Smart Pixels, DU Font Engine… University finals?

Smart Pixels, DU Font Engine… University finals?

Two releases in and BIG THINGS are happening already. Good sign? Yurt.

We’re really proud to announce the addition of a new feature called Smart Pixels; AMOLED users rejoice. It is based on an app called Pixel Filter, but we’ve added our own touches to it. With screens being the reigning champion in terms of battery killing, we thought users would like an oh-my-gosh-I-have-10%-battery-left-but-I-really-need-to-send-this-last-Snapchat-out-before-my-streaks-die mode where they could worry less about finding a charger and more on just taking the right Snap (or whatever else you needed to get done with 10% battery). Open source projects are a wonderful thing, and we’re lucky to have amazing developers who have worked on the original project. With its current idleness, we hope to continue to work with others to expand on it, taking advantage of baking it into the operating system. Our friends over at Dirty Unicorns have already helped us on our journey to squashing bugs by finding some, be sure to stay posted on when we get them fixed.

Speaking of Dirty Unicorns, we merged their Font Service! The current lead developer of OmniROM was able to fix the bug in it that broke FDE devices. Those who follow our Facebook page know of the fonts that we have preinstalled as they were the ones who gave suggestions. Here’s our current lineup:

  • Exo 2
  • NK57
  • Nunito
  • Poppins
  • Storopia
  • Titillium Web
  • Ubuntu

We hope you guys enjoy what we’ve added so far. Now that we got all that out of the way, we want to take this time to thank you for all that you do. From detailed bug reports to helping non-tech savvy friends install their first custom ROM, it’s really cool to see the Carbon community grow. As some of you know very well, it is currently finals season for secondary and post-secondary students. With most of the core-team developers and maintainers being full-time students/night-time developers, our activity will be slower than usual.

So yeah, that’s all for now. See you in about a week. 🐮


  • I just realized that Smart Pixels actually fucks up my digitizer or at least its touch sensitivity. Unlocking the device is almost impossible and swiping is more often that not catched as a single touch/select.
    I thought my device was toast, as it saddened me because I finally got it running on Oreo 8.1.0 and loving it.
    Then I tried disabling Smart Pixels. Lo and behold – my little device acts beautifully again.

    CarbonROM 8.1.0 from June 12. Device d5803/z3c

    Thanks for your great work!
    It’s a great idea for battery saving, but maybe you need to rethink small parts of the Smart in this pixel-shutdown routine? 😉🤗😎

    • Hey there.

      So first of all, SmartPixels is not (and can not) interfere with any Touch sensitivity. It’s a simple “grid overlay” that displays black Pixels. That has no interaction with sensitivity.

      Second thing: You should’t have an option for SmartPixels on your Z3C. It doesn’t help (as dark Pixels don’t save much (if at all) battery) on non-AMOLED devices. How did you reach the option?

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