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Temporarily Secure Your Device With SlimRoms New Shake-to-Lock Feature

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off
Temporarily Secure Your Device With SlimRoms New Shake-to-Lock Feature


While I have never been one to lock down my smartphone – bothering with a password always seemed like more trouble than it was worth – I admit there are places where securing it would make sense. That is where SlimRoms’s new security feature comes in. 

Whether you are walking the seedy underbelly of an urban sprawl or just taking the New York subway, SlimRoms’s “shake to temporarily secure” option allows you to lock your device with a password by shaking it at the lockscreen.

Unlocking it requires verifying the password, after which the device will remain unsecured until shaken again. The feature has been incorporated into the latest SlimRoms nightlies, and is accessible via Settings > Security.

Check the SlimRoms website for a list of compatible devices.

Via: SlimRoms
Cheers Anon!

Temporarily Secure Your Device With SlimRoms New Shake-to-Lock Feature is a post from: Droid Life

ES File Explorer returns some SD card support to your KitKat device (root required)

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

ES File Explorer SD Card

In a recent update to the Android operating system, Google made some changes to how external SD cards can be handled by apps within the system. The result, basically, is that applications have been stripped of their former ability and permissions to read and write files on an sd card. With file explorer apps being some of the hardest hit by this change, ES File Explorer has decided to fight back, having launched an update to their app that brings back full SD card read/write access, at least for those that have their phone rooted.

ES File Explorer is a wonderful application, it offers solid file management tools and an ever expanding list of extra features that you may not have expected out of a file explorer. For file management, you can expect much of the same functionality as you would find on any other operating system. Create folders, move/copy/paste your files between folders, rename files and folders, it can even zip and unzip (RAR) compressed folders. This same functionality extends well beyond your local device, as you can access your Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage locations using the same tools. The tabbed interface will also let you get into FTP servers, SMB/Windows shares and Bluetooth shares alike.

ES File Explorer Functions

The folks behind ES File Explorer have thought about almost any method of file storage and access that you may need, as such, extra features to the app include a download manager, a built-in web browser, the ability to not only access FTP servers, but to turn your device into an FTP server itself to share specified folders, and more. ES File Explorer can even start up its own wifi hotspot for other devices to connect with. In the end, there is little that you cannot do with ES File Explorer when it comes to accessing your files, and once you’ve got them, the app even has built-in photo gallery and media players to put your files to use.

Google’s decision to remove external SD card support has been met with some hostility. Users are not happy about this decision, especially those that have invested hundreds of dollars on buying SD cards and applications which have been incapacitated by this change. ES File Explorer had a history of bypassing the default Android constructs by offering root capabilities, including access to system files. This same spirit is evident in their recent update, version 3.1.2 brings the root-only ability to once again read and write files to an external SD card. Check for the update on your device, or hit the Google Play Store to download a fresh copy.

ES File Explorer Media Player

The update to ES File Explorer will not bring back the required permissions to all of your affected apps. It is still great to see a big player at least create a workaround to an otherwise annoying security upgrade. We hope that Google finds a way to securely return this functionality in the future, or at least to introduce a new level of app permissions to let us users decide if we trust apps with all of our precious files saved on our external SD cards.

Have you been affected by the KitKat external SD card limitation? What is your number one app that you can no longer use as you used to? Are you more willing to root your devices, or find a cloud storage solution for your files? So many questions, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.








This Xposed module makes your phone’s capacitive menu button act like the Galaxy S5′s

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

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With all the recent interface updates on Android, you would think that physical home buttons and capacitive keys are already considered archaic or even obsolete on Android devices. But it seems even the latest flagships have retained this feature, particularly those from Samsung. The S5, after all, has the familiar home button and capacitive keys as its predecessors, instead of the navigation bar common among most other newer handsets.

One thing has changed, however, and that’s the functionality of the left capacitive button. On the S5, tapping on the capacitive button to the left of Home gets you the multitasking switcher, in which you can switch across recently-used apps.

MenuBeGone

If you have a device with a capacitive menu button — and assuming you have the Xposed Framework installed — you can install the MenuBeGone module, which does two things:

  • Convert the menu button into the multitasking button
  • Force the three-dot menu on all apps, so you still have access to contextual menus

For many power users, the Xposed Framework actually negates the need to install custom ROMs, because many of the customizations previously found in custom ROMs, such as the popular CyanogenMod, AOSP, Carbon and ParanoidAndroid, can be done even on stock ROMs. The only requirement is for the phone to be rooted and for the Xposed Framework to be installed. Xposed does not work on the new Android Runtime (ART) yet, however, so KitKat users will have to revert to the just-in-time Dalvik engine in order to implement these tweaks.

Xposed Framework vs. Custom ROMs?

The existence of Xposed has actually put into question the need to flash custom ROMs in the first place. Sure, installing a custom ROM gets you a more extensive array of tweaks and new functionalities. However, for most users, an occasional tweak here or there would suffice.

Note that in some custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, users don’t necessarily need this tweak, since that particular ROM (and those based on it) includes the ability to change the mapping of the capacitive buttons out of the box. It does not include the ability to force the action overflow button, however.

Head to the source link for the MenuBeGone module, plus other Xposed modules for download.

Just out of curiosity, do you think physical and capacitive buttons are still useful, or should manufacturers like Samsung ditch these for the navigation bar? Also, which is more useful: a capacitive menu button, or a capacitive multitasking button?








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The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has already been rooted by Chainfire, and that was before the device was even launched. Well now it looks like seven more versions of the device have been added to that list, as announced by the developer today.

The versions included are as follows: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS), SM-G900W8 (Canada) and SM-G900P (Sprint). To root the devices you’ll need to use the CF-Auto-Root tool, and as Chainfire noted on his Google+ post, rooting the device will break Knox warranty and increase the flash counter. Users may also have issues with Private mode.

You can head to the source link to download the files, and if you need help rooting the device you can head to the official discussion thread. Also remember that it’s very important that you use the root specific to your model number or else the root might brick your device.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: SamMobile

Come comment on this article: Seven additional versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 added to list of devices that work with Chainfire’s root

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Even though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is just now touching down to retailers across the globe, the handset has actually had a root method in place for nearly a month thanks to the efforts of well-known developer Chainfire!

When we first reported on Chainfire’s root method, it only directly supported Galaxy S5 model SM-G900F. Fast-forwarding to today, Chainfire has now formally added a few other models to the support list: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS) and SM-G900W8 (Canada).

So what’s involved here? Chainfire’s method is designed to be as beginner friendly as possible and utilizes the latest version of the CF-Auto-Root tool. Once downloaded, the tool can be flashed to your device using Samsung’s ODIN on your PC. The process works by temporarily modifying your device’s recovery, it then installs the SuperSU app and re-flashes your recovery back to stock form.

For more detailed instructions and to grab the proper files, you’ll want to head on over to the XDA developer forum. Has anyone already tried out Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root method on any of the above-model Galaxy S5 devices? If so, let us know how it went.








Live Backup – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked April - 8 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Live Backup indie app of the day review

What is Live Backup?

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Any experienced root user will tell you that you should have a Nandroid backup no matter what. Even if you don’t intend on doing any of the fun stuff like flashing ROMs, mods, or installing Xposed modules, you should still have a Nandroid prepared just in case. It can help fix any number of problems and backing things up is just a good idea. Live Backup helps with that.

Here’s how it works. Live Backup is an app that allows you to create Nandroid backups without rebooting into recovery. It is not the only app that lets you do this but it is one of the easiest to use. Essentially all you do is open the app, select your type of recovery, select which partitions need backed up, and hit go. From that point, the app will create a Nandroid backup which you can then use in your recovery to restore if need be.

That’s really it. It’s a simple app that performs a simple task. The main claims to fame are supporting both of the big recoveries (TWRP and ClockworkMod Recovery) and allowing you to create backups without rebooting into a recovery first. Given that Nandroid backups can take quite a long time to create, this can help prevent you from missing a potentially important phone call or text message.

So what’s wrong with Live Backup?

In terms of functionality, there isn’t much wrong with it. The backups that Live Backup creates do actually work and aside from an excruciatingly long finalizing period at the end of creating the backup, it’s all pretty straightforward. There could be a case made that charging $2.00 for an app that performs only one task that you can perform for free in your custom recovery may be overdoing it a bit. That’s up to individual interpretation.

Also, Live Backup specifies that you need Stericson’s BusyBox to be installed for it to work but doesn’t really specify why it has to be that particular version of BusyBox. Lastly, the interface is a little boring, but it’s not like you’re going to spend that much time using it.


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Final thoughts

All in all, this is a pretty good app for root users. The experienced root users probably don’t mind booting into the recovery to create their own Nandroid backups and there will be people who can’t justify paying $2.00 for such a simple app. However, there are hoards of lazy people and beginners who could probably get a lot out of an application that does all the hard work for you and doesn’t force you to boot into recovery. Especially people who are new to rooting and don’t yet understand the importance of having a Nandroid backup waiting and ready for them. If this looks like your cup of tea, the button below will take you to the app in the Play Store.
Get it on Google Play

Check out the last indie app of the day: Orpheus Music Player








Google Play Edition ROMs now available for HTC One (M8)

Posted by wicked April - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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New HTC One (M8) owners who had to go the subsidized or payment plan route with their carrier instead of plunking down $700 for a Google Play Edition(GPE) version now have an option to get the GPE experience on their new device. XDA Forum moderator graffixnyc has posted up instructions, with links to the necessary files, to replace the HTC Sense version of the software that comes on non-GPE devices with rooted GPE software.

graffixnyc has provided a couple versions of the GPE for an HTC One (M8). The first method uses a Nandroid backup image that is restored using Phil’s CWM. The other method is a stock GPE recovery that can be flashed through fastboot. graffixnyc indicates the ROM is unmodified except for being rooted, the installation of busybox, the kernel module that disables write protection on the system has been removed, and an inverted stock MMS client is included.

If you want to install the GPE on your shiny, new HTC One (M8), follow the source link over to the XDA Developer Forum. Just keep in mind you will be responsible for anything bad that happens if flashing your device fails.

source: XDA Forum

Come comment on this article: Google Play Edition ROMs now available for HTC One (M8)

Unofficial OTA Build of Kit Kat for LG G2 on Verizon Released for Flashing

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Hardcore Android enthusiasts currently rocking an LG G2 on Verizon should enjoy this news, as an unofficial OTA build of Kit Kat has been released by third-party developers for flashing. The current installation method requires a bit of adb knowledge, but if you are comfortable with tinkering, then this should not prove too difficult for you. 

The process is pretty straightforward, but there are a few tricky steps if you are unfamiliar with the device’s build history. First, you must flash a stock build of VS98012B via an available method, then root that build using a root tool from autoprime or manually doing so.

After downloading the new bin file, simply rename it, push it to the device in a specified folder, then run a few commands in adb. Once completed, the device will reboot, then you should be running Kit Kat on your G2 on Verizon. Sounds easy, right?

To get started, follow the XDA link below.

Warning: The build linked may not be a final build from LG and Verizon. As with other flashable zips from third-party developers, doing these procedures could harm your device, rendering it unusable. Proceed at your own risk.

Via: XDA
Cheers iOSh8er, Michael, and Thomas!

Sony Xperia Z2 gets root and ClockwordMod recovery ahead of its western launch

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Sony Xperia Z2 currently has extremely limited availability and now isn’t expected to land in western markets such as the UK and Europe until May, but that’s not stopping well-known XDA member DooMLoRD from bringing a root method for the flagship device.

The new method is based on ClockworkMod version 6.0.4.6 and seems pretty easy to install, though it is important to note that you will need to have an unlocked bootloader in order for this to work. Thankfully, the process of unlocking a handset is relatively straight forward on most modern Sony devices.

With an unlocked bootloader and root access in place, you’ll not only be able to use special apps that require root privileges, but the door will also be open when it comes to installing and using custom ROMs and other modifications.

For more instructions and details on what’s all involved, be sure to check out the XDA developer’s forum. Anyone planning on picking up the Sony Xperia Z2, if so, do you plan on rooting the device or not?


    







Sony Xperia Z2 gets rooted ahead of market launch

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony‘s latest smartphone hasn’t had time to be in the market yet but it has been rooted already. Thanks to esteemed XDA member DooMLoRD, would be owners of the Xperia Z2 will be able to root their smartphones the same day they receive it, that is, if they wanted to.

XDA’s DooMLoRD can be credited for many of the hacks and mods related to Sony Xperia devices. Now he has provided a way for users to get rooted on their upcoming Xperia Z2 and even provides a Recovery for the device. This Touch Recovery is based on ClockworkMod recovery (CWM) version 6.0.4.6. Now all that root-loving users have to do is wait for the device to actually launch.

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And wait they might have to, if rumors of supply shortage do pan out. Word started going around early March that Sony is experiencing some supply problems when various Sony online shops removed the device from pre-orders. Some local branches attributed this to unprecedented popularity of the smartphone. Nonetheless, the company assured that they will be shipping in time. However, the latest leak says the company is experiencing supply chain problems and might be forced to postpone its launch in the UK to May.

Whether or not the device comes on time, new owners will be able to root the Xperia Z2 when it does arrive. The Touch Recovery requires an unlocked bootloader, which hopefully won’t be a problem. Sony has been rather developer friendly in the past, providing even instructions for unlocking the bootloaders of many of their devices, including the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 compact. Hopefully, Sony will, in time, add the Xperia Z2 to the roster of supported devices.

VIA: Xperia Blog