Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Technology: Turning your Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S2.5!!!


Image from Samsung
Modified by Locky's English Playground


I want a Galaxy S3, but my finance doesn't agree (since I'm planning to use the money to buy a camera flash), so I want to at least have some functions of the Galaxy S3. I started sourcing for apps and tutorials, and yes I found them, but they are distributed everywhere on XDA-developers forums, so I decide to compile them and write a tutorial of my own. You can find my article on the XDA-developers forum by pressing this link, but I would recommend you read this one, because this one looks prettier.


This is a quick tutorial to help S2 users (or other Android phone owners) to achieve a level of functionality close to that of S3, including Touchwiz, Flipboard, Smart Stay, Popup Play, Best Photo, Smart Alert, Direct Call and hopefully more to update in the future. Credits go to all the developers mentioned.




Ripple Live Wallpaper
Image from Samsung
Still waiting for the S3 lockscreen to be ported onto S2, but we can still get a little fun out of the live wallpaper. There are so many versions out there, but I am so far most impressed with this Galaxy S3 Water Dandelion LWP.

APK is one provided by XDA member pratikverma28 and it comes with editable waves.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1750988

I don't like the quality of the stock wallpaper, so I advise you use your own ones.

By far the best setting I have is as follow:

Quality: High
Refraction quality: Middle
Cycles: 3
Wave weight: 400
Spreading speed: Medium
Fade range: 100
Refractive: 20
Random creation: None


TouchWizUX


Image from Locky's English Playground

Image from Locky's English Playground
Thanks to XDA Senior Member Smando who keeps working on better versions. The latest beta version provide landscape view. However, you need your phone to be rooted in order to install this launcher.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1666384


Flipboard
Image from Google Play

Image from Google Play
Want to turn any web pages, Facebook and Twitter into a magazine? Then you must download Flipboard!!
Simply download it from Google Play!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app

Smart Stay

Image from Samsung
XDA Senior member elnoxvie Beta Smart Stay App has made Smart stay possible! Simply download the file and install it to your phone! 
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1708012
(Interestingly, I just realised that the phone on the right is not S3!!!)


Popup Play
Image from Samsung
Actually, this is way better than the Samsung one! You should watch the video on Google Play. Simply download Super Video, Floating & Popup from Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...net.PopupVideo



Best Photo
Image from Samsung
Well, not exactly Best Photo, but at least, we can achieve fast burst shots of up to 50 photos per second on my Galaxy S2!!!! (Mind you, the resolution is not exactly very high, but good enough to capture fast moving people!)


XDA Senior member androidindian's production Fast Burst Camera
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1709506

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The following requires rooted phones to proceed.


S Voice
Image from Samsung
Thanks to XDA-developers junior member Xavaris' information, you can now download the CWM Flashable for Galaxy S2 zip here:
http://wanamlite.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=28

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The following functions require Tasker to imitate.


You can download the beta version of Tasker here:

http://tasker.dinglisch.net/beta.html

Smart Alert
Image from Samsung


Choose the type of alert profiles that fits your needs from the link below:
http://tasker.wikidot.com/misnotrem


Direct Call
Image from Samsung
If you want to implement Direct Call on SMS, Naver LINE andWhatsapp, you'll need Tasker.




For my Tasker Profiles, please download from below:


Image from LINE
Call-LINE (Shake Phone Left-Right Gesture)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48481471/Tas...l-LINE.prf.xml

Image from Whatsapp
Call-Whatsapp (Pick Up Phone Gesture)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48481471/Tas...tsapp1.prf.xml



For the tutorial to set up Direct Call with Whatsapp, please see Chef_Tony's:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1715549


For people who would like to try setting everything by themselves:


Task Edit for Whatsapp, use this,


For Task Edit for Naver LINE, use this I have created, 


(Points to note is that your gesture has to be performed slowly during actual use, and the speed of automation is really slow. If you are tired of the slow reaction and the retrying, I highly recommend you not set the Sensor as Gesture, choose Shake instead.)




More updates on this thread if the development continues.


And I can really officially call myself a developer now after developing those Tasker profiles, although they are actually very simple.

Want More???




Resources:
Photography & Science: Flash and Which Flash? @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2012/06/photography-science-flash-and-which.html

[TUTORIAL][S3 Imitation] Turning your GS2 to GS2.5 @ XDA-developers
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=27828899#post27828899

S3 Dandelion LWP with Settings @ XDA-developers
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1750988

TouchWizUX @ XDA-developers
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1666384

Flipboard @ Google Play!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app

Smart Stay Imitation / Beta Smart Stay App
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1708012

Popup Play Imitation /  Super Video, Floating & Popup @ Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...net.PopupVideo


Burst Shots Imitation Fast Burst Camera
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1709506

S Voice:
http://wanamlite.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=28




Smart Alert Imitation
http://tasker.wikidot.com/misnotrem



Tasker
http://tasker.dinglisch.net/beta.html


My Tasker Profiles:
Call-LINE (Shake Phone Left-Right Gesture)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48481471/Tas...l-LINE.prf.xml

Call-Whatsapp (Pick Up Phone Gesture)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48481471/Tas...tsapp1.prf.xml



Tutorial to set up Direct Call with Whatsapp @ XDA-developers
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1715549

How to use Tasker on Android @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeEEuT-Lrw

Super Video, Floating! 超級影音, 漂浮! @ YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cenFDf72aI

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