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

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

XBMC on Android

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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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole process shouldn’t take you too long and you should be able to use your modified keyboard back in just few minutes. In order to make it work, your device must be rooted, otherwise you won’t be able to push the keyboard back to /system partition.

You can find the guide by visiting the How to add Emoji support to Xperia Keyboards thread. Described method should work with majority of currently available Sony Xperia phones, so don’t hesitate to give this method a shot if you own one of those.

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can also detect your current location using GPS.

In addition to providing the application, the author also added a video tutorial showing the process of development. The application is quite complicated, so the video tutorial is split into a few chapters. The first one is currently available in the thread.

You can try out the application on your own by visiting the Tiny Weather app thread. You can also learn how to create your own application (identical or very similar) by watching the provided videos.

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Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2 with Tool and Tutorial

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

Samsung Gear2

I think it’s pretty safe to say that any sound coming out of a wristwatch isn’t exactly going to be audiophile-grade. But then again, smartwatches aren’t meant to serve as standalone music players (for now at least), with their speakers acting as the outlet for notifications you may receive on your watch. However, if you own a Samsung Gear 2 and find yourself needing a bit of musical accompaniment from your watch as you quietly working at the table, you may want to boost its sound with XDA Forum Member tonydav’s tool.

The tool is a .bat file, which when executed on your PC, will automatically boost the sound volume of your Gear 2 within an indicated minimum and maximum range. XDA Senior Member gav83collins has also written a more detailed tutorial teaching you how to use the tool with accompanying screenshots to help you out. Additionally, the tool has an extra function of installing and deleting ringtones on and off your Gear 2. It should be noted that for this to work, your Gear 2 must be rooted.

If you would like to give this a whirl, check out the Sound Boost tool thread for more information.

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Unlock Hidden Camera Settings on Your Moto G

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

Moto G Camera Settings

At one point in time or another, we’ve all gotten very fiddly with the camera settings on our Android devices–maybe it was because you had just discovered that your camera actually had settings, you were playing around with a new mod or port, or perhaps you even thought of yourself as a ‘street photography’ connoisseur. With this said, if you own a Moto G and find yourself simply not satisfied with the customization options for your phone’s camera, you might want to check out XDA Forum Member GodOfPsychos’s tutorial.

GodOfPsychos has written a tutorial which teaches you how to ‘unlock’ the advanced camera settings and options for your Moto G. Originally hidden by default, these settings include:

  • Calibration data
  • UI settings
  • Feature settings
  • KPI (msec)
  • Current (mAH)

In order to access these settings, all you need to do is make a simple edit to the build.prop and reboot. After this, simply swipe out the settings wheel in the camera interface and tap the ‘Ladybug’ icon. Furthermore, if you are wondering why you need such extensive settings and how they’ll impact picture quality, XDA Senior Member juanchotazo99 has conducted a couple of tests and image comparisons with differing setting options for you to judge for yourself.

If you would like to give this a go, head over to the Moto G camera settings thread to get started.

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Customize the Info Panel of the OnePlus One Lock Screen

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

1+1 lock screen panel

The lock screen of the OnePlus One is quite the pleasant thing to look at. It’s minimalistic and simple, yet different from what we’ve all perhaps gotten used to over the years. But by default, the customization options are quite limited, particularly in regards to the solid-colored panel that takes up the bottom half of the screen. Yes, you can say that a third party lock screen will fix this little issue, but if you’re looking for some more freedom with the original lock screen, you may want to check out Recognized Developer NunHugger’s mod.

NunHugger’s mod essentially allows you change the color of the OnePlus One lock screen panel or replace it with an image or a gradient. The mod comes in a variety of options pre-made by NunHugger ranging from solid colors such as black, red and orange, to brushed metal and various wood textures. Furthermore, NunHugger has also written a brief tutorial teaching you how you can include your own colors and images to the lock screen panel mod, with NunHugger planning on writing a more comprehensive tutorial in the future.

So if you’re an owner of the OnePlus One and feeling like the lock screen might need a little spicing up, check out the lock screen panel mod thread for more information.

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Learn How to Build an APK Installer for Your Tizen Smartwatch Widget

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

Samsung Gear 2

As of right now, if you want to install a widget into your smartwatch running Tizen OS such as the Samsung Gear 2, you’ll have to sideload the wgt file onto the device using SBD tool. I’m sure that for many Android users who also happen to own a Tizen wearable, installing widgets onto that device isn’t as straightforward as what one may have gotten used to when using Android. With this said, there’s now a way which you can install Tizen widgets as an APK courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980.

Skin1980 has written a tutorial teaching you how to build an APK installer for your Tizen widget enabling you to install the widget as a simple APK rather than sideloading it using SBD tool. The process requires you to download and unpack the provided APK source, import it into Eclipse, make a few edits and export the result as an Android app. And with the exported APK file, all you have to do is install it as you would like any other Android app.

If you have a wgt file that you want to install onto your Tizen smart watch, or a developer of Tizen widgets looking to make installation for your users much simpler, Skin1980’s tutorial is something you’ll want to check out. So if you would like to get started, head over to the Tizen widget APK tutorial thread for more information.

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Customize Your OnePlus One’s Boot Logo

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


In an era when customizing the user interface of your Android device has become an absolute breeze, customizing the boot logo probably one of the less effortless ways of customizing your device. Rather than having a comfortable app on your phone from which you can change every little detail of the UI, customizing a boot logo often requires a bit more motor skills and creativity. If you own a OnePlus One and are thinking of switching up the boot logo, XDA Forum Member chillstep1998 has written a tutorial to help you get started.

The tutorial teaches you how to create your very own boot logo for the OnePlus One. The process requires you to download the provided files and tool that chillstep1998 has created, and editing images which will eventually become the actual boot logo with an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, or the legendary MS Paint. Furthermore, chillstep1998 plans to integrate flashable ZIP packages into the tutorial in the future so ROM and kernel developers can include their custom boot logos.

If you are an owner of the OnePlus One, chillstep1998’s tutorial is something you’ll want to check out if you are planning on creating your own boot logo for your device. To find out more, head over to the OnePlus One boot logo tutorial thread.

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How to Change Your Boot Animation – Android Basics 101 – XDA Developer TV

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The great thing about Android is the vast possibilities when it comes to customization. When you root, you open up even more options for customization. One of those options is changing your boot animation. Why have the same stock boot animation as everyone else? You can find a vast selection of custom boot animations from simple graphic animations to animations that make your phone feel retro or pay homage to another device like a Playstation 2.

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor rirozizo shows you how to change the boot animation on your Android device. He shows off the steps using his Nexus 4, but these steps should work for any rooted Android phone. So, if you wanted to change the boot animation of your Android device, check out this video.

Be sure to check out other great XDA Developer TV Videos

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Create a Simple Custom Launcher from Scratch

Posted by wicked September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


When you are starting your journey into any sort of development, it’s never easy at the beginning. Perhaps the best way to learn something new is by doing, and in the context of coding, this involves using some code samples and modifying them to gain experience. After you’ve become familiar with this for long enough, you can then make your own project from scratch. The same applies to Android applications—and not only the most basic ones. If you are looking for a good source of resources to enhance your knowledge, XDA is the perfect place for you!

If you ever dreamed about making your own application, a simple application launcher might be a good place to start. While you may be thinking that making a simple app drawer is a piece of cake, you are probably wrong. Luckily, a handy video tutorial has been created by XDA Senior Member sylsau, who recorded the entire process of his sample launcher development. If you have Eclipse with the ADT Plugin installed, you can consider yourself ready to develop your first application. The video tutorial is almost half an hour long and guides your from the very beginning to the final APK compilation. Of course, if you want to create something more advanced, you should look for some courses and books.

Development is long and difficult process. But if your application is good, the concept is original, and your coding is sound, your project will likely be successful. After a few good projects, you can even find a full time job as a programmer, but everyone needs to start somewhere.

You can find the video tutorial by visiting the How to create your own custom launcher forum thread. Don’t wait; start your journey today!

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