Alvin Ybañez(266 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.

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Tweedle: Simple and elegant Twitter client app

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 12, 2012

There are a variety of third-party Twitter apps on the Google Play Store but, among all of them, only one has been granted a seat on my Android phone. I’m not really a Twitter fan, nor am I a hardcore Twitter user who likes to keep my account updated 24/7. A Twitter app that is simple, clean, and has all the basic functions is good for me. If you’re like me, then you will love using the Tweedle for Twitter app on your Android phone. It’s a simple and elegant Twitter client app.

The Tweedle for Twitter app is just like any third-party app for Twitter. With numerous Twitter apps around, this app was able to capture my attention, not with its extended [...]

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Memento Database: Powerful and flexible database for lists, inventories, and collections

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 12, 2012

We store a lot of files on our Android devices. We save important notes, make shopping lists, list things to do, record a variety of stuff, and much more. To keep things organized, hundreds of apps on the Google Play Store allow you to organize the things that you’ve saved on your Android device. However, some apps may be limited to certain actions, compelling you to install additional apps to fill in the gaps. This results in jumping from one app to access your grocery list, to another app to view your to do list. Switching from one app to another is really inconvenient. It would be so much better if you could access all types of lists from one app.

Introducing [...]

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How to flash TWRP Recovery 2.2.1 on the Galaxy S Plus I9001

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 3, 2012

The Team Win Recovery Project’s touch-based recovery, better known as TWRP Recovery, is a popular alternative to the widely used ClockworkMod Recovery (which also has a touch-based version).

Being a custom recovery for Android, TWRP Recovery allows you to perform more dev-related tasks on your phone than stock custom recovery would provide.  For instance, using TWRP Recovery, you can flash custom ROMs, install updates through ZIP files, create backups of your ROM, restore backups, reset your phone, wipe phone data, and more.

Apart from touch-based interaction, TWRP Recovery 2.2.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S Plus GT-I9001 features slimmer backup sizes with up [...]

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PerApp: Automatically applying settings for individual Android apps

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 30, 2012

Our Android devices include a bunch of settings that we can configure to suit our needs. We can adjust the volume, change the screen orientation, adjust the time before the screen turns off, and even adjust the CPU speed. These are handy features but it is really an inconvenience when you have to change each setting before launching an individual app. XDA Developers member arpruss also felt the same way and that led him to create an app that allows you to specify settings for each individual app.

The PerApp app allows you to set a special set of configurations for each app. There are apps from the Google Play Store that allow you to do this, but you either have to face [...]

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Best 3D homescreen launchers for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 28, 2012

One of the perks of having an Android device is that it can be easily be customized the way its owners want. If you have read our articles about the best Android apps for customizing your Android phone, there are tons of apps from the Google Play Store that allow you to personalize your Android device. You can install a third-party keyboard, customize your ringtones, install an alternate SMS messenger, and much more.

Android launchers can also be used to fully customize your Android skin. Previously, we talked about the best Android launchers for your Android device. But this time, let’s focus our attention on the best Android launchers with 3D interfaces and 3D [...]

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Best army, military, and soldier games for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 27, 2012

There are a variety of games on the Google Play Store that allow us to play different roles. We can be a doctor managing a clinic, a professional chef, a mayor of a great virtual city, and even a soldier at war, fighting for his or her country’s peace. On today’s app list, we will be tackling some Android games that let you become a soldier without having to undergo rigorous training. With these games, you can feel how it is to become a soldier. You can even command a war in a peaceful and fun way.

World War

The World War app is a text-based online multiplayer game that lets you play the role of a general. You will be able take missions and build [...]

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WiFi Shoot: Sharing files over Wi-Fi Direct

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 21, 2012

As the capabilities of Android devices have improved, so did the speed of transferring files from one device to another. Gone are the days that you have to steadily hold two phones near each other and wait until your files are sent via infrared. One of the new ways of sharing files faster is via Wi-Fi Direct.

Wi-Fi Direct is a feature that allows two Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect without the need to go through a wireless access point, which allows the phone to transfer files much faster. In layperson’s terms, Wi-Fi Direct is like directly connecting two devices together without the need for a wireless router or an access point. Using this mechanism, the app [...]

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Better Wifi On/Off: Rule-based Wi-Fi manager for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 20, 2012

There are a variety of Android apps on the Google Play Store that allow you to lessen battery consumption. There are apps that prevent apps from running in the background, apps that clear your phone’s RAM, and an app that controls your Wi-Fi connections.

If you have read our article about the Sentry app, you’re familiar that these kind of apps can save your battery power by controlling your Wi-Fi connection. Doing so will prevent apps from automatically updating or syncing data in the background, and thus lessen power consumption.

Another app has also surfaced and aims to help you save battery power by controlling the Wi-Fi connection. The Better [...]

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Ultimate Rotation Control: Forcing landscape mode in Nexus 7 homescreen and apps

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 15, 2012

The Google Nexus 7 is the first Nexus tablet ever made. However, the lack of landscape orientation for the homescreen and in some apps makes it feel less of a tablet. Usually, most tablets feature a landscape orientation to utilize the tablet’s wider screen. Although made as a tablet, the Nexus 7 doesn’t rotate into landscape mode while on the homescreen. Some apps even restrict their main screens to display only in portrait.

To solve this problem, you may ask the help of third-party apps that allow you to control the screen orientation on your Android device. One of those apps is Ultimate Rotation Control. This app overrides the default orientation [...]

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How to flash inverted Google Apps to the Galaxy S I9000

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 15, 2012

If you are a keen observer, you might notice that almost all Google apps have a white background or a light-colored interface. This is true on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000, as well as on other Android phones.

The white background, the black text, and a few bright colors allow the apps to display a simple design which is easy on the eyes. Speaking out of curiosity, how would the Google apps look if we inverted their color into a dark theme?

Not all curiosity can kill but it lets you create something new and interesting. XDA Developers member xlory certainly did the latter. He inverted the colors of the Google Apps and created a nice dark-themed interface for the [...]

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