Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Enable Tablet Mode on ICS ROMs on the Galaxy Player 5
While the most popular five inch device in the forums is the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung’s first five inch offering—the Samsung Galaxy Player 5—is still alive and kicking. Due to the ambiguous screen size, determining which layout it receives can be a real question. Now, owners of the device can make that choice for themselves.
The modification is courtesy of XDA Senior Member Supermaster34 and comes in the form of a patch that changes any ICS ROM from phone to tablet mode by replacing the services.jar and launcher files. Some features and info for the patch include:
Tablet Apps can be used
The Status Bar and Navigation Bar combine to form the Combined Bar
Full Album Art displayed on Lockscreen
Apex launcher runs very smoothly in tablet mode.
It has been tested on a number of ICS ROMs, and there are different instructions based on which ROM you’re installing. Supermaster34 says that users may experience some UI bugs, but otherwise everything runs as it should. Supermaster34 also includes how to revert to phone mode should you want to:
Tablet mode can be entered by changing the DPI of the device to 128 or less, but putting it below 120 causes bootloops. I am still testing my mod, but it appears to work on any ICS rom for the player 5. All you have to do is flash the zip file in recovery over the rom you want to apply it to. No wipes required and setting the DPI above 128 returns the player to Phone UI
To learn more, head over to the original thread.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
While HTC's latest flagship brings many new features, the aesthetic design of the device remains largely untouched in comparison to its predecessor. Many Android enthusiasts throughout the community were expecting a large redesign of one of the most beautiful handsets ever released, but what we got is something more along the lines of an 'HTC One M8S". So this begs the question, is the M9 worth the upgrade if you already own the M8? Current HTC One M8 users chime in and let us know your thoughts.
At the annual Game Developers Conference being held in San Francisco, NVIDIA announced the latest addition to its collection of devices, the NVIDIA SHIELD. Powered by the Tegra X1 ARM SoC, the SHIELD is a set-top box running Android TV at its heart. But since it is a NVIDIA device, it does things beyond the simple streaming and gaming that is expected in this age. The SHIELD can locally run and stream 4K content to a capable TV. It is compatible with existing...