Slim (debloat) the LG G4 and improve the camera

Justyn Smith | September 29, 2015 | Leave a comment

I like to flash new ROM’s, kernels and tweak things with my devices. Sometimes it gets the better of me and I have to wipe my device and start all over again which is what happened the other day with my LG G4. However so far I’ve managed to remove quite a few applications and services without any negative effect and thought I would share it here.

Obviously some applications you may use so you won’t want to remove them. Since I don’t have the EU version of the G4 I cannot unlock the bootloader as of yet (I have the H815K from Telstra) so instead I just injected SuperSU by following this guide. After that I installed Xposed, AppOps and G4 TweaksBox and paid for the unlocker. It is an amazing piece of software.

With root, I also changed my DPI to 540, using Xposed AppSettings I set the DPI of all non-LG apps to 480, AppOps to remove permissions, added some build.prop stuff, installed AdAway, CPU Thermal Throttling mod which helps to eliminate lag, improve performance and lower heat. The dev, Robshr did it with the LG G3, so is hoping to mimic it with the LG G4. Last but not least, I enabled 60FPS at 1080p and 100% Photo Quality.

Now, onto the “debloating” of the stock rom (which is V10d-505-01). As I have said, these have been deleted and haven’t affected my phone usage, however I won’t be held responsive if your phone blows up, or grows legs and runs away.

Deleted from /system/app/

  • CloudHub
  • Drive
  • DrmService
  • EditorsDocs
  • EditorsSheets
  • EditorsSlides
  • FaceLock
  • GCUV
  • GnssAirTest
  • GnssLogCat
  • GnssPosTest
  • GnssTest
  • GoogleTTS
  • Hangouts
  • LGAirDrive
  • LGApduService
  • LGBackupLauncher
  • LGDrm
  • LGEasySettings
  • LGFormManager
  • LGMusicShare
  • LGPartnerBookmarksProvider
  • LGPCSuite
  • LGSmartcardService
  • LGSpringCleaning
  • LGStk
  • LGTouchControlAreas
  • LGWeatherService
  • LGWernickeManager
  • LGWfdsServices
  • Maps
  • Music2
  • Newsstand
  • QtiBackupAgent
  • SmartShare
  • SmartShareDLNA
  • SmartShareProvider
  • Videos
  • WfdService
  • WVTest
  • elt_test
  • rspermlge
  • talkback

Deleted from /system/priv-app/

  • BioITPlatform_SDService
  • DownloadWallPaper_signed
  • DualSimStatus
  • EdenService
  • EodEngine
  • IgniteVodafonereleasenl
  • Leccp
  • LGBackup
  • LGBrowser
  • LGCb
  • LGConciergeBoard
  • LGCover
  • LGEasyHome
  • LGEmail
  • LGERCSProvider
  • LGExchange
  • LGFileManager
  • LGGestureAnswering
  • LGLiveWallpapersPicker
  • LGLW_MultiPhoto
  • LGMapUI
  • LGMessage
  • LGMyGuide
  • LGMyPlacesEngine
  • LGMyPlacesSettings
  • LGPCSuiteService
  • LGRcsCall
  • LGRCSServices
  • LGSmartSharePush
  • LGSnapPage
  • LGTasksProvider
  • LGVidClip
  • LGVideo
  • LGVoiceRecorder
  • LIAInformant
  • LIAS4URecommender
  • OSA_Telstra
  • SmartSetting
  • Velvet
  • VpnDialogs
  • WapService

I deleted /system/vendor/pittpatt as I don’t use FaceUnlock. I deleted all the files in /system/media/audio/gallery, /system/media/audio/ringtones and /system/media/audio/notifications as I use my own ringtone and notification tone. I also deleted the /system/tts/ folder too. There is probably more things I could remove, but I just haven’t had the time to test them all.

Deleting all this has allowed me to free up some resources, and seems to be a lot better on battery. Until all variants of the LG G4 can be unlocked and we have custom kernels and ROM’s this is the best we’re going to get for non-EU G4’s.

I hope I’ve helped you out, and have improved your G4 experience. If you find anything else that is worthy of mentioning, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

LG G4 Quick Circle Case from MobileZap

Justyn Smith | September 26, 2015 | Leave a comment

With new devices, comes new products and once again the guys over at MobileZap have hooked me (actually Chell) up with a pink Quick Circle Case for the LG G4!

HTC has their DotView, Samsung has their S-View and LG has Quick Circle. However with the G4 they’ve reworked the interface, it has wireless charging (optional) and it looks like it has taken visual queues from the LG Watch Urbane. It is simply beautiful.

  • Unique Circular Window Displays a Clock; Swipe to Access the Music Player, Call Logs, Camera, LG Fitness, or Messaging Apps
  • Wakes Your Phone Automatically When Opened
  • Make Calls via Call Logs; Answer or Decline Incoming Calls
LG G4 Quick Circle Cases

LG G4 Quick Circle Cases

Just like its predecessors the LG G4 has a Quick Circle Case which comes in two flavours and many different colours. One is a replacement back and offers wireless charging whilst the other is simply a snap on back which only works with the ceramic backs and not the leather variant.

Unlike the G3 where it only had a six sectioned place for icons, the Quick Circle on the G4 offers all of the Quick Circle mini apps in a scrolling circle. There are numerous watch faces too, by simply long pressing on the watch face, then swipe to find one you like.

Quick Circle Case - Front

Quick Circle Case – Front

The G4 that my Wife and I have came with the Black Leather back. For this specific case to fit correctly she had to replace it with the ceramic back that the G4 came with. The case then wraps around and sits nice and flush with the screen, protecting the most important part of the phone besides the camera.

Quick Circle Case - Back

Quick Circle Case – Back

The snap on case doesn’t add too much bulk to the actual phone at all. It feels ever so slightly thicker than mine does with just the leather back. If you wanted to go for the thinnest possible option in the Quick Circle Case, you would want the one that has wireless charging built in, as you replace the whole back.

The Quick Circle Case is much more useful on the LG G4 than say the S-View case by Samsung, allowing you to add more applications, customise your applications and LG is giving full compatibility too, meaning you can use them on older phones like the G3 or G2!

Quick Circle Case - Scroll

Quick Circle Case – Scroll

It is a beautiful folio case, for a stunning device. If you’re lucky enough to own an LG G4, I would definitely recommend one of these cases. Even more so if you have a wireless charger. Or if this case isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other LG G4 accessories over at MobileZap. The case itself is a genuine LG product, so it is guaranteed to be a perfect fit and finish.

The LG G4 Quick Circle Case was provided by MobileZap.

PayPal.Me is an easier way to accept payments via PayPal

Justyn Smith | September 9, 2015 | Leave a comment

Most people online have heard of or used PayPal. If you frequent eBay you probably use it all the time. Being a freelancer or small business, having PayPal would be something you would expect to have too. You can use PayPal to send invoices, or can provide an email address to receive a payment.

Using an email address can look quite unprofressional if you’re using a free email service like gmail or hotmail, especially if it is an address like beerbelly123[@] for example. However PayPal have resolved this by allowing you to have your own short PayPal URL like in which you can share with family, friends, or anyone to get paid.

How do I get a PayPal.Me short PayPal URL?


If you have a PayPal account head over to to and click on Get Started. On the next page type in your desired short URL and click on Use This URL to create your own short URL.


If you already have a PayPal account you then need to login to link your new unique PayPal.Me URL to your account. If not, you can create a new PayPal account.

Paypal.Me links cannot be reserved, and are a first come, first-served basis. Make sure you choose your short URL carefully as it cannot be changed in the future. I created and this is what the page looks like which gives you the option to copy the short URL or share it.


This is a welcomed addition to the amazing services that PayPal offers, and makes giving out a unique PayPal.ME URL all that more professional than an email address. Here is what the PayPal.Me/justynsmith page looks like when navigating to it, giving you the option to send money directly to me. Neat huh?


Have you signed up for a PayPal.Me short URL yet?

Dealing with those talking behind your back

Justyn Smith | August 30, 2015 | Leave a comment

If you didn’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t invent it with your small mind or share it with your big mouth.

We shouldn’t care what others do or say behind our back, however we sometimes do, don’t we?

When you find out someone is talking about you or putting you down without you even knowing it is a horrible feeling, isn’t it? Unfortunately those kind of people may be friends, colleagues, or someone you don’t even know. Since negativity attracts negativity the shit they’re talking about probably gets passed on and you end up finding out about it from someone who was honest enough to come forward and tell you to your face.

In these kind of situations it may be hard to not retaliate. Until you have some kind of proof of what people are saying, it is merely gossip. So remain focussed on being the best kind of person you can be. It sounds cliché but take the higher road.

You will wonder if the person that did decide to tell you was also the one partaking in these conversations too and the only reason for them to tell you was to clear their own conscience. Eminem describes it perfectly in his song If I Had: “Friends are people that you think are your friends, but they really your enemies, with secret identities and disguises, to hide they true colors.”

Everybody has their own secrets. Choose your friends wisely. Choose what you share with them. If they share things with you, then keep it that way by not passing it on, or gossiping. Be positive. Stay a true friend and don’t talk behind their back. Be honest with yourself and keep your mind healthy. As much as negativity attracts negativity, the same can be said for positivity too.

In the end people will gossip and talk behind your back. It is however completely up to you how you react in the situation. Try and react in a positive way.

Nexus 5, Chroma ROM and Blu_Spark Kernel

Justyn Smith | August 27, 2015 | Leave a comment

As most of you know SlimLP used to be my go to ROM. However that changed when I found out about the amazing Chroma ROM made by William Ma aka zephiK. In his XDA thread, the description is exactly what it is: Chroma is a lightweight AOSP ROM focused on security exploits, battery, performance and stability.

Device: Google Nexus 5 (16GB Black)
ROM: Chroma Rom (5.1.1 LYZ28J – 01/09/15)
Kernel: Blu_Spark (r20)
Software: Kernel Adiutor (ROOT), Art – Layers Theme

The current build of Chroma is based off Android 5.1.1_r12 build LYZ28J. I coupled this with Blu_Spark kernel (formerly Code_Blue) by the amazing Rui Santos aka eng_stk. This kernel runs perfectly stock and most people won’t need to change any settings.

I thought I would share my current setup as I previously have with my other ROM/kernel/device configurations. I use Kernel Adiutor (ROOT) application for changing all the settings. I like a darker theme, and since Chroma supports layers, I use Art for my theme.

As for undervolting, my CPU is a “PVS-0”. Taken from this post you can check what PVS revision your CPU is. Just remember, with undervolting not all CPU’s are the same, so YMMV.

The Qualcomm (S4 Pro) SoC has 4 different variant. Slow, Nominal, Fast and Faster (0, 1, 2, 3). Faster variants can undervolt a lot lower than the rest, or it should already be pre-configured automatically at a lower voltage like the Nexus 4, so some Xperia Z will have less heat and perform better in battery life. For example, for nominal variants, they might only be able to undervolt around -100mV while faster variants can undervolt around 175mV – 250mV.


  • CPU Maximum Frequency = 1728MHz
  • CPU Minimum Frequency = 300MHz
  • CPU Governor = blu_active
  • Multicore Power Saving = Aggressive

CPU Governor Tunables

  • above_hispeed_delay = 120000
  • bootpulse_duration = 80000
  • go_hispeed_load = 95
  • hispeed_freq = 960000
  • input_boost_freq = 729600
  • io_is_busy = 1
  • low_load_down_threshold = 10
  • max_freq_hysteresis = 100000
  • min_sample_time = 10000
  • timer_rate = 40000
  • timer_slack = 30000

CPU Voltage

  • 300000 = 700000 (-100)
  • 422000 = 700000 (-100)
  • 652000 = 735000 (-75)
  • 729000 = 745000 (-75)
  • 883000 = 765000 (-75)
  • 960000 = 775000 (-75)
  • 1036000 = 785000 (-75)
  • 1190000 = 810000 (-75)
  • 1267000 = 820000 (-75)
  • 1497000 = 855000 (-75)
  • 1574000 = 870000 (-75)
  • 1728000 = 900000 (-75)
  • 1958000 = 945000 (-75)
  • 2265000 = 1000000 (-75)

CPU Hotplug

  • Minimum CPU Online = 1
  • Maximum CPU Online = 3
  • Max Cores Screen Off = 1
  • CPU Maximum Screen Off Frequency = 652MHz
  • Up Threshold = 95%
  • Up Timer Control = 1
  • Down Timer Control = 3


  • GPU Maximum Frequency = 200MHz
  • CPU Governor = powersave


  • Gamma Profile = Aditya TRUERGB
  • Backlight Dimmer = On
  • Minimum Brightness = 1


  • USB Fast Charge = On

I/O Scheduler

  • Scheduler = fiops
  • Read-ahead = 1536kB

A ‘pedofile’ social media experiment all parents must watch

Justyn Smith | August 14, 2015 | 1

We often tell our kids how important it is and the dangers involved when being online, don’t we? I sure hope so! The prankster Coby Persin decided to put online safety to the test, and created an experiment to see how easy it is to lure girls whom that he met on Facebook to meet in person.

The video was uploaded 4 days ago and has over 21 million views. There are currently over 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States alone, and Coby Persin shows how easy it is (with the parents permission) to meet the girls in person. He pretended to be a 15 year old boy, and chatted with three girls (aged 12 to 14) for a couple of days before suggesting to meet up.

Then he filmed the whole experiment, along with the shock and anger of the girls’ parents attitude over their daughters’ dangerous decisions. See, this is why social media is scary for not only parents, but also for the kids that frequent it.

Gain access to eBay 4.0 closed beta

Justyn Smith | August 12, 2015 | Leave a comment

Usually to get access to beta tests with Android applications you can sign up via the Play Store. However the new version of eBay is a closed beta, and you need to be authorised when opening the application. So simply just installing the APK wont gain you access.

However there is a simple form to fill out via Google Docs. All you need to do is input your email, preference (Android or iOS), and country. You should receive an email with a download link when there is a new test build.

eBay Beta



The new layout of eBay for Android is amazing, and is definitely a welcome upgrade!

DIY quick-turn throttle for my CBR600RR

Justyn Smith | August 6, 2015 | 1

The stock throttle tube on the 2003-2011 CBR600RR is 1/4 turn or 33.8mm. Most people when looking at changing to a “quick turn” throttle use the Yamaha R6 throttle tube, which is 1/6 turn or 40.5mm.

Another option is theHRC throttle tube. If you’re after a 1/5 turn the Yamaha R1 throttle tube is also an option.I decided to usePVC coupling and once completed measured up at 40mm. I guess you could buy the R6/R1/HRC throttle tube, but it will be more expensive.

Part Numbers

33.8mm (1/4 turn) – CBR600RR Throttle Tube (2003-2011) – Part: 53140-MCF-000 (stock)
36.5mm (1/5 turn) – Yamaha R1 Throttle Tube (2007-2008) – Part: 4C8-26240-00-00
40.5mm (1/6 turn) – Yamaha R6 Throttle Tube (2006-2009) – Part: 2C0-26240-00-00
40.5mm (1/6 turn) – HRC Throttle Tube – Part: 53141-MT7-000

Tools you need

  • dremel or some sort of small cutting and sanding tool
  • socket set / screwdrivers
  • 25mm PVC coupling
  • epoxy
  • service manual

To obtain the needed slack on the throttle cables for the larger diameter cam you will have to create more at the throttle bodies, also wind in your throttle cable adjuster at the housing too which will allow you to create as much slack as possible. So with this in mind open up your service manual and get to work. You will need to remove the ram air duct covers, tank cover, prop tank up, remove the ECU, air box lid, velocity stacks and air box. The task seems daunting, but should be able to get to the throttle bodies in about 15 – 20 minutes.

This is what the stock throttle cam looks like.


1. I used my dremel to cut the end off of the fitting a little wider than the actual width of my throttle cam.


2. I cut a section out of the PVC loop to fit over the throttle cam. I used the sanding wheel to “scuff” the inside of the PVC then cleaned it with some isopropyl and glued it onto the throttle cam. After the epoxy set, I used my grinding wheel to make the PVC the same width as the throttle cam and tapered the PVC to allow the cables to run smoothly.


3. I used the sanding wheel on my dremel to smooth the edges of the PVC are perfectly smooth so that way it wont bind to the housing, and cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.

4. I had to use my cutting wheel on my dremel to make the throttle housing bigger to fit the larger cam in. I’m not sure if the newer model 600rr needs this but I know the housing on my 2003 model needed it. I took a few millimeters off the inside of the top and bottom of the housing. Then I connected the throttle cables up to the cam, and tightened the nut at the throttle bodies.

Before reinstalling make sure you check for any binding, and confirm the nut at the throttle body is tight.Putting back together is the reverse of pulling it apart. Then readjust your throttle free play if you have any. I like to have virtually zero play.

So that is the “quick turn” throttle mod for my 2003 CBR600RR. If you’re attempting this mod, you do so at your own risk. I will not be held responsible for any mishaps that may happen by doing this mod.

Some quick tips for supporting someone with depression

Justyn Smith | July 10, 2015 | Leave a comment

Depression is a terrible disorder which can sabotage relationships, friendships, family and friends. The person that suffers from depression can feel hopeless and worthless. Those around the person that suffers can feel helpless. Its effects impact everyone that are involved, and it sucks. Being on both sides of this illness I thought I may share some things that could help out.

1. Education
It is next to impossible to be supportive of someone with depression if you don’t understand it. You can do your own research by checking out places online like Beyond Blue or simply using Google to search for information about mental illness and depression.

2. Don’t judge or criticize
You can have a powerful impact on a person suffering from depression just by what you say to them. Saying things like “you should be more positive” or “I think it is all in your head” can have very negative impacts. Things like this can imply that the person suffering has a choice in how they feel and have chosen to be depressed.

3. Find the right moment
You may have great advice but if you say it at the wrong time, it won’t be heard. You may know the person well enough to pick up on their behavioural patterns. When they’re up, down or when to avoid them completely. If you have something you would like to convey, timing is key to when you mention it to them.

4. Avoid advice
We all want to help those we care about and it is only natural to try and offer advice to help them. However, sometimes it is more effective to ask them what they need. Doing this will allow the opportunity for the person to ask for help which will usually have a more positive outcome.

5. Have patience
Sometimes, suffering from depression can give a false sense of hope. If you show patience with someone that is suffering from depression this can shed the light on hope again. Supporting someone with depression can be hard and it may make you feel like you’re walking on egg shells around them. You have to remember that it is just as difficult for them, too. This is where patience can show them that they are important by showing them that you will be there for them regardless of how long they may need you.

I am by no means a psychologist and I am not claiming to be one. I’m not trying to provide medical advice or say that these tips will work however they may give you a way to help support someone or deal with this illness yourself. If you do need further assistance, there are organisations like Beyond Blue that can help.