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.
Full Screen Your Apps on KitKat with Immerse Me
Expanded Desktop, also known as Immersive Mode, is one of the coolest features available in CyanogenMod and other custom ROMs. For those unfamiliar, it is essentially full-screen mode, where the menu and status bar are hidden and appear when you pull your finger from top of the screen vertically.
Many of you can’t have (blame manufacturers or carriers for locking your bootloaders) or don’t want to use custom ROMs. But now, it’s possible to use the Immersive Mode without changing your ROM. All you need to do is to use the Xposed Framework module created by well known XDA Senior Member MohammadAG. This module defaults to set Immersive Mode on all applications, but it will be possible to do this on a per-application basis in the future.
Please note that this module will work only on rooted phones running both Android 4.4 KitKat and Xposed Framework. If you’re a fan of immersive mode, you should make your way over to the module thread to learn more.
Make the Indeterminate Progress Bar Look More Fluid with Xposed
Recently, we’ve covered dozens of amazing Xposed modules. This isn’t going to change any time soon, as amazing modules are created almost every day, and it’s really hard to envision an end of this amazing phenomenon.
XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created a module to replace the indeterminate progress bar with a smoother variant. The progress bar that I’m writing about can be seen while loading Internet pages in the web browser or syncing a new account.
The developer replaced it with one similar to what is currently used in Gmail application when the messages are refreshed. MohammadAG presented the difference in a .GIF] animation, which can be found in this post.
The project is open source, so it allows other developers to contribute the code and make it even better. As you can see, Xposed Framework can be used to port some great functions like in GravityBox, but also for theming. That only proves how innovative this technology is.
If you use Xposed Framework and want to change some animations in your current ROM, make your way to the module thread and give it a try.
Build Apps that React to Google Search Using Xposed
Just yesterday, we briefly touched upon a Google Search update that brought the ability to search within apps directly from within Google Search. This update, which is gradually being rolled out to end-user devices, has the potential to make Google Search significantly more powerful. Rather than having to open an application to search within the app, Google Search can now act more like global search.
Unfortunately, there are a few limitations with Google’s first party offering. First of all, there are only a few apps that are compatible with this new functionality. Some of the biggest partners so far include IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, and a few others—though support can be added through the Content Provider API similar to what Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler did not too long ago. The integration also still requires users to manually select the desired action from the Google Search results.
Luckily, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG came up with a solution to both of the above issues. The fix comes in the form of a third-party Google Search API that can be installed via XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework. When installed, the API allows developers to create and run plugins that react to certain searches made in the Google Search app. A practical example demonstrating song lyrics functionality can be found on YouTube.
While MohammadAG’s API requires both Xposed Framework and this Xposed module to be installed, it also offers greater freedom and potential to interested app developers. End-users, as well as developers looking to integrate this functionality into their own apps, should head over to the module thread to get started.
AOSP Status Bar Toggles on Xperias Running 4.2 with Xposed
With the latest Android 4.2 update for the few Xperia devices in the last couple of months, came a much welcomed enhancement to the otherwise lackluster status bar toggles. Rather than restricting users to the inadequate four default toggles, Sony has loosened the reins by allowing up to 15 toggles to be added, removed, and rearranged. The most obvious problem with this, however, is the clutter that inevitably spawns from the combination of multiple rows of toggles and a couple of ongoing notifications.
It’s probably one of the reasons why XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created an Xposed module for the Xperia Z1, replacing these toggles with AOSP ones. That means out with the clutter, and in with the individual panels for the notifications and suite of toggles. As a cherry on top, the new set up is entirely compatible with the popular Gravity Box Xposed module and its whole variety of customization options, so you don’t have to miss out on whatever personalization you had previously with your status bar and toggles.
The module has also been reported to work with various other Xperia devices running Android 4.2 with the default Sony firmware, including the Xperia Z and ZL. The other requirement is to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework up and running.
If you’d like to give this a spin, check out the original thread for more details and download.
AOSP Lock Screen on Certain TouchWiz Devices with Xposed
It’s no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company’s profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung’s success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for every user with Samsung’s offerings. And to the many who prefer vanilla Android, TouchWiz is a drawback rather than an asset.
Sure, you can wipe your default firmware and install a custom, AOSP-based ROM on your device. In fact, that’s what a good number of us do when installing source-built ROMs such as Paranoid Android, Omni, and PACRom. However, we don’t always want to leave behind the value-added OEM software. Instead, we can get back the look and feel of stock Android, while keeping the default ROM and OEM apps alive.
XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has created a simple modification that allows you to get back the AOSP lock screen on your TouchWiz device. While this mod was originally developed for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, it should also work on the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III.
Since this is an Xposed module, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. After that, you simply activate the module, reboot, and enjoy your AOSP lock screen.
Make your way over to the module thread to get started.
Easily Download Content from Instagram and Vine
If you’re an Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed how difficult it is to save an image to your computer. Sure, you could always take a screenshot of what’s displayed onscreen or peer into the HTML source on the desktop website, but these are rather inconvenient. Plus, if you simply take a screenshot, you end up having to crop your capture to only include the subject of interest. The same goes for the relatively new video sharing service Vine. You could easily set up a video capture program to save content to your device, but that’s far from convenient.
To help you save your favorite Instagram and Vine content locally, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created two simple modifications that do all the hard work for you. Since these mods are Xposed modules, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Once the modules are installed, simply activate them in Xposed installer and restart. And once you’ve restarted, a simple click on a Vine video or Instagram picture is all it takes to save the content to your local storage.
Disable New NFC Tag Popup for Empty Tags with Xposed
If you’ve played around a bit with NFC, you’ve undoubtedly received the New Tag Collected message quite a few times. Normally, this message appears when you scan an NFC tag that is either empty or contains simple text. However, sometimes this may become a nuisance, especially when you have another application performing tasks when encountering empty tags.
Thankfully, there’s an
app Xposed module by XDA Senior Member MohammadAG for that. If the name sounds familiar, it should. MohammadAG is also responsible for the fantastic NFC Unlocking app we covered a few days ago, as well as quite a few other apps we’ve featured here on the XDA Portal.
The module’s sole purpose is to remove the New Tag Collected dialog when scanning an empty tag. Installation, just like any other Xposed module, is incredibly simple. Just download, install, and activate the module. Then reboot, and you’re good to go. You will need XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed, and your device must be running Android 4.1 or greater.