Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Alternatives to popular Xposed modules | Prepare for Android Lollipop / ART

Android 5.0 Lollipop's public release is imminent. People with Nexus devices and possibly other flagship devices are going to start receiving the OTA updates soon. Lollipop brings a huge amount of visual and backend changes with it; switch from Dalvik to ART runtime being one of the biggest of them. This particular change has left many Android enthusiasts in a limbo - whether to upgrade to Lollipop or not; because their beloved Xposed framework doesn't support ART and supposedly won't for a long time. I myself am on that boat. I love xposed and several of its modules. Upgrading to Lollipop will mean we won't be able to use those anymore. Still, Lollipop is so tempting that I won't be able to stop myself from flashing it the minute the factory images drop. Hence, I'm trying to find out replacements for the several xposed modules I and countless others use. Here are the alternatives that I've found.

If you don't know what Xposed frameowrk is and what it does, you can read about it here or watch this video.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tasker Profile: On Demand Talking Clock

Most of the days, traffic noise wakes me up early morning. But since the alarm hasn't gone off yet, I don't know what time it is. Who the hell wants to open eyes and look at the blindingly bright phone screen to check the time? I hope my smartphone was smart enough to just TELL me the time, without me having to open my eyes. Well, now it can; thanks to tasker.

If you want to know what tasker is and what can be done with it, check out this beginner's guide.

Easily import Talking clock profile

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tasker profile: Better Battery Log

Do you ever unlock your phone, look at the battery % and go "Holly hell, 30%...! Was it this low when I locked it last? How much battery did drain since I last used it?" Sadly there's no stock/easy way of knowing for sure. The stock battery usage graph shows battery usage since last full charge, which doesn't help.

I want to check my battery drop since last I used the phone. So, I created a tasker profile that writes the time and remaining battery percentage to a file every time I turn the screen off. This way, when I turn the screen on after some time, I can check how much battery was lost while the phone was idle. If I see any drastic drop, I would know something is going wrong and investigate.

If you want to know what tasker is and what can be done with it, check out this beginner's guide.

Create empty log file
Using any file browser app, create an empty text file on your sdcard. For example, I created /sdcard0/BatteryLog.txt

Easily import Battery Logger profile

Friday, April 25, 2014

WizardWork launched - Theme Apps Giveaway

Hi Guys. I'm now officially announcing the launch of "Wizard Work" in the Google Play Store. "Wizard Work" is the home to best Android themes, icon packs and uccw widget skins. If you love customizing your Android device with icons and widgets, you have come to the right place.

As a token of appreciation for all the support that all of you have shown me in past couple of years, I'm running a Giveaway now. These are the details -

Number of winners: 10
Prize: Choose any one of my apps and you get it for free.
Runs from: 24th April 2014, 00:01 AM
Runs till: 30th April 2014, 11:59 PM

This is what you gotta do. (Read carefully. Not meeting the criteria will disqualify your entry.)
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