One of the things I miss in Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 is the battery percentage indicator. You’ll can install third-party apps but this solution from XDA user kroegerama is the best I’ve found so far, and it doesn’t require root.
Click the link above, download the APK and install. You’ll need to reboot before it works, but it’ll put a percentage indicator inside the battery icon itself. The only drawback is that the text colour matches the white of the icon, so it’ll only be useful when your Nexus 5 reaches around 50 percent. Blame KitKat’s settings, the app won’t change (unless someone else hacks it in).
Having been an iPhone user since 2007, Android always left me feeling a bit cold, mainly due to the lack of polish in Android apps. That’s changed somewhat over the years, with Google starting to take big steps to surpass its mobile rival.
When Google finally confirmed the Nexus 5, I immediately decided to buy it. It’s my first Android device since the Galaxy SIII — a device that worked well but was a total nightmare to hold. I received my new Nexus yesterday and have spent a day customizing and getting to grips with Google’s new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Here are my first thoughts:
I’m only 24 hours in so I’m not going to do a full review. I can say that I have finally found an Android device that earns its place as my daily driver. I spend a lot of time using Google services for work so Android increasingly feels like a better fit for me. I intend to take the Nexus 5 to some different locations to test the camera, I’ll post them up here in due course.
I just realised I didn’t update people on where I went after I left The Verge — let me rectify that.
I’m proud to share that I am now Associate European Editor at Engadget, working to build UK content and bring more relevant news, reports and features to the site. It’s a pretty awesome team and I’m already enjoying sitting around the Engadget table. There’s a lot coming, I’m excited to share it with you all.
Monday was my last official day at The Verge after six months and over 300 posts. While I am (and have been) spending some quality time with my family — as we cling on the the last of an unexpectedly decent British summer — I’m very eager to share news of my next steps, but must keep that excitement on hold for now.
I can be contacted via my personal email address until that time.
There’s a hole in my face.
[Funny thing was when I washed my mouth out, water came squirting out my cheek.]