Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Potato Statusbar Gesture Mod Lets You Launch Actions by Swiping Your Status Bar
When you want to do something on your Android device, chances are that it’s followed by an instinctive reaction—actually doing that what you want to do. Want to play some music? Go to that music widget. Want to change the sound mode? Tap that quick setting toggle a couple of times. Want to put the device to sleep? Reach for that awkwardly placed power button. Of course, this isn’t the case for all devices and situations. Some may be running older version of Android, your music widget may not be compatible with that third party launcher, or perhaps your power button is placed in a really inconvenient position. If you’re looking to remedy some of these issues, or simply wanting to try out a new method of performing actions on your device, check out Potato Statusbar Gesture.
A mod and app developed by XDA Recognized Themer mariozawa, Potato Statusbar Gesture allows you to perform certain actions by simply tapping or swiping to the left, right, double tapping, or long pressing on your status bar. Actions that can be performed include:
- Putting the device to sleep
- Going to the home screen
- Show available memory
- Play and pause music
- Go to the next or previous track
- Change the volume mode
- Change status bar to a random color
There are also the options to enable vibration when an action is performed, as well as set the default color of your status bar.
Installation of Potato Statusbar Gesture comes in two parts. The first is the actual app’s APK, which must be downloaded and installed. The second part consists of decompiling your SystemUI.apk, adding the provided smali files, editing an xml file, recompiling the APK, and pushing it to your system directory.
Potato Statusbar Gesture is compatible with Android version 2.3 and newer, with all the provided files and tutorial available in the original post. So if performing actions with only your status bar seems like something you will like to try out, check out the original thread for more information.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.