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. » Read the rest
Icon packs are one of the greatest features of Android. There’s a ton of them on the Play Store to help you completely tweak and customize your home screens and icons to make everything look exactly how you want it to. Sometimes, though, that perfect icon pack that fits so well with everything else on your device is missing just one or two app icons for some of your favorite apps.
To help solve this problem, XDA developer tung91 has created a small tool that will help users easily send requests to developers of icon packs. This tool has to be manually added to icon packs by developers, which adds a small request button in the icon pack’s interface. Users can hit that request button to send a report of what apps they would like themed (it only shows unthemed apps, so you won’t have to scroll through hundreds of apps that are already assigned a custom icon) for the developer to see and work on. It’s a quick, relatively painless process. » Read the rest
Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus. » Read the rest
Many Android smartphone users have learned over time that certain settings are frequently set for common occurrences or situations and it can be a real drag to constantly make the changes manually. For instance, when going to bed at night, trying to remember to turn sounds off or switching off Wi-Fi when hopping in the car for a drive so you can save battery life. Numerous solutions have cropped up like the use of NFC tags with Tasker or even installation of alternative launchers. If you want something a little more lightweight, XDA forum member j2187 has released TF Profile – Profile Scheduler to Google Play to help automate a variety of chores. » Read the rest
Over on the XDA Developers site, forum member pcelli figured out how to get a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch working with his Nexus 5 smartphone. This had to be done on an unofficial basis as up to now Samsung has only enabled support for the Galaxy Gear with other Samsung devices. Although there have been some hints indicating Samsung may eventually break down the wall around that particular garden, getting a Galaxy Gear to work with a non-Samsung device may never be officially supported. » Read the rest
Hangouts has taken the Android messaging system by storm since its release a few months back. It’s a great application that we’re sure will continue to catch on as future builds of Android are released.
However, there was always something missing: a widget.
Need to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Z1 camera app? Thanks to XDA Forum Member xperiaZ2, you can. Android devices running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher can download the app that allows users to snap a photograph with motion. This merges the motion into one single image for your viewing pleasure. To download, hit the link below. Just make sure you have at least 500MB available to install the MotionShot camera.
Disappointed in the quality of your Nexus 5′s camera? A developer by the name of Jishnu Sir over on XDA created a flashable .zip file in hopes to vastly improve the quality of your camera. It’s essentially a whole new app that replaces the stock camera that you currently have. Obviously doing this will require you to unlock your bootloader and have some sort of custom recovery (i.e. ClockworkMod or TWRP). Here’s a full list of what the new camera app adds or improves:
1) Sound Recording now in Stereo with the secondary Mic.
2) Faster Focusing for the camera.
3) Front Camera also records 720P Videos@ 20 Mb/s.
4) Front camera Audio Bitrate@ 192000 Kb/s.
5) AntiBanding default set to 50Hz
6) Focus Range Adjusted.
7) Enhanced Smooth Zoom.
8) Turned Edge Enhancement ON.
If you’d like to read up on some user feedback on how the hack has worked for some, check out the source link which directs you to the XDA thread. If anyone out there is willing to give this a shot, report back in the comment section and let us know your results!
Thanks to designgears and Chainfire, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been rooted. The bootloader is still locked, but this can only mean that it will be cracked very soon. At least you will be now be able to install apps that require root permission, which many of you need.
The tool is called Root de la Vega, which is named after Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility. A very important feature of this method is the Knox flags will remain intact, thus keeping your warranty. Just hit the source link for full instructions and file download links.
Just yesterday an OTA update which addressed security issues was rolled out to the T-Mobile Nexus 4 and is now being pushed to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. The changes are unconfirmed at this point, but the update is known as JWR66Y. We do have the download link below to manually update your yakju Galaxy Nexus.