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Sunday

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKatEXPAND
After what feels like a long time since we saw the L Preview first appear, Google is now rolling out the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its existing Nexus devices, and it also appears on the brand new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 gadgets. Get to know the best version of Android yet by working through this selection of tips and tricks, covering all of the new features, major and minor, that are built into the operating system.

1. Tap and go

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
When you're setting up your new Lollipop device for the first time, you'll be presented with the option to "tap and go." This NFC-and-Bluetooth-powered data transfer lets you move all of your Google Account details, configuration settings, data and apps over to a new device just by placing your old phone or tablet against it. Widgets and wallpaper are swapped over as well.

2. Use the flashlight

Flashlight apps have always been popular on Android, so Google has decided to roll one into Lollipop to save you the trouble of having download a third-party one. Pull down the notification drawer then tap the top bar to reveal the flashlight app alongside other options like airplane mode. The app will only appear if your device has an LED flash alongside its camera.

3. Prioritize your apps

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop lets you set up a list of important apps that are allowed to disturb you even when most aren't. Head to Settings -> Sound & notification -> App notificationsand you can choose to block each app or mark it as a priority one. Tap the volume slider on your device to activate priority mode indefinitely or for one hour (a star will appear in the status bar).

4. Deal with notifications from the lock screen

In Lollipop all of your app notifications appear on the lock screen ready for viewing. Not only that, but you can interact with them as well. Swipe to dismiss, tap to reply and so on, depending on the app in question. A double-tap gets you into the relevant app. Head to Settings ->Sound & notification -> When device is locked if you want to hide sensitive alerts.

5. Pin apps

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
If you want to hand over your device to one of your kids or a friend, you can "pin" them inside one single app. First, activate the feature via Settings -> Security -> Screen pinning. Then, when you activate the multitasking screen via the square Overview button, you'll see a pin icon appear in the lower right-hand corner of the bottom app (drag it up if you can't see it).
Holding down the Back and Overview buttons is enough to exit the pinned mode and get back to other apps. When you activate the pin, you'll be asked if you want to use a code or pattern to unlock it. This is tied to the same protection applied to your device, so if your lock screen isn't protected by a code or pattern then the option won't appear when you're pinning apps.

6. Jump to app settings

The lock screen really has been given a major overhaul with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and the improvements include the ability to jump straight to an app's settings or information panel right from the lock screen. Long-press on any notification and (depending on the app) you'll see a cog icon (the app settings shortcut) and an info icon (the app notification settings shortcut).

7. Predict battery life

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
New to Android 5.0 Lollipop is the ability to see how much time is left before the battery runs out of juice, or how long you need to wait before your device is fully charged up. Tap on the battery icon in the notification drawer to see either reading (the time-until-charged information also appears on the lock screen a few minutes after you've connected your device to a power source).

8. Search settings and networks

Google's search bar is getting more ubiquitous with each passing version of Android, and in Lollipop it's made it into the Settings app. Tap the magnifying glass icon to use it. It can be a quick way of finding a particular option you're looking for, especially if you don't already know what menu or heading it's under. You can use the same feature to bring up saved Wi-Fi networks too.

9. Enter Guest Mode

Sharing devices with other people (friends, colleagues, family members, distracted children) can be a real pain, but Lollipop's new Guest Mode eases it somewhat. You can access Guest Mode by dragging down the notification drawer, tapping on your user account avatar, and then selectingAdd guest from the menu (or just Guest if you've been through the process before).

10. Improve text legibility

If you were wondering if the Accessibility menu within Settings would get overlooked in the Android 5.0 upgrade, there's a new experimental feature here called High contrast text. Essentially, it gives white or difficult-to-read text a black outline when it's being viewed on a light background. It's applied to the "OK Google" text inside the home screen search bar, for example.

11. Chromecast more quickly

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There's an official Chromecast app from Google that lets you screencast from any device running Android 4.4.2 or higher, but the functionality is built right into Android 5.0, which is great news for anyone with one of the compact streaming dongles to hand. It's right in the notification drawer—tap on the Cast screen icon to locate your Chromecast and begin screencasting.

12. Add trusted devices

A trusted device is a specified Bluetooth or NFC-enabled gadget that will automatically disable the security code or pattern on your your Android phone or tablet when it's in range. This means you don't have to fiddle around unlocking the Lollipop device when you're at home or in the car, for example. Head to Settings -> Security -> Smart Lock to set up the feature.

13. Hang a 'do not disturb' sign

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
This works a little bit like the priority app notifications we mentioned earlier, but it's based around times and days more than apps. Go to Settings -> Sound & notification ->Interruptions to set it up—it's perhaps best used overnight when you don't want to be disturbed, but there is the option to let certain contacts through as well as messages and alarms, if necessary.

14. Get back to your apps after a reboot

If you reboot your device in any version of Android before 5.0, all of your recently opened apps will disappear. In Lollipop, they're still present on the Overview screen, so you can quickly get back to a previous conversation or website if you need to (not all apps will remember exactly where you were in the app). To remove a card from the list, swipe it away to the left or right.

15. Play Google's Flappy Bird clone

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Like earlier versions of Android, Lollipop has an Easter egg to unlock. Go to Settings ->About phone then tap quickly four times on the Android version entry. Once the Lollipop graphic appears, tap quickly on it several times then finish with a long press to launch a clone of Flappy Bird with an Android robot in place of the bird. It's just as frustrating to play as the original too.

16. Save the battery

Android 5.0 Lollipop includes a built-in battery saver mode that you can get to kick in at 15 percent battery, 5 percent battery or never (you can also switch it on and off manually). It cuts off some background syncing and vibrations and makes various other tweaks as well. If you select Battery from the Settings app you'll find the battery saver on the menu behind the three vertical dots.
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Monday

Clockworkmod recovery for your Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (SM-G7102)

Download: 
CWM-Beta https://mega.co.nz/#!dUA2EDhK!98vjET...qJVfwp6sYXv63s
CWM for NG4 (4.4) https://mega.co.nz/#!UR5j1AAQ!RHCy_MudMz48TJ3S1-jkfVQgeUDUBr-Io-sIBhG5EOc ----- Mirror
Odin http://shabbypenguin.com/?developer=Tools

1) Install whatever drivers make you happy and make your device connect (i would suggest samsung ones).
2) Reboot your device in download mode you can use adb reboot download or the hardware key combo for your device.
3) Load up Odin and uncheck auto-reboot.
4) Click PDA and select the CWM tar you downloaded.
5) Connect your device in download mode.
6) Click start.
7) When its finished disconnect your device, pull the battery out.
8) Reinsert the battery and use the hardware keys for your device to power directly into recovery mode (this will bypass install-recovery.sh if you are stock).
9) Enjoy having a custom recovery.


To root simply grab this zip file http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu copy it to your device and flash it in recovery. Reboto and load up supersu, have it disable knox then reboot into recovery and reflash supersu and youll be rooted. 
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I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IF UR DEVICE IS BRICKED OR DEAD 

FLASH IT ON UR OWN RISK



PLEASE TAKE PERMISSION FROM ME IF U WANT TO USE MY ROM FOR UR FUTURE BUILDS I WILL BE GLAD TO OBLIGE


ROM FEATURES:

E2 STOCK BASED ROM
FLASHABLE ZIP
DEODEXED
ZIPALIGNED
NEW LAUNCHER ADDED WITH TWO SPECIAL THEMES(FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE AND NICE TRANSPARENT UI)
UNLIMITED ONLINE THEMES
BUSSYBOX INSTALLED
PRE-ROOTED AND SUPER SU PRE-INSTALLED
BATTERY TWEAKED
RAM OPTIMIZATION
BLOATWARE REMOVED(BYE BYE SAMSUNG APPS)
SIM ICONS REMOVED FROM NOTIFICATION PANEL
NEW SYSTEMUI
TOUCHWIZ REMOVED



LIST OF APPS:
FX FILE EXPLORER WITH ROOT ADDON
POWERGRASP(A MULTIPURPOSE ALL IN ONE FILE EXTRACTOR OF ALMOST ANY FORMAT)
QUICKBOOT
ZEDGE
SYS APP UNINSTALLER
ROOTBROWSER


Did not add many apps for reducing ROM size
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Instructions:

1. Download The Rom
2. Copy The ROM To SDcard
3. reboot to recovery by Volume + and home +power
4. Create a back up of current ROM
5. Wipe User Data, cache and Davlik Cache.
6. Flash The Rom by PHILZ(TESTED) U can try on CWM or TWRP(LET ME KNOW IF IT WORKS).
7. Again Wipe User Data, cache and Davlik Cache.
8. Reboot.

There are two themes Color Petal and Mysterious(SELECT FROM APP DRAWER AFTER ROM INSTALLATION), APPLY BASED ON UR LIKING.

IF u r Coming from GEN-next e2 Rom
Then:

1. Download and Flash the Stock Rom E2 ROM from ODin and U can Download it from Sammobile.com or samsung-update.com
2. Flash the PHIILZ(TESTED) recovery From ODin. U can try on CWM or TWRP(LET ME KNOW IF IT WORKS).
3. Download The Rom
4. Copy The ROM To SDcard
5. reboot to recovery by Volume + and home +power
6. Wipe User Data, cache and Davlik Cache
7. Flash The Rom from the Recovery
8. Again Wipe User Data, cache and Davlik Cache.
8. Reboot.


There are two themes Color Petal and Mysterious(SELECT FROM APP DRAWER AFTER ROM INSTALLATION), APPLY BASED ON UR LIKING.

A big hug and thanks to aapav01 for a wonderful systemUI and his valuable time.

Thanks to Balliboxer for his valuable time.


DOWNLOAD LINK: MIRROR

BUGS: IF THERE ARE ANY LET ME KNOW I WILL TRY TO FIX WHEN I GET TIME

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UbiRom for SamsungGalaxy Grand 2- SM-G7102


ROM FEATURES
  • PREROOTED
    ES FILE MANAGER 
    AOSP+TOUCHWIZ BASED
    VERY LIGHT 
    ADAWAY 
    MANY ROOT APPS


WARNING: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE OF ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PHONE BUT I AM ALWAYS THERE TO HELP!

REQUIREMENTS:
AT LEAST 80% CHARGE
A CUSTOM RECOVERY(CWM/PHILZ/TWRP) (TESTED ON CWM)


INSTRUCTIONS:
Note: Place the rom file in extsdcard.
1. Hold Volume Up+Power+Home to boot into your custom recovery.(CWM/PHILZ/TWRP)
2. Wipe Data
3. Wipe Cache
4. Choose Install Zip
5. Choose from extsdcard
6. Choose Rom file
5. Once its complete, Reboot your device. 

Download:


UbiRom for Samsung Galaxy Grand 2



PLEASE REPORT ME THE BUGS SO I CAN FIX THEM IN THE NEXT RELEASE. SCREENSHOTS COMING SOON 


PLEASE GIVE ME A THANKS IF YOU LIKED MY WORK 


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Instructions:-
Do Take your current Rom Backup first from CWM Recovery
Quote:
1 - Download the Rom zip file and place it in your phone memory
2 - Boot ur phone in CWM Recovery and choose install zip option 
3 - Aroma installer guides u to Install the rom 
4 - After installation Reboot your phone and its done



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UNLOCK YOUR BOOTLOADER

WARNING: UNLOCKING YOUR BOOTLOADER VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY.PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
NOTE: Unlocking the bootloader will Wipe/ factory reset your device, and will delete all personal data from your device such as apps, photos, messages, and settings.


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make sure to take a backup of your entire device data.
  2. Download the Android SDK OR Download the Minimal ADB and Fastboot 
  3. Install the latest Motorola USB Drivers on your desktop. Download here.
  4. Put your device in fastboot mode (power off, then press the power and volume down buttons simultaneously).
  5. Open Command Prompt on androidsdk/platform-tools/ (Hold Shift and right click and press open command window here)
  6. Connect your Phone to PC
  7. Type this in the CMD prompt window - fastboot oem get_unlock_data
  8. You will get a return string. Copy it. [Right Click-Mark- Mark the text by pressing the shift key-Now press Ctrl+C]
  9. Paste all the lines together in a notepad. Remove the empty spaces.
  10. Now go to the Motorola Site.Sign in using your Google account or Motorola ID. Scroll down the page and paste the copied string in the field at step #6. Then click on ‘Can my device be unlocked?’, after which a "REQUEST UNLOCK KEY" button will appear at the bottom of page.
  11. To get your unlock key, select the ‘I Agree’ option. Note: You will receive an email with your Unlock Key at the email address you used to log in there.
  12. Important – Copy the 20-character key that Motorola sent you via email. Make sure your device is connected.
  13. Then in CMD type: fastboot devices (To check your device is connected)
  14. Then type: fastboot oem unlock UNIQUE_KEY

    NOTE: In above command, replace the word ‘UNIQUE_KEY’ with the unlock code that you got via email. Then hit enter and the unlocking process should begin. Wait for a while and soon you’ll see ‘Bootloader Unlocked’ warning on your Moto G(2nd Gen).

    To relock the bootloader:

    Go to Fastboot and give the command fastboot oem lock


You can always appreciate my work by pressing the Thanks Button.
Good Day 
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Saturday

Unity ROM V2.1.0 NJ1 rebuild


The following issues may be encountered:
1. Fingerprint scanner sensitivity may be encountered when attempting to change secure lockscreen type
if this is encountered the alternate password still works to allow access.

2. Screen on notification for text messages even though a toggle is included may not work properly.

3. Bluetooth devices may disconnect on outgoing or incoming calls (not reproducable by me)
one user reports no problems with BT, one user reporting this issue. even tho i have only the one
report i am amaking mention of this issue here as it is a definite nuisance.
Code:
Features
Unique Multi-Device Setup
Based on International G900F XX__NJ1 firmware
Carrier branding removed
Carrier IQ Free (Check screenshots for verification)
All OTA removed (no fear of updates)
De-Odexed
De-Knoxed
Custom KoolKit init.d Support
Fast Launcher thanks to @bri315317
Pull-Up for magazines @bri315317
Graphics @ted77usa
Permenant Device Status Official
xPosed proof feature.xml
100% compatible with S5 and S5A
SMS/MMS delivery reports
SMS/MMS display on toggle
SMS/MMS save/restore
3minit battery mod
KoolKit Performance enhancements
Scrolling cache disabled
Media and streaming improvements (build.prop)
Developer options enabled by default
App_Ops enabled (application permissions)
Reboot to SS Recovery

Quote:
Special Note:

1. Private Mode - Has been removed from the build, without the accompanying knox components Private Mode remains non-functional. I know that there are ROM's out there with Private Mode working however, I have not had time to research exactly what is required in order to make it play well with custom ROMs it is possible that it just requires the missing folder structure and nothing more but I have not had time to delve into that as of yet. In deference to performance and functionality most accompanying code has been removed.

2. A.R.T. Runtime - A.R.T. runtime even on a good day is tempermental at best, Google did not intend it to be any type of daily use environment and since this ROM is de-odexed the system has a dificult time handling the conversion process from Dalvik to A.R.T. therefore I have chosen to temporarily disable this feature through the developer options in settings. All of the code for this feature still exists within the ROM itself and can be turned back on fairly easily, my intentions are to wait until Google decides if this is going to be mainstream or drops it from use.

Major enhancement to the flashing process
I have included custom scripts that are called during the flash process (I originally wrote and implemented these in the HTC forums). These scripts in conjunction with the updater-script are able to better handle the process of wiping /system and /data and also include the automatic backup and restore of all user level apps from /data/app. The scripts intentionally ignore all coresponding application data backing up only the core apk itself. this offers you a completely clean start from scratch not only for all system apps but all of your personal apps as well. Now when flashing there is no more need to remember to wipe data or system just copy the zip to your sdcard, reboot to SS Recovery and flash and your done.

Code:
FLASH INSTRUCTIONS
1. Copy the download to your external sdcard (if you have one)
2. DO A BACKUP FIRST
3. DO A BACKUP FIRST (if unsure see step 2)
4. Reboot to SS Recovery
5. Flash to "Stock Rom" Slot (DO NOT USE ROM SLOTS YET)
6. Reboot your device and complete the initial setup
7. Enjoy!!!


NOTICE:
Quote:
Dynamic Kat ROMs and KoolKit ROMs are not responsible if you blow up your house, your dog eats your
homework, the zombie apacolypse, your wife/husband divorcing you or if your device turns into an unrecognizable
smoldering pile of plastic. by reading this you agree to take all responsibility for any damage you do to the
universe, your device, your marriage or your failing grades in school or college.




Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: V2.1.0
Stable Release Date: 2014-11-08

Created 2014-09-07
Last Updated 2014-11-09

How to enable OTA for Unity ROM V2.1.0

Code:
1. Download the "Enable_Unity_OTA.zip file !!HERE!!
2. Copy to your External SD Card
3. Reboot to SafeStrap Recovery and flash the package
4. When your device reboots give it a couple minutes to settle
5. Open the OTA Updater app (it should tell you there is one update to apply)
6. Download the update and when completed choose "Flash"
7. You can choose to backup your ROM first or wipe cache and flash
8. !!DO NOT WIPE DATA!!
9. When your device reboots you are done.
Code:
This is the initial release the application has been completely 
re-written from the originating developers source located @ OTAUpdateCenter 
there may be additional changes as I re-write other portions of the code.

There are a couple things to be aware of with this release listed below:
1. Upon initial flash you may be rebooted in to stock SS recovery just reboot 
   and flash again
2. There is a download notification bar that does not close and may 
   FC if you click on it
3. See the screenshots below click on the "X" to close without FC's.
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NOTICE:
Code:
The OTA update that will be applied with this initial release contains the 
following fixes.

1. SMS/MMS Screen on notification toggle

This patch will update the ROM version in OTA ONLY 
ROM Version in about settings will remain V2.1.0

To report issues with the OTA environment please use the 
Unity OTA Feedback link on the about page of OTA-Updater
or go HERE

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