I think the last time anyone has ever used a physical torch to find their earphones, keys, or contact lens case was eons ago–before phones with LED flashes were invented. Now if we have to navigate or find something in the dark, we just whip out our phones, turn on their LEDs and sweep the floor with their gloriously powerful light. Of course, we all know that torches are actually better at being torches than our phone’s measly LEDs, but one can dream right?
But rather than dreaming about it, why not try out a mod developed by XDA Recognized Developer olokos which cranks up the brightness of your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED to “full”? The mod comes in a ZIP package which only needs to be flashed through a custom recovery. As expected however, by installing such a mod which significantly increases the LED’s brightness, it would be wise to not leave it on an extended period of time as it may break the LED. This mod isn’t only for the Xperia Z1 however, as it may also work on the Z1 Compact, Z1S, Z2, and Z3.
So, if you’re keen on increasing the brightness of your phone’s LED brightness, head over to the LED boost thread to get started.
At one point in time or another, we’ve all gotten very fiddly with the camera settings on our Android devices–maybe it was because you had just discovered that your camera actually had settings, you were playing around with a new mod or port, or perhaps you even thought of yourself as a ‘street photography’ connoisseur. With this said, if you own a Moto G and find yourself simply not satisfied with the customization options for your phone’s camera, you might want to check out XDA Forum Member GodOfPsychos’s tutorial.
GodOfPsychos has written a tutorial which teaches you how to ‘unlock’ the advanced camera settings and options for your Moto G. Originally hidden by default, these settings include:
In order to access these settings, all you need to do is make a simple edit to the build.prop and reboot. After this, simply swipe out the settings wheel in the camera interface and tap the ‘Ladybug’ icon. Furthermore, if you are wondering why you need such extensive settings and how they’ll impact picture quality, XDA Senior Member juanchotazo99 has conducted a couple of tests and image comparisons with differing setting options for you to judge for yourself.
If you would like to give this a go, head over to the Moto G camera settings thread to get started.
September 27, 2014 By: Samantha
The lock screen of the OnePlus One is quite the pleasant thing to look at. It’s minimalistic and simple, yet different from what we’ve all perhaps gotten used to over the years. But by default, the customization options are quite limited, particularly in regards to the solid-colored panel that takes up the bottom half of the screen. Yes, you can say that a third party lock screen will fix this little issue, but if you’re looking for some more freedom with the original lock screen, you may want to check out Recognized Developer NunHugger’s mod.
NunHugger’s mod essentially allows you change the color of the OnePlus One lock screen panel or replace it with an image or a gradient. The mod comes in a variety of options pre-made by NunHugger ranging from solid colors such as black, red and orange, to brushed metal and various wood textures. Furthermore, NunHugger has also written a brief tutorial teaching you how you can include your own colors and images to the lock screen panel mod, with NunHugger planning on writing a more comprehensive tutorial in the future.
So if you’re an owner of the OnePlus One and feeling like the lock screen might need a little spicing up, check out the lock screen panel mod thread for more information.
The LG G3 has been LG’s breakout hit of the summer. Using their knowledge from building some Nexus Devices and improving on the LG G2, the G3 is a beast right out of the box! However here at XDA, we are never completely satisfied with a stock device. While our review of the device shows off the stock features, there is always more you can do with your LG G3.
In today’s episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off the Top 5 LG G3 MODs. He talks about 5 Mods, that in no particular order that really help expand your LG G3’s capabilities. Jared talks about a lock screen mod, a camera mod, thermal mods, a split view mod, and Xposed Tweaksbox Module. So if you wanted to see what these MODs offer and get insight into how they run, check out this video!
July 31, 2014 By: Samantha
The stereo speakers on the Sony Xperia Z2 are probably a relatively large source of envy among owners of former Xperia flagship devices such as the Xperia Z1. And with the same design language, almost identical dimensions, and a not very significant bump in processing power, the having stereo playback is the one feature that the Z1 just had to miss out on. Luckily however, Z1 owners may be able to give this feature a go thanks to XDA Senior Member dontbelive.
A mod developed by dontbelive enables Z1 owners to emulate the function of stereo speakers by activating the device’s earpiece as a secondary speaker. This means rather than having sound played through the singular, mono speaker (as intended), you have stereo speaker playback by utilising both the default speaker and the device’s earpiece.
As of now, the mod has been updated once to version 2, and you’ll have to install another variant provided if you run CyanogenMod on your Z1. Dontbelive has also provided a download of custom viper4android settings he uses for optimum sound quality with the mod, since the earpiece isn’t quite the same as an actual speaker.
If you can’t wait to give this a go, head over to the Z1 Stereo Speaker Mod thread to get started.
The battery style in stock Android looks pretty dull. It doesn’t offer the percentage remaining, customizable colors, and so on. Basically, it’s not something that most of us here on XDA are looking for. Luckily, you can change your default white or blue battery style to something more fancy with just few steps.
The battery style can look really nice and colorful. XDA Senior Member gharrington created a mod that gives you the ability to browse from over one thousand battery types. With a single click, the 3Minit Battery Mod will download and set the battery type onto the status bar. The application will download only those files that are needed by the currently selected battery type, so you don’t need to worry about the storage usage.
To change your current battery type, you need to install the application. After doing so, decomplie your SystemUI.apk and change a few lines of code in the XML files. You need to extract the contents of the archive provided by gharrington to the decompiled APK folders and re-compile it back. After pushing it to your ROM, you’ll get an option to select one of the battery types. Your phone must be rooted, otherwise you won’t be able to push the file back to /system partition.
If you want to have access to over a thousand of battery types, head over to the 3Minit thread to learn more.
Some of you may have remembered a story on the Portal a few weeks back about a great tutorial on implementing the Split View feature into your own LG G2 KitKat ROM. Although welcomed by the LG G2 community, it wasn’t a very efficient solution as it required a ROM to be modified accordingly every time you have a fresh ROM installed, and it could only be undertaken by those who know their way around smali and baksmali editing.
XDA Forum Member GrAndAG has developed an automated installer of said mod that may provide an alternative method for those who may not be able to complete the tutorial. Based on the aforementioned tutorial and mod, the installer comes in the form of an APK, which once installed and running, automatically implements the Split View mod into your ROM. Because the installer handles the entire process–including the disassembling, patching, assembling, installing, and the odexing–all you need to do is press the ‘Create MOD’ button and wait for about 15 minutes or so for the installer to work its magic.
So if you haven’t had the time to go through the tutorial itself but would still like Split View on your LG G2, be sure to check out the Split View installer thread for more information.
One of the most notable additions to the new Sony Xperia Z2 is its set of stereo speakers. This is particularly notable, given the rather lackluster speaker quality of previous Xperia flagships. Although the improved speaker setup results in louder and more enjoyable listening experience, it’s surprising to see that Sony forgot to make the stereo playback system-wide for sounds such as the ringtones and notifications. But rather than wait for an official fix, XDA Senior Member olokos went ahead and fixed the problem himself.
The remedy comes in the form of a mod that enables notification sounds and ringtones to play from both speakers of the Xperia Z2 rather than just the bottom one. In addition to this, calls will be played from both speakers when you enable speakerphone, and you’ll also receive a little volume boost when using headphones. If you’d rather not have the volume boost feature, olokos provides two variants of the mod: one of which does not have this feature. To install the mod, simply download the variant of your choosing, and flash the ZIP package through a custom recovery.
Olokos is planning to add features that will increase the volumes of the speakers and connected Bluetooth headsets, so keep an eye out on for those in the future. If you would like to find out more, visit the original thread to get started.