Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Revitalize Your Nexus 4’s Display with Nexus 4 Display Control
Did you join the Internet masses in picking up a Nexus 4 now that its price has dropped to a mere $199 and $249 for the 8 and 16 gig models, respectively? If so, I can’t blame you. In fact, I’ll just come out and say it: The Google Nexus 4 is an utterly fantastic smartphone. However, that’s not to say that it’s perfect.
In my opinion, the Nexus 4 most accurately represents the phrase, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” After all, it has an underwhelming camera, the processor is beginning to show its age (at least in comparison with the latest generation of flagships), and most of all, its screen lacks the vibrance and saturation of better panels. Luckily this last point can be alleviated thanks to XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco.
Franciscofranco’s Nexus 4 Display Control app does exactly what its name states. It allows you to tune both the color and gamma, as well as backup and restore color profiles. While this won’t fix the bad viewing angles or magically give the Nexus 4 a 1080p display, the app will certainly help you make the most of the hardware. One thing to keep in mind is that as of Android 4.2.2, module injection was disabled by Google so you must be running franco.Kernel in order to use the gamma interface.
Normally, the application sells for $1.99 on Google Play. However, franciscofranko has so generously provided the application free of charge to XDA community members. Head over to the application thread to get started.
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