I’ve been meaning to bring this to you guys for a while, especially since there has been lots of developments with both these tweaks, including my modding aim to have battery percent in the status bar. (Note: I didn’t do it, couldn’t learn QT quick enough).
So, first up is Unrestricted System UI. What this does is, once installed, replaces the default Status Bar, and Status Menu, and allows third party plugins. As you overwrite a system package, Inception is required for install (or Open Mode). Personally, I think it is worth it, but I am bias as it is the only way I can have my beloved Battery Percentage in the toolbar. Currently there are several plugins, such as MT-Toggles (Toggles for BT, Flashlight, Flight Mode, Power Saver etc.) and PresenceX (Availability menu swapped for Squircles of IM Accounts icons), Hacky Brightness (Volume-like bar to adjust Brightness on your device), Music Controls (Adds controls for the Music Player to your Status menu. It is also now hidden when not in use), Quick Status Updater (Update Facebook and Twitter straight from status menu, similar to iOS) and the potential to add more continues.
The other hack altering the Status Menu, is Status Menu Extensions. This hack can be installed on any device, without the need for inception or Open Mode, as it works in a very different way. It is less customisable and doesn’t allow for third party plugins to be created. It currently features the same style Brightness slider (as the dev of that created this hack), many toggles (BT, Orientation Lock, PSM, Manual Sync, Flashlight, Brightness [preset intervals], 3G/2G/Dual toggle, and the list goes on). It also includes PresenceX as, yep, you guessed it, the same developer.