How To Bring Back App Ops To Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Recently, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, and along with fixing a few issues with KitKat, this update seems to have altogether removed the hidden App Ops feature introduced in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. For those unfamiliar, App Ops was basically a settings activity that wasn’t directly accessible via the stock Settings app but could be brought up using other methods and third-party apps, and it allowed users to change permissions of all the installed apps individually, enabling them to grant them some permissions while deny them others. Despite Google’s reasons that it was an experimental feature without any aim for release due to issues caused when apps lose certain permissions that they require to function, its removal was received with a lot of criticism, as it provided power users who knew what they were doing the flexibility of choosing the permissions their apps get, while not being accessible by novices in the first place. If you have a rooted Android 4.4.2 device and want to get the feature back, App Ops for Root takes care of it for you. In addition, the app also lets you easily launch the feature on Android 4.3 till 4.4.2.

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Mirror By Koush: AirPlay Mirroring & Screen Recorder For Android 4.4.2

Just yesterday, we wrote about CyanogenMod Screencast by Koush that allowed users of the most popular custom ROM for Android to easily record their on-screen activity in high quality, complete with sound from the phone’s microphone. The only limitation of the app was that it required the latest nightly of CyanogenMod to work, leaving users of other ROMs and stock Android out of luck. Don’t fret though; the same developer has also released another app by the name of Mirror that carries the same great screencasting functionality, and in addition, also supports mirroring your phone or tablet’s display to Apple TV or any third-party AirPlay Mirroring implementation. While not restricted to CyanogenMod, the app still requires a rooted device running Android 4.4.2, but the developer is working on adding support for Jelly Bean, and removing the root requirement. Read More

Record Your Android Screen In CM11 With CyanogenMod Screencast

While Google added native screen recording support in Android 4.4 KitKat, the feature didn’t come with any native user interface to trigger it from the phone itself; it could only be triggered by users over ADB from a computer, or by developers in their apps. The ability to record a screencast of the activity on our devices can prove to be very useful, especially when preparing tutorials and presentations or writing reviews. CyanogenMod has always been about making the most useful features a part of the custom ROM’s experience, and with the CyanogenMod 11 nightlies, that includes the ability to record your device’s on-screen activity, thanks to CyanogenMod Screencast app by Koush (the developer of the famous ClockworkMod recovery). Currently in beta, the app requires the latest CyanogenMod nightly ROM to work, but works wonderfully without a glitch. In addition to recording just the screencast, it also records voice using your device’s microphone. Read More

How To Set A Vacation Responder In Gmail For Android

What do technology and vacations have in common? Being awesome, of course! Though not many like the idea of mingling the two together, because if your line of work involves dealing with tech throughout the year, the last thing you want is having to deal with it while you’re supposed to be taking a break. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put it to good use while we’re away, does it? That’s where automation comes in. Email autoresponders have been around for quite a while, helping us set up an automatic response to be sent out to the emails we receive while we are away from work. While Gmail has had this feature for quite a while in the web app, at times you only realize after leaving that you forgot to set one up, and the only device you have by then is your smartphone. To address this, Google has added the ability to add a vacation responder to the latest update of its Gmail app for Android. Let’s find out how it works. Read More

Create Your Own Street View For Google Maps Using Photo Spheres

Google Maps is one of the most stellar projects undertaken in recent times. In addition to putting a map of the entire world at our disposal, Google has gone one step ahead with Street View, letting us view different areas of the world as if we were standing right there. While Google itself has taken the trouble of recording and uploading Street View for a whole lot of locations around the world, including full cities, there’s still a long way to go till the entire planet is captured in Street View, and that’s where you come in. Now you, the user, have the ability to capture photo spheres, stitch them together into Street Views, and share them with the entire world right on Google Maps. How? Let’s get straight to it! Read More

Dodol Locker Is A Gorgeous, Themable Lock Screen App For Android

Quite a while back, I wrote a detailed guide on replacing and customizing the Android lock screen, but developments for the OS have come a long way since then, and we have covered many other tools in the past that help you get more out of your lock screen. Dodol Locker is the latest app in this genre that I recently came across and decided to take for a spin. This lockscreen replacement app features several stunning themes that can make device really stand out. And it’s not all about looks either; there’s support for some nifty widgets that you can enable on the themes to view import information such as date, time, weather, missed calls, messages, battery status and alarms on your lock screen, customizable shortcuts for your frequently used apps, the ability to choose a custom lock screen wallpaper (in addition to the ones that come with its themes), PIN and Pattern security, and more. Read More

Redirect File Organizer Offers Rule-Based Auto-Sorting Of Files On Android

Automation tools are great – they let us accomplish more in the same time by doing a lot of work for us that we would otherwise have to do by ourselves. In the past, we have seen quite a lot of automation apps for Android including the likes of Tasker, Condi, MacroDroid and many more, but if what you need is an app that simply sorts all your files automatically for you on your device’s storage, give Redirect File Organizer a go. It allows you to create different rules that it calls Redirects, based on which the app finds the matching files and places them in the specified folders automatically. This can go a long way towards keeping your Android phone or tablet’s storage all organized, without requiring you to manually place the files in the locations of your choice every now and then. Read More

Download The Latest Google Play Store APK For Android

If you are using any mainstream Android phone or tablet, chances are that Google Play Store is your primary source for finding and installing apps on your device. Even users of non-mainstream devices or those using an unofficial version of Android (such as CyanogenMod) often install the Google Apps package to get Play Store on their devices in order to get access to the vast list of apps, games and multimedia content available on Google’s platform. While Google does update the Play Store with new features and improvements quite frequently, the rollout of a new major version is often done in phases over a few weeks, meaning there can be a delay of several days between the latest version’s release and you actually receiving it on your device. For this reason, many people decide to manually install the latest version using its APK file, as soon as it is made available online by those who receive it in the first phase. We aim to make that task easier for you by providing you with one place where you’ll always be able to find the latest version of Play Store, along with a list of major changes since the last version. Read More

Fleksy Keyboard For Android & iOS – An In-Depth Review

There has hardly ever been a mobile operating system that offered customization options as extensive as those supported by Android, with even the default keyboard being replaceable by simply installing a new one just like any other app. And over time, the ability to install and use third-party keyboard has also made its way to iOS. We have seen plenty of great third-party keyboard alternatives for both these operating systems in the past, ranging from famous names like Swype and SwiftKey to relatively lesser known ones such as the recently covered Q4 floating keyboard. Though if you aren't too big on Swype-like gesture-based typing, yet want to try something different from the stock keyboard that came with your phone, give Fleksy a go. At times misspelt as Flesky, it’s a keyboard that stands out with an eye-catching design, a powerful auto-correction engine, different layouts and themes, decent language support, handy gestures for quickly performing common actions, and even an invisible mode. In what follows, we will be going hands-on with this new keyboard that everyone has been talking about lately. Read More

Download Torrents On Android With The Official Vuze Torrent Downloader

Just yesterday, we reviewed Vuze Remote by Azereus that allows users of the popular Vuze BitTorrent client to remotely control the torrent downloads on their PC from their Android device. But what if you don’t want to use your Android phone or tablet to merely control the torrents that are actually being downloaded on your PC, but instead want to download them to your Android device itself? While there are already plenty of options available for the purpose, such as our previously reviewed aTorrent, as well as the official Android app of uTorrent. Though if you are a loyal Vuze user and want to use the same on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll be happy to know that the developers have recently released their full torrent client for the platform as well. Vuze Torrent Downloader might not be the most feature-rich Torrent client available on Google’s OS, but it gets the job done. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft’s Bing Maps Preview For Windows 8.1

Till just a few years ago, Google Maps was the primary mapping service of choice for pretty much every internet user, because it was the only option available that offered enough features at an unbeatable price tag of free. It all started to change when both Apple and Microsoft decided to enter the arena with their own mapping products. Though it takes a whole lot of time and effort to map the entire planet in an effective manner, so Google’s offering still remained on top, but if what we have just seen in the Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 is to be taken as a sign of things to come, all that may soon change. It seems Microsoft has been working really hard on improving Bing Maps, and while they still have a long way to go to map all the major cities in the world in 3D, what they have accomplished so far is remarkable. Join us as we take a closer look at a preview of the future of Bing Maps. Read More

Vuze Remote Lets You Control The Popular Torrent Client From Android

While uTorrent may be the most popular Torrent client out there, it’s not the only popular one; Vuze has gained quite a lot of fame over the years for being a more feature-rich client, thanks to its torrent library management and discovery options. If you are a Vuze user and want to be able to control it remotely with your Android phone or tablet, the developers behind it have released the official Vuze Remote app that lets you do just that. Packed with features that allow you to stop, resume and delete your downloads, find new ones and add them to your queue, manage their order in your queue, and control download speed for your sessions. You can even control multiple Vuze clients running on different devices with the app. Read More

Set A Different Font For Each Android App With PerAppFonts Xposed Module

Android users are spoilt for choice when it comes to the customization options available for their devices. From changing how the home screen looks by installing a custom launcher to using different apps that replace the functionality of pretty much any stock app, there’s a plethora of options to choose from. And once you root your device, the possibilities become endless. One aspect of the OS that non-rooted users can’t change is the default system font, but changing it becomes a breeze upon rooting. However, changing fonts for individual apps can be a huge pain, even for rooted users, as that has traditionally required modifications to the APK files of those apps directly. Now, however, we have an amazingly easy way to do that, thanks to the PerAppFonts Xposed Framework module by XDA-Developers Senior Member zst123. So, let’s check it out in detail right after the jump. Read More

ASC Is A Better Alternative To Using Android SDK’s DDMS For Screenshots

Long gone are the days when taking screenshots on Android required you to use a root-only app on your device, or DDMS on your computer, as the OS started shipping with a built-in screenshot feature since ICS. However, there are still situations where it’s more convenient to just take screenshots of your device directly on your computer, for instance when you are writing a blog post on an app involving many screenshots, or snapping shots of an app that you’re developing. Many of us still use DDMS or Android Device Monitor for the purpose, both of which come as a part of the Android SDK. While they work fine, there is still room for improvement. To care to that, XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback has come up with Advanced Screenshot Creator – a portable tool that makes the process of taking screenshots of your Android phone or tablet from your computer a breeze. Let’s see it in action after the jump. Read More

Koush’s AllCast Streams Videos From Android To Apple TV, Xbox, Roku & Any DLNA Device

The ability to stream media from device to another can come quite handy, especially when the device on which the media is stored has a small screen, and you have a larger screen available. There are many technologies out there that make this possible such as AirPlay, DLNA and Miracast, with DLNA being the most widely supported one, thanks to its open nature and the sheer number of major manufacturers it has on board. If you have been looking for an easy, no-frills way of streaming videos from your Android phone or tablet to other devices on your network such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Google TV, Samsung SmartTV or any DLNA-compatible device, AllCast by Koushik Dutta should put an end to your search. Read More

Save Contact Details From Websites To Google, Outlook & More In Chrome With Evercontact

Among the countless experiences that have been vastly improved due to cloud computing, contact management is an area that still has a lot of room for further improvement. While we no longer have to worry about keeping all our contacts information saved in our locally stored address books, thanks to cloud contacts storage and syncing services offered by the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more on their respective services platforms, adding contacts to those services in the first place is still pretty much a manual process. What if there was an easy way to directly add contacts to your Gmail, Evernote or Salesforce account, or even save it locally for importing into any contact management software, right from LinkedIn, social media, personal websites or pretty much any online profile? Evercontact is a handy Chrome extension created for this very purpose, and it works like a charm! Let’s see it in action after the jump. Read More

Backtick Is An Impressive Bookmarklets & Scripts Console For Chrome

It’s one of the universal facts that power users are keyboard junkies, just the way the sun rises from the east and sets in the west. And being so, we can end up accomplishing an entire task using our keyboard while our casual user friends are looking for and launching the tools required for the purpose, with their mouse. For this reason, whenever there’s a new command line tool that we come across, it feels almost like discovering a new element! And when the tool in question is as useful and powerful as Backtick, the excitement increases tenfold. This handy little Chrome extension lets you fire up a command console in your browser window by hitting the backtick (`) key, and use it to perform several actions on the current page using built-in scripts and bookmarklets, that would otherwise require you to use multiple extensions or bookmarklets and click them each time. Even better, it is an open-source project, and you can even create your own scripts in addition to using the built-in ones. Read More

How To Root Moto X On Android 4.4 KitKat With SlapMyMoto

So you got yourself a nice, customized Moto X and were super-excited upon learning that you will be among the first privileged users in the world of Android to get the latest 4.4 KitKat update, only to get disappointed upon finding out that the old rooting methods will not work on KitKat? That sure would have been a bummer, but not when renowned Android hacker and XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase has a say in it. After rooting the device on previous firmwares with PwnMyMoto and RockMyMoto, the super-talented guy has done it again, this time in form of SlapMyMoto – a rooting method for the Moto X on Android 4.4 KitKat. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of rooting yours, so read on. Read More

Q4 Is A Resizable, Floating Android Keyboard With Tons Of Great Features

There’s no shortage of third-party alternative keyboards for Android, with Swype and SwiftKey being the first names that come to mind. In addition, there are other options like WORDWAVE and the gesture-based MyScript Stylus handwriting keyboard. However, as with any other genre, there’s still room for innovation considering we’re talking about a platform used by hundreds of millions of users. What makes Q4 Keyboard stand out from the rest is its resizable, floating layout that can be dragged to anywhere on the screen. The transparent background means you can easily see parts of what lies underneath the keys, and in addition, you can switch the layout to an intuitive four-key option, or even make it invisible altogether. The keyboard also supports an really handy prediction system that works quite well, thanks to the developer’s intelligent SHORT’ND technology behind it. Let’s take a closer look after the jump. Read More

Official Instagram App Finally Comes To Windows Phone

Instagram needs no introduction – the popular photo and short video sharing app has made it’s name known across both iOS and Android. However, Windows Phone has been missing from the mix so far officially. While there have been many excellent third-party Instagram apps for Microsoft’s mobile OS including Itsdagram, Hipstamatic Oggl, and 6tag that even supports video uploads, an official app from the developers of the service was still nowhere to be seen. With the increasing popularity of the OS and after many users as well as Nokia itself starting a plea for it, the service has finally landed on Windows Phone in official capacity. Instagram BETA for Windows phone – as the name itself suggests – isn’t ready for prime time yet, but it’s as official as it gets, and offers the same photo filters and short video clip uploading that the service has become famous for. Furthermore, the developers have promised to improve the app soon in future updates, and bring it to par with the offerings for iOS and Android. Read More