POSTS TAGGED: guide
Posted September 18, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Almost every OEM adds its own unique flair to their stock firmwares. While some of them focus rather on applications and small tweaks to enhance user’s experience, others bring the level of customization to the next level. Without a doubt, Sony prefers to do the latter, because their UI differs greatly from the AOSP-like firmwares in almost any kind.
With the release of the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony added an incredibly good looking lock screen. Basically when you tap on the screen, small sparks start to shine and then the screen is unlocked. This looks pretty nice but you don’t have to own Sony device to try it. If you ever wanted to have the same effect on your device running KitKat, you have a great . . . READ ON »
Posted September 12, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
If you follow the custom ROM world closely, you have certainly noticed that some developers or teams use Gerrit to verify and implement the code that goes into their ROMs. It’s a popular way of controlling and reviewing code, as well as enhancing it, since the commits can be reviewed by other developers. Incoming commits can be merged, rejected or amended and then merged. This all combines to make the project better.
This handy tool can be hosted by almost any PC running Linux. If you are a project leader and you don’t know how to use this code verification system, XDA Senior Member codexc prepared something that you might find useful. He gathered most of the available Gerrit resources o. . . READ ON »
Posted September 11, 2014 at 02:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
Every country is different, and I’m not referring to the British having steering wheels on the right side of their cars. Sometimes, you might go to another country and find that your phone does not work. This is often caused by OEMs blocking the available or usable frequencies on the device. So called bands differ in every part of the world. For example in North America, GSM operates on the primary communication bands 850 MHz and 1900 MHz, while in Canada 1900 MHz is primary and 850 MHz is a backup. In Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia the bands providers use 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Sometimes it’s really hard to figure whether your device will work or not.
Some OEMs decide to release devices that . . . READ ON »
Posted September 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Despite introducing many useful features and overall great performance and enhancements, Android 4.4 KitKat is not without its flaws. For many, it’s not quite the most stable OS released by Google, and one of the “features” that drive people crazy is the intermittent WiFi drop. It unfortunately hasn’t been fixed in the various releases since KitKat’s original unveiling.
If you suffer from intermittent WiFi connection drops, XDA Recognized Developer M_J_Nazari provides a solution for this rather frustrating situation. In many cases, the whole issue is caused by nothing other than the OS checking for the connectivity status of our devices. When the cli. . . 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 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve the desired effect on your device.
One such guide was recently published by XDA Senior Member DanielFlorin who showed what could be done with the Sony Xperia phones to make their UI more beautiful. DanielFlorin’s guide contains instructions about how to make the status bar semi-transparent, how to move the toggles under the clock, and how to change . . . READ ON »
Posted August 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
APKTool has been one of the main, and probably most influential application editing tools for quite some time on the Android platform. It has been available for Android users ever since devices had physical keyboards, back when Android seemed like just an experimental project. The first versions of the tool were released in 2010, so this was at the time when the Eclair ruled the world. APKTool in its many variations is still one of the most popular ways to change the contents of an app or stock firmware.
Using APKTool on Windows is very easy and doesn’t require much in the way of technical skills. All you need to do is download the script, executing it, and you’re done. Setting . . . READ ON »
Posted August 12, 2014 at 06:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
The Sony Xperia Z1, also known as the Honami, brought many interesting solutions for end users with regards to UI styling. Sony is well known for delivering a good looking OS that is stable, reliable, and easy on the eyes, and many of the people here on the XDA forums will agree.
If you didn’t purchase this formerly flagship device, fear not. Some elements from the Honami’s interface can be easily added to other Android-powered devices. One such UI element is the loading animation that is used in places such as the stock Gallery app, Browser, and so on. XDA Forum Member ljg211314 shared a thorough guide explaining the whole process of theming.
The guide is presents all the various reso. . . READ ON »
Posted August 5, 2014 at 11:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
The Sony Xperia Z1 is undoubtedly a beautiful device. Nice hardware design coupled with a good looking UI makes this smartphone one of the top choices for those who like their phone to be beautiful more than anything else. As such, this former flagship still is quite popular among XDA users.
The phone codenamed “Honami” has a unique Xperia UI, which looks attractive to many. If you want to have parts of this UI on your device, XDA Forum Member ljg211314 created a guide explaining how to change the tab indicator style to match the Honami.
The guide shows you what changes are needed in your ROM’s framework to get the expected result. To make said changes, you need to us. . . READ ON »