Google announced today that it will be bringing ads to the Play Store, and while that will surely annoy the majority of us, it isn't the only thing that sucks about the Play Store. From the lack of clear communication with developers to ridiculous restrictions, there are a handful of very annoying things about Google's approach. Let us know what bugs you the most about the Play Store.
Change Your Battery Stats Color with a Smali Modification
Holo UI has become an integral part of Android ever since the the launch of version 3.0 Honeycomb. Its visual styling has earned quite a few fans, as well as many who actually dislike it. A few days ago, we talked about the Holofication Nation project, where developers are transforming well known applications to better fit the Holo style. Now it’s time to continue this journey and further ‘Holo-ify’ your device.
Your battery stats readout is one of the last places in Android’s UI that hasn’t yet been touched by the Holo magic. But with a small amount of work, you can change this state. XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor iamareebjamal posted a guide describing the process of transforming battery menu stats from its current drab color scheme to blue, eye-candy Holo style. Some smali editing is required, so you need to be familiar with tools like APK Tool. However, the whole process should only take a few minutes, and it should work on most Android devices running Gingerbread or later. If you don’t like Holo blue, you can easily choose a different color, so you can even make it pink if you so choose.
If you want to give it a shot, make your way to the original thread and follow the steps. Just be sure to backup any files that you modify in case you wish to revert.
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