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How To Style Your Android Marshmallow Smartphone



How To Style Your Android Marshmallow Smartphone 1
Android has an inbuilt theme engine referred to as Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) in Android Marshmallow. (6.0)
RRO was intended to be only used by OEMs, not the end-users. This means that owners cannot use it to change their phone’s look and feel.

However, with Android almost everything is possible –
of course.There is a way of activating RRO. On Android
Marshmallow, an application called Layers was used to
activate RRO, that same application has been completely re-
established to work on Android Nougat.

The entire process of unlocking the hidden themes have been made easier with Layers.

The layers developers decided to change the name of the
application to ‘Substratum’.

Stock Android /AOSP-based custom ROM
Android Marshmallow or higher
Rooted Android handset

Install the Substratum Theme Engine

Go to Google Play Store and install Substratum

Grant Permissions.

After installing the app, click ‘Grant’ on the access request.

Then, you will be required to grant additional permissions so
that the app can save the theme files to the phone
storage. So, hit ‘Allow’ when you’re prompted.

Install Themes
Hit the 3-dot menu button found at the top right corner of the
application’s main menu. Then choose ‘Play Store ’ Themes.’

This takes you to the list of all Substratum’s compatible
themes on the Google Play Store . Browse themes and find
one that suits your preferences. Once you have picked, install
them just like any other application.
Apply the Theme
With the Substratum theme already installed, go back to the
Substratum application and refresh it by pulling down. Then
select the first theme.

Substratum app allows you to match and mix elements from
your multiple themes, so you have two options. First, you can
toggle the switch at the top screen to use the theme for all
elements and application that it is capable of theming.

Secondly, you can simply go through the whole list and check
the boxes next to any element or application that you would
like to theme. Once you have checked the elements and apps
you would like to theme, tap on the floating action button at
the bottom right corner, then select ‘Install Selected.’

You will then see a pop-up after a few seconds informing you
that you should reboot your device. In case you just want to
apply a single theme, hit ‘OK.’ Otherwise, if you are mixing
themes, hit ‘Later.’ and then choose elements and apps from
the second theme. Reboot when you are done.

Enjoy the New Look
After you reboot, the new theme will now be in effect. These
themes have the capability of changing the feel and the look
of almost any menu or application on your handset. Even if
something is lacking from the first theme, simply add another
one, and apply on the missing element to change the look

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Vulnerability in RCS messaging could compromise your bank details




German security company SRLabs has recently discovered a serious security breach that could replace SMS. According to their findings, the RCS protocol has a vulnerability that allows your data to be intercepted.

Hackers could exploit this vulnerability locally or remotely. Among the information they can intercept, we have unique codes that are sent by message in two-factor authentication systems.

One of the applications of these unique codes is in the authorization of bank transactions. This means that in extreme cases your bank details could be compromised due to this vulnerability.


Android messaging should improve your domain verification system

As SRLabs points out, the most popular application supporting RCS technology is currently Android Messaging. According to its findings, this application does not properly verify domains.

This means that miscreants can spoof caller ID or DNS. Something that could mislead users and provide information they shouldn’t.

Coincidentally or not, Google revealed this week that it will accredit message senders in your app. The idea is for companies to register their contact numbers with Google so that they can validate them when communicating with users. A measure that will certainly reduce the impact of this vulnerability.

What is RCS and its differences from SMS

The acronym RCS stands for Rich Communication Service. Briefly, this protocol allows messages to be sent over the internet. The SMS protocol uses cellular networks to send messages.

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Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image



Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image 2

We are just a week from the official presentation of Vivo S5, the next mid-range smartphone to be launched by the brand. Now, an official image published on the Chinese social network Weibo, has confirmed several details about the design of this smartphone.

According to the picture, the Vivo S5 will come with a rear ‘quad-chamber’, centred on the rear panel with a diamond shaped module. In addition, it will come with a small punch-hole in its screen, where the front camera will be embedded.


Vivo S5 has confirmed design on the official poster

In the diamond-shaped module, three of its four cameras are integrated, and the LED flash. The fourth chamber is positioned immediately below the ‘protrusion’.

In the front panel, we can confirm that you will not have a notch on the screen by choosing a small punch-hole in the upper right corner, where your front camera will be embedded.

Although visible, their margins appear to be quite thin, ensuring an immersive user experience. In addition, an AMOLED screen is confirmed as an on-screen fingerprint reader is present.

Alleged Vivo S5 Specifications

Although not officially confirmed by the manufacturer, certification of the smartphone at TENAA agency eventually revealed the main details about its hardware.

  • 6.44 “inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of internal memory
  • Four rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP (ultra wide-angle) + 5MP (depth) + 2MP (macro)
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • 4,010mAh battery
  • Android 9 (not confirmed)

Regarding its price, there is no information yet. Still, it is expected to arrive at a competitive price, which could possibly be around € 250.

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