Latest Slim Features guide
Hi all, here's a little guide to all the latest new features in Slim ICS for the S2.
When you open System Settings you will notice the options under quick links, these give you access to further customise/control your experience. You have ASS, Device Settings (aka Galaxy S II Settings) and Themes which are explained below in further detail.
Device Settings/Galaxy S II Settings:
On top of your normal Radio, Screen and Sensors tabs you now have a new tab, "Backlights" which is now where you can go to control how your menu and back key backlights work including BLN.
Backlight Timeout – This allows you to choose between multiple preset times, always on and always off for when you press either back or menu (see screenshot above).
BLN Light – This just controls whether BLN notifications are on or off.
BLN Timeout – This is the time that the BLN notification will continue to notify you before timing out, again giving a set number of presets for you to choose from (see screenshot above).
BLN Breathe – This is one of 3 combinations of BLN pattern. When selected the breathe effect mimics a pulsing/breathing pattern.
BLN Blink – This is the standard blink BLN pattern with the backlights repeatedly turning on and off.
BLN Fade – This refers to the backlights and how they turn off after the preset backlight timeout period. If ticked, once your backlight timeout period has passed the lights will fade down as opposed to just turning off in the normal way.
BLN Battery Limit - Set a value that BLN will no longer notify you below (default is 20%).
BLN Enabled Charging - Set whether to automatically enable BLN while charging.
NOTE: If BLN Breathe and BLN Blink are unchecked then you will get the lights on fixed with no pattern. You need to make sure only one of the 2 patterns are selected as otherwise you will get one or the other but I’ve not done enough tests to see which takes priority over the other.
This is the CM9 theme engine that allows you to set a chosen theme that you have downloaded as in CM9. This is an unsupported feature and only included due to popular demand but has been tested with a couple of select themes so does in fact work. Still please use with precaution as not all themes may be compatible with Slim and we can't guarantee 100% usability.
When you now bring up the camera settings you will see a storage option, this allows you to choose whether you use ‘Internal’, ‘SD Card’ or ‘USB Storage’ to save your pictures. The same option is available when you change to video camera and choose settings. You also now have 'Timer mode' which allows you to set a preset time before the picture is taken.
For those (like me
) that use the stock desk clock app for your alarms, if you go into alarms and choose settings you will see a new option called ‘Flip action’ as per the 1st of the 2 screenshots below. When selected this gives you the option to turn/flip your phone onto its screen in order to either snooze or dismiss the alarm in progress (see 2nd screenshot below to see options).
Slim ICS is now using myfluxi’s Fluxi XX Kernel ICS sources, so is a kernel compiled from the latest sources at the time of ROM build with krarvind's modified touch recovery, not myflux's recovery.
As of xxTweaker beta 5 or 6 myfluxi has made it possible for xxTweaker to now be compatible with kernels built from his sources (such as the stock Slim ICS kernel). Always check to see if the location "/customkernel" exists with an explorer and if it does that the file "fluxi_compatible" exists within it. If it doesn't include these then create the folder "customkernel" in root and an empty file called "fluxi_compatible" and xxTweaker will then work.
Alternatively if you wish to use myfluxi's own kernel you can get it from: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1644648
Remember backlight settings are already available within device settings and performance CPU settings can be controlled by ASS – Performance so the choice is yours. For the backlight settings, the app which you set the options in last is the one that takes priority and will be the settings used.
Also we still seem to be having issues with backlight/BLN settings sticking on reboot so you will have to reset them if you reboot. To overcome this you can add my init.d script
to /system/etc/init.d and set permissions to rwxr-xr-x (755). Once added you can then open it up using text editor (most file explorers should allow this) and modify the settings as you wish as it's set with what I use currently.
Both MTP and UMS work both in the ROM and recovery for /sdcard and /emmc.
Apollo is now the default music player compiled from source. You can read all about it here
It's really easy to navigate, use and adds the convenience of lockscreen controls which the previous included music player didn't have. When you start playing music you'll realise a notification icon in the status bar and when you exit the player it remains until you press the "X" beside the notification controls for easy resume as shown below. It's still in early release so I'm sure will only improve.
This is accessed via Settings -> Sound -> Quiet hours
This setting allows you to set a time period that your phone will mute selected sounds. The options available currently are "Mute notification sounds", "Mute phone ringtones" and "Disable vibrations" as can be seen in the screen shots below:
Now the ROM is even "slimmer"
all you need to do is install this zip along with base and essentials and you'll have all the main Gapps that were previously available. Included apps are as follows:
The restriction of 4 SMS's in a single message before automatically being converted to an MMS message has now been removed and raised to the maximum 15 message limit available in the AOSP MMS app. This saves you from being charged for an MMS when you've just got a lot to say
Accessed via Settings -> ASS -> Clock - this allows you to customise your status bar clock with a selection of options as below:
Clock Style: This allows you to choose the position of your status bar clock, between right or centre aligned or remove it altogether.
AM/PM Style: Select between 2 different sizes of AM/PM or don't show.
Day of the week: Select between 2 different sizes of abbreviated day e.g. Thu.
Clock colour: Using the colour selector you can further customise your clock.
Enable alarm icon: Allows you to show or hide the alarm icon from the status bar.
Statusbar notification count:
Accessed via ASS -> Statusbar subcategory -> General as shown above in first screenshot of clock settings. You then need to scroll right to the last option and tick "Show notification count". When you have 2 or more notifications you will get a blue circle with the count at the corner of the notification icon.
Current work in progress and important notes for next version can be found at: