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Force Translucent Status Bar in KitKat ROMs with Xposed
It’s been a while since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, and we’re slowly preparing for a new version cooked up somewhere in Google’s secret AOSP laboratories. With KitKat, Google for the first time decided to use transparency in Android’s ubiquitous status bar. It’s a great improvement in terms of aesthetics, but unfortunately not every app has this feature enabled. Fear not as with the help of XDA Senior Member StephenMilone‘s Xposed module, KitKat can start look better.
With this module, status bar transparency will be available in every application, not just the launcher and a handful of other apps. This module is experimental, and some applications like Gmail, Greenify, and even Xposed Installer itself may suffer some weird bugs or even stop working properly. The list of incompatible applications isn’t long though, and hopefully will get shorter with upcoming releases. Needless to say, this module will work only with API level 19+ (Android 4.4 and higher), where transparency has been enabled. To use this module, you need to root your device and enable the module in Xposed Framework Installer (which will stop working afterwards, so be prepared or don’t mark it on the list).
If you want translucent status bars in every app, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.
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