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Default [GB][LB/UB] Refreshed Gingerbread - stock .184 ROM [update: 09/03/2014]

WHY ANOTHER GINGERBREAD ROM?

 
OK, now you will ask "why posting another Gingerbread ROM when we have ICS, JB, Kitkat?"
Simply because it is a fact that our Xperia U runs good only on Gingerbread.
Yes, it runs well on higher versions, but GB is the only one on which it runs FLUENTLY.
I was furious because every single ROM higher than GB would run poorly or would have some bugs.
Closest thing to perfect ROM was CM10 LE. Thumbs up for those guys, really, they did a helluva work
I was also unhappy with default looks of stock gingerbread ROM for our little precious device,
so what I did was that I picked the best (chiefly cosmetic) features of more advanced ROM's and
integrated them into this ROM. I thoroughly tested it, so finally I can share it with you without fear
of something going south
I must warn you that while this ROM took some of the looks of its younger siblings, it IS NOT a try to mimic them.
I just took what seemed as a good fit to refresh the outdated ROM. My aim when I made this ROM was not to
have a feel like you went to the stone age when you flash it. It still retains many GB elements, but I hope
you will find pleasing and soothing

Hence, I present to you:


Refreshed Gingerbread

(changelog and addons in second post)


FEATURES:

  • Added support for Locked Bootloader [update]
  • Sounds: Removed maximum volume beep and changed battery warning sound to Kitkat one [update]
  • init.d support: Now you can add you own init.d tweaks Included are loopy smoothness for launcher, mali tweaks [update]
  • Addons (find them in second post): You can now install Kitkat fonts and change colour of toggles to match with current theme [update]
  • Completely redesigned systemUI (statusbar and notifications panel)
    - potato statusbar: you can now play/pause/change tracks by swiping across statusbar (set you preferences via potato app) [update]
    - ability to change transparency of statusbar (also changeable via potato app; if you set maximum transparency, you'll get kitkat-like statusbar) [update]
    - toggles
    - jellybean-like clock
    - settings button
    - you can swipe notifications
    - other small changes
  • Advanced Home application (GXhome by @serajr)
  • Redesigned themes, our phone now looks unbelievably cool )
  • Wallpapers from Xperia Sirius integrated in themes
  • Roboto and SoMA fonts from stock JB ROM's
  • Notes widget, not like the one from ICS, but still very useful
  • New icons for music player and gallery
  • Redesigned music player. Things modded:
    - new icon
    - buttons
    - widget
    - statusbar icon
    - lockscreen controls
  • Set of useful applications included:
    - oandbackup, very useful app to backup your other apps. I use it when changing ROMs. Ant it is open source
    - latest Gmail for GB
    - Latest Youtube
    - Ultra explorer, very useful file manager app. Another open source app
    - Xperia U SD card mounter (we all know this app)
    NOTE: they are all uninstallable!
  • Heavily debloated:
    Removed all Timescape and Facebook related stuff,
    removed almost all Sony's bloat, removed live wallpapers,
    removed a ton of unneded stuff
  • Added build.prop tweaks (only the ones which actually work)
    - Notification for ADB connection is disabled for aesthetic reasons , if you want it back just delete persist.adb.notify=0 from build.prop and you'll have it back
  • New Kitkat toast notification (it's pretty sleek)
  • Advanced kernel with working CWM and Wifi tether
  • SuperSU v 1.93 instead of Superuser
  • less than 200MB in size!
  • ...and many other small tweaks and mods


SCREENSHOTS:














DOWNLOAD:


For Unlocked Bootloader:

refreshedGB_v1.1

For Locked Bootloader:

refreshedGB_v1.1_for_LB


INSTRUCTIONS:


For Unlocked Bootloader:

- copy ROM to your phone
- wipe data, cache, dalvik cache (you can also format /system if you want everything to be 100% failsafe)
NOTE: if you are coming from another stock GB based ROM, you probably don't need to wipe data)
- install
- reboot
- wait a little until ROM boots up for the first time
- enjoy!

For Locked Bootloader:

Same as for Unlocked bootloader, you just have to have any CWM installed (duh!) so you can flash this zip

Note about GPL2 licences:

Since this is a stock based ROM and all the sources that Sony have released are publicly available on their developers site,
I think that it is redundant for me to post any links or sources, since I don't own any. Thanks


Credits:


- @mariozawa for great potato statusbar mod ;
- Special thanks to @serajr for letting me use his great GX home app, cheers ;
- Unknown author of notes widget, if he or she ever visits this thread, please let me know so I can include you in credits;
- @FranciscoGool, I've asked you for permission to use some of your resources included in my themes, but you didn't log in for a long time, I hope you don't mind posting it before you replied ;
- @VavanL, for his great tutorial on how to disable max volume beep;
- Chainfire, for making such a wonderful Superuser app;
- All of the XDA community, for being such a supporting bunch of people;
- And finally you, for downloading this ROM
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Default Changelog and Addons

Changelog:

v1.1:
- Added support for Locked Bootloader
- Sounds: Removed maximum volume beep and changed battery warning sound to Kitkat one
- init.d support: Now you can add you own init.d tweaks Included are loopy smoothness for launcher, mali tweaks
- potato statusbar: you can now play/pause/change tracks by swiping across statusbar (set you preferences via potato app)
- ability to change transparency of statusbar (also changeable via potato app; if you set maximum transparency, you'll get kitkat-like statusbar)


ADDONS:

Themes for toggles:
Now you can change colour of toggles according to the theme
Download:

Themes pack

Instructions:
1. Unpack provided pack
2. Copy the desired theme (for example, emerald) to the phone
4. Enter cwm
5. Important: mount /system
6. Install theme
7. Reboot. Done!

Kitkat fonts:
If you wish, you can have Kitkat fonts on this ROM. And if you don't like them, I've prepared uninstall pack which restores fonts to default ones
Download:

Kitkat fonts
Uninstall pack

Instructions:
1. Copy zip to phone
2. Enter CWM
3. Flash and reboot. Done!
Note, if you want to revert fonts to default one, just repeat the procedure with uninstall pack.
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Thanks for the rom, i installed it, it looks nice but in every GB rom i tried the camera gives too BRIGHT photos, the focusing is faster but maybe too fast, so every 2-3 picture is out of focus.
I have 2 photos made in same conditions (almost total darkness) with ICS and GB, the brighter and the out of focus are from GB .
So.. i guess im back to my ICS..
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Thanks for the rom, i installed it, it looks nice but in every GB rom i tried the camera gives too BRIGHT photos, the focusing is faster but maybe too fast, so every 2-3 picture is out of focus.
I have 2 photos made in same conditions (almost total darkness) with ICS and GB, the brighter and the out of focus are from GB .
So.. i guess im back to my ICS..
I agree, this is the one downside of using gb rom, and unfortunately I haven't found a way to fix this. Personally, it doesn't bother me too much because I don't use camera very often, but I understand why you want to reverse to ICS. Anyhow, hanks for trying out my rom!
 
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Originally Posted by pirej View Post
Thanks for the rom, i installed it, it looks nice but in every GB rom i tried the camera gives too BRIGHT photos, the focusing is faster but maybe too fast, so every 2-3 picture is out of focus.
I have 2 photos made in same conditions (almost total darkness) with ICS and GB, the brighter and the out of focus are from GB .
So.. i guess im back to my ICS..
The camera on ICS is pathetic low focus speed and dark pictures...GB is alot better
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Stock GB has never been good, but if you could build CyanogenMod 7.3 for Our device this would change the story..
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Stock GB has never been good, but if you could build CyanogenMod 7.3 for Our device this would change the story..
@DevSwift1 tried to build CM7, but without success

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No chance this will ever work with LB, right?

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No chance this will ever work with LB, right?

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If you are LB just remove the boot.img from the zip and flash it LOL

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