April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Handle Your Kernel-Level Wake Gestures with Xposed
HTC’s Motion Launch and LG’s Knock On are useful time-saving features that allow users to unlock their devices and access certain applications by executing certain gestures. But of course, not everyone owns a modern HTC or LG device. Luckily, aftermarket kernel developers here on XDA have been implementing screen-off wake gestures for far longer than HTC and LG.
One multi-device kernel that is well known for its wake gesture functionality is ElementalX by XDA Recognized Developer flar2. The kernel, which is available for many devices, including the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7, offers native support for sweep2wake and doubletap2wake. Utilizing this functionality, XDA Recognized Contributor C3C076 created an Xposed module that allows you to define specific actions to various different wake gestures. Using the Wake Gestures Xposed module, you can assign actions to the following actions: sweep right, sweep left, sweep up, sweep down, and double tap.
Naturally, there are a few requirements before you can run the Wake Gestures Xposed module on your own device. For starters, you need a compatible kernel. So far, this module has only been tested on ElementalX by flar2, but it is possible that it will work on other kernels that support wake gesture functionality. Next, you need to have the latest version of Xposed installer installed. Once these requirements are met, using the app is as simple as picking gestures and assigning actions.
Head over to the module thread to get started.
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