- Installation (pending)
- AIO mod
- System apps
- Motorola launcher remover
- Battery savings tips (pending)
- Changelog (post 2)
- REF: brightness curves (post 3) (pending)
- REF: mod tutorial (post 4) (pending)
AIO mod v6
- External SD Card available as /sdcard and /storage/sdcard0
- Unlinked /data/media from internal storage, providing full 6GB for /data
- Enabled 2G in settings
- Native init.d support
- Flash player, only works in stock browser
- Custom kernel based on Omar-Avelar Gamma Custom 1.8.0s kernel. Provides choice of cpu governors and i/o schedulers. See this post for governors and schedulers tests.
- Default cpu governor: interactiveX (good performance, good battery savings, cpu speed with screen off limited to lowest frequency). Recommended alternative if more performance is needed when the screen is off: smartassV2 (good performance, medium battery savings, cpu speed with screen off scales to highest frequency). Motorola default was interactive. To switch to smartassV2 with sio, you can install this zip from recovery: initd_add_gov_sched.zip (if you want to experiment with other governors and schedulers, you can edit the init.d script inside the zip). The following zip will allow you to revert back to the default from recovery, in case things go horribly wrong: initd_del_gov_sched.zip
- Default i/o scheduler: sio (good performance, huge improvement in OS and apps responsiveness). Motorola default was noop (causes stuttering and lag).
- Automatic brightness curves less bright than stock. Minimum allowed by phone set to lowest possible value (much lower than stock), and used in power saver mode. (good battery savings).
- Pre-rooted with ClockworkMod Superuser 22.214.171.124
- Status bar modifications (1% battery, centered clock, reworked signal cluster)
- Memory and disk I/O tunings from Omar-Avelar (better performance)
- Disabled USB debugging notification
- Uses FoolDNS to blocks adverts, malware, phishing and trackers
- Better battery life (reduced wifi scanning, optimised brightness curves, new default cpu governor)
- Better performance (new default i/o scheduler, kernel tunings)
- Removed Motorola qe service (privacy invasion and unnecessary bloat)
Install zip from recovery. I highly recommend installing it on top of JB_91.2.26001.Retail.en.EU. However, I think it should also work on top of any JB 4.1.2 EU based rom, such as pillama. If you try it on something else than the recommended base, and you get stuck in a bootloop, do the following:
- Keep power + volume down pressed until the phone shuts down
- To enter bootloader mode, keep power with volume down pressed. As soon as the phone vibrates, quickly release power, but keep volume down pressed.
- From there, use whatever method you want to reflash your phone (fastboot flash, cwm recovery update, cwm recovery restore)
Recent Omar-Avelar roms use a different base, and the kernel included in the AIO mod will cause a bootloop. Do not use on omar's rom:
Download CWM recovery zip: AIO_mod_v6.zip - 23.0 MB
System apps v1
This package will install/update the following system applications, directly into the system partition, while at the same time removing any update stored in the user partition:
- AdAway 2.3 (since Google has banned all ad blockers, it is not available in the Play Store anymore)
- Android Keyboard (AOSP) from JB 4.2.2, with swipe working. Since Swype is not needed anymore, this will also remove Swype and associated data. More information on this keyboard, as well as other keyboards downloads, is available in my other thread [APP] Keyboards with swipe (android, swype, xperia)
- Clock from JB 4.2.2, with much improved Alarms, working Timer, Stopwatch, World clock and Night mode. This has been modified to remove the non-working digital clock widget, and fix the FC with running timer.
- Gmail 4.3.1
- Google Maps 6.14.3
- Google Play Music 4.5.914i
- Google Play Services 3.0.27
- Google Play Store 3.10.14. I really do not like the newer Play Store v4: I think the user interface is awful on our screen size; application listings are too big showing too few entries, buttons are too small and close to each other making them difficult to touch, and there is now annoying nag asking you to enable auto-update. The version in this package has been patched to disable self-update.
- YouTube 4.4.11
Download CWM recovery zip: system_apps_v1.zip
This will remove the following applications and associated data:
- bug2go tracking scripts
- bug2go logs on sdcard and internal storage
Stock Android Apps:
- Android Live Wallpapers
- Bubbles Live Wallpaper
- Magic Smoke Wallpapers
- Music Visualization Wallpaper
- Phase Beam Live Wallpaper
- Face Unlock
- Home Screen Tips Widget
- HTML Viewer
- Partner Bookmarks Provider API (used to setup the default spam bookmarks)
- SIM Toolkit (spamware from service provider)
- WAP Push (receive PremiumSMS, mostly for spamming)
- Google One Time Init
- Google Play Books
- Google Play Movies
- Google Search
- Market Feedback Agent (allows other apps to prompt user to provide a rating in the Play Store)
- Street View
- Voice Commands
- Voice Search
Please make sure you have a backup of the deleted files, if you think you will ever need them.
- Acoustic warning (annoying warning about headphones high volume)
- Aloqa (retired social location notification service, acquired by motorola)
- CQA factory device tests
- Demo Mode
- Desk Dock (ugly motorola dock application)
- DLNA Service (for Motorola Media Share and streaming to DLNA certified devices)
- Email Config
- Fast Dormancy
- Global Unplug (useless message asking to disconnect charger when unplugging phone)
- Guide Me
- Hidden Menu (Motorola stats, tests, and config, accessible by dialing *#*#4636#*#*)
- Intel CDC Serial (Modem AT Proxy) and related Motorola AtCMD modules
- Modem Panic reporter
- Modem Statistics Service (major battery consumer)
- MotoCare Internal
- Motorola Device policy (extensions to Enterprise Device Management)
- OMA Provisioning (special SMS messages that contain information used to configure certain settings)
- Rescue Security (sypware)
- SmartActions Android framework
- SmartActions proprietary framework
- Vehicle mode
You can easily add/remove applications to be removed from the phone, by editing the updater-script in the zip file, (un)commenting with #.
Download CWM recovery zip: debloater_v2_xt890.zip - 556.62 KB
Motorola launcher remover v2
If you are using an alternate launcher, you might want to remove the Motorola Blur Launcher to free up some space on the phone. This will remove it, the Motorola Circle Widget and Weather application (since they only work in this launcher), as well the Favourite Contacts widget.
The following Motorola bloat is also removed: Blur updater, Motorola Services, and Blur Setup.
It will also install a tiny emergency alternative launcher, Keyword Launcher, in case you forget to install another launcher before removing the motorola one.
Download CWM recovery zip: remove_launcher_v2.zip - 641.34 KB
No need to wipe cache and dalvik-cache, as this is already taken care of.
Personally, I think the Motorola launcher is great, especially because of the associated round clock/weather/battery widget. I do not use it though, because of the lack of customisation. If you want to use it though, you might be interested in my 4x5 motoblur launcher mod.
I did not include a proper replacement in this mod, because everyone has different taste, and should be free to install their favourite launcher. If you need some guidance, however, my recommendations for (free) alternative launchers are:
- Launcher 8 (my favourite, it combines the best of Windows Phone 8 with the best of Android)
- Apex Launcher (for stock JB look, with great customisation options, and even a paginated vertical drawer)
- Lightning Launcher Home (very lightweight, and perfect for design freaks as it gives total control over everything)
And here is what my homescreen looks like:
- rickwyatt for working out the SD card swap, native init.d support, 2G settings, and others, in the original AIO Boot Mod
- Omar-Avelar for his amazing work on the kernel
- shaftenberg for redesigning the signal cluster in the status bar
- joaquin.mik for cleaner signal bar icons
- Machredsch for his useful feedback on the debloater