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kidsmode

The greatest thing about technology is its ability to teach and promote personal growth. No one knows this to be truer than the technology enthusiasts who have procreated and have a little mini-them running around. However, sometimes this little spawn gets ahold of your phone, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and they sometimes make changes they should.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you create a kids mode on your phone to protect your device. XDA Senior Member WasseemB created the Kids Mode module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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xHover Xposed module

One of Android L’s most interesting features is its way of handling notifications, choosing to show a hovering dialog containing them, which you can interact with or swipe away. This allows you to view and interact with notifications without needing to pull down your notification shade and subsequently break your workflow.  However, the source code for this was found in Android 4.4 KitKat and a similar feature was developed by the ParanoidAndroid team and baked into their ROMs.

However, ParanoidAndroid’s Hover feature, despite its ahead-of-its-time nature, lacks any form of customization or tweaks to modify Hover’s attributes. XDA Senior Member xenon92 has a fix for this, in the form of his xHover Xposed module. This handy module allows you to customize several features of Hover, such as timeout, notification waiting evade notifications and more. And as you would expect from an Xposed module, installation is as simple as installing the module APK, enabling it in the Xposed installer, and then rebooting your device. From there, you have a nice GUI to control it all.

Head on over to the xHover Xposed module thread to get started with Hover customization or to view the xHover source code. Keep in mind that this requires the Xposed framework to run, but will run on any custom ROM that has Hover included.

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youtube yourtube xposed

Here on XDA Developer TV, we talk about helpful Xposed Modules on our weekly show, XDA Xposed Tuesday. We’ve covered some modules that have everything and the kitchen sink, and those are great, but sometimes the simplest module catches our attention because it solves a singular major annoyance.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the starting screen in the YouTube application. XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created the YourTube module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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Battery Stats Xposed Module

You may recall that earlier this year, we covered a simple Smai modification by XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor iamareebjamal that allowed users to change their battery stats color with a simple Smali modification. Such a modification isn’t exactly groundbreaking, as it just changes the way a certain (though often used) Settings page looks. However, as Google and OEMs place an increasing emphasis on UI styling, customizing a page’s look is more valuable than ever.

Let’s say that you wanted to go ahead and apply the modification listed above. Unfortunately, the guide only showed users how to do this through a Smali modification. While the modification itself isn’t anything difficult to perform, you still need to go through several steps before it can be applied. You have to pull your Settings.APK, decompile it, search for a particular location, and edit it to your liking. Then once that’s done, you have to push it back to your device, reboot, and hope that you like the color. If you’re not happy with the result, you have to repeat the whole, tedious process.

Luckily for those who don’t want to spend all day looking for the perfect color to match their particular mood, iamareebjamal went ahead and turned this into an Xposed Framework module that does the exact same thing–but with much greater convenience. The mod can be applied like any other Xposed module, and once enabled, you simply pick your color from the color wheel in the module itself. You can even set a particular transparency and compare the old and new colors directly.

If you have wanted to modify your Battery Stats color, head over to the X-Battery Stats module thread to give this a shot.

xperiaz2bestmods

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.

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statusbargestures

In this day and age, pressing the power button to turn off your phone is old hat. The LG G2 brought the knock to wake feature and the LG G3 expanded on that! The idea of gestures doing things on your phone is nothing new, but some versions of Android just don’t have the customizability you’d like.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you to add various gestures to your Statusbar. XDA Forum Member MythosXe created the Statusbar Gestures module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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Disable Fullscreen Keyboard

Landscape orientation typing was all the rage a few years ago, back when phones had slide-out, physical keyboards. These devices also weighed a ton, so they quickly fell out of favor. However, this form of text input can sometimes prove to be more efficient, whether its because two handed typing feels natural with the increased width, or because you can’t seem to press a key without pressing the adjoining ones too when in portrait mode.

Sure enough, when Android came of age, landscape typing gained a foothold among various users, but all was not well with the world. Android keyboards, when operated in landscape orientation, have an unfathomable tendency to take up the full height of the screen, breaking context with the app and not allowing you to read other things, such as previous messages in a messenger app.

Luckily, XDA Senior Member xenon92 has a fix for this in the form of the Disable Fullscreen Keyboard Xposed Module. This module, as the name so obviously states, disables the full screen keyboard, along with the text input field that takes up the whole screen in landscape orientation. It is compatible with all major Android keyboards. All you have to do is install and enable it, and then let it work its magic.

Head on over to the Disable Fullscreen Keyboard application thread to get started with the module, or to view the source code of it if you want to check that out. The only requirement for it is the Xposed Framework.

Android Fake ID

While Android is considered a pretty stable and safe operating system, there are some vulnerabilities that pop up from time to time. Some of them are pretty nasty, and force Google to release a minor revision to their OS. But developers here on XDA don’t like to wait, so they often take matters into their own hands before Google officially addresses the problem.

One of the recently discovered bugs is known as the Android Fake ID, and it has been present in Android’s source code since 2010. The bug allows malicious apps to pretend to be signed by trusted providers. This in turn allows them to be loaded as extensions in several contexts such as NFC access, browser plugins, and more. Unfortunately, it seems that the bug affects all devices. XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, co-creator of Xposed Framework, came to the rescue and created a module that squashes the vulnerability in seconds. Simple as that, without changing a line in the source code or modifying a single binary.

The fix will work only on rooted devices with Xposed Framework installed and running. To make use of this module, you need to enable it in Xposed Installer and reboot your device. Once the process is completed, your device will be free of the Android Fake ID vulnerability.

So without further ado, you can find the module by visiting the FakeID vulnerability fix thread. If you want to read more about the Android Fake ID vulnerability, head over to this article on bluebox.com.

Android Toast Notifications

Toasts are delicious, even in their Android flavor. In Android, toast doesn’t lead to a yummy sandwich, but rather a type of notification. Google decided to use these short prompts to inform about various things that are going on. For example, you may see a toast when an application is granted a superuser access.

Despite the idea behind toast notifications being great, Google has left room for big improvements in terms of implementation details. Developers didn’t like to wait, so they started to play with such details like notifications. As a result, XDA Forum Member abellujan created an Xposed module that lets you make toasts shorter than the minimum duration and longer than their default maximum. With this module, you can also disable toast notifications entirely. It’s not the biggest Xposed module available, but it might be useful for many Android users who would like a bit more control in these common UI elements.

Since this mod is being delivered as an Xposed Framework module, you need to have Xposed up and running on your device. When everything is set, apply the module and reboot your device to see the effects.

Are you quite unhappy with your current toasts notification look and feel? If so, change it in just a few steps. You can get started by visiting the SlicedToasts module thread.

Android Alarm

It’s hard to find a more hated object than your alarm clock. They wake us up nearly every day, help us to get up on time for school or work, and basically keep our lives on tracks. However, we still don’t like them. That said, we need to deal with them. But despite their annoyances, we can at least make them look pretty.

Stock Android isn’t always the most beautiful OS. Sometimes, icons and other UI elements look like they’re taken directly from Android 1.5–and that’s somewhat of a true statement. One of these small elements that can be easily replaced and make the OS look a bit prettier is the alarm icon available on status bar.

XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created a small Xposed module that replaces the default icon with Set’s alarm icon. Set’s alarm clock looks better and fits more into the Holo UI design. It’s a small modification, but a perfect looking ROM is made of such small elements that can be replaced with themes or Xposed modules.

To use this module, you need to root your phone and install Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty. After downloading and installing the module, you need to enable it in the Xposed Installer and reboot your device. After powering up your device, everything should be set.

If you don’t want to remain in the stone age in terms of layout, head over to the DynamicAlarmicon’s thread and give this module a try.

Blurred System UI Xposed

Listen, we love innovative applications and modules that expand the functionality of your device. We cover those modules often. However, sometimes you are fine with the functionality you have, and you just want it too look different. So today, we celebrate that desire.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you blur your system UI. XDA Recognized Developer serajr created the Blurred System UI module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.

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toast notification

Android uses multiple types of notifications. One of these is known as a “toast notification.” You’ve no doubt seen toast notifications in the past, where small prompts with a short text line are shown with information such as successfully signing in, and so on. The default toast notifications in Android are far from being pretty. But luckily, there are tools like the great Xposed Framework that can change almost anything in the Android OS. The best thing about Xposed is that all of these changes can be done without re-compiling the whole OS.

An interesting module to change the look of toast notifications was been made by XDA Recognized Themer vikasb32. With XToast, you can do several things like add an app icon to the toast notifications. The size of the icon can be easily modified, so it’s very easy to match the style to your ROM. If you would like to see a toast notification in a different style than your current ROM, you can also manually select Jelly Bean, Kitkat, Gingerbread, or Holo Light style.

This module is very easy to use. You can modify the style of notifications with sliders and lists. To test it on your device, you need to have Xposed Framework installed and working on your device. If you find your current toast notifications style boring or lackluster, you can now change it right away. To do so, visit the XToast module thread and grab the latest version.

No Wake on Charge Xposed Module

Almost every OEM has skinned and otherwise modified Android to suit its particular needs. Companies like HTC and Sony have changed the default Android UI, added sounds, and modified substantial amounts of built in functionality to suit their own philosophies and commercial agreements. Some of added features are extremely annoying, and are equally difficult to disable. But what can’t be done with regular settings menus can generally always be done using Xposed Framework.

One of these small annoyances is Android wake on charge. When you connect your device to your charger, the screen wakes up for no particularly good reason. What’s worse, some OEMs even add a particular sound when this happens. Unforutnately, there’s no easy way to disable this behavior on certain firmwares. To combat this, XDA Senior Member moneytoo created an Xposed module that gets rid all of these small annoyances. The module disables waking on charging and unplugging the charger, and it also disables the charging sound.

The module was originally made to work with Samsung Galaxy S5, but it works on several devices. Personally, I tested it on a Nexus 4, and it worked like a charm. Probably the best way to determine whether it works or not would be installing it on your device and seeing for yourself. Before using this module, make sure you have Xposed Framework installed and running.

You can rid yourself these small charging annoyances by visiting the No Wake On Charge thread.

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