Gotta love what the creative guys over at the XDA developers community can come up with to improve the experience for users. Everyone knows the recent apps menu in Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean shows up with a preview of the currently running apps, which looks very nice. However, a mod by XDA Recognized Themer vicino can make it look even better and more beautiful, as you can see in the picture above.
NOTE: The recent apps mod needs to be flashed from recovery and is tested with the AndroidME CM10 ROM, but should work well with other Jelly Bean based custom ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus, though it is best to make a backup before trying the mod out on any other ROM than AndroidME.
Read on for the instructions on how the recent apps mod can be flashed on the Galaxy Nexus.
How to Install Recent Apps Mod on Galaxy Nexus on CM10/Jelly Bean Custom ROMs
- Make sure you are on a Jelly Bean Android 4.1 custom ROM on your Galaxy Nexus, preferably AndroidME ROM. You can find some Jelly Bean ROMs → here.
- Download the mod package from its official XDA page.
- Copy the downloaded file to the SD card.
- Turn off the phone and boot into ClockworkMod recovery. To do this, press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together till the screen turns on. Then, scroll to the Recovery mode option using the volume buttons, then select it using the Power button to restart in recovery.
- Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if the mod doesn’t work. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the mod file on the sdcard and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The mod will start installing.
- After the mod is installed, select Go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone.
What to do if phone doesn’t boot up: If your phone gets stuck at booting for more than 5 minutes, it means the mod may not be compatible with your ROM. In this case, remove and reinsert the phone’s battery. Then, boot into CWM recovery (as explained in step 4). Then select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list. After restore is complete, you can reboot the phone which will now boot into the ROM before you applied the mod.
The recent apps mod is now installed on your Galaxy Nexus, and you can look at the beauty every time you hit that multitasking/recent apps button. Enjoy!
You can also try out the Honeycomb theme for CM10 ROMs on Galaxy Nexus → here.