More often than not, a new device will come out, impressing people left, right, and center with lots of eye candy, special features, and innovative concepts. Being the type of people we are, we want to have all this, but without really having to dump more cash on top of a new device. After all, not having a fancy launcher on your S4 loaded smartphone shouldn’t mean that you have to buy yet another device just to satisfy your cravings for the aforementioned eye candy, particularly when your device should be (in theory) perfectly capable of handling all you throw at it. These are the times when devs step up to the plate and do what they do best: hack the daylights out of our devices to get things going.
This is the story of a new feature lock screen effect introduced by Samsung in their 2012 line up. The TouchWiz stock lock screen for Jelly Bean ROMs can be heavily customized to allow for several features such as sensor actions, shortcut icons (a la Sense), and other visual effects such as a water ripple and an ink effect that show up upon touching the screen. Both of these are normally found in Galaxy Note 2 JB ROMs, and despite some similarities, unfortunately they are not found in their older device counterparts. As of the leaked JB ROM known as FK23 for the Epic 4G Touch, XDA Forum Member _dan was able to get the water ripple effect working by modifying several files in the framework. Taking the lead from this, and upon people requesting it (as well as sheer curiosity by others), XDA Forum Members evo3d6 and Stryke_the_Orc set out on a trip to port yet another one of those appealing visual effects, the ink effect. After advancing the work and getting things going, both of the aforementioned were almost successful in getting the effect working but were missing something. Thanks to the help from XDA Recognized Contributor tdunham and _dan, the missing pieces of the puzzle were found, and the ink effect was successfully ported over.
Installation is rather straight forward, and it is available for FL16 andg GA10 leaks of JB. Simply place the packs in your SD card and flash via recovery. The devs are continually improving this pack. For instance, the newer version is loaded with 18 colors to choose from! One word of advise though is that the ripple effect must be active in order for the ink effect to work. Remember to make a back up just in case something happens.
GA10/FL16 Stock Ink Effect Mod (This mod is for deodexed roms only)
Ripple mod & toggle included. It won’t work without it. Source decompiled files included. Devs use Winmerge to diff the files if you want to use this elsewhere.