You've probably seen or installed modified applications, be it a patched dialer for your resolution or a custom WhatsApp version with added features. How do developers do that, though? A lot of the time, the applications' source code isn't even available, so how does it all work? We'll see that first, then take a look at a new tool that aims to make the process much easier, and finally compare it to the popular Xposed framework to see how they...
Keyboard Fix for the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a device so tiny that those accustomed to many of today’s gargantuan devices might think it was designed for a chihuahua. That however would just be silly due to their lack of opposable digits. It was in fact designed to be used by humans, and many humans use one. Despite being an older device, it’s running Android 4.1 and still has a loyal following—just as devices with hardware keyboards tend to , just look at the Desire Z for another example.
The hardware keyboard on the device, however, doesn’t always behave as you would expect when the device is running a custom ROM—specifically the LEDs that act as a backlight for the keyboard. Sometimes they don’t light up, and sometimes they stay lit up after the device is closed, leading both to poor battery life and an oddly glowing device.
XDA Recognized Contributor faiyyaz has had enough of this, and coded a simple but effective app to rectify the problem. Simply titled Keyboard Fix, it does exactly what it says on the tin and should make those pesky LEDs behave as expected on the majority of ROMs available for the device.
The app is still at an early stage, and issues may still be unreported. But if you struggle to keep your LEDs under control, this is definitely worth a shot. Sneak a peek at the original thread for more info.
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When the first reports of the M9 overheating came to light, many forum users began a collective joke-round calling the phone a popcorn machine, a grill, and other unoriginal remarks that we’ve seen with every device that presents sign of overheating, from gaming consoles to graphics cards. In this sense, the internet is not very inventive, and the cycle of rehashed jokes re-surfaces on different products every year or so. This time it was the M9’s turn and it was...