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Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been iconic to the company’s success in many of its mobile phones. Fans of the famed launcher will have more reasons to celebrate as the TouchWiz UX launcher from the Galaxy S3 has now been ported to run on the Galaxy S2, thanks to XDA Developers member Smando. The new TouchWiz UX launcher that was first seen on the Galaxy S3 sports numerous features such as sorting apps alphabetically in a grid, choosing a default homescreen, S Voice communication, the ability to watch a video picture-in-picture, and many other features. Not only that, the latest TouchWiz…

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Everyone’s going ga-ga over Samsung’s latest flagship phone. People from all over the world were dying to know more about this mystery phone, weaving rumors left and right and now that the phone is here, the excitement has really reached its peak. The Samsung Galaxy S3 may not have landed in your area yet, but other people in more fortunate corners of the globe are enjoying the device’s awesome specs. Who could blame you for being impatient? We’re itching to get our hands on this beauty, too, but since good things come to those who wait, we’ve settled for something…

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The great thing about Android developers is that they never run out of ideas to make our lives comfortable and convenient. Now another developer from XDA Developers, amarullz, has created another app for us and the AROMA Filemanager is its name. It’s been tagged as the “world’s first Android recovery-based file manager.” For the record, the word “aroma” originated in Bahasa Indonesia and means “scent”. In this case, it also means “Amarullz Android ROM Manifestation.” AROMA Filemanager is, in plain and simple terms, a file manager with a GUI and is run while your phone is in Recovery Mode. As…

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Say goodbye to locked HTC bootloaders as the folks at the XDA Developers Forum have once again made the impossible a reality. HTC owners have already witnessed firsthand how hard it is to crack HTC bootloaders, most especially those devices that are coming from mobile carriers. The AT&T One X may be one of the first phones to sport a quad-core processor, but it’s also one of the many HTC devices that sport a locked bootloader. Having an unlocked bootloader is necessary for users to install custom ROMs and other modified hacks on your device. If you have been addicted…

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Mobile device usage continues to climb and companies like Google and Facebook are working hard to cash in on the potential revenues available from mobile users. But they aren’t the only ones trying to make money from mobiles. Cyber criminals, organized crime gangs and malware authors are also trying to get a slice of the pie. As an Android user, it is important to step back a moment and look at the security implications of using a mobile device, and more specifically of using an Android based mobile device. Physical access Before looking at all the sophisticated ways hackers can try and steal data…

UPDATE: We have an updated Best Android antivirus app list, click here to see. With startling headlines like “Number of malicious Android apps grows by 2200% year over year” and “86% of all malware delivered via repackaging of legitimate apps” it is worth looking at what measures you can take to protect yourself from malware. Besides common sense items like not downloading apps from an untrusted app store or not installing apps which ask for odd permissions (like a game wanting SMS permissions), there is the option of installing an anti-virus app for your device. There are quite a few big…

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It seems like almost everyone is using ClockworkMod Recovery to make backups of their currents ROMs and to flash a variety of things that’ll make their Android devices perform better. In fact, when most guides mention “custom recovery,” they almost always mean ClockworkMod Recovery.  What’s someone to do when they want to stand out from the crowd? Whether it’s to be different from all the other Android users out there or it’s because ClockworkMod Recovery isn’t quite cutting it for you, people can be hard pressed to find a better alternative to the well-known custom recovery. But, that doesn’t mean…

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True flashaholics know the button-combo to boot their Android devices into Recovery Mode. If you aren’t quite sure of what that three-combo is, you need more practice. But, regardless of knowing how to boot your device into Recovery Mode, we can’t deny that frequently flashing mods, tweaks and ROMs can affect our physical buttons. It’s time to give the physical keys a rest and to welcome the future in flashing. Thanks to XDA Developers senior member braway, AT&T Galaxy Note users can enjoy ClockworkMod Touch Recovery. It works exactly like the old-school ClockworkMod Recovery, except you can browse files, make…

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Everyone is going ga-ga over Ice Cream Sandwich. Ever since it was released, third-party Android developers have been hard at work porting leaks into every possible phone and improving the stock firmware with additions of their own. We’ve seen Ice Cream Sandwich in stock form, in it’s purest form without HTC’s Sense UI on top, various aesthetically modified versions, as well as those that have been given performance boosts. It makes sense that because Ice Cream Sandwich is the hottest thing making rounds in the Android development community that everyone would want a piece of it, but what makes Ice…

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Although Facebook’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) was called by financial experts a failure, Mark Zuckerberg’s monster company still has its sights set very high. With stocks falling and more than $17 billion lost off an initial $104 billion valuation, the social networking service might be looking to expand way off its comfort zone and into smartphone hardware manufacturing. I know, you’ve heard the rumors before and you might already be familiar with the HTC ChaCha (aka the Status), or that rumored “Buffy” project that has been in the works for about a year. However, the newest report about the Facebook smartphone takes…