This is my list of the 4 apps you definitely need on your rooted nexus and probably the first 4 apps I install whenever I root my phone.
I call it ‘Vortex’
Details can be found on MyColorScreen.
According to Google, unless you’re a developer, there’s not really much reason you’d mess with the appropriately named Developer Options. Consequently, Google’s hidden it from Settings so that “normal” users will not accidentally mess up their phones, throw a tantrum, break down completely and just sit and cry in the corner of their room, mourning the loss of yet another Android phone.
However, if you enjoy that sort of thing, here’s how to get the Developer Options back. It’s really quite easy; I actually unlocked it by accident since I randomly tap things in the hope of discovering Easter Eggs.
The notification bar (AKA The “Notification Shade” ) hasn’t changed much, but the new “Quick Settings” is not as useful as the drop down bars in HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz. While it does give you access to your most used settings, they don’t act as toggles. They’re more or less shortcuts to the actual settings page. The only real toggle is Airplane mode. The Brightness one is a wannabe toggle and sends you to another toggle to adjust brightness. The Bluetooth option is even worse since it will just direct you to the Bluetooth Settings page, which is pretty annoying: why can’t I just turn Bluetooth on from the toggle like other phones let me do?
With Android 4.2 comes “Daydream”, Google’s idea of a screensaver for your phone. There are quite a few different options for you to choose from and there’s also a hidden Easter Egg. A screensaver for your phone is an interesting idea but let’s face it, who’s really going to use it that often?
The biggest improvement to the JellyBean keyboard is Gesture Typing. Simply slide from letter to letter to type a word. I previously used to use Swype but after the 4.2 update, I switched to the stock keyboard. It’s just so much faster, fluid, and generally easier to use.
You can do it one-handed and it even supports two finger gesture typing. It saves time, energy and you don’t even need to bother spelling words properly since Android auto-corrects words easily. The word prediction software is intuitive too and the voice-to-text is spot on. It even works offline, supports hundreds of languages and hardly ever gets any words wrong. Impressive stuff.
There are a few new things that come with Android 4.2. While most of them are just minor upgrades, the Clock application has had a serious overhaul. While ICS’s clock was good looking, it lacked basic features; the only thing you could do was to add a few alarms. With 4.2, the application is a hell of a lot more useful. If possible, it’s even become better looking.