Week in review – 20 April 2018

Short changelog:

– Added Smart Pixels feature
– Added Dialer look up feature
– Added Slim Recents Spotify/kdeconn./others remote session compatibility
– Added new fonts to the DU fonts pack
– Added progress dialog to applying fonts
– Added Messaging app to managed provisioning
– Added contact provider and managed provision fixes
– Added translations
– Messaging fixes
– Slim Recents fixes
– Check gerrit/github for a full changelog and/or device specific changes.

Important notes:

– Smart Pixels

Along with fixing device specific issues and doing our day to day maintenance on the ROM, this week we added one of Carbon ROM‘s newer features called Smart Pixels. Smart pixels itself is a power saving feature.

Included with it you have the ability to also protect your device’s screen from burn in usually seen in OLED screens. The smart pixels feature works by turning off a certain amount of pixels while in use. You can decide to turn this feature on manually or with the built-in battery saver. Depending on how many pixels you decide to turn off, you could see a significant improvement in battery life. For a good user experience, we recommend you set the amount of disabled pixels at 75 percent.

In my experience with Smart Pixels on the OnePlus 5T (dumpling), I’ve seen on average about 45 minutes increase in battery life. Now keep in mind before you go and yell ‘Alex what the hell, I’m not getting 45 minutes extra on my Walmart phone’ that this is with my usage. If you’re a hardcore user and install every app and mod you come across on the internet, you have your brightness at 100, gps on and you do everything possibly wrong to improve your battery life then there’s a chance that you may not see that big of a increase.

You can read more about Smart Pixels on the Carbon ROM website by clicking the link below
https://blog.carbonrom.org/smart-pixels/

– New maintainers

If you’re building DU for an unofficial device and would like to make it official, contact us! Check out the link below for more information about the requirements for both you and your device.

https://github.com/DirtyUnicorns/Notices

– Reminders

Weeklies and official builds are signed with private keys. This means that if you’re on last’s week’s weekly build or on the official build, you can dirty flash this weekly. If you’re on anything other than that and want to use this weekly you MUST perform a full wipe in recovery. If you decide to disregard this and flash this weekly on top of anything, you will not be able to boot. Have fun looking at a black screen :p

If you run into any issues, please use JIRA to report your issues.
https://jira.dirtyunicorns.com

Thanks:

As always, we want to remember where we came from and who got us where we’re at! We wouldn’t be where we’re at without the help and support of all our contributors, past and present! Every developer, designer, translator and supporter, thank you for everything you’ve done for our project!

#StayDirty