September 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Some applications ask for the world when it comes to permissions. I have spoken to developers who say it’s better to ask for permissions you don’t need, than you have to ask for more permissions in an update. However at some point, you may want to tweak information for certain apps.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you take full control over your device. XDA Senior Member CollegeDev created the DonkeyGuard module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
September 9, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
Back in May when the LG G3 was launched, one of its highly marketed features was its optional Quick Circle case. While not a pioneering venture in its field, this implementation utilized its circular cut-out window for more than just answering phone calls, extending its presence to widgets and full blown apps as well. Despite its rather expansive coverage, the Quick Circle case is best known for circular clocks, which allow the user to place circular widgets on the home screen that remain visible through the cutout. This then offers a variety of glanceable info needing only basic micro-interactions, if at all. However, the default Quick Circle clocks provided by LG have limited options and anything that stays same for a while tends to get monotonous.
Capitalizing on this lack of flavor in Quick Circle clocks, XDA Recognized Themer blackbearblanc has launched a set of cool graphic clocks called Urbann, which serves to increase the variety of options. The styles in the set range from minimal time-only clocks, to full blown weather information displays and replace all the stock clocks with new ones. The mod is in the form of a standard APK, but requires the Xposed Framework to run.
Head over to the Black Bear Blanc Theming thread to get started with customizing your Quick Circle. The app isn’t free on the Play Store, but blackbearblanc has graciously provided the APK in the thread for XDA members, so consider buying the app to support him.
September 9, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Text messaging is one of the most popular ways to communicate currently. However, if you are a responsible adult and respect those around you, there are times where you can’t, or shouldn’t, spend a lot of time text messaging. What you need is a way to speed up common text entry.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you set macros that will automatically type in what you set it to type. XDA Forum Member mikmitch created the Xposed Macro Expand module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
September 9, 2014 By: Samantha
Surfing the web on an Android device perhaps isn’t the most smooth experience one can have, especially when compared with using a PC. Maybe the screen is not big enough or not that responsive, or the words displayed are too small. Or maybe the browser you’re using is at fault, which, on many occasions, it tends to be for many people. If you’re using Google Chrome, and feel that its UI is not quite optimal, XDA Forum Member JT5 has developed an Xposed module that hopes to alleviate this problem.
Called ChromePie, the module essentially lets you navigate Google Chrome and Google Chrome Beta with pie controls. Actions include:
As one may ascertain from its functions, ChromePie offers a practical solution to any gripes one may have with Google Chrome’s UI by allowing quick navigation to many of the most used functions of the browser, such as opening and closing a tab, adding bookmarks, and more. The module has been tested on JT5’s Nexus 5, but it should work with any other Android device with the Xposed Framework installed.
To check out the Xposed module yourself, head over to the ChromePie application thread for more details.
The HTC One Max is HTC’s answer to the incredibly successful Note series by Samsung. With top notch specs, a beautiful screen, and running Sense 6 (as of a couple of months ago), the One Max is a great device to have in your hand if phablets are your thing. If you happen to be an owner of the One Max and are looking to further customize its interface, in a big way or small way, you may want to check out Xtended Settings.
Developed by Senior Member RichmondoUK, Xtended Settings is an Xposed module which allows you to customize myriad aspects of the UI of your One Max. The scope of options allowed pretty much covers everything there is to change, ranging from the status bar and the home launcher, to the system and CPU. Functions include:
Of course, in order to run this, you’ll need your device to be rooted and running the fantastic Xposed Framework. RichmondoUK also states that the closer your ROM is to the official firmware of the device, the better the module will run.
If you would like check out just how much you can customize Your One Max, check out the One Max Xtended Settings forum thread for more information.
September 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Back in April, we talked about a useful Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik that allowed users to increase the number of allowed lock screen pattern attempts. This is incredibly useful for those who would like to use a particularly difficult to remember and enter lock screen pattern, as well as those who have the pattern set to not display entry attempts.
In the time since, the previously covered module has been discontinued. Luckily, hamzahrmalik followed up on his previous creation with the new LockScreen Tweakbox module, which continues right where its predecessor left off, and adds many new features. In addition to offering unlimited pattern unlock attempts, users are also able to hide the next alarm text and emergency call button. You can also set a custom background color, image, or both, change the pattern dot and trail colors, change the unlock ring icon, allow for notifications with lock screen security, show the clock in the status bar, and make noise when an incorrect password is entered. Essentially, LockScreen Tweakbox offers everything that its predecessor offered–and then some. Future updates will also likely bring the ability to change the status bar color and visibility, swap navigation buttons for music controls, and more specifically change how many attempts you can have.
If you’re looking to tweak basically everything about your lock screen, look no further. Head over to the LockScreen Tweakbox module thread to get started.
September 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Xposed Modules are usually pretty simple. There are a few out there where a Smali edit or a change in build.prop would produce the same result. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time or desire to dig through mountains of build.prop fields to find what you are looking for. But that’s alright, Xposed Module creators have found and shared their tweaks for us.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change the duration between wake locks for one of Google’s location services. XDA Senior Member cryptyk created the NLPUnBounce module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
September 2, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
One of the best things about the modern day smartphone is its ability to save us time here and there. Features like Google Now keep us apprised of all the relevant news and scores so that we don’t have to manually search for the information ourselves. However, this isn’t the only way in which our smart devices can save us time.
Many of us often use our mobile devices to enter repetitive tidbits of information. XDA Forum Member mikmitch recently realized this, and developed an Xposed module that streamlines the process to make things significantly more efficient.
Example use cases could include using @cell to fill in your cell phone number, @email to fill in your email address, and @addr to fill in your street address. The module works by allowing you to enter a short key sequence that is automatically converted to another, longer field once the short string is typed. This solution works at the text widget level, so all keyboards are compatible.
If you often find yourself entering in information on your mobile device and you’ve been looking for a way to streamline the process, head over to the Text Macro Xposed Module thread to get started.
Google presented their brand new UI for tablets alongside the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb back in early 2011. It was widely used on many devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1, at which point Google finally decided to end this project. The UI was replaced by the Phablet layout in Android 4.2. This Phablet UI is basically the phone layout stretched to match the tablet size.
Google went even further and removed the Tablet UI from source code in Android 4.4, so it’s very difficult to bring it back even by modifying the code. However, XDA Forum Member Exalm gives us an easy opportunity to get the Tablet UI back on your device. This modification comes in the form of an Xposed Framework module that works with the vast majority of AOSP-based ROMs. But due to some changes in the code, this module doesn’t work well with OmniROM and CyanogenMod.
In the current form, this module offers a fully working System Bar, Notification and Quick Settings Pop Up, IME switcher, as well as fully supported Immersive mode and transparency.
For some of you, the Tablet UI might simply be more functional and space efficient than the Phablet layout. If you want to bring back tablet UI layout to your AOSP-based tablet, go to the Tablet UI Xposed module thread give this piece of development a shot.
August 31, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Most applications on Android play nicely with both landscape and portrait orientation. This, however, is unfortunately not the case for all applications, with games and older applications being the leading culprits. While many of these orientation locked apps truly do work best in their preferred orientation, there are many others that are fully capable of working well in the other orientation but are inexplicably rotation locked.
XDA Senior Member defim was tired of this behavior, so he set out to change it with his latest Xposed module, HaveOwnOrientation. As the module name suggests, HaveOwnOrientation allows you to use any application in any screen orientation of your choosing. With the module enabled, applications can no longer lock to any particular rotation setting. Instead, the device will simply remain in its previous orientation. Naturally, not all applications will play nicely when locked into a particular orientation, so if you experience screen anomalies, try going back to the app’s default setting.
Naturally, you need to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed to use this module. If you meet the above criteria and if apps forcing their own preferred orientation has you pulling out your hair, head over to the HaveOwnOrientation module thread to get started.
August 27, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
If talking about the most interesting projects in the last few years, we must mention the powerful and versatile Xposed Framework. This tool is the foundation that allows us to implement hooks into existing code using the app_process binary. In short, Xposed helps us by letting us fix various bugs, add new features, and perform various other tasks on any rooted firmware with Xposed installed–without the need to dive into Smali modifications.
The two developers standing behind this project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, included a simple debugging tool that helps developers fix their modules. But even Xposed Framework itself can be improved by an Xposed Framework module. One such modules was created by XDA Senior Member defim, and it adds a timestamp to Xposed logs in order to make them more reader-friendly. Logs with date and time often come handy for developers who are trying to find out what and when something goes wrong with their code. And if you’re developing an Xposed module, you certainly want to know when things go wrong so you can fix it before you share it with the community.
We must note that there is a bit of controversy surrounding this module. The module itself was (understandably and appropriately) removed from the official Xposed Repo because it violates Xposed policy of not hooking into Xposed itself. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t sideload and install it manually. As such, the module is available in the thread, but please use it at your own risk and be aware that since it hooks into Xposed Framework itself, there may be unexpected results.
Despite the controversy, you may find this module very useful in the development of other Xposed modules. You can find it by visiting the HitchXposedLog Xposed Framework module thread.
August 26, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
If you’ve ever entered a password on your mobile device, you’ve surely noticed that password input fields normally hide the inputted characters by showing dots rather than the characters themselves. This is great to prevent casual snooping, but it also results in possible mistakes. Most of us also are well aware of how several consecutive mistakes may lead to account restrictions. So if you’re not in a public area, why not spare yourself of the inconveniences with a handy Xposed Framework module.
If you don’t care about privacy that much, you can use a module created by XDA Senior Member defim. This simple modification removes the dots and replaces them with actual characters. In doing so, it becomes much easier for you to enter the correct password without getting locked out of your account.
This modification, as is the case with every Xposed Framework module does, requires your device to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed. You must also enable the module in the Xposed Installer.
We strongly recommend you to use this module wisely. Entering a fully visible password in a public place will undoubtedly lead to compromised data and security, so make sure to disable the module when you’re not in a safe place like your own bedroom. Otherwise, don’t complain to us when the funds in your bank account mysteriously vanish.
If your fingers are sloppy and you often make lots of typos when entering your passwords, you can now do something about it. Download the module from the HideNoPasswords thread.
August 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The greatest thing about technology is its ability to keep us connected. However, technology can also impact our sleep, from waking us with notification noise to keeping us watching videos. Well, CyanogenMod has a QuietHours setting that mute notifications automatically. But what if you don’t want to install CyanogenMod or CyanogenMod doesn’t support your device?
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you have quiet hours on almost any device. XDA Forum Member kimifan316 created the XQuietHours module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.