Well, I finally picked myself up a Galaxy Note 10.1 (refurbished, mind you). That said, I’d like to offset the cost by selling off my original Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G and my 32gb HP Touchpad.
The 32gb HP Touchpad dual boots WebOS and my most recent Cyanogenmod 9 version. It runs perfectly with a non-noticeable small crack in the bottom left corner of the plastic frame(not the screen). For some reason, the speakers have stopped working in Android, but run fine in WebOS or with headphones. I have the original box, with HPs stand up case. I was thinking $100 if anyone’s interested.
The Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G is currently rooted with Cyanogenmod 9 as well. Runs perfectly and is visually unmarked. It unfortunately lost the physical number 8 key, but the button is still useable (if you even use physical keyboards anymore!). 16gb micro sd card, spare battery and hard case included. I was thinking $50 if anyone’s interested.
Many people continuously ask me how I manage to get the battery life that I do. While some of it is in the modifications I’ve made in my own roms, a fair portion of the savings are in how I use my phone.
Recently, I’ve adopted a new program into my regime. Greenify.
You likely know that Samsung has a “Task Manager” built in that allows you to forcibly close most things. But even then, many services may still be left running. For this reason, I have continued to use Advanced Task Manager. I disable any auto-killing, as that uses up more background battery than it saves. Instead, I place it’s widget on my home page and tap it before locking my phone each time.
Now, there are several services that run in the background that are necessary for Android to run. And there are some that are necessary for certain apps to receive their data and give you notifications. But there are PLENTY of others that don’t need to run.
Now, you have to put some thought in, but basically, the task killer will kill everything, for the moment. Anything that comes back that’s unwanted can be ‘hibernated’ by Greenify. These apps will function perfectly fine when you open them, but Greenify and Advanced Task Manager will ensure that they can’t run in the background continuously.
Gather ’round and I’ll tell you a tale! The tale, of Adaway…
Once upon a time there was a fantastic Android application called Adaway. This program let you forcibly block intrusive data consuming and obnoxious advertisements in both apps and webpages alike! But then, the evil overlord Google kicked it out of the kingdom for interfering with their taxes!
…Anyway! I found that the last released version of the app was no longer connecting quite properly and I tracked down its creators. It turns out that there is a later version on unofficial Android stores, and I got my fingers on it. Unfortunately, it seems that, although it works flawlessly, the newer version DESPISES the older version. Forcibly installed by my rom, you may now find that you have no Adaway at all. Well, you do. You’ll find the app under /data/app using ES File explorer. Copy, DO NOT move it, to your sd card. Then, using ES File Explorers App Manager, uninstall it. NOW you can reinstall it using the copy you just made and it will run fine.
So I discovered that my phone could not possibly install Google Keyboard while using my ROM. This set me on a quest. And in that quest, I found several other issues I was unaware of. Apparently, if you don’t already have Nova Launcher installed, the included one would crash. I’ve solved that and re-included Samsungs launcher as a backup.
Apparently also I had lost the ability to rearrange the quick toggles. That’s been restored.
Messaging can now prevent the screen from turning on when a message is received to make sleeping a little easier!
As was my goal from the onset, Google Keyboard can now be downloaded and installed from the Play Store.
I learned all of this through a harrowing journey of wiping my data and starting from scratch (Gasp!). Anyway, more functional and more stable than before, I will be uploading as soon as I can get a decent internet connection going!
Now I can focus on finding other features to enable in my rom.
I found that the new Google Keyboard that’s so popular can not install on Jaguar, so I’m working to create an update. Hopefully I can post it later tonight.
Jaguar 2.2.1 includes the modded Sprint hotspot. Enjoy!
Well, with the loss of my job yesterday morning, I’ve had time to dig further into the rom. I finally got MD4 to work after ironing out bugs with the gps. At first, Google Maps of the new version insisted that I enable Google Location (which I am NOT interested in) so I rolled that back to some files from LJ7 so that it is no longer required. Unfortunately, that ended with GPS not working at all, so I finally rectified that. Themed, the majority of the mods currently in the LJ7 version. I will be repackaging,finalizing, and uploading tomorrow.
After that, I’m going to start digging through some of the more recent mods that I have not yet included. Look for version 2.2 tomorrow.
The rom was uploaded yesterday, so download and enjoy 2.2 MD4! New features primarily include the Multiwindow functionality. In my modding, I found that the newest rom for our Sprint devices demands that you offer up your location to
Skynet Google in addition to using the GPS for navigation… Most of the custom roms out there that I tried have this same issue in the latest version, but I rolled it back. I feel we provide enough personal data regularly, they don’t need to know where I am at all times! Enjoy!