Jelly Bean StatusBar gives an AOSP look to any device, even without Android 4.1 or root access
Bazinga! I’ve finally found the perfect app to make my TouchWiz-painted Samsung Galaxy S III look more like an AOSP device, and it doesn’t even require the slightest bit of hacking. In fact, you won’t even need root to get this free app, from Team Syndicate, to work on your phone or tablet.
With all the theme options available for homescreen launchers these days, it isn’t hard to imitate the look of a later version of Android than the one you’re currently
stuck with rocking, but the one thing that has always lacked is the ability to change the look of your status bar without rooting and installing a custom ROM.
Sometime last month (I’m not sure how we slept on this one for so long), all that changed when Jelly Bean StatusBar was released on Google Play.
- What are the main features of JellyBean StatusBar?
- Clones the official status bar from Android 4.1
- Allows support for third party notifications
- Auto-detection for hidden status bar or screen orientation
- Task killer safe! Will auto-reboot when killed
- Smooth gestures for default pull down
- Settings to choose what content you want to display
- Exclusion list for unwanted application notifications
- Notification Counter for repeating notifications
- 0% battery drain (based on normal device use)
- Low ram foot print of under 24mb
- And so much more!
I just installed it myself, so I can’t comment on the battery drain part, but otherwise this app looks pretty solid. Best of all, it won’t even cost you a dime. If you want to apply a bit of AOSP to your OEM skinned Android device, look no further than the link below.
*NOTE* After installing the app and writing this, I did notice one of the spammy air-push ad icons on my homescreen. I’ll leave it installed for a day or two to see how annoying they become before deciding whether or not to uninstall. Hopefully the developer will consider removing them.