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.