You've probably seen or installed modified applications, be it a patched dialer for your resolution or a custom WhatsApp version with added features. How do developers do that, though? A lot of the time, the applications' source code isn't even available, so how does it all work? We'll see that first, then take a look at a new tool that aims to make the process much easier, and finally compare it to the popular Xposed framework to see how they...
Two Basic Guides Aimed at Novice Galaxy S 4 Owners
While the Samsung Galaxy S 4 may not exactly be the newest phone on the market anymore, many new owners are just now getting their hands on Samsung’s latest flagship. And for the new (and novice) owner, the device’s feature list may be more than a bit daunting. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Kremata brings two guides geared towards helping new users get started.
The first guide is intended strictly for the basic user who may not have any former experience with Android. Adapted from a TrustedReviews.com guide for the Note 2, the thread provides usage tips aimed at the novice user who many be new to the world of Android and perhaps unwilling to root and install an AOSP-derived ROM. The tweaks range from using device-specific features like Smart Stay and video multitasking to hiding unwanted media files with the standard .nomedia file.
The second thread, also by Kremata, describes in detail many of the device-specific features found on the Galaxy S 4. These are features such as Smart Stay that many would ordinarily consider to be bloatware. Kremata’s goal is to show that some of them could actually wind up being useful. However, if you find yourself disagreeing, there are always Google Play edition ROMs at your disposal.
While these (extremely basic) guides may not be suitable for much of XDA’s much more technically advanced user base, we all have non-tech savvy relatives who are just getting into the world of Android. These guides can serve as excellent grandma-friendly primers to get them started.
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