December 6, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
The phenomenon of the XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework is undeniable. After all, it brings lots of modules and freedom of choice, without installing custom ROMs. Just over a week ago we informed you that one of the most popular modules, GravityBox by XDA Senior Member C3C076, was being updated to support KitKat in beta form and add in various new tweaks.
The module’s KitKat update is no longer in beta status. As we mentioned before, the developer decided to split his project into two parts: The first branch is dedicated only to Android 4.4 and is being actively developed. The second branch is for other systems, and will be eventually dropped in time.
What has changed? KitKat required a lot of changes, especially in status and navigation bars. For example an old method of changing the battery style and plenty of of other small KitKat compatibility fixes and adjustments were required. Luckily, C3C076 fixed almost all bugs, and only Motorola Moto X needs to have some things polished out because of differences between AOSP from Google and the ROM provided by Motorola.
GravityBox is one of the most versatile Xposed modules, and should become a great addition on almost every phone. If you are looking for a complete tweak box, make your way to the development thread and give it a try.
December 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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.
December 3, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) is a great development, one that now works with KitKat! This framework allows you to pick and choose the customizations you want on your Android device. If someone has taken the time to write a Module, or if you take the time to do so yourself, you can get any feature you want from just about any ROM.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews XHaloFloatingWindow. XDA Senior Member zst123 created this Xposed Module to allow you to get the Paranoid Android Halo multitasking feature on any device. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
November 30, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
A little under a week ago, we covered the release of Xposed Framework 2.4 beta. For those just tuning in, 2.4 beta brought one very major change: support for Android 4.4 KitKat. Now just a few days later, XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 has taken 2.4 out of beta and into official circulation.
In addition to bringing official support for Android 4.4, Xposed 2.4 final also brings a few other improvements and bug fixes. Perhaps the most noticeable will be significantly improved framework performance. The UI also received a revamp, as there is now a debug log viewer and diagnostics to verify that Xposed is active and working.
It is important to note that even in version 2.4 final, Xposed is not compatible with the new ART compiler. And at this time, it is unclear if it will ever be made compatible, as it would require a major rewrite if it is even possible at all. So in order to prevent boot loops, the Xposed framework automatically resets you to Dalvik if you accidentally enable ART. And if you do wish to try ART, you will first have to disable the framework entirely.
November 29, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
Android 4.4 has been quite a hot topic for the last four weeks. Many of you already have it on your devices in the form of an official update or unofficial port. It brought a lot of improvements, but also made few previous features unavailable. One of these was the ability for non-system applications to access battery statistics.
Previously, external applications were able to access battery statistics to show how much our applications and games affected battery life. Luckily, XDA Forum Member gsamtan wrote an Xposed module to restore this ability in aftermarket battery monitors.
According to the author, this module uses the Xposed framework to provide an alternate implementation of the com.android.server.am.BatteryStatsService.getStatistics() method, which doesn’t enforce that the calling application has the BATTERY_STATS permission. It sounds a bit tricky, but the installation process is very simple. Naturally, this requires both root access and for Xposed Framework to be installed. The module is safe and won’t do any harm to your device. And with it, you will be able to control your applications the old fashioned way.
If your favorite battery stats app stopped working after updating to KitKat, head over to the module thread and learn how to bring the functionality back.
November 27, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
We have been writing about Xposed a lot lately, and this is all well deserved. Most of you have either heard about it, or have already installed it. Xposed Framework gives almost unlimited freedom in adding your favorite features into almost any ROM, no matter if it’s custom or stock. Xposed was recently updated to support Android 4.4 KitKat. And now, many of these modules can be used on Nexus 5 or other devices running KitKat.
One of the most popular modules comes from XDA Senior Member C3C076. We are naturally talking about GravityBox, a tweak box for Android greater than 4.1. Since our last article about this project, quite a few things have been added and refined. The most noticeable change was adding an experimental support of KitKat, which took place in version 2.7.4 .
The developer also informed us that he will create an exclusive branch for KitKat devices as soon as his Nexus 5 is delivered. C3C076 mentioned also that he will focus mainly on KitKat project. Because of this, Mediatek devices, for which originally GravityBox was developed, will be eclipsed by ongoing development for newer devices. To use this module, your device must be rooted and newest version of Xposed Frameworks must be installed.
If you want to add some excellent features known from custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android, make your way to development thread and give GravityBox a try.
November 26, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
The Xposed frameworks gives a tremendous amount of freedom, when it comes to selecting which modules to use. It’s a powerful tool, which offers hundreds of modules available to download as standalone applications. And with a recent update to work with Android 4.4, it’s available to even more users.
The display font is a UI element that is very easy to change. However, changing it on your system partition results in a global change, so every application will use the same font. To prevent such situation, XDA Senior Member zst123 created an Xposed module that allows users to change the font for individual applications.
This module offers 8 different sets of fonts that can be used with applications. These fonts are: Monospace, Serif, Sans, Roboto Condensed, Storopia, Rosemary, Roboto Slab, and the default system font currently in use. Those fonts were seen in various OS revisions such as Gingerbread and KitKat. You can also use custom fonts placed on your SD Card or internal storage. The only requirement is to have Xposed Frameworks installed, and sometimes a reboot is needed. More details can be found in the original thread.
If your in-app fonts are boring, make your way to the original thread and give this module a try.
November 26, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Many Android enthusiasts are almost fanatical about what they have installed on their system and what they don’t. In fact, there are some of us who want a certain app to be installed so we can run it at will, but we don’t want the app to load on system startup. Using the Xposed Framework, you can do just that!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews BootManager. XDA Senior Member defim created this Xposed Module to help you control the apps that load on system startup. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
Every now and then, stock ROMs may lack something that we love. Custom ROM developers often make magic happen with code and offer helpful solutions, but not everyone is either able or willing to load a custom ROM.
You’ve surely heard about Xposed Framework by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89.We’ve written about Xposed extensively , and we even have a regular Xposed Tuesday feature, showcasing various example modules.
Getting into some of the technical details, Xposed Frameworks is a modification of /system/bin/app_process to load JAR files on startup, which allows developers to create applications with single modifications. It’s a perfect alternative to running a custom ROM simply to load our favorite mods.
Very recently, rovo89 updated his work to support Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s still in beta stage, but rovo89 expects the final version to be ready very soon. Modules compatible with previous versions should continue to work if they don’t rely on AOSP internals that have changed in KitKat. However, it’s not compatible with ART. That said, it’s possible that ART compatibility will be added in the future. But for now, nothing is certain.
If you are a happy KitKat user and want to use your favorite modules with it, make your way to the development thread and get the newest APK to install.
[Big thanks to Senior Moderator ApriliaM3 for the tip!]
November 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you’ve been around XDA for any amount of time, you’ve come upon a custom ROM that you really like. Whatever that ROM is, there is always some other ROM that has a neat feature you want. Or maybe you want to run Stock Android but cherry pick your customizations. Well, we have an offer for you.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews XuiMod. XDA Senior Member zst123 created this Xposed Module to offer customizations that you would find in any different custom ROMs. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
I’m sure that we’re all well aware of rovo89‘s Xposed Framework, and I’m sure that it has magically rid users of countless problems, no matter how big or small, we’ve had to put up with on our Android phones and tablets. This is evident with the numerous Xposed modules we’ve covered both on the Portal and XDA-Dev TV, which remedy a host of issues people may have with their devices, such as disabling the low battery alert and pesky NFC restrictions, just to cite a couple.
Well, Xposed Framework has come to the rescue again. Gone is the pesky inability to slide down the notification area at the lock screen. How so? XDA Forum Member vrthe1 developed a handy Xposed module that fixes the aforementioned problem by overriding the restriction disabling the notification area at the lock screen.
The module also has some additional perks, including double tapping the screen to turn it off and an AOSP-styled notification area. Of course, it must also be noted that by enabling the notification area to slide down at a protected lock screen, you’re undermining the security of your device to a certain degree by allowing potential snoopers access to snippets of your information.
If you have been looking for a fix like this, make your way over to the module thread to get started.
November 12, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you’ve used an Android device for any amount of time, you’ve come upon an app that doesn’t quite fit on your screen. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to change the dpi settings or the layout on a per app basis? Paranoid Android has that feature, but what if you can’t flash Paranoid Android?
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews App Settings. XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty gives anyone access to on the fly dpi and layout settings on a per app basis with his Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
A couple of months ago, we featured an app called Vybe. This is an interesting and fun app that allows users to easily and freely customize the vibration patterns of incoming calls and SMS with no risky tinkering of system files. Although vibrations may not be the most important feature to personalize, it’s good to know that the option is there if you’re wishing for something different.
XDA Senior Member itandy introduced a mod called Android Phone Vibrator, which provides additional custom options for your phone’s vibration. This mod comes in the form of an Xposed module, so it must be activated through rovo89‘s Xposed Framework, which most of you would no doubt be familiar with. After a quick reboot, you’ll be able to access and activate a host of vibration customizations such as:
Itandy also includes a handy FAQ in the thread, providing a possible fix for an issue that some have experienced, as well as detailed step-by-step procedures to fix the problem.