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Chainfire updates CF.lumen, now available for non-rooted devices

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Anytime you want to change the hue or color tone of your display either for convenience purposes or if you just want to impress your friends – and you can basically be sure that stock Android will not allow you to do this – time to install Chainfire’s “CF.lumen” app. This was once a “root only” app, but now an update has brought a workaround for non-root devices.

So what happens now if you load CF.lumen on an unrooted device? For starters, it will inform you that it will be using a new rootless driver. This will workaround the root access issue by changing the screen via an overlay. That is the only thing that CF.lumen and other apps of this sort can do without root access. We have to tell you that the driver for rooted devices gives you a much better image quality, though. All told, the overlay process is still better than nothing, right?


The bonus addition – which should make you all happy – is that Chainfire has added the “Freeload” option that the developer has been putting on his apps recently. This basically gives you all the “pro version only” features for free. Yes. For real.


No telling when Chainfire will take that back, of course. So when he does (if he does), you will have to pay for the app anyways. Check out the Google Play Store to download this app.

SOURCE: Chainfire

Screen Backlight Off app saves your battery

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you like to use an app that throws your video to a different device for mirroring or listen to the audio on YouTube music videos, you may like the idea of being able to turn off the screen backlight to save power. When you turn off the screen backlight many video players stop playback. A new app has launched for rooted devices called Screen Backlight Off.

It does exactly what the name says and will turn off your backlight to save battery power while letting video players continue to work. Again, the app does require a rooted device. To turn the backlight back on when you need it, all you have to do is touch the screen.

There are some issues with certain types of screens. For instance, some OLED/AMOLED screens where the pixels emit light directly may not work. The developer also notes that if you are running MIUI ROM you have to enable show popup window via the system settings.

Users also have to be sure that the app was granted root rights. Another thing users need to check is that no brightness control or other similar app is interfering. The app can be downloaded from Google Play or side loaded.


Alpha version of GravityBox for Lollipop now available

Posted by wicked February - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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It was a relatively long wait, but definitely worth it. Developer rovo89 released the first alpha for Xposed Framework for Lollipop ten days ago, finally bringing fans of the customization platform the ability to mix and match their favorite features on top of Android 5.0. Now using Xposed became has got even easier thanks to the release of GravityBox for Lollipop.

Developer C3C076 announced on XDA that the alpha version of GravityBox v5.0.0 is currently available and should be compatible with all devices running stock Android. For now, the tool has been tested on a Nexus 5; Google Play edition phones should work fine, while further testing is needed for the Moto G. GravityBox 5 should not be used on the Moto X (2014) for now, as it causes bootloops according to C3C076.

GravityBox 5.0 will not work with custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android, or with manufacturer versions of Android, like TouchWiz or Sense.

GravityBox for Xposed offers a collection of features that can be used to easily extend the functionality of a rooted device, without having to flash a new ROM. As such, it’s ideal for those who want to get started with Android customization, but can’t – or don’t want to – mess with ROMs.

GravityBox features, as per C3C076:

  • CyanogenMod Pie controls
  • Expanded Desktop
  • Statusbar QuickSettings tile management with additional tiles and reordering /* work in progress */
  • Statusbar icon coloring
  • Statusbar Brightness Control
  • Center clock in statusbar
  • Battery indicator style
  • Navigation bar tweaks including cursor control keys
  • Low battery warning policy
  • Disable LED flashing when battery low
  • Disable LED while charging
  • Advanced power-off menu (reboot, recovery)
  • Volume key cursor control
  • Skip tracks by volume key long-press while screen off (thanks to rovo89)
  • More volume levels for music stream
  • Option to control safe headset media volume
  • Button for clearing all recent tasks at once
  • Minimal brightness setting
  • Autobrightness levels adjustment
  • Lockscreen tweaks
  • Hardware/navigation key actions
  • Notification drawer style (background color, image for portait/landscape, transparency)
  • Button backlight modes (default, disabled, always on while screen is on)
  • Dialer (Phone) tweaks
  • Google Launcher tweaks
  • Screen recording
  • GravityBox Actions – interface for 3rd party apps
  • Smart Radio
  • Notification control (per-app notification LED/sounds/vibrations)
  • Ascending ring tone

Both GravityBox v5.0 and Xposed Framework for Lollipop are in alpha, so some bugs, inconsistencies, and other issues should be expected. Newbies are probably better off waiting for a more stable version. But, if you’re comfortable with the bleeding edge, feel free to get started with the new GravityBox from this XDA thread.



Activate native call recording function in Samsung devices

Posted by wicked February - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It might be unethical (specifically when the person you’re talking to doesn’t know you’re doing it) and maybe borderline illegal, but there are times when you just want to record the conversation you’re having over the phone. While the old school feature phones do have this supposedly basic feature, OEMs have hidden the native call recording feature (probably to avoid problems with government) on the more widely distributed smartphones. But there is still a way to enable that feature because there’s an app for that of course.

If you’re an expert when it comes to fiddling with your device’s system files, you can probably do it on your own (or just Google some step-by-step tutorials). But if you’re just a regular ole user who just wants the ability to record conversations, either for work or for sentimental reasons, that process is tough. Now if you’re a Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3 (if it’s on Lollipop already) and Note 4 user, app developer dr.ketan will make it easier for you with his Enable Native Call Recording app.

The process seems simple enough. Download and install the app as a native apk. When you open the app, you’ll see a basic interface that will let you either enable or disable the call recording feature of your device. Long press the enable manual record button, or conversely, if you’re disabling it, just long press as well on the corresponding button. You need to grant SuperSU permission when the dialog box comes up. The last step would be to restart your device and then you’ll finally see the call recording button when you’re on a call with someone.

Of course, we have to remind you to use this feature responsibly and not for any nefarious purposes (we hope!). This will only work with rooted devices however, and with the aforementioned Samsung devices only. Let us know if you find any other apps that will do the same for other Android devices.

SOURCE: XDA Developers

Xposed for Rooted Lollipop Users Now Available

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

What a way to kick off the weekend for rooted users on Lollipop. Starting today, Xposed is officially available as an Alpha build for you to download, allowing to customize just about any aspect you would like of your device. It was only earlier this week in which the developer was teasing its release, but now, you can find it over on XDA

With Xposed, users are able to tweak certain (if not most of) device UI aesthetics, such as notification bars, action buttons, and much more. To install, you will need to be rooted, running a custom recovery.

As stated by the developer, this is an Alpha build, meaning that boot loops are possible. He continues on XDA, “Please install it only if you’re willing to take the risk of boot loops. Just because it’s working fine and stable for me doesn’t mean it will work for everyone the same way.”

Clear enough, right? Be careful when flashing.

Now, for everyone who has been waiting ever so patiently, go check it out.

Via: XDA
Cheers Michael!

Xposed for Rooted Lollipop Users Now Available is a post from: Droid Life

Xposed Developer Nears Release for Android 5.0+

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 10 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

While our personal rooting and custom ROM days may be behind us, for now, there will always be a large group of folks who enjoy the tinkering side of Android. In big news today for these folks, we have learned that the developer behind Xposed is teasing a release for devices running Android 5.0+, aka devices running ART.

Xposed is a powerful tool once placed on your device. While it does require root, it allows for soft modifications to be installed like applications, making it easy to change up your device’s look and how it runs. There is no more flashing of ROMs, which takes away a lot of the dangers and stress involved with rooting. 

For a few months now, Xposed was not supported on Lollipop devices, but if this tease ends up coming to fruition, then anyone wanting this powerful tool on an Android 5.0+ device is in for a huge treat.

Of course, we will keep you posted on when and if it is released. Hang tight, rooters.


Via: XDA
Cheers Kevin!

Xposed Developer Nears Release for Android 5.0+ is a post from: Droid Life

Emoji Switcher lets you use different emoji versions

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you’ve noticed that the emojis on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat phone are different from iOS and the basic Google versions, it’s because they are not from Google. Those are emojis created by Samsung which they plan on including in future mobile devices and the next firmware updates. The recent firmware released by Samsung included a special emoji set that looked a lot different from iOS and Google. They’re still cute but it would be nice if we could use the original emotions and the Google emojis that we see on Hangouts. Even LG has its own version.

One Android developer named Steven Schoen was able to work on something that allows all emoji versions to run. Device needs to be rooted though for this app to work. Called as the Emoji Switcher, this app lets the user switch out emoji conveniently.

Developer Steven Schoen said to do a Nandroid backup first. Make sure you have the most recent one. Copy the font in the respective attachment to /system/fonts/. Replace the one inside and then change permissions of the font file to rw-r–r–. Reboot the device when over. These steps should work easily.

Schoen is also working on other roms and devices: HTC M8, Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5, AOSP SlimBean 4.4.2, AT&T Goldeneye v26, Omega, and more.

emoji switcher android app

Download Emoji Switcher from the Google Play Store (for rooted devices only)

VIA: XDA Developers

Titanium Backup gets updated, brings Lollipop improvements

Posted by wicked February - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Why do we keep using Titanium Backup even if it looks clunky and requires root access? Well, because it’s one of the best apps for doing what it does – that is, make backups of your phone data and system. Very few backup apps out there could claim to be able to do well what Titanium Backup offers to users (with rooted devices, of course).

The most recent update is a minor one, fixing some performance issues like the app crashing while detecting the SU and BusyBox processes. It also updated some language translations and worked on minor layout issues.

The really big update was the one that brought version 7.0, where the developers brought direct Android 5.0 Lollipop compatibility for the app. It also added support for saving backups to predetermined folders on your external SD card, something that Android KitKat was very, very bad at. External SD functionality is heavenly with Lollipop, so the developers took advantage of that.


Sad to say, the app still looks like it was developed in the early 2000’s – and that is putting it kindly. The developers have not brought it up to the level of Lollipop’s sleek and minimalist Material Design – heck, it’s even too homely to fit in a KitKat environment. I guess the developers can afford to take it slow on the redesign as they have an app that “just works” when it comes to backing up your phone data. Did we already say it requires root access? Well, it still does.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Undelete for Root Users updated with 64-bit support

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you have ever accidentally deleted files or deleted a file and then wished you had it back, you need an app like Undelete for Root Users. As the name says, you do need root access to be able to use the app and it was recently updated with new features. The Undelete app is a free download, but to get full functionality does require an in-app purchase.

The free version of the app is only able to restore image files. The paid upgraded version can restore other types of files as well. The latest version of the app is able to recover deleted files from any volume on an internal partition or SD card. You can recover documents, video, music, binaries, and pictures on the full version of the app. The saved files can be restored directly to Dropbox and Google Drive.


The update brings support for 64-bit operating systems, an improved MP4 parser, and fixes for crashes from user reports. A new journal scanner has been added and an improved MP3 parser as well. A new scan for individual file extensions has been added. Some fixes for major issues have been integrated into the latest version of the app including a freeze fix, various crash fixes, and an old filter icon has been restored.

This app is unable to restore all files even in the unlocked version. Some of the files may be too damaged for restore, but if the files are undamaged, you can get them all back. Again, the app does require root/superuser permissions and you have to modify the OS on your device to use the app.

SOURCE: Google Play

Root achieved for Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact with locked bootloader

Posted by wicked January - 25 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Owners of Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact Android handsets that have a locked bootloader, it is your lucky day. At least, it is if you’ve been hoping to root your device.

A clever dev over at the XDA-Forums has scored himself a touch of bounty for working out the xploit. Sorry… exploit. The method is not intended for the international Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices, which come with unlockable bootloaders, and are rather easily tinkered with by the AOSP and ROM enthusiasts. Nor is it for the Verizon variants with modified hardware. Instead, the exploit is for markets like the U.S. where carriers tend to lock things down.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, with Android Lollipop set to release for Sony hardware soon, You are likely better off waiting for the OTA before rooting. Also, this is not an easy process. Right off the bat, up to date firmware is not compatible, so you’ll need to first roll back to version 23.0.1.A.5.77. From there, it is a matter of simply creating a pre-rooted version of the phone’s hardware, flash a recovery image for your model, then apply the root exploit itself.

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XDA user zxz0O0 is who you have to thank for bringing root to your locked Sony Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact. He’s been known to bring exploit and similar tools to the forums and will take home at least a part of the current $3017 bounty available for breaking the lock on Sony gear.

Head on over to the XDA post on the matter to get all the resources and instructions to root your Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact handsets.

Will you go for root on your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact?