– DPI / Layout / Colors
Settings / Hybrid Properties / (swipe right)
– Here you can define your workspace layout and assign global properties (Phone UI / Phablet UI / Tablet UI).
Apps that have been set up manually will override global properties. These are simply preset options available to the user as a base.
– Define individual properties to customize how the app displays. These settings apply only to the selected app.
- The lock screen is controlled by the "Android System" app. Make changes to this app to control DPI, Layout and Color.
Apps - Size vs Layout
Size allows you to change the DPI of the selected app
Layout changes the outlook of the app by defining which screen size it should use (changes may be slight or drastic, this is up to the app)
When layout is adjusted, sometimes you may have to adjust the size to make sure items fit neatly.
Settings - Hybrid Properties - Interface - GLOBAL COLOR (enable)
For every app installed (system apps & user app) you can set individual colors for the status bar and navigation bar. This can be done globally or on a per app basis. In order to enable hybrid colors you MUST enable per app color
- Transparent Status bar/Navigation bar
Transparency for both the status bar an nav bar should be set only on the launcher (default launcher or installed launcher of choice). Setting transparency on some individual apps will return "garbage" as apps don't draw under the status and nav bar. It's best to set a solid color for the status bar or nav bar in individual apps.
Color - PIE Colors
PIE color is based on status icon color, navigation glow color and navigation button color.
Expert Mode – this gives you deeper control over the hybrid engine. Options included are overall DPI and UI settings and extra options per-app.
Once expert mode is selected, under the interface option you would now have access to the lockscreen slider and Global Apps control.
The lockscreen slider allows you to change the DPI of your lockscreen, while the global apps section allows you to change the settings for all system apps or user app at once.
On a per-app bases you now have an extra menu with three options when expert mode is enabled (Expand / Force / Large)
Expand – displays app in full screen mode
Force – force scaling through other hosts such as widgets
Large – Force app to display as though it were displaying for a large tablet
I think everyone pretty much understands Expand.
In short, it allows widgets to succumb to hybrid properties.
Widgets depend on the launcher to define its size/layout parameters. So normally, even if you setup an app to follow a custom layout, the widget ignores these scaling values and uses its default settings as dictated by the launcher. Force allows you to override this system and the hybrid values of the app would be forced on to the widget.
Use this feature cautiously and enable it only if you need it.
Sometimes, changing the layout of an app to Tablet UI isn't enough to actually change the layout of the app. For such apps, enable the large screen option to see the difference.
For some apps, enabling Large give it a whole new layout, additional to the available layout options.
Again, use this option only if needed.
Per app full screen
Nexus 4 - Paranoid Android - Hide NavBar in Specific Apps
Mini tutorial – getting the best out of dash clock
Settings – Toolbars
Quick pulldown - Edge of status bar will pull down quick settings
Quick Settings Panel - Options (reorder tiles, add new tiles, auto-close panel when tile is selected)
Settings – Display
Display Brightness sensitivity
Pulse notification light - Custom LED colors for notifications
Settings – Users
Multi-user accounts (Lockscreen MUST be in landscape orientation to switch users)
To use multi-user:
Turn on lock screen rotation
Go to Settings - user
Create new user account (restricted or normal)
Go to lock screen (turn off / turn on screen or use quick toggle tile)
Switch to landscape orientation
Select user account
Settings – Lockscreen
Background – Custom image
Allow rotation – Enables landscape mode on lockscreen
Quick unlock - no need to press enter when entering lock pin
See through lockscreen (exactly what it sounds like!)
Home screen widgets - allow widgets from the homescreen to be added to the lockscreen
Maximize widgets - lockscreen widget always maximised
Shortcuts - add shortcuts to the lockscreen
Settings – Language & Input
Disable fullscreen keyboard - Landscape keyboard will not take up the entire screen
Settings – Sound
Volume panel style - Single / Expandable / Expanded / None
Quiet Hours – Configure hours the device should be silent
Volume rocker music controls - long press volume control to seek tracks
Volume rocker wake - turns screen on when volume is pressed
Settings – More
NFC Polling modes (screen off / screen on, locked / screen on, unlocked (default))
Phone - Settings - Blacklist
- (Enable Blacklist)
Expanded Desktop Mode
(Full Screen Pie Mode)
Long press the power button and select Full Screen (PIE) – this removes your status bar and navigation bar and activates the PIE controls. All screen real estate is utilized without stretching or distorting your homescreen.
The stock Paranoid Android launcher has the option to use a pinch gesture to toggle this mode.
There is also a quick setting PIE tile to toggle PIE mode
- To activate PIE without activating Full Screen mode
(PIE and status bar at the same time), you need to set your nav bar to 0%. Do this by going into
Settings -> Hybrid Properties -> (swipe right) -> Interface -> (slide nav bar to 0%).
Because the status bar is still visible, PIE will not show status information when activated like this as such information would be redundant.