Hbernate background apps so they don’t waste your battery
One of the realities for Android ownership is that when you have a lot of applications installed on your device, it can adversely affect both battery life and overall device performance. The simple reason for this is that even when you are not using an app in the foreground, there may be background services running or the app and itssoftware may be active in the background.
If you have a rooted phone, Greenify can be used to cleverly resolves this issue by completely hibernating background apps so that they no longer consume any resources. Here’s how to use it:
App Override for Android allows you to configure a number of system settings on a per-app basis
App Override by Runaway Fridge (currently in Beta testing and free to download from the Play Store) is an application that allows you to configure a growing number of system settings including Screen Orientation, Font Size, Input Method, Screen Timeout, Minimum CPU Speed, Maximum CPU Speed, Sound Mode, WiFi settings for individual applications.
Rather than configuring these settings system wide, App Override will automatically set them as the chosen application is launched and restore them back to the system default when you leave the app. There are often times when you might want to have, for example, a larger font size, but not want it to take effect right across your device – and App Override makes that possible.
Root access is required for some of the options (currently only Input method, Minimum CPU speed and Maximum CPU speed), but if you don’t have root access you can still use the application – however your choice of controls will be more limited. App Override is compatible with all versions of Android from 2.3 Gingerbread onwards and can be switched on / off with a main ‘toggle button’.
App Settings is a powerful Xposed module that enables you to override the settings on any of the apps on your Android phone. Here’s how it works.
App Settings will unlock the power of your apps. It might appear a little primitive but that’s it’s charm, because it takes you right to the core of all your apps’ settings and lets you override any of them, on a per app basis.
You can customise the display to hide or reveal more of what you want to see, so if you want to have more map on-screen when you’re using the turn-by-turn then you can hide your status bar and the app’s title bar.
You can disable large, distracting notifications from apps (such as Any.do, which slides an alarm panel up over a third of your screen), and if you want to give certain apps a priority status then you can give them insistent notifications with endlessly looping sounds.
Cerberus is the most powerful Android security app. In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use it to track your lost or stolen phone
Smartphones and tablets are stolen every day, often from pockets, bags and from tables in bars and restaurants. A call to the police is a mere formality for insurance purposes usually, resulting in a new phone – if you’re lucky.
There are various apps and services available that can assist with tracking your phone, but the downside of these is that a savvy thief (let’s face it, that’s most of them) will know how to uninstall the app, preventing you from tracking it or using the device camera to identify the culprit.
They don’t even have to go that far – disabling data transfers will block attempts to find the purloined phone or tablet.
Find custom ROMs and the full collection of Google Apps for your Android phone using GooManager.
GooManager is a ROM managing app (not dissimilar to ROM Manager) which connects your device to the goo.im server. This server hosts a variety of custom ROMs and Gapps (Google Apps) updates.
The app works in collaboration with TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project). TWRP is a recovery MOD which runs in a similar way to ClockworkMod. If you have already rooted your device you will have most likely done this by installed ClockworkMod onto your device. Simply put GooManager works at the front end of your device, helping you to download different ROMs as well as Gapps updates and ROM OTA (over the air) updates.
OTA updates help reduce the size of update files, making updating a ROM much faster. TWRP is then used to flash these ROMs onto your device, as well as offering backup and recovery services, just like the Clockwork Recovery MOD.
This tutorials walks you through the steps of how to flash a custom ROM to your Android phone using the Flashify app
With Android fragmentation becoming increasingly worse and networks taking an age to roll out updates to devices, more and more users are looking for a way to upgrade their phone and take advantage of improvements to the operating system.
Although it is possible to gain speed benefits and new features using apps and tweaks, the best way to push your Android phone or tablet to the max is to flash a new ROM.
Traditionally this has been a potentially complex affair, requiring the user to find a ROM suitable for their phone, check that it meets their needs, download it, and then use a dedicated app to flash it. Guaranteed first time success can be hit and miss, leaving you with a lot of messing about and potentially a bricked phone…