Sharing a tablet or phone isn’t anything unusual. Phones very often serve as relaxation tools, or easy-to-use Internet terminals from which you can easily access the web and keep in contact with people you love. At default, phones offer only one user profile, which isn’t ideal if you want to avoid potential changes to your device settings or keep your private data private.
User profiles were added to the OS with Android 4.2, but Google decided to put this feature on tablets only. This left phone users in search of alternative solutions. As you know, Xposed Framework can be used to customize your system and modify things not designed to be modified. XDA Senior Member safet.me ported the multi-user feature to any ROM with Xposed. The module does its job and allows the use of multiple profiles on phones, but two issues are known. The phone app will not work on newly created profiles and module works with AOSP lock screen only.
To test this module in action, go to the original thread. From there, grab the APK, install it, and enable it in Xposed Installer. After a reboot, your phone should support more than one profile.
March 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
Samsung has its moments of glory. The unveiling of Samsung Galaxy S 5 was a big media event, and Sammy is poised to sell millions of their latest Galaxy phones. Some owners of the company’s previous flagship, the Galaxy S 4, had some issues relating to CPU speeds in certain applications. These issues were caused by dynamic voltage and frequency scaling known, otherwise known as DVFS.
If you don’t know what DVFS is for, you may be in for a surprise. Samsung used it to cheat benchmark applications like AnTuTu, and they claimed that they remove it with in KitKat. Naturally DVFS is still there, despite good PR from Samsung headquarters. Disabling DVFS at the kernel level doesn’t solve the problem, as it’s controlled by the ROM. XDA Senior Member mattiadj found a way to disable it and Recognized Developer wanam made an Xposed Framework Module to disable DVFS entirely.
Why is this important? Samsung had the brilliant idea of lowering the CPU frequency after few minutes of intensive usage. Thus after 5-10 minutes of playing an intensive game, your CPU goes down to 304 MHz, which makes the phone barely usable before a reboot resets it. With module made by wanam, rebooting isn’t required and overall performance is improved. Two things are required to use this module though: root and Xposed Framework by Recognized Developer rovo89 and his partner in crime Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty.
If you own a modern Samsung device and are suffering from poor game performance, visit the module thread and give this a try. Please note that while this will likely work for all Samsung devices with KitKat and DVFS, it has only been tested on the S 4 so far.
March 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Siren’s song on pure Google, AOSP-inspired Nexus devices tempts the Android enthusiast masses like an evil Succubus. We are attracted to her sweet melody: pure Android with no OEM or carrier bloatware to slow down your device, just the pure natural taste of refreshing Android pureness from the waterfall fountain of Google. However, that doesn’t make your phone perfect, as there may still be some tweaks that you prefer.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your Nexus device. XDA Recognized Developer wanam created the Wanam Kit Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and presents its key features, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video. And if you don’t have a Nexus device but own a Samsung TouchWiz device, you can also check out the Wanam Xposed Module.
February 26, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The power and versatility of the Xposed Framework is undeniable. Hundreds of projects are already available in the dedicated Xposed Modules Forum, but every day a few new creations are added. The level of creativity is really amazing, as developers modify almost everything that’s available to modify. This includes system settings and even certain versions of applications.
One such modification was recently developed by XDA Forum Member lj3lj3, who created a module that adds functionality to the recent apps menu. By default, when an application is accessed from the recent apps menu, the end user can close it or view its App Info page in system settings. Lj3lj3′s module now makes it possible to summon an application’s Play Store listing from this menu. As ViewinPlay is an Xposed Module, both root and Xposed Framework are required before getting started.
The module should work on KitKat device, and possibly Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. The download and source code are available in the module thread.
February 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are a frequent visitor here at XDA, you more than likely enjoy Android, and probably “stock Android” without all the crap OEMs or carriers like to add. On their “stock Android” Nexus 5, Google launched the Google Experience Launcher. But to some, the experience is similar to OEM experience because you can’t fine tune the settings as much as a power user might like.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to control your Google Experience Launcher settings in more detail. XDA Forum Member theknut created the GEL Settings Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the T-Mobile HTC One been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that AT&T HTC One KitKat update is available as well and you can see Google Project Tango in action! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the announcement that the AT&T LG G2 KitKat release is out now. Xposed Developer Rovo89 had a Reddit AMA and talked about ART! Finally, Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S 5! Pull up a chair and check out this video and be sure to check out other great videos on XDA Developer TV.
February 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
If you haven’t already heard of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s innovative Xposed Framework by now… Well, let’s just say that you have quite a bit of catching up to do. For the sake of the one or two of you reading this who haven’t yet experienced the framework’s awesomeness, Xposed essentially allows for various ROM-agnostic modifications to be performed at runtime—all without the need to ever decompile an APK.
With a platform as versatile and powerful as Xposed, many end users undoubtedly have lots of questions regarding both Xposed itself and the man behind the tool. Thankfully, rovo89 took a few hours out of his day yesterday to field a Reddit AMA with dozens of the community’s most pervasive questions.
The first question on almost everyone’s mind when it comes to Xposed is ART compatibility. As we already know, ART is scheduled to be the default runtime in the next version of Android. Luckily, rovo89 has already stated that ART support will come some time after this change is made. This was confirmed once again in the AMA.
Other questions asked concerned rovo89′s daily driver device (Nexus 5), whether he views Xposed as the replacement for custom ROMs (no), the framework’s name, security, his favorite modules, and comparisons between Xposed and Cydia.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member Sunymoore for the tip!]
February 22, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Normally on Sony Xperia devices, the FM radio can’t be used without the default headphones. That is because your ‘cans are used as an antenna to improve the signal, but this doesn’t mean that FM radio itself can’t work without headphones. Sony users can already modify their FM application using a smali tutorial by XDA Recognized Contributor DaRk-L0rD. However, smali is not the easiest language. And to use it with confidence, you need to know some bits of programming. Thankfully, if you want to use your FM radio without the included headphones, there is now an easier way of doing it.
The solution was presented by XDA Forum Member thermatk, who transformed the aforementioned guide into an Xposed module. The module is exactly the same fix as the one described in the guide, but it’s easier to install. As such, the modification is pretty simple, but does its job as intended and should work with all FM radio applications on Jelly Bean-powered Sony Xperia devices. To use this module properly, the Xposed Framework must be installed and your phone must obviously be rooted.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
For a long time, Swype was bound closely to certain OEMs. After several years of acquiring a loyal following, it was finally launched in the Google Play Store. And at the moment, Swype stands next to SwiftKey and SlideIt as the three most popular paid aftermarket keyboards on the Android platform.
Swype is great, and it has lots of fans. That said, one aspect needs some additional refinement, and that’s the Dragon voice recognition module. Rather than living up to its name as a mighty Dragon, it is at most a distinguished lizard in need of some additional power. (I wasn’t referring to you, Freddy.)
Google Voice Recognition is far better than the aforementioned Dragon. But without some digging in smali code, Swype is unable to take advantage of it. Luckily, there is an Xposed Framework module that allows you to fix this.
XDA Senior Member Danation created a module to replace Dragon with Google Voice Recognition, so now you can actually create a message by talking to your phone or tablet.
Currently, the module works only with paid version of Swype available in Play Store. OEM versions aren’t supported yet, and support for free version should be added soon Actually it’s working with paid and free version of Swype and OEM editions will be added soon. Thanks to the author for letting us know! As always, you need root access and to have the latest version of Xposed Framework installed.
February 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Let’s be honest with each other for a moment here: You have something in your teeth. Just kidding. But seriously, as awesome as our smartphones are, they are not dedicated MP3 players. With the technology and apps available, the only thing that differentiates smartphones from MP3 players is the presence of physical music control buttons.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to control your music with your physical buttons. XDA Forum Member XspeedPL created the Physical Button Music Control Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 14, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
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.
February 13, 2014 By: Conan Troutman
It surely won’t be long before trying to purchase a device with a set of physical buttons is as challenging as finding one with a decent hardware keyboard. Apparently, on screen buttons are the future, and dinosaurs like myself need to adjust to that and get with the times. How about no? I’ll stick with the physical buttons for as long as I possibly can, thank you very much.
One downside to that approach, however, is that the UI of both Android itself and the majority of new and updated applications needs to shift in order to function efficiently. Recent additions to the UI such as the menu overflow button are often superfluous on a device with a physical menu button, but obviously required for those without. Luckily, if you are one of the minority who has no use for this UI element, then you can remove it with a simple Xposed module by XDA Forum Member el1t.
The module does exactly what you’d expect, and removes the overflow button that appears in the top right of most applications. It also removes it from the navigation bar, but this can be restored. Tested on Android 4.4, the module should be compatible right back to version 2.3. This isn’t guaranteed to work on every single application out there, but it’s certainly worth a shot, and it seems to be a viable option for those unable to take advantage of similar features in some of the more popular ”all-in-one” Xposed modules out there.
Check out the original thread for more information.