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Screen Backlight Off app saves your battery

If you like to use an app that throws your video to a different device for mirroring or listen to the audio on YouTube music videos, you may like the idea of being able to turn off the screen backlight to save power. When you turn off the screen backlight many video players stop playback. A new app has launched for rooted devices called Screen Backlight Off.

Activate native call recording function in Samsung devices

It might be unethical (specifically when the person you're talking to doesn't know you're doing it) and maybe borderline illegal, but there are times when you just want to record the conversation you're having over the phone. While the old school feature phones do have this supposedly basic feature, OEMs have hidden the native call recording feature (probably to avoid problems with government) on the more widely distributed smartphones. But there is still a way to enable that feature because there's an app for that of course.

Emoji Switcher lets you use different emoji versions

If you've noticed that the emojis on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat phone are different from iOS and the basic Google versions, it's because they are not from Google. Those are emojis created by Samsung which they plan on including in future mobile devices and the next firmware updates. The recent firmware released by Samsung included a special emoji set that looked a lot different from iOS and Google. They're still cute but it would be nice if we could use the original emotions and the Google emojis that we see on Hangouts. Even LG has its own version.

Undelete for Root Users updated with 64-bit support

If you have ever accidentally deleted files or deleted a file and then wished you had it back, you need an app like Undelete for Root Users. As the name says, you do need root access to be able to use the app and it was recently updated with new features. The Undelete app is a free download, but to get full functionality does require an in-app purchase.

LiveBoot v1.00 available for rooted Android devices

Chainfire has pulled the wraps off an all-new app for folks who like to root other devices called LiveBoot. The app is in version 1.00 right now and puts a logcat/dmesg boot animation on the screen of the device during boot to allow users to see what is going on with boot as it happens.

Rovo89 chimes in on Android Lollipop woes for Xposed

It is somewhat curious and at the same time disappointing that each release of Android alienates power users more and more while getting better and more secure. Such is the case of rooting, which is becoming more complex, in particular thanks to Android adopting the rather robust SELinux security framework. But unlike Chainfire, who is rather optimistic about the chances of rooting in the future, Xposed Framework developer Rovo89 isn't as confident. Long story short, fans might have to wait a while for it to come to Android 5.0, if it will ever at all.

Chainfire details root issues in Android 5.0, gives quick fix

With the latest Android 5.0 now out of the bag, many are quite eager to have a taste on their device. One subset of the Android community that might not be excited to have a taste of Lollipop are power users who live and thrive with rooted smartphones and tablets. The reason is that in the attempt to make the Android platform more secure, Android developers may have, unintentionally or not, left root devs and users out in the cold, an issue that SuperSU developer Chainfire tries to explain in more detail.

Enable call recording on Samsung Galaxy S5, other devices

Call recording is a nice feature to have on smartphone, especially if the user makes phone calls for work that are data and information intensive. A person’s memory can only hold on to reminders and information on voice calls for so long, and sometimes technology can help out those memory gaps. Fortunately, the good fellows at XDA has help for us.

Remove Band Restrictions from Qualcomm devices with these steps

One of the more annoying things that smartphone hardware manufacturers do from time to time is to restrict devices from using certain wireless bands even though technically the hardware supports those bands. This is particularly common from companies like QUALCOMM where they restrict hardware from working on wireless frequencies abroad.

Rooted Android devices being denied access to Barclays bank apps

Barclays is a major bank in the UK and the bank has made a decision that has angered many fans of Android devices. Barclays is blocking any rooted Android smartphone from running its two banking applications on the device if the device is rooted. A petition has been put up that activists want Barclays customers to sign in protest of the move.
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