April 15, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
April 12, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Many are fans of particular OEM skins and their built-in features. One of the features available in stock Xperia ROMs is a Battery Stamina Mode, which was introduced to help users make the most of their batteries.
In this mode, all connectivity except GSM is disabled. This also disables your device’s LED lights. It works pretty well, but many find that disabling the LED is unnecessary. After all, without an LED, it’s rather easy to miss a call or message.
Now thanks to an Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member itandy, you can re-enable your LED leven when in Battery Stamina Mode. As you would expect, you need to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed to get this going. And since this is an Xposed module, you can easily disable this when you want to go back to standard Battery Stamina Mode.
You can find the module in the original thread.
April 11, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Data security is very important, and we’re all well aware of that fact. Heartbleed only underscored our reliance on the security of our digital data. On the mobile device front, there are several ways to protect our data from prying eyes. One of them is a lock screen. You can secure your lock screen in several ways, including a variable device unlock PIN, face detection, passwords, traditional PINs, and of course pattern unlock. But an overly secured device can then also be a burden to its owner. After all, our memories aren’t perfect, and we may forget our unlock codes.
Entering an incorrect password five times forces you to wait 30 seconds before being allowed to try again. But none of us like waiting. With this in mind, XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik created the More Pattern Attempts module for Xposed Framework.
As its name implies, More Pattern Attempts increases the number of incorrect patterns that can be attempted before the device locks itself to 20. The notice regarding five failures remains, but you will be able to enter the next patterns immediately. After 20 incorrect combinations, the device is locked and can only be unlocked by signing into your Google account. Since this comes in the form of an Xposed module, it works only on rooted devices with Xposed Framework installed.
You can find more information in the module thread.
Nothing provides more satisfaction than making something yourself. Learning is a beautiful process. And when you create even something small with your own brain, you feel like a king. The same thing applies to Android, where first you start by using apps created by others and then you may venture to make your own.
Xposed Framework module development differs a bit from that of a regular application. As you know, Xposed Framework allows you to modify many aspects of the Android OS without APKTool, decompiling, pushing back to your device, and all of the requisite clutter. If you are ready for a challenge, XDA Forum Member hamzahrmalik posted a tutorial on how to create an Xposed module.
Before you get started, you should know that this isn’t an easy process. You must know quite a bit about Java. But with a bit of an effort, you should be able to create your own module. The module presented as an example in the guide was made in Eclipse, but you can use an IDE to compile an application. You should be able to create one on every operating system that supports Eclipse.
So if you think that now is a good time to start developing some Xposed module, make your way to the tutorial thread to get started.
As we mentioned many times, KitKat was a quite substantial update to Android. The biggest change was probably the introduction of ART as an optional new runtime compiler. One of the other highlights is the new immersive mode. If you aren’t familiar with the name, it’s like entering a full screen mode on your device. Your software buttons are hidden, and you can bring back the status bar by swiping down from the top of the screen.
When you enter immersive mode for the first time, you are forced to accept a message explaining what immersive mode is and how to get back your navigation and status bars. This is then stored in memory, and you won’t have to accept this once again. However, Google implemented a “panic mode” for the more forgetful out there. This mode is actuated when a user turns off the screen and turns it back on within 5 seconds while in immersive mode. After that, the immersive mode message returns. Needless to say, that it’s not a convenient situation for those who have a habit of locking and unlocking their screens. Thankfully, XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ wrote an Xposed Module to prevent panic mode from being activated. The module simply disables the message and the annoyance. To use the module, your device must first be rooted, and you must be on the latest version of Xposed Framework.
If you would like to disable immersive mode’s panic mode, make your way to the module thread and give it a try.
April 3, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Privacy is an important topic in Android and mobile computing in general. Since its initial release, Google has implemented a few different ways of securing one’s device. But even now with face unlock and certain devices featuring fingerprint readers, the time-tested PIN and unlock patterns are still arguably the most popular. But the main disadvantage of these two methods is that prying eyes can easily see the code you are entering, compromising your data in the process.
If you care about your privacy as you should, an Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member elesbb may be up your alley. A single pattern, PIN, or password may be easy to remember, but remembering three patterns is a bit more tricky. This module siwtches between patterns, PINs, or passwords cyclically to enhance security and prevent people from accessing your data. Since it’s Xposed module, you must be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed.
To up your device security, head over to the module thread and give Cyclic Lock a try.
April 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA members are definitely Gadget Geeks. Some of us have such a heavy obsession that we spend days toiling away to get that extra 1% battery savings or free memory. When you are spending that much time tweaking your device, you want to know some serious stats and you want to know now!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you see your CPU usage, free memory, and more all on your home screen. XDA Forum Member deviantstudio created the Cool Tool App and Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
In recent Android releases, Google has become more and more unwilling to cater to the use of external SD cards. It was never quite clear why Google decided to abandon SD card support in their Nexus devices, but many believe this to be due to the added simplicity of removing another storage area.
While Google nixed the idea on its own devices, various OEMs decided to keep SD card slots in their devices. To use them properly, some modifications to Android’s source code were needed. And due to changes in how some later versions of Android handled SD cards, many applications lost the ability to access external SD cards. Luckily, Xposed Framework allows users to modify various aspects of their OS without messing around with the files themselves.
Annoyed by the external storage situation, XDA Senior Member defim created a module to fix the aforementioned issues. The only thing required to apply the fix is to enable the module in the Xposed Installer after successfully installing it on your rooted device.
If you are suffering from external storage handling problems on your Android 4.0.3+ device, make your way to the original thread and give this module a shot.
March 27, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
“What’s the time?” You probably ask yourself this question countless times during the day. One second later, you’re probably checking the time on your smartphone. However, the system clock in the status bar can’t be modified to much without digging into source code of SystemUI.apk.
Most things in Android can be modified without touching code. This is all thanks to XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 and Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, who created amazing Xposed Framework. With this tool, even stock ROMs can be made usable and freed from inconveniences. The same applies to the status bar clock, which color can be changed automatically when a device is connected to Internet, thanks to XDA Forum Member stanbel and his Xposed module.
With this module, you will no longer require some pesky arrows showing whether the connection is established or not. If your phone has an access to the Web, the clock becomes green. If not, it is black. The module should work like a charm with all devices running Jelly Bean and KitKat. Since it’s a module, it requires your device to be rooted and you need to have Xposed Framework installed.
You can learn more about the module and get the APK by visiting the original thread. If you want to make your status bar clock a bit unique, make your way there to give it a shot.
March 26, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
While reviewing Android’s code, you may find some small annoyances here and there. One of the most absurd is a delay that prevents you from starting activities after pressing the home button from any other activity than the launcher’s. This was perhaps useful when phones featured very little RAM, but now devices are powerful and Android is considerably better optimized.
Five seconds makes for a very long delay, which doesn’t really fit to a modern operating system. Lucky, there’s Xposed Framework and developers who make modules. Thanks to an Xposed module by XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, you can get rid of the delay really easy.
Module installation is very easy, and requires you to activate the module in Xposed Installer and reboot. It should work flawlessly on Android 2.3 and greater. Hopefully, Google’s Android developers will notice that some things are better when they’re simple, and rectify this in an upcoming release like the rumored 4.4.3 mentioned last week.
You can find the module by vising the module thread or grabbing it directly from the Xposed Modules database.
March 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Gestures are everything. Controlling your device with simple swipes and swoops will save you time. You no longer have to search in your cluttered app drawer to find your favorite apps. Now, you can just two finger swipe left to open your Chrome browser. But how to you get these swipes programmed? Maybe an Xposed Module will help.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to launch your favorite apps from with Gestures. XDA Senior Member FemBlack created the Gesture Navigation Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
March 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In just under two years since its initial debut, Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework has become a staple of development here at XDA. We’ve talked about modules of all sorts both here on the XDA Portal and on our YouTube channel. These modules have enabled us to modify our ROMs without editing a single APK or flashing any additional mods.
Nine days ago, Xposed 2.5 Beta was released. Now, Xposed 2.5 has exited beta, and brings various improvements to the Xposed-wielding masses. This release ushers in various new features such as a rewritten installer for improved compatibility, safe mode to disable Xposed in the event of bootloops, and improved ROM compatibility.
Safe mode, which was developed by Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, allows you to disable Xposed at boot. This is useful if a particular module is causing you bootloops. Safe mode can be activated by repeatedly pressing any of your device’s hardware buttons during early startup. Your device will then vibrate twice after the first button press is detected, after which you have five seconds to press the same button an additional four times. Safe mode is then confirmed with a long vibration. And with regards to compatibility, Xposed now works with Android 4.3- and 4.4-based Sony and LG ROMs, as well as Android 4.4-based Meizu ROMs.
March 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Xposed modules are now a big part of the overall development landscape here on XDA-Developers. XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 and Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty released a tool that allows easy porting of features from custom ROMs or even the fixing of various issues without the need to decompile applications.
Android is becoming more and more bug-free with every passing release, but some things are still broken and even beta tests won’t help fix them all. One bug that remained for quite some time involved the visibility of multiple non-full screen activities. You can see this when using XHaloFloatingWindow or XMultiWindow. Once used, these activities can’t be visible at the same time. You can see the bug in a video posted by XDA Senior Member alahkel.
The bug was eventually fixed, but it is still present in various ROMs. Xposed Framework and the knowledge of XDA Senior Member zst123 allow you to sort out this issue with a simple Xposed module. Installation is pretty simple, only requiring root and that the module be enabled in Xposed Installer.
More information about the module can be found in the original thread. So if the multiple activity visibility issue plagues your device, head over there and give it a try.