Lollipop is known for its material design which really modernized the look and feel of Android. The other thing it is known for is introducing several bugs to Android. One of these bugs is the MobileRadioActive bug. When you turn off your mobile data this bug keeps the mobile radio awake, which then won't allow your phone to go to sleep. This has been the source of unnecessary battery drain for many users. The bug has apparently been fixed in Android Marshmallow, but if your device is not slated to receive that version of Android you will probably want to head to the link below to grab the Xposed Framework module to fix this. This is pretty simple to use if you are familiar with Xposed.
Are you looking to step up your Snapchat game. One of the simplest ways to do this would be to grab the Snappref's Snapchat utility for Xposed Framework. The list of features is pretty long and includes Paint tools, Location spoofing with a map, Speed spoofing, unlimited viewing time, ability to hide timer, ability to block discover which saves lots of data on your data plan, and custom filters. Head to the link below to grab this xposed module.
Earlier this evening PC747 made a good and valid argument on why Root is dying. As these phones get higher speced and the software is tweaked we are finding less reasons to really NEED root. At this point if you are rooting you are doing so to either stick it to the man, or because you genuinely enjoy the mods you get from roms or xposed framework modules.
That being said their is still much that can be improved when it comes to OEM skins. Optimization is the main reason I still root and run custom roms. Developers dive into these stock roms and can clean them up and make them faster. "Arter97" has developed a custom kernel for the Note 5 that he says fixes memory management.
Last week I uploaded a quick speedtest which clearly shows that multitasking and memory management. The Note 5 ended up losing to an Iphone 6 because it had to totally shut down and reload every app. You should see your Note 5 pick up the speed a bit after applying the custom kernel found below.
One of the major selling points of the OnePlus One series was the inclusion of CyanogenMod right out of the box. This year OnePlus decided to grab some top developers from the Paranoid Android team to build their own version of Android "OxygenOS". The great thing about the OnePlus 2 is that it is incredibly developer friendly. You can easily root it and get a custom recovery installed.
Once recovery is installed you can flash whichever cusotm rom your like. There is now an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 12.1 available for download. This build is surprisingly usable. Working in this build are a booting OS, working display, touchscreen, camera, audio, RIL, Sensors, Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Their are a few bugs including fingerprint scanner, laser autofocus, notification slider, and enforcing selinux.
The lack of fingerprint support alone would be enough to detour me, but if you are interested in a stock vanilla AOSP experience more than you are a fingerprint scanner this could be right up your alley.
About a month ago I posted a lengthy rant about an experience I had in a local Verizon Wireless Corporate store. The short version of the story is that the staff their refused to sell me a phone for cash stating that I would lose my unlimited data. I have since purchased a phone from Verizon's online store and used my own sim. Nothing happened I did not lose my unlimited data. The whole experience got my blood boiling though.
I decided to try a little experiment to see just how much data I could use in one month with my unlimited data package. The thought was that If they are getting ready to give us unlimited data grandfathered users the boot I might as well take advantage of the unlimited data package that I had.
I started out just trying to use my data pretty heavily. I even tried doing some tethering but even at that it was hard for me to use more than 10gb a day. If I was going to get to my goal of 1TB in a moth I was going to really have to ramp things up. I did a quick google search for 1gb test file and found a site that had several test files. I began downloading about 15 1gb test files at a time and was able to download about 50GB per day this way.
After several days of this I had reached 350GB and was growing a bit weary. I had to constantly be adding files to the download que and this was all causing my phone to overheat to the pointe of making it reboot, and was also draining the battery like crazy....
It was 5 years ago when this forum was plastered with ROMS and other development, so much so we held events (Holiday Theme Contests) to inspire and reward our developing members. But it seems like every year I find myself looking back to see that another reason to root is gone.
Being that rooting is what truly won me over and sparked my passion for android, this is partly a sobering moment for me, but also a proud moment to see how much android has grown. As much as rooting has been a deciding factor in my choice devices I can not find any more reasons that I need to root. It's amazing that manufacturers have spent years fighting the rooting community by locking bootloaders and voiding warranties and yet the way they have killed it was by providing answers to solve the reason why people rooted in the first place.
Overclocking for faster performance: Google/Manufacturers answer by increasing the ram, adding more cores, and optimizing the software.
Themes: Google/Manufacturers answer by creating more attractive UIs and providing a theme option (whether via app or in the settings).
Titanium Backup: Google has answered with NFC restore and many apps store your data through their servers.
So as much as I have been a strong advocate of rooting I can no longer find a reason to root. My Nexus 5 running Project M have been running stock...
Now that the Note 5 has been rooted there are all sorts of mods and hacks we can apply. The fact that the Note 5 has a bottom speaker instead of a front speaker was a bummer to some of you. I like the front speaker too, but am glad that they decided to not go with a back speaker. There is now a "surround sound" mod for the Note 5. There are a few ways to install this mod, but the easiest way is probably to flash the mod via custom recovery. Grab the proper file from the link below.
The LG G4 has some killer hardware. It is super fast the only thing really holding it back is the software. It seems to be optimized well enough, but it leaves the eyes wanting more. If you are more of a fan of vanilla AOSP android then you are probably ready to flash Cyanogenmod 12.1 to your G4.
There is now an early alpha build available for the LG G4. This is for the T-mobile and international variants only. So far there are some major bugs. The list of working items is pretty short. It boots, sensors are working, media is questionable, wifi and gps both work. Bugs include no bluetooth or ir blaster, nfc is questionable, and no camera. If you can live without these things long enough to give the rom a try grab it from the link below.
Xposed framework allows you to get most of the customizations you would want from a rom with only root. Now that the Note 5 has been rooted Xposed developers have been able to make Xposed compatible with the device. The Xposed framework was built and tested on a Galaxy S6, but should work the exact same on the Note 5. In order for this to work you will need to be running stock touchwiz and be on a deodexed version of the 5.1.1 rom. You will need CWM recovery installed. Installation is pretty simple. This is unofficial and may have a few bugs. All xposed modules may not be working. Grab the download and full install guide below.
Many of you will remember MIUI as the Android rom which most resembles iOS. This was a pretty popular rom back in the days of the Droid X and then later on the Droid Bionic. It's popularity in the Rom community is still there, but it is not as big of a deal as it once was. Today MIUI is the operating system for phones built by Xiaomi. Xiaomi is a big deal. They are one of the largest budget smartphone makers around, beating out Samsung in some markets.
The latest version of MIUI 7 has already been ported in Rom form to 69 devices which are not Xiaomi. Some of those devices include the Note 4, Note 3, Nexus 4 and 5, S4, LG G Pro, G2, and G3 among several others. The roms are all based on the Chinese version of MIUI 7. These builds are pretty early so there may be some bugs. Grab the rom for your device at the link below.