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Enhance the Xperia Z2 SMS App and Save Money with Xposed
Sony rolled out Jelly Bean updates for its 2012 and 2013 devices a few months back. Since then, the OEM has managed to release KitKat for some of its top flyers from the last year. Nonetheless, majority of Sony’s devices still officially run Android 4.3.
One of Sony’s newest devices is the Xperia Z2, which was released back at MWC in Barcelona this past February. The Z2 has an unique conversation application that is used to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. It’s a great app, but even good things can be improved.
With the potential of the Xposed Framework, things can be made better without using APKTool and Smali edits. XDA Recognized Developer Jackos created an Xposed module that replaces all non-standard characters used in certain parts of the world. This trick allows to send a standard 160-character message instead of a 70-character one. Cost saving isn’t this modules only feature either. When you decide to use it, your incoming MMS messages will display a preview and message time stamps are corrected. The application should work on all ROMs using the Z2’s conversation app.
You can get started by visiting the module thread. If you are using the Z2 or a Z2-based ROM and want to enhance the functionality of your conversation app app, give this module a try.
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