If you are familiar with Xiaomi, you might have heard that they are not the most compliant when it comes to the General Public License that makes the core of Android open to us. The terms of the GPLv2 state that since the Android kernel is based on the Linux kernel, which is licensed under GPL,v2 Android has to be open-source for everyone to study or modify, and those that modify the Android kernel have to make their sources immediately available for...
Customize the Google Experience Launcher Like It Should Have Been from the Start with Xposed
The Google Experience Launcher, also known as GEL, was one of the highlights alongside the release of the Google Nexus 5. For the first time, Google released a launcher with navigation and status bar transparency, as well as integrated support for Google Now—the latter being something that not everyone cares for. The launcher is extremely popular, but seriously lacks some customization settings like the ability to disable the omnipresent Google Now and Search.
As you may have noticed, Xposed Framework is the launching pad for many amazing projects. With a small application, almost every element of Android can be customized. The Google Experience Launcher is no exception, as XDA Forum Member theknut created a module to add some options that enhance the user experience when using that launcher.
With Xposed GEL Settings, users can easily hide the aforementioned Google Search bar, hide apps from the drawer, change the number of application above the notification bar, and more. New features will be implemented soon as the developer gathers more ideas on how to make the module even more user-friendly. The module has some issues, but they aren’t too major, and don’t impact on the overall stability too much. To use this module (or any other Xposed module), ensure that your phone is rooted and has a working copy of Xposed Framework installed.
If you are a GEL user and want to be able to tweak it a bit, make your way over to the module thread and give this piece of development a shot.
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