist certain apps that would be allowed to keep connectivity when they are open–useful for large downloads, etc.

If battery life is a sore spot for your device and you’d like to optimize your battery life in order to make the most of what you’ve got, head over to the AutoCon application thread and give it a shot.

 

 

 
AutoCon will turn off the connections when screen goes off and turn them back on when screen turns on – Saves battery by turning off connections when you don’t need them, Saves data usages. You can still be connected to internet by activating networks periodically when screen remains off!

AutoCon helps user to control the connections like Data, WiFi, Bluetooth with the activities of screen. This will prevent the unwanted usages of the network connections which leads to improve battery life!

It has been observed that the internet connections (WiFi and Data) are one of the primary reasons of battery drain. Also they consume battery when user don’t need them. Typically users keep the mobile always connected to internet but majority of users don’t require the always-on connection, but its sufficient for them to connect to internet when required.

Its painful for user to turn on the connection when needed and turn it off when done. Here comes AutoCon.
AutoCon will turn off the connections when screen goes off and turn them back on when screen turns on!

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How to Unlock and Root a Nexus Device – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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It is official–Google has released the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus family is growing, and as we all know the great part of a Nexus device is that you can customize it to your heart’s content. While rooting, unlocking, and installing a custom recovery on a Nexus device is easy, sometimes you just want to click and go.

In today’s video,  XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh‘s Nexus Root Toolkit. This kit allows you to to quickly and easily make your desired changes to your Nexus devices. This video gives an overview of the toolkit and shows you how to root, bootloader unlock, and install a custom recovery on your Nexus 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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Easily Load Your Favorite Kernels with Kernel Manager

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Custom kernels are designed to make our devices run better, faster, and be more battery friendly than their stock counterparts. Kernel development is definitely not easy, as it requires lots of knowledge about the Linux ecosystem and coding ability. You can find multiple kernels available in basically any device subforum.

Kernel developers often create applications to keep their users on updated versions and to streamline the update process. Users can easily download the kernel and install it without even touching a USB cable, which is surely a convenient way of updating. However, not every developer creates such Android applications, so it might be a bit problematic to keep them up-to-date. XDA Recognized Developer Grarak decided to create a universal application that works with multiple devices and numerous kernels that have been added to its database.

The application is still in its testing stage and requires lots of additional polish. However, kernel developers can already submit pull requests and add their work to database as JSON entries. End user can check which kernels are available for their particular devices and automatically flash the most desired one. Hopefully this project will become successful, since it makes it easy to browse and install quite a few kernels from a unified interface.

We hope to see additional devices to be available soon. Meanwhile, you can download the application from the Kernel Manager forum thread,

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