POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Posted November 17, 2014 at 12:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Typically, all media files housed on your external storage are scanned upon boot. The service that does that is called Media Scanner, which saves its output in Media Store. Android’s developers have tried hard to optimize it, but Media Scanner is still a service that drains battery quite effectively for the first few minutes following a reboot.
The Media Scanner service itself doesn’t offer a preferences menu, and it runs in background so you can’t control it. Well, you can’t do so easily without the Xposed Framework. XDA Forum Member thomashofmann decided to address the issues with Media Scanner by creating a module that provides quite a few tweaks. With this module, you can e. . . READ ON »
Posted October 18, 2014 at 11:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.
Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.
To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole pr. . . READ ON »
Posted October 4, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Floating applications are very popular–not only here at XDA, but in Play Store as well. One of the first OEM that used floating application in its stock firmware was Sony. Small Apps are independent applications that can be used on top of other applications. For example, you can run a small calculator and perform some calculations while browsing a web page. Those apps can be launched from the small apps bar available by pressing the navigation button.
Small App can be developed really easy with Eclipse or any other compatible IDE. Sony even released its own SDK that makes development a bit easier. If you ever wanted to create your own small application, XDA Senior Member Geeks Empire wrote a comprehensi. . . READ ON »
Posted September 23, 2014 at 04:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Head Up notifications is one of these upcoming features that Android developers hid deep in the Android KitKat source code. It was discovered by the custom ROM community not too long ago, and nearly simultaneously ported to the majority of popular ROMs. This method of notifications has also been introduced as a standalone application and an Xposed Framework module.
One of the most interesting alternatives to this built in hidden code was recently released by XDA Recognized Developer AChep. HeadsUp is a fork of the quite popular AcDisplay application. The developer made quite a few improvements to make it a very nice looking and–even more importantly–functional application.
With Hea. . . READ ON »
Posted September 21, 2014 at 01:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn’t put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6.
With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh. The most important ones are certainly a changed UI for the Android client, which now follows Material Design UI language and two things related to phone to . . . READ ON »
Posted August 27, 2014 at 04:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
In the last few months, we’ve talked about quite a few Sony Honami-related projects. The Sony Xperia Z1 is quite a popular device, due no doubt to its aesthetic UI that has been ported to other devices by many developers and themers.
Changing the look of your device’s framework to match the Honami isn’t as difficult as it may initially look. The situation gets even easier with a guide by XDA Senior Member KuaQ, which thoughtfully explains the process of transformation. KuaQ’s guide is place where you can learn how to make simple modifications like changing the theme accent color in Settings, the system progress bar, and more. All modifications can be done within min. . . READ ON »
Posted August 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Many applications available here on XDA that aren’t available on the Google Play Store. There are usually a few reasons for their absence: Developer accounts cost money, they are too “hacky” to be acceptable on the Play Store, or simply developers don’t want to release their work in the biggest app store for Android. You can find plenty such applications in the various forums we have here.
Unlike some other operating systems, Android allows its users to install applications directly from internal storage. When initializing installation, you are given a screen that shows you every permission used by the app and other important information. Normally, you should be well informe. . . READ ON »
Posted August 17, 2014 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Much of the joy of owning an Android device comes from being able to customize and modify the OS as we see fit. While the most impactful device modifications undoubtedly involve changing elements of the Android OS such as the kernel, ROM, and so on, a large part of the user experience can be improved by simply adding a theme. Because of this, Android theming has become quite common in the forums.
Although there are thousands of themes available for various devices in the XDA forums, there are many reasons why one would wish to create his or her own theme. After all, everyone’s own personal taste is different. If you’re a theming newbie with a Sony Xperia Device running either Android 4. . . READ ON »
Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm by egzthunder1
Lately, we have seen a rather drastic shift in the world of mobile device gaming. The infamous Angry Birds series has tried to reinvent itself again and again, attempting to continue reigning supreme over all else. However, it seems that it was not really enough, and it makes sense. After all, just how many times can you possibly sling a bird at pigs without looking for something else to do? Then, came the spawn from Hell known as Flappy Birds, closely followed by the likes of 2048, and several of the aforementioned games’ variations. Maybe, it is time to take a step back and look at one of the game styles that gave birth to the infamous FPS genre. Shooting things down when you are doing it from your own poin. . . READ ON »