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Sony Xperia Z Trick: How To Make The Status & Navigation Bars Transparent

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Make the status bar, navigation bar or on-screen buttons on your Xperia Z transparent with this mod (Image courtesy of Sony)

If you?re looking for a way to customize and improve your Sony Xperia Z?s interface, making those on-screen bars transparent is a good start. It makes the screen look more spacious and gives your chosen wallpaper more room to shine, so to speak. A talented XDA member made that tweak possible by providing a guide in the XDA forums.

Sony Xperia Z?s display

This Xperia smartphone is almost two years old but it has specs that are still on par with other recent models, especially its display. The Sony Xperia Z sports a 5-inch HD screen with 1080×1920 resolution, that amounts to a stunningly sharp 441ppi pixel resolution. It is protected with shatter proof glass and is powered by Sony Mobile?s BRAVIA Engine 2.

On the software front, it is equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm MDM9215M chipset with 2GB RAM and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which Sony intend to upgrade to version 5.0 Lollipop soon.

Mod screenshots

Performing this Xperia Z mod has its merits. If you?ve just made the move from physical to virtual navigation buttons, you may find that those capacitive on-screen buttons are somewhat awkward and obstructive. Having them lose their opacity can provide a marked transformation on ?the device?s interface. The dev gave us before-and-after images to depict how the mod will change the handset?s screen once it is installed.

Xperia Z mod for making the on-screen buttons and status bar transparent (Image via XDA Developers)

Xperia Z mod for making the on-screen buttons and status bar transparent (Image via XDA Developers)

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How to install Xperia Z mod for transparent status bar and on-screen buttons

This mod is developed by an XDA member named Spaun_Studio. The process is relatively simple and involves decompiling the android.policy.jar and SystemUI.apk files with a tools like the APKtool. Each of the steps is given with samples of code that are color coded to help you find those the require edition. What?s great is that apart from Xperia Z, ?this mod also works on the Xperia T, TL, TX, and V models. Head over to this XDA forum thread for the full instructions.

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