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My Nexus 4...
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:54:03 PM »
Thought I'd share my Nexus 4 setup.

I'm so happy with my Nexus 4 at the moment, I've got it set up for me to perfection.

Firstly, yes my N4 is rooted and a custom recovery installed. In fact, I'm running a custom ROM but if you want to set your phone up similar to mine then you'll need to root and have a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP.

Custom ROM

The ROM is the main user interface of the software used on your Android device. Android is AOSP, Android Open Source Project and is led by Google in maintaining and future development of Android as a mobile Operating System. Many OEM (Original Electronics Manufacturer) have submitted code to Google to improve and continue the development of Android and this Open-source nature is what let's Android have such an awesome development community.
Custom ROM's like Paranoid Android and CyanogenMod are branched directly from AOSP much like large OEM's Android versions like Samsung's Touchwiz or NatureUX and HTC's Sense. The code Android is written in is developed further with tweaks and mods added to the existing UI giving us more options than presently in Android as a mobile operating system.

I've tried a few custom ROM's, from Paranoid Android to AOKP, from Carbon to Rootbox, from CyanogenMod to Team Android but I've finally settled on Paranoid Android and currently running Paranoid Android 3.15 08APRIL13.
Paranoid Android has some interesting features that many ROM's do not, including PIE and the Hybrid Engine.
PIE is a full screen or expanded screen mod and removes the need for the Navbar at the bottom or the Statusbar at the top of the screen and a simple swipe gesture from the bottom of the screen reveals the PIE controls for navigation.

Pictures speak a thousand words so here are some pictures of my Nexus 4 running Paranoid Android and PIE.

Paranoid Android PIE

My homescreen in normal non-full screen mode




Long-press the Power button for the Power Menu to select Full screen (Pie)...




My Homescreen in Expanded mode




A simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen reveals the PIE controls with the normal Navigation options plus a search and menu button, from sliding your finger up to reveal the PIE controls continue the gesture to select the control you want whether it be Home, Back, Recents, Search or Menu. This is done with one fluid motion without removing your finger from the swipe up and the gesture to open PIE is similar to opening Google Now.




Slide your finger up, to the right and release to open Notifications...




Or up, to the left and release for Quick settings...




The Hybrid Engine is a little more complicated to explain but it gives you control over the DPI without editing the build.prop and what's known as the user space, allowing you to choose Stock UI, Tablet UI or Phablet UI. It also allows you to change the UI of applications on a per app basis. The Paranoid Android settings allow for allot of changes to be made to both the PIE controls, battery notification, Wi-Fi, Signal and clock colors per application.

Here are the Paranoid Android settings...


















This allows you to make many changes to your device and user experience, from how an application is displayed to the colours of the notification icons, statusbar, Navbar and PIE controls.
This ROM does have other options like other custom ROM's and some very nice additions to Android in general.

Here are a few of the mods included in this ROM and pictures of the settings.

Toolbars

Quick pulldown: Like then Nexus 7, this mid allows you to pull the Statusbar down on the right side to open Quick settings whilst the left continues to open Notifications.

Circle battery: Changes the stick battery icon to that if a circle with percentage count inside.

Notification count: Adds a count to Notifications like Google Play updates, Gmail, Email and SMS applications notification.

Quick settings panel: Here you can chavs the way Quick settings behaves, add or remove Quick setting tiles. Tiles included other than stock include, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Screen timeout, torch et cetera.

Do not disturb: Disables ticker animation for incoming notifications.

Navigation controls: Here you can change your Nav controls, you add an additional button and a permanent Menu button.








Lockscreen

Background: Here you can choose a different Wallpaper to your Homescreen, a solid color (I have black) or the default Wallpaper (Homescreen)

Maximize widgets: Show widgets maximized and the unlock minimized when the screen is turned on.

Volume rocker music controls: When screen off, long-pressing the volume rockers will seek music tracks.




There are some great additions to Android here, Notification count and Maximized Lockscreen widgets being two of my personal favorites. You don't have to use any of these additional settings if you don't want to, or pick and choose the ones you do like just like I have. Trust me, you will love some of them.

I've been using Android for a little over 3yrs now and as an OS it's really matured, Android has as some might say, come of age but these additional settings add something more to Android. I think that's one of the great things about Android, it's open source nature and the great development community Android has.

A recent addition to Paranoid Android and the Android community in general is ClockworkMods Superuser. Koush has built an open source Superuser which can be installed on any rooted device from Google Play but with it's open source nature it can also be built into custom ROM's like Paranoid Android. I believe Superuser had also been incorporated into both CyanogenMod and AOKP, two other very well known custom ROM developers.
Superuser adds a new permission to the Android world too, android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER and if turned on will deny Superuser access to root applications that do not request this permission. It's another excellent added level of security for your somewhat unsecure rooted device and who's going to complain about that... if only all root application developers would embrace this permission.




Custom Kernel

The kernel is the lowest level of a devices software, it's the part of the software that communicates between the software and the hardware and therefore a custom kernel can add many features to your device including overclocking, undervolting and overvolting, changing the I/O scheduler and governor, gamma and colour calibration et cetera.

Franco kernel

I'm using Franco kernel, I chose Franco's kernel because it added features I was looking for in a kernel including gamma calibration, colour tuning and and headphone volume gain.
There at some other great kernels but with the Franco kernel app I felt this was the right one for me.


So, there you have my Nexus 4. The only thing left that really makes a difference is the applications I'm using but that's for the post below.


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« Last Edit: April 14, 2013, 12:10:41 PM by JayJ »



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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 07:54:30 PM »
The custom ROM and custom kernel I'm running on my Nexus 4 make an already excellent phone and mobile OS even better but some utility applications I use on my Nexus 4 that also add to the fantastic user experience of my phone and here are the best of the best.

My Nexus 4's applications...

Franco Kernel Updater - Paid

The kernel development scene doesn't stand still for long and updates are regularly released, this application not only allows you to keep track of new releases but allows you to utilize the tweaks the kernel adds to your device as mentioned in the post above.






Nexus 4 Touch Control - Paid

Touch control is a kernel module and application that allows you to wake your phone just like the power button from a simple swipe across the centre of the screen (left to right) and put the phone to sleep from a swipe across the Navbar (right to left). The app also offers a simple tap to rewake once the screen has timed out, locking phone manually disables this.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZEodCnYv58&feature=youtube_gdata_player


I absolutely love Touch Control, I had a similar feature in a previous device (SGS2) as a kernel feature (swipe2wake or S2W) but I didn't get in with it. Decided to try this implementation and I love it. It's so convenient but does take a little getting use to, you'll need to break the habit of pressing the power button and for me that was after swiping to lock my Nexus 4, I would press the power button upon putting the device down obviously unlocking it again. I am getting there though... lol.
Not only is this convenient but it'll save the waste and tear in your power button too.

Touch Control is a root only application and any Nexus 4 running 4.2.2 will need either a modded stock kernel or a custom kernel like Franco kernel.


Carbon - App Sync & Backup by ClockworkMod - Free

Carbon by Koush of ClockworkMod fame (CWM recovery) is the missing Android backup tool, it allows a user to backup and sync application data to internal storage or the cloud (premium). Root users can install and use whereas non-root users will need the Carbon desktop program for this to work.

A premium license key is also available which removes ads and allows for cloud backs is available here.










https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVjC7lhaeLs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Carbon - App sync and backup is a fantastic tool, many root users will probably already be using Titanium Backup which is also fantastic but Carbon is different and adds many features especially device to device sync.


Goo Manager - Free

Goo Manager is an application for Goo IM which is a FREE Android (mainly Android) file hosting site. This application is very handy if you want flash custom ROM's or update an existing custom ROM.
As in the OP, I use Paranoid Android and updates for PA are hosted on Goo IM. I have the app set to search for updates every 24hrs and upon device boot, that way I don't have to follow the ROM thread in XDA Developers in a regular basis and I get my custom ROM updates as soon as there available.
Goo Manager isn't just an application gateway to Goo IM's severs for custom ROM's, if you use TWRP recovery (Team Win Recovery Project) rather than CWM recovery (ClockworkMod) it application works alongside TWRP recovery to flash custom ROM, Gapps zips and custom ROM updates.
Personally I use CWM but more on that later.










What can I say about this, recommended if you use any custom ROM other than CyanogenMod.


ROM Manager by ClockworkMod - Free

ROM Manager is a little like Goo Manager but does has far more integration into CWM recovery. ROM Manager is an extension to CWM recovery and adds features including rebooting to recovery, direct nandroid backups, editing of backups including deletion and renaming amongst other things.
Personally I like the UI of CWM recovery over TWRP, it's a personal choice and I did use TWRP on my Nexus 7 but now use CWM on both devices. I think ROM Manager adds functionality to CWM recovery.

ROM Manager also has a license key to remove ads here












Light Flow Lite - Free

Light Flow - Paid


Light Flow is an LED Notification control app, the Lite version allows control over mostly stock Google applications whilst the paid allows for over 550 applications. The app allows you to set coloured notifications, flash rate, duration and other controls of the LED notification.


























Nova Launcher - Free

Nova Prime - Paid

TeslaUnread - Free


Nova Launcher Prime is one of the best 3rd party launchersavailable for Android, there are many good 3rd party launchers but many of those although still work are now dated because they are built from the stock Gingerbread launcher. Launcher Go, ADW, Launcher Pro, just to name a few, were in their day the best 3rd party launchers but now we have Jelly Bean, the likes of Nova, Apex, Holo and Action Launcher are the cream of the crop.
I use Nova and it's extremely customizable, it has some great features available.
Nova has a large amount if customization including grid size, page count, scrollable dock, widget resizing, icon skinning and theming and amongst those features install TeslaUnread or Missed it! and you have an icon notification unread count. Nova has many fantastic features built into it and although there is a paid unlocker which adds more features, the main launcher is free so go try it out...


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« Last Edit: April 27, 2013, 11:30:26 PM by JayJ »

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 08:56:57 PM »
Yeah, nice looking Jay!  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 07:24:32 AM »
Excellent write up jay. I've never rooted before but its always intrigued me. I like pie controls a lot.

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 05:12:38 PM »
Thanks Sarge.

Is your N7 not rooted then? I thought it was tbh so assumed that your N4 would be too.

The PIE controls you can install as an app from Google Play aren't the same as PIE on the PA ROM, it's far more integrated and with more customization.
CyanogenMod has recently incorporated it, honestly I was disappointed. Poorly implemented without the customization of PA, I expected more from CM.

PIE 2 is coming soon too...

I've added to the OP and now explained some of the applications in the second post, pictures of the apps too...

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 09:18:10 PM »
Yeah I've never rooted before. If I did, it would be something really custom but I haven't seen anything close to what I want. I've been pretty happy with just apps you can download on the play store like pie controls and ADW launcher. What you've done is really cool though. I like how it looks simplistic until you start using it and then it turns into being completely custom. Very cool.

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 01:16:41 PM »
Just updated to Paranoid Android 3.50 Alpha with Halo... Awesome!!

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2013, 07:07:07 AM »
If you don't mind me asking what widgets are those you have displaying ram and signal ect?

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2013, 03:46:42 PM »
Hi NismoZombie,

It's Elixir 2 from the Play store, you need this...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bartat.android.elixir

And this...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bartat.android.elixir.widget

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 09:14:33 AM »
Is it just at this end, or is everyone else seeing only the Photobucket ads and not the actual pics???

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 09:22:08 AM »
It's not you radio, it's my Photobucket account. For some reason I keep going over my bandwidth, I have pictures on a few forums but I'm not sure why I keep going over. Therefore every time I do go over my pictures appear like this, I have a huge amount of space remaining on the account to put photos but bandwidth is obviously limited and I refuse to pay them for more. I'm posting pictures with Tapatalk atm.

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 09:49:55 AM »
Ah, glad you have a handle on it Jay.

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Re: My Nexus 4...
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2013, 09:59:24 AM »
Well a workaround for now, there's no way I can replace all the pictures I have on Photobucket with other hosts. Wish I could find out where the problem lays.

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