May 23, 2013
Instead of hiding notifications in the notification bar, you can get them as floating Notification ChatHeads right on your Homescreen. Thanks to XDA developer crazyfool_1, the app delivers chatHEads like floating notifications for every android app out there.
On first run, you will have to enable it from accessibility settings, when prompted (System Settings -> Accessibility -> Floating Notifications – Turn it on). Then you can simply configure what all apps would you like to see floating chat head notifications for. You can also configure which Notifications stay there even after you’ve read them, and which ones show complete history of notifications. You can also configure apps that are enabled to have replies.
The app is very neat and handy for just about anyone. You need no root access for this, the app works with a charm. We had been playing with this app for a while and feel this is what Android notifications should have been like.
Checkout a brief overview of floating android notifications in this video:
You can Download the latest APK from XDA.
May 2, 2013
The Doom 3 port doesn’t scale down graphics, and it runs decently well on modern Android phones. In our tests it ran smooth on Dual core Galaxy Note N7000 and super smooth on Note II, Nexus 10.
In our gameplay we found Doom 3 to run fine most of the time. There were few snags here and there but nothing that would make it a no go. The Onscreen controls are not great for FPS gaming, but they work. If you happen to have MOGA controller or PS3 or Xbox controller, pair that to this game and you can have lot of fun.
Doom 3 Gameplay on Android:
The Game port has been work of a russian developer who claimed to have spent months of effort to port the game to ARM.
Download, Install Doom 3 on Android
Download Doom 3 APK from XDA.
April 10, 2013
Most of the apps are now shown as Cards on the home screen, and everything now looks very well organized and polished. Its snappier and easy and beautiful to look at any day.
Google Play v4 organizes Apps, Music, Book, Movies on the home screen pretty nicely. Content recommendations are better, and more engaging. The whole interface is streamlined.
Download Google Play v4.0
Here’s a Video Preview of Google Play 4.0 Features:
September 18, 2012
Apple endorses good UI with a big ego, how about exploiting that? What if you can copy the iPhone’s Photos app and bring it Android just for fun.
Time to give it a try, and bite that Apple.
The iGallery app brings iOS 6 like Photos app on Android. The app is free and feature rich and yet delivers superb performance under all situations.
We had a chance to play with the app and we were more than satisfied with the speed. App does lack NAtive Holo ICS feel, but thats all you can expect from an app that mocks another platform.
Key features of iGallery app
- Smooth, Stylish and fast then stock gallery app.
- Option to select multiple images, videos.
- Option to crop
- Set As wallpaper, lockscreen wallpaper etc.
- Direct option for Camera and Video Recording
- Sort by various parameters
- Super fast
Download from Mediafire
September 11, 2012
You can already code in Java to develop android applications in Eclipse like IDE on android itself. How about Running Qbasic code on Android?
If you’re learning QBasic or love to have it around, its time that you start using QBasic on android, on the go. QBasic, is an IDE and interpreter for the popular BASIC programming language. One of the most powerful programming languages of the 80s.
The 80′s language would give any old geek a nostalgia. You can get QBasic running on any android using aDosBox.
Developer fotak-x has written a guide on how to use the free DOS emulator aDosBox to get QBasic running on your Android device.
How To Run QBasic, Basic programming IDE on Android
Step 1. Download and install aDosBox from Play store.
Step 2. Open aDosBox and press Menu button > SDL settings > Video settings > On-screen magnifying glass.
Step 3. Download QBasic exe from here (yes EXE from windows world).
Step 4. Create a folder on sdcard and name it qbasic, and copy the qbasic exe there.
Step 5. Launch aDosbox and type
mount d: /sdcard/qbasic
and QBasic now appears on your screen, Happy coding!
TIP: We recommend using hacker’s keyboard from play store for best keyboard experience.
If you want to learn QBasic, here is a Tutorial.
September 1, 2012
You can now get the same multitasking video player on any Android phone, Tablet. The app is called Popcorn Player and has native Holo UI to bring ICS, JB feel to every device.
Popcorn Player is a new floating video player in Play Store, and yet deserves to capture the flag. The apps is easy to use and yet very intuitive. Popcorn Player plays local content as well as streams from the web in high definition. You can drag and resize the window to suit your needs, anywhere on the screen.
App is compatible with Android 3.0+ devices, that and hence embraces Holo UI. Among video codecs, it plays MP4, webM and variety of other video formats. The app makes it possible to play video minimized, one thing you cannot do with any other app.
The app is ideal when you’re trying to Multitask a video while reading something off the web or browsing the web while searching for stuff. I use the app to watch the keynotes, lectures while i surf the web on my tablet or Galaxy note. App is suited for large screen devices, however, there is no restriction. A simple double tapping lets you switch between flaoting window and fullscreen mode and back.
You can even stream youtube videos using this app and enjoy Floating window youtube videos while you Multitask. It automatically monitors clipboard and offers to play a youtube video when url is copied from browser or anywhere within android os.
The app was tested on Transformer prime (ICS) and Galaxy Note 4.1.1, and we love the way app performs while multitasking. There were little snags while using it on Galaxy SII, but most of the time it delivered smooth experience.
Download Popcorn Player [Google Play]
July 4, 2012
So you were enticed by Google Voice search / Google Now on Jellybean and can’t wait to get Jellybean on your device.
Well, we’ve a hack that will let you install Google Now on any Android ICS AOSP ROM.
The Google Now compatibility has been reported differently by various users.. Ideally it should work on all AOSP ICS ROMs, some custom skinned ROMs users are reporting issues with installation. Give the following steps a shot and see if it works for you:
Download: Google Now APK
Step 1. Rename the APK to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
Step 2. Using any file manager (e.g. ES file manager) Go to System/App and rename the original GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to something else or delete it.
Step 3. Copy in the GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk the one you renamed from (Velvet-theos0o.apk)
Step 4. Set the permissions, to the /System/App/GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to RW-R–R–
Step 5. Reboot and you’re all set to use Google Now Jellybean search on your ICS phone.
- searching through the text-box works
- location services work
- info cards work
- Can’t exit the app using the back button on the Google Now ‘Cards’ screen
- Sometimes cannot submit a typed search-query
- Voice search (Jelly Bean kernel-specific)
If you’ve problems, report issues at xda forums
Update: New Guide with Voice search: Get JellyBean Google Now with Voice Search on ANY Android