More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Control Your Xperia Screen Behavior with Screen Tweaks for Xposed
Time and time again, Sony has proven itself to be one of the more developer-friendly OEMs available. That’s why it almost doesn’t matter which Sony Xperia device you’re looking at; there will generally be a healthy amount of aftermarket development, which translates to a cornucopia of source-built ROMs, kernels, and so on. Despite all this, many users find themselves relatively content with the stock Sony firmwares and their OEM-bundled apps. For these users, it’s often more convenient to modify the stock firmware (or how it behaves), rather than to start fresh with a source-built ROM.
Screen Tweaks by XDA Senior Member Pezo is an Xposed Framework module that’s aimed to bring quite a lot of screen-related customization to Sony Xperia devices. In its initial iteration, Screen Tweaks allowed users to hide the “swipe to unlock” text on the lock screen, enable the CRT screen-off animation, and prevent the screen from turning on every time you plug or unplug the charger. The last option unfortunately didn’t work at first, but was later fixed in the second release. Not too long after, Pezo also added a few more options that allow users to hide the camera icon, carrier label, and sparkle effect on the lock screen. However, the last two (carrier label and sparkle effect) only seem to work on certain devices at this time.
If you’re rocking a Sony Xperia device running a stock or stock-based firmware, Screen Tweaks will likely give you quite a bit of screen-related customization. You can get started by heading over to the module thread or the Xposed repo and downloading the latest version.
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