Mods to increase the loudness of the speaker and the headphones are extremely common for Android devices nowadays. Previously, we have seen such a mod surface for the HTC One M8, the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2. Joining this list today is LG’s latest flagship — the G3 — which already comes with a pretty loud 1-watt rear facing speaker.
Android users only have two options if they want to stream any kind of content from their device to a TV or monitor — MHL/Slim Port (Wired) and Chromecast (Wireless). The problem, however, is that Android does not take into consideration the resolution of your TV and will mirror the content only at the native resolution of your Android device, which can lead to a sub-par experience because of the difference in density.
Soon after the OnePlus One was released, its pre-installed apps were ported to other devices running CyanogenMod. However, the ROM related features like the lockscreen still remained an exclusive to the handset.
Now, owners of Nexus 5 can enjoy all the features of CM11S on their handset as the ROM has been ported to it.
While Motorola offers a bootloader unlocking tool for its devices, its Droid line-up of devices and the Verizon Moto X come with a locked down bootloader that makes gaining root access on them a tough process.
Just like the recent Galaxy devices from Samsung, LG has included a root checker on the G3, which will automatically trip if it detects that the handset has been rooted, effectively voiding the warranty of the device.
With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google introduced a new font family for Android named Roboto. The company has been constantly updating the font with each new Android version making subtle but welcome refinements to it.
With Android L, Google has once again given its Roboto a major visual overhaul, which has been “refined extensively to work across the wider set of supported platforms.” Thanks to the Developer Preview of Android L, the fonts were already extracted for other Android users to enjoy on their device right away.
Stock Android does not feature any kind of clipboard manager, as seen on devices from LG and Samsung. While there are apps that replicate this functionality, they don’t feel native and have certain restrictions, thanks to limitations of the Android OS. In comes Native Clip Board Xposed module from developer DHM47, which as its name suggests, brings a native clipboard manager to stock Android.
Thanks to OIS+ and laser assisted Auto Focus system, the LG G3’s camera is right among the best of what Android devices can offer. The images and videos, however, are ruined to a certain extent because of some overzealous post-processing from LG. Thankfully, a developer over at XDA forums has released a mod for the LG G3’s camera that bumps up the bitrate while recording videos and reduces the image compression to preserve the details.
Even though the Galaxy S5 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, it lacks the lockscreen widgets feature introduced by Google in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung has not included any other similar feature on the Galaxy S5 as well, which is very much unlike its kitchen sink approach. Thankfully, if you have root access and are using Xposed framework on your Galaxy S5, you can easily reclaim lockscreen widgets using an Xposed module from developer goldie.