Suggestions & Recommendations
is recommended. Learn how to use it and you will be rewarded. I have never had any kind of insufficient space problem with Link2SD. However, as soon as we root our phones and flash a custom ROM, we are now on the other side on our own. You will need to figure out how to find your way around and there are many different ways. Please find the good practices and methods that work for you and don't clutter the thread with insufficient space problems.
I use link2sd with 60 apps and it takes at most 5 minutes to update the ROM with the following way.
- copy the new zip to SDcard and boot into recovery
- wipe cache and dalvik-cache
- flash ROM
- wait for link2sd warning for missing mount scripts
- run link2sd and recreate mount scripts (if you touch the link2sd notification from the pull down, link2sd will automatically open with mount scripts dialog)
- run link2sd
-- relink dalvik-cache files
-- relink library files
And no application reinstalls necessary. There are many tricks/mods to link /data to the SD card. Whatever method we choose, there will be disadvantages and problems since OV does not have large internal storage as the other high-end phones do. The best practice is to sticking with one of the methods (I use and recommend Link2SD) and learning to deal with it. I don't want to use a method that is making the ROM dependent on the sdcard since not everybody has a large sdcard. Also, sdcards exhibit extremely wide variation of reliability and performance; mostly inferior to internal storage. If I link /data to sdext by default, people will be bringing here many complaints due to sdcard performance and failure. For my sanity, I will avoid that.
Additionally, if you have missing apps with Link2sd after the first boot following a ROM update, please check this post
is recommended instead of default Gallery3D in the ROM. I will still keep Gallery3D in the ROM but you can just open the ROM zip file (don't unzip to your disk) with your archive manager (e.g. 7zip in Windows or file-roller in Ubuntu). Go to /system/app and delete Gallery3D.apk before flashing ROM. This is what I do. You don't need to reinstall Quickpic after your ROM updates unless you do a clean wipe.
- If you want an ICS theme, I recommend Achep's ICS theme
. I must warn that there is some performance and battery life penalty that goes with such heavy themes. If you also want ICS icons in your launcher, I suggest kovdev's ICS launcher theme
- The battery consumption is ~1.5% per hour on my OV running MiRaGe when I leave it over the night with data, wifi, location updates, email/calendar sync on and 0% TWS (see the screenshot below). Every phone is configured and used differently and the signal is different in different locations. If you have battery problems, it is not because of the ROM. Again, please don't clutter the thread with battery life problems.
- I don't recommend the Google Play Music app on the Market. The default Music app in the ROM works excellent without the heavy load on the system.
- My cpu settings that give me the best battery life is as follows. I recommend and use interactive governor which is a well-tested cpu governor developed by Google for Android. Just use the updated interactive governor in the latest kernel and choose the minimum CPU frequency as 122. This configuration gives better battery life and does not cause any extra lag. The smartass and interactiveX governors are derivatives of the interactive governor and I don't see any advantage of them over the default interactive governor. I will be removing those governors from the kernel for reducing the kernel size and eliminate unnecessary/idle code. Regarding the maximum CPU frequency, you need to find the maximum stable value by testing. 806 MHz is the maximum recommended value since anything higher increases heat and battery consumption considerably.
- Please check the followings before reporting WiFi problems. Nobody is making popcorn in the microwave, your neighbor or your kids are not hogging the WiFi watching Youtube or Netflix, your router is not a cheap junk, the fridge is not running near the router, your network provider is not having problems, the cat is not sleeping on the warmth of the router, the dog has not tipped the router's antennas, you are not trying to connect to your neighbor's WiFi ...
- If headphone is plugged in and unplugged before starting the camera app, camera records video without sound. There are ways to resolve this temporarily. If you do a quick reboot in Links2SD (it takes 15-20 seconds) camera records video with sound after that. If you disable the shutter sound in camera, this problem does not happen. Lastly, if you take a picture before recording video, the video is recorded with sound normally. I am looking into this and will post here when I can find a permanent solution.