You may have heard of floating touch before. It actually comes stock on the Sony Xperia Sola for certain functions. With a little mod work, developers were able to floating touch working as a full fledged feature. As it turns out, the Sola isn’t the only device capable of floating touch. Now, the Samsung Galaxy SL can as well.
Essentially, shriomman took the earlier method and identified the parts that needed to be changed for floating touch to work. In fact, it only takes two lines in terminal, which means you’ll need Terminal Emulator to use the method. After you enter everything in, you’ll be able to use your touch screen without actually touching your touch screen.
In theory, this is very cool because that means the Sola isn’t the only device that is capable of this. In fact, since it really only involves modifying touchscreen sensitivity, all devices should be capable of this in some form. In practice, however, it really can’t be used for day to day activities. According to shriomman, navigation can be hard at times and basic tasks like texting can be a pain. It’s still definitely something fun to try.
For more information and a proof-of-concept video, check out the original thread.
April 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Android and XDA have been awash with volume and equalizer modifications since the porting of Beats Audio to all Gingerbread ROMs. Users have been flashing these mods left and right in order to give their music a little extra clarity, some volume, and a lot of extra bass. From Sony XLoud and Beats Audio to DSP Manager, Android has been always had a lot of great options for those to prefer to customize their audio. For the Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Samsung Galaxy SL, there is now an option that brings even more bass—if that’s what you’re into.
XDA Senior Member D3HuM4NiZ3D originally brought the modification to the Samsung Galaxy 3 and, with full credits given, XDA Senior Member bscraze ported it to the Galaxy SL. The result? Super bass awesome for whomever wants it. The mod comes in an easily flashable update.zip file for both devices to flash from their respective recoveries.
The results? A much more bass-driven experience that’s perfect for those into rap, hip-hop, or dubstep. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Android is about options, and the option to make your headphones sound like those large subwoofers in your neighbor’s trunk is always welcome. Those who like their music a little clearer and less like a pimped out mid-90′s Cadillac should probably stay away for the time being.
February 28, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Those following the modding community will know that many modifications involve tweaking the build.prop file. Changing its contents can alter your device ID and give you access to market apps you normally wouldn’t have. Furthermore, it can increase your RAM usage, battery life and even make your data speeds go up a little bit.
XDA Senior Member TheFrankenstain has released a number of build.prop tweaks for the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 for anyone who wants them—be it a developer who wants to add to their ROM, or a user wanting to tweak his or her system just a little bit more. To apply the tweaks, simply use your favorite root file explorer, find the build.prop file, and edit it. After that is accomplished, save and reboot the device. Be sure to make a backup of the original build.prop file, just in case something goes wrong.
It should be noted that build.prop tweaks are not entirely device specific. Some of these tweaks may work with other phones as well. While it would be prudent to make backups before attempting, feel free to give these a try on any device. The worst case scenario is you’d just have to restore your backup if anything goes wrong.
For those still rocking the Galaxy SL who want to do some homespun tweaking, you can check out the original thread for all the tweaks listed. Additionally, some users have added tweaks in the replies, so be sure to browse around and see all there is to see.
February 21, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Choosing your recovery is a big deal. For most people, they’re luck enough to get at least one good one and it’s usually ClockworkMod Recovery. On other devices, though, users can have two, three up to half a dozen choices for their recoveries. For some select devices, they now even have the option for a touch recovery or a recovery you can use sans the hardware keys.
The recovery features a very appealing tiled interface with some nice theming and all the features you’d expect out of a recovery. Additionally, you can use the hardware buttons if you’d like, you can tap directly on options or you can use touch buttons to navigate your way around the interface, giving users pretty much every possible usability option there is. Have we mentioned it looks really pretty? And with even more devices to come, there seems to be no end to the releases to keep your eyes peeled in the forums.
For those who have the Samsung Galaxy SL who want to give it a shot, you can check out the Galaxy SL thread, Xperia Play users can head on over to the Play thread, Xperia Arc users can hit up the Arc thread and for those toting the Huawei Ideos 6, you can find your version in the Ideos Thread. All threads contain additional info, download links and a video with a really nice soundtrack showing you how it works.
February 17, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Awhile ago, we told you about a pretty nifty tool called the Aroma Installer that gives users the choice to install pretty much whatever application or mod that they want onto their ROMs. The best part about the Installer is that it is open source, so it could be ported at any time.
This brings us to the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003, which got itself a port of the awesome installer courtesy of XDA Member TheFrankenstain. The build is a beta release and still needs a few things fixed, but so far the project looks fairly stable.
The features added to this iteration of Aroma include:
-Bravia Engine (is in MIUIv8)
-Vurrut Kernel v3
-MIUI v4 theme (Very nice)
-CPU Control addon
-added vurrut V3 kernel install
There are a few bugs, as to be expected with a beta release. Thus far the Installer only works with a specific build of MIUI and some of the smaller mods don’t install properly just yet. There is a push to get more developers in on the project to help fix bugs and make their ROMs compatible, so it could be only a matter of time before things get really rolling.
For more information, feature list, download link and discussion, check out the original thread. As usual, don’t forget to make a backup before attempting anything, you’ll be glad you did.