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Okay so yesterday the Google Experience phones were released in the US and system dumps obviously appeared on the web.

Here I have the Android 4.3 camera application, this can be installed on most Android devices including non stock devices such as the Note II and this camera app also includes the much sort after Photosphere.
If you have a Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus this will replace your existing camera and gallery applications.


Next I have the new SunBeam Live Wallpaper, this originally could not be installed unless the user had root but it's been signed and can now be installed just like any other application.


Finally I gave the Google Experience Boot Animation, obviously the GE phones aren't Nexus devices so do not have the Nexus boot animation but a similar newly designed animation especially for these new devices.
Unfortunately this didn't need root, a root file explorer is really the easiest way.

The boot animation can be found here...


Once in media simply mount as R/W and then paste or move and she to overwriting the existing boot animation, if you want the option to go back to stock remember to backup your existing bit animation first.



Sent from my Paranoid Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

Nexus 4 Accessories / LG WCP-300 Wireless Charger
« on: April 11, 2013, 04:46:00 PM »
Got my LG WCP-300 Wireless charger a few days ago. It's not the official Nexus 4 orb thingy (WCP-700) but it is an official LG product and the worlds smallest Qi wireless charger.
It's only the charging pad, no AC adapter or USB cable and probably a good job because I ordered this from Korea.
It's actually a little more expensive than the official wireless charger but as Google haven't released the official wireless charger here in the UK and the ones that have made it to the UK or being sold from the US on eBay are reaching twice the Google Play price so this wasn't too bad in retrospect.
It's $70 USD which is around £45 GBP, as I mentioned it doesn't come with the AC adapter or USB cable but any 1.8A (1800mA) AC adapter works and I'm currently borrowing my 2A Nexus 7 adapter and Nexus 4 USB cable but I'm looking for a cheap alternative.

The wireless charger charges the Nexus 4 at 1A and takes approximately 4 hrs to charge the device from 0% to 100%. As with other quality Qi chargers, the WCP-300 charges the Nexus 4 to 100% and the stops until the device drops to 96%, it then resumes charging and does this continuously.
The charger comes in black or white, I chose the black. It's diameter is 69.8mm, it stands just 11.9mm and weighs only 62 grams.
There is an LED on the front of the charger which shines orange or amber when connected to the mains and flashes green when a device is being charged.

As with Qi charging in general, it is known to cause the device charging to get warm. This is normal and personally I've had no issues charging my Nexus 4 overnight, my Qi charger is on my bedside unit and my Nexus 4 typically sits on it for between 5-7hrs.

The pictures below aren't great but I'll try to get some better ones done and with the Nexus 4 on the charger.

I'm very happy with this little Qi wireless charger, it was a little expensive but I wanted something a little better than the cheap China Qi chargers on eBay and I think the money was well worth it for the convenience of charging my Nexus 4 just by placing it down when I go to bed. In fact I'm so impressed, I just may buy another for work.

Official LG WCP-300 Wireless Qi Charger on eBay.co.uk

Official LG WCP-300 Wireless Qi Charger on eBay.com

Sent from my Paranoid Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2©

Nexus 4 General Discussion / 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.


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.


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.

Sent from my Paranoid Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2©


Google and LG have new accessories available for the Nexus 4 via the Play store. First are the up is the Wired Headset with Microphone, next is the AC Power Adapter and finally the USB Cable.
While the AC Adapter and USB Cable aren't new as such, being what you get in the box with a Nexus 4, this is the first time they have been available to buy separately.
The Nexus 4 Wired Headset with Microphone however is new and looks to be very nice although the jury is out until reviews are available.

Obligatory links and prices...

Nexus 4 Wired Headset with Microphone - $19.99, £15.99, €19.99

Nexus 4 Power Adapter - $15.99, £12.99, €15.99

Nexus 4 USB Cable - $9.99, £9.99, €9.99

Still no Wireless Charging Orbs for Nexus 4 owners outside of the US and Canada but the Bumper is still available, at least here in the UK.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD

Nexus 4 Accessories / Nexus 4 case round-up
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:44:39 PM »
Since owning my Nexus 4 I have tried a number of cases, ranging from full TPU cases to bumpers. Whilst I have not tried all the cases available for the Nexus 4 I believe the cases here are some of the best and are well worth the money.

Cruzerlite Androidified A2 TPU Case

I've admired Cruzerlite cases from afar for a long time. I've wanted a Cruzerlite case for a long time but my last Android phone was a Samsung Galaxy S2 and since Samsung released multiple regional variations of the S2 and me being from the UK and owning the International GT-I9100 and Cruzerlite only doing S2 cases in the form of the US variants I was out of luck until I got my Nexus 7.
I love my Androidified Clone Army case for my Nexus 7 so ordered an A2 case before receiving my Nexus 4.
Upon first inspection the case looks very nice, it's a soft TPU style case with a single Android on the reverse. It has cut-outs for the power button, volume rocker, headphone jack, noise-cancelling microphone, voice microphone and USB port.
Overall a high quality case, offering all-round protection for your Nexus 4 but...
The case has grooved sides, probaby for added grip but this is also a possible downside. While this feels nice in the hand it adds some extra thickness to those sides where the power button and volume rocker cutouts are thus making those cut-outs deeper and those buttons harder to reach and press.
The other disappointing thing I personally have found with this case is the back. Now I own one of the clear colour choices (I actually own two of these, Smoke and Teal). The clear back shows off the glittery back of the Nexus 4, this is mostly matte where the Android is but glossy in the other areas and that's where the problem lies. Where the glossy area meets the high gloss of the Nexus 4's glass back it causes some sticking of the case to the glass and this looks terrible. Honestly it looks like a poorly adhered screen protector, almost like air bubbles but the other way around. With a screen protector poorly applied, air bubbles appears in usually small areas but with this case it's everywhere else that looks like the air bubble and the part that has stuck being the lesser.
I have noticed this is only relevant if the Nexus 4's back glass is clean, after leaving my Nexus 4 face down for a few hours and it picking some dust and then putting it in the case this does not happen...


So, if you don't mind putting a dirty phone in a case your okay and otherwise this is a very nice case.

Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army TPU Case

This case from Cruzerlite is very nice and is my case of choice for my Nexus 7. The case has a a repeat pattern of Androids on the back and much like the A2 case it has all the cutouts needed for the power button, volume rocker, speaker, camera et cetera.
I prefer this case to the A2 because whilst protecting your Nexus 4 from drops and knocks it isn't nearly as bulky as the A2 and it doesn't have the extra grip on the sides making it easier to reach the power button and volume rocker.
The case wraps around the phone nicely protecting all sides and has a nice lip that means the phone could be placed face down and the screen would not come into contact with the surface but this is as with the A2 and many other cases, a possible downside because of the Nexus 4's curved display. The beauty of the curve on the display is swiping from the edge of the screen but the lip prevents this and is especially awkward when using PIE in Paranoid Android, LM Launcher, or one of the Ubuntu style app launcher overlays.


I have a solid Black Clone Army Case and I like it very much, it offers all-round protection whilst being stylish and interesting.

Rearth Ringke Fusion

The Fusion by Rearth is an interesting case, the sides are a soft TPU type plastic although not as malleable as either of the Cruzerlite cases and almost bumper in style but with a clear hard plastic back so it protects the whole of your Nexus 4. This obviously allows you to show off either the glittery back of your Nexus 4 or if your feed up with the glittery back, something like a dbrand skin.
The Fusion case offers camera, rear speaker, headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, charge port, voice microphone cutouts but the power button and volume rocker are both covered. Whilst these covers are defined and are quite prominent they lack any feel when being pressed. The Nexus 4 losses the click of the power button when pressed (volume rocker too) and occasionally requires more than one press to perform the action required.
On the back of the Fusion case, in the four corners are four raised areas or as I'll refer to them, feet because having the clear back to show off the back of your Nexus 4 you wouldn't want this clear plastic back to get covered in scratches.


The Rearth Ringke Fusion is an interesting concept and very nicely done. It offers all round protection whilst still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the Nexus 4 but is let down by the loss of the power button and volume rocker click feedback.

Poetic Borderline Bumper

The Borderline is simply a bumper made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane, so like the Fusion allows you to show off the Nexus 4's glittery back but obviously being a bumper this offers no protection to the back glass of the Nexus 4.
It's has Glossy polycarbonate finish with matte edges, it has cutouts for the headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, USB power port, voice microphone and again like the Fusion has covered power button and volume rocker. The Borderline however does allow you to feel feedback from the power button and volume rocker clicking and I've not had any problems having to press the buttons more than once unlike the Fusion.


There's not allot more I can say about the Borderline but it is a very nice case/bumper. It's great protection to the corners and edges buy not such great protection for the back glass.

Official LG Bumper Case

The official bumper is by far the most premium of the cases in this round up. Made with a quality not found in the other cases, the official bumper has the required cutouts, headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, USB power port and voice microphone. The power button and volume rocker are separate buttons compared to the other cases and this can be felt under use, I'm going to use that word again, they give the bumper that premium feel.
The bumper is a black rubberised material with a gunmetal band flowing all the way around the bumper. The rear has a lip that allows the phone to be placed down on its back without scratching the beautiful glass back of the Nexus 4 and whilst the front also has a lip that holds the phone securely in the bumper the lip isn't as pronounced as all the other cases in this roundup and this allows much easier swiping of the phones screen especially when using Paranoid Android PIE or one of the Ubuntu style app launcher overlays.


The official bumper is very nice, it is stunning to look at and fits the phone beautifully. The quality of this case is second to none and easily worth the money.

Final thoughts

The official bumper is by far my favourite of the roundup, I love the premium feel and the low lip on the front.
I guess if your looking for all-round protection then the official bumper or the Poetic Borderline probably isn't for you but if you want something as beautiful as the Nexus 4 then I simply cannot recommend anything other than the official LG bumper case.

Will add pics when I can...

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD

Android design engineer Romans Nurik has released a solo project on Google Play and its called DasdhClock, it's a lockscreen widget with some handy extras.

For info here.

Google Play link here

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Nexus 4 Accessories / Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb appears on Google Play
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:29:05 PM »
The Nexus 4 wireless charging orb has appeared on Google Play but is listed as "This device is not for sale at this time"...so when??

Nexus 4 General Discussion / Nexus 4 not booting and Red flashing LED....
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:50:33 AM »
I think I'm jinxed.....

I was working nights last night and at around 3:30am I was using my Nexus 4, it had 25-30% battery remaining and the screen went out. I pressed the power button but nothing happened so I tried again this times a little longer but still nothing so after half a dozen attempts I long pressed the power button hoping it would boot but nothing...
I tried to boot holding volume down and power, I tho boot holding both volume up and down and power but still nothing so I plugged my Nexus 4 into the AC adapter, the LED started to blink red??
I tried booting again with the power cable plugged, I tried holding combinations of the buttons whilst plugging in the micro USB but still nothing other than the flashing LED.

Now I was starting to be concerned so I Googled "nexus 4 red flashing LED", I found several posts on different forums suggesting that the battery was critically low but as above it was 25-30% when I picked it up and I received no 15% warning. The consensus was that some had success after leaving the Nexus 4 to charge some considerable time whereas others had received replacements from Google.
I left my Nexus 4 on charge whilst at work, approx 1-1hr 30minutes and still it would not boot. I got home called Google support and it was confirmed it was a battery issue.
The support agent ran through a few procedures to try getting my Nexus 4 to boot but we were unsuccessful.

Now this is what I don't get, my Nexus 4 is less than a month old and I assumed it would be replaced under warranty and that is what Google support told me but I expected it to be done there and then on the phone but I was told she would get the start a replacement procedure, passing this on to another department and asked me to leave the device to charge for next two hours. She also stated I would receive an email, if my Nexus 4 booted normally after the further two charge time to reply to the email and the replacement procedure would be cancelled.
Firstly I was under the impression as above, that warranty claims were handled during the phone call, not later by another department and secondly after a further four hours of charging my Nexus 4 will still not boot and the LED is still blinking red....

I have now replied to said email, stating the whole scenario and that after an extended period of charging my Nexus 4 still will not boot. Waiting for a reply....

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Nexus 4 General Discussion / New Nexus 4 losses it's disco ball back...
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:06:08 PM »
The LG Nexus 4 has something special that we haven’t seen on other Android smartphones in a while now – great build quality.

New LG Nexus 4 sports a new rear case?

Ever since it was released, we’ve praised the pure Google phone for its exceptional build quality and styling that even rivals the likes of the iPhone 5. However we did have some complaints about rear glass that seem to be more fragile than we hoped.

Well there may be some bad news today disguised as something good. We’ve been informed by many readers who recently received their LG Nexus 4 that the smartphone looks a little different than what we saw last month. Supposedly, LG may have modified the rear crystal glass case of the Nexus 4 to make it less susceptible to cracking.

On a sad note, the LG Nexus 4 now doesn’t seem to glitter like the earlier batch. No matter what angle you hold it at or lighting conditions. it seems to have lost the glitter effect.

At this time this remains unconfirmed but give that we’ve had a dozen readers complain to us about their findings already, there may be something different about the newest batch ship from the Google Play Store.

Courtesy of Auto oMobile.

Sent from my AOKP Nexus 4

After being a little indecisive about rooting I took the plunge and then flashed CM10.1 onto my Nexus 4.
I was very happy with CM10.1, some great additions to stock Android but being a bit of a flashaholic I've just flashed AOKP (Android Open Kang Project).
This isn't my first time using AOKP, AOKP first appeared as a branch off AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich and I used it for a while on my S2. There are features from both I like, if I had the know how I'd cook my own ROM combining features from both but I don't so for now I'll flit between the two and see if there are features I can't live without...

What custom ROM's are you running?

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2

Nexus 4 Apps / Apps for the Nexus 4...
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:29:40 PM »
Here we can share apps that we like on the Nexus 4...

Light Flow Lite - With this can control the notification LED, you can change it's colour, flash rate and set it differently for multiple applications.

Nexis 4 Dot LWP - Yes I know, a LWP but it's a cool LWP like the back of the Nexus 4.

Enjoy and feel free to post your own...

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2

Nexus 4 General Discussion / NFC not working transferring pictures...
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:08:41 PM »
I have a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7 but I can't get NFC to transfer pictures from one to the other, I tried it with my N7 16GB and 32GB before selling the 16 but with the N4 and N7 is not working?
Once turned NFC and Android Beam on, both on the N4 and N7, I choose a picture from the gallery on either device and place then back to back and nothing happens...

Anybody successfully done this with a N4 and N7? Is it me? An I doing something wrong or do I have faulty hardware?

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Nexus 4 General Discussion / What are your thoughts on the Nexus 4...
« on: December 20, 2012, 03:52:19 PM »
Okay so I've had my N4 just over 24hrs and I love this phone, the display is fantastic, the phone feels well made and it's super fast.
The only down side is the the loudspeaker isn't great when playing music through it and at home my reception to my mobile provider isn't as good as my S2 but I can live with that...

What do you think of the Nexus 4?

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Nexus 4 General Discussion / Show us your Homescreen pictures...
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:07:43 PM »
Most forums have one of these threads and with the the Nexus 4 it's real easy to take a picture of the homescreen, simply hold volume down and the power button for a couple of seconds and the picture is taken and you get a notification.
You will either need to host the picture using Tapatalk or Photobucket, I use Photobucket because Tapatalk is limited unless you pay.

I'll start, pretty boring but it's a start...

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