egzthunder1 · Mar 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Add Your Favorite Mods on the Sony Xperia Arc

Not too long ago, we started covering how-to guides in the Epic 4G Touch section. These guides aimed to teach users and aspiring developers alike the ins and outs of messing with ROMs internals at the code level, as opposed to simply flashing zip files from recovery. The guides covered a few minor mods (features of TouchWiz ROMs on SGS3) that were mostly for eye candy and some functionality. However, the underlying point of them was not to make your phone prettier (this was the end result). The point was to try and get people to understand the process involved in coding and making tweaks is not as simple as some make it seem.

Taking on a very similar concept, we now jump to the Sony Xperia Arc where XDA Forum Member sandy7 brings us something rather similar. The dev has created a one stop shop thread for mods that can be enabled in the Xperia device. The first tutorial covers a mod that has been ported to virtually every brand of phone out there… music track skipping by using the volume rockers (long press). The dev goes on to discuss and talk about the different parts of code that must be added and modified in order to get this going on the Arc. The following one talks about modifications to the lock screen and the addition of the magnifying glass. Last but not least, the third post covers addition of settings to control things like CPU and panel settings. All these mods will require you to modify the android.policy.jar and whatever APK you are trying to mod, so make sure that you have the necessary tools available to decompile APKs and add the reuqired lines of code to them.

XDA Forum Member jader13254 has also contributed to the thread by adding a guide to make the mods compatible with the newer ICS base (.13). This means that if you know of something that could be included in this master thread, you should definitely drop by and add your share of knowledge to enlighten and motivate others. Lastly, leave your feedback and things you would change if you find easier methods to get to the same end result.

  • android.policy.jar
  • APKTOOL
  • Notepad++
  • winrar or 7zip
  • and some patience.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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[Thanks to XDA News Writer jman2131 for the tip!]
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