Tint System Bars with Flat Style Colored Bars!
Custom ROMs and mods allowing you to tint system bars have always been popular. This has been especially true with the previous hype surrounding KitKat’s leaked images, as well as the upcoming changes in Lollipop allowing developers to easily set the status bar’s color.
Over the years, we’ve seen different implementations for this in various ROMs such as AOSPA, ThinkingBridge‘s Chameleon Engine and OmniROM. Flashing one of these custom ROM may not be feasible for all users, though. Luckily, the Xposed Framework allowed this feature to be made in a more portable manner. We’ve already seen Tinted Status Bar by XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG and Tinted Translucent StatusBar by XDA Forum Member Woalk. Now, a new Xposed module joins the club, with a different implementation to tint system bars that may suit you better.
Flat Style Colored Bars by XDA Senior Member ibocharov tries to detect colors using different methods, drawing inspiration from AOSPA’s Dynamic System Bars (and iOS for its preferences screen):
- A screenshot is taken when an activity first starts, and the colors are then extracted for the status and navigation bars. For better performance, the colors are then cached.
- For Holo and Material apps, the colors are directly taken from the ActionBar or Toolbar (for the status bar), and from the bottom bar for the navigation bar.
- Users can also easily define a custom color for any activity, if the automatic detection fails for any reason.
The module is still at an early stage and more features are planned for the future, such as overlay styles (similar to the KitKat gradient or Lollipop’s darker shade) for paid users. Most ROMs running 4.3 or higher should be supported, including some manufacturer ROMs such as HTC or LG. If you’d like to give it a try, visit the Flat Style Colored Bars forum thread now to get started!
Merge Your Battery Indicator and Home Button into One!
The status and navigation bars are probably the most commonly used areas of your device (that is, assuming you have a navigation bar), and they’re definitely two of the more heavily customizable parts using Xposed modules. Android 5.0 Lollipop will also bring refreshed navigation and status bars, with new, streamlined shapes for the icons.
A new Xposed module by XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG aims to make your navigation bar even more useful, while also cleaning your status bar some more. Battery Home Icon replaces the normal home button in your navigation bar with a Lollipop-styled version, which also shows you the current battery level. The result is a battery indicator that looks like the well known circle battery indicator that many of you have seen in custom ROMs (there are also several Xposed modules that allow you to change the style of your battery indicator if your ROM doesn’t support this feature, such as XBatteryThemer). In true L spirit, Battery Home Indicator also comes with pretty animations for your pleasure.
The module is fully customizable, and allows you to toggle the charging animation or the battery percentage text, or change the padding of the icon or the circle’s thickness. You also have the option to hide the battery icon from your status bar, in order to avoid duplicity.
The module is currently compatible with most AOSP based and manufacturer ROMs (with a few exceptions, such as LG ROMs; patches welcome!). If this idea sounds interesting, simply visit the Battery Home Icon forum thread to install the module and try it out!
Great XDA Mods for Your Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV
The Sony Xperia Z2 has been out for a while, and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the various phases inherent to getting a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and you’ve even rooted it. So what do you do next?
In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Sony Xperia Z2. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions include OK Google for Third Party Launchers, GEM Xperia Launcher Tweaks, Advanced Power Menu, and 20MP Superior Auto. Check this video out.
XDA Xposed Tuesday: Heads Up Notifications – XDA Developer TV
Easter Eggs: we all love them and finding them is always a thrill. Whether it be added features or just random silliness, finding treats in a program is invigorating, so imagine how many Android enthusiasts are excited about the heads up notifications feature hidden deep inside KitKat.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate the pop up notification panel feature in KitKat. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Heads Up Notifications module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Try Heads Up Notifications on Your Device with Xposed
A couple of days ago, we talked about GravityBox receiving an update. One of the new features introduced in the update was “Heads Up mode,” which was discovered hidden somewhere in KitKat’s code. It’s a neat way of showing the notification in a floating window, implemented recently into CyanogenMod’s nightlies.
But if all you want to do is try out “Heads Up mode” on your device, you don’t have to install the GravityBox or pay for an in-app purchase. If you prefer a module with a single purpose instead, you might be interested in trying a module made by XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG. This module is very simple and does its job superbly. If you want to test it out on your device, simply install the module, restart your device, and you can enjoy the new, floating notifications–simple as that.
The list of requirements is short. Your device must be rooted in order to use the Xposed Framework, and you must be a KitKat user, since this module uses the discovered code. The project is fully open-sourced, so you can verify the code, improve it, or compile it to learn something new and maybe incorporate it into your personal project.
Are you excited to try out new notification method on your device? If so, don’t wait to visit the module thread and give it a shot.
XDA Xposed Tuesday: Knock Code for AOSP and Sense ROMs – XDA Developer TV
LG’s KnockOn has been very popular on recent LG devices. This feature was then expanded on their latest device, the LG G3. Originally introduced on the G3, Knock Code then allows you to unlock with a knock pattern. But here at XDA, we don’t like features being device-specific, so we work on replicating the idea on other devices.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you unlock your device with a Knock Code. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Knock Code module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
XDA Xposed Tuesday: ‘Ok Google’ for 3rd Party Launchers – XDA Developer TV
“Ok Google, write my article for me.” Well I guess it was worth a try. Users on the Google Experience Launcher have now gotten used to being able to say “OK Google” to launch Google Voice Search. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this functionality on third party launchers?
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you launch Google Search with ‘Ok Google’ from your home screen on third party launchers. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the OK Google for Third Party Launchers module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Secure Your Device with a Knock Code Using Xposed
Just a few hours ago, we talked about an Xposed module that lets users control their wake gestures when used in conjunction with a compatible kernel. This wake gesture functionality most resembles HTC’s Motion Launch, which lets users wake their devices and launch various apps using simple gestures.
What if instead of launching applications using gestures, you’d like to use gestures to secure your device? LG offers such functionality through the Knock Code security system found on their newer handsets. But thanks to XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG and the magic of Xposed Framework, you can use it on your device as well.
There are a few caveats with this implementation. For starters, rather than being able to enter your knock code while the device is off, you first have to power on your screen, after which you can input the code. In addition, the module is currently only compatible with Android 4.4, but compatibility will be added for 4.2 and 4.3 very soon. Finally, while using a knock code is fairly convenient, this is not a very secure method of locking your device. This is because due to a limitation in Xposed, the file where the code is stored is world-readable. Furthermore, this essentially functions as a 2×2 PIN password, which itself isn’t very difficult to break.
If you wish to get Knock On-style functionality on your own device, head over to the module thread and give this a shot.
Add “OK Google” to Third Party Launchers with Xposed
One of the most useful features introduced alongside the Moto X was the “OK Google” hotword functionality. This was then brought to the Google Nexus 5, and later other Nexus devices, by way of the Google Experience Launcher. For the few who are unfamiliar, this feature allows you to issue certain commands entirely by voice. The Google Experience Launcher is great, but it’s not nearly as configurable as other launchers such as Apex, Nova, or other crowd favorites.
Just yesterday, we talked about how OmniROM added customizable hotword functionality into their nightlies. However, most alternative launchers are still unable to partake in the “OK Google” experience. This changes now, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG, who wrote a module that allows you to use this feature on other launchers.
Installation is simple: Just install Xposed Framework on your phone, apply the module, reboot, and all will be set. The developer was kind enough to open-source the feature, so any launcher developer can now implement it in his/her work without Xposed. The list of supported launchers is quite long and includes Nova, Apex, Action, Xperia, Sense / BlinkFeed, and TouchWiz. However, it will only work on devices running KitKat.
If you’re rooted, running KitKat, have Xposed Framework installed, and you want to use “OK Google” functionality on another launcher, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.
XDA Xposed Tuesday: Call Blocker – XDA Developer TV
In today’s modern world, your number gets in people’s hands, even if you are very careful. Well-meaning friends give your number to an insurance salesman. Or you ex can’t get over that fact that you left him or her and won’t stop calling. No matter how hard you try, eventually you are going to want to block a number from calling you.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that blocks phone numbers efficiently and easily. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Call Blocker Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
XDA Xposed Tuesday: Xposed LED Control – XDA Developer TV
A lot of phones have a notification LED that blinks when you receive a notification. Sometimes, you can see that certain applications change the color of the LED notification light, but what if you want to customize that and know at a glance from the color of your LED notification what type of notification you have? Well there are programs for that!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your notification LED color based on the type of notification. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Xposed LED Control Xposed Module. TK shows off the module, its use, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. So check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Xposed Module: Preference Injector
XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed framework has been on every root user’s mouth for the last year or so. This revolutionary tool for customizing Android without actually touching the ROM itself has been a heaven sent tool for modders out there to share what they can do with their knowledge, without having to actually cook a ROM every time they want to implement a new feature. We normally feature them on the Portal and they even have their own XDA Developer TV segment called Xposed Tuesday. A major contributor of modules as of late has been XDA Forum Member MohammadAG, who has provided various other mods including a tinted status bar, recovery of the good old car dock mode, unlocking using NFC, and AOSP lockscreen on TouchWiz devices, among many others.
This time around, the module itself does not alter functionality but rather focuses on another aspect of Android modding: aesthetics. Settings for most Xposed modules can be easily accessed through the Xposed app itself. However, for some, going through yet another set of settings can be somewhat cumbersome. Well, our dev decided that it was time to make settings and preferences management more in line with the rest of the settings in the Android Settings.apk. So, he made a module to mash these together. The new module shows the settings for all Xposed modules in the Settings area, thus making the entire UI, a single, more unified version of settings.
The dev himself states that the addon provides no benefit or functionality, but it does make it easier to manage the settings for the entire device (global as well as for each individual module) a much simpler ordeal. The dev also warns of incompatibility with some TouchWiz ROMs. However, many people have already reported no issues with TW Samsung devices.
What are you waiting for? Get some much needed organization in your device and manage it all from one place. One settings app to rule them all… You can find more information in the original thread.
Scroll to the Top by Tapping Your Statusbar
Here at XDA Developers, we’ve written about many topics. However, one particular topic has become extremely popular. Of course, I’m talking about the Xposed Framework by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89. With Xposed, you can customize almost every element in Android—and I dare you to question the word “almost.”
One of the most popular Xposed developers around, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, created yet another interesting module. This time, inspired by iOS, he added a feature to scroll to the top of a list by tapping on your status bar. It’s quite useful, especially while using the phone app, as sometimes the list can be really long. This module doesn’t yet work with all applications, like Google Chrome or some manufacturer-specific lists, but we believe that this will be fixed in upcoming releases. As this is an Xposed module, your device must be rooted and running a recent version of Xposed Framework.
Some iOS solutions seem to be pretty useful, and this module takes of their best and brings it to Android. If you would like to give it a shot, you should consider visiting the module thread and downloading the newest version of the module. You can also find the module in the Xposed repository.