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.
November 5, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Most of us love pie. I’m not talking about apple, cherry, or lemon meringue. I’m talking about Pie Controls. It used to be that you had to install a custom ROM to get the Pie Controls that we originally saw in Paranoid Android. But more and more, you can get this functionality without a custom ROMs. One way is with today’s featured Xposed Module that does more than “just” give you pie.
October 30, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
If you’re an HTC Sense stalwart (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and you’ve been longing for a bit more customization on your Sense 5 (or 5.5) ROM, there’s a fantastic multi-purpose toolbox for you. XDA Senior Members langer hans and Mikanoshi created an Xposed-based toolbox that brings you a handful of customizable mods.
One of the main features of the Sense 5 Toolbox is that it allows you to rearrange your quick control (EQS) tiles. And once you’ve found a setup that works for you, you can backup the tile order so that your next ROM flash doesn’t clear the order. There are also a handful of other modifications such as tweaks to your physical buttons, an advanced power menu, transparency settings for various UI elements, an AOSP-style recent apps menu, and much, much more. Basically, if you can think of it, it’s probably already in this toolbox.
While the module was originally intended for use with Recognized Developer mike1986.‘s ARHD ROM for the HTC One, this module should be compatible (at least for the most part) with pretty much any device running Sense 5.5 and without too many other modifications.
If you’ve been looking for a great, general purpose Sense toolbox, this one is definitely worth a shot. Visit the toolbox post to get in on the action.
October 29, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Update: Video works now, guys! Sorry for the inconvenience!
You may have already heard of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread). In fact, we recently talked about the Xposed Framework in an Android Basics 101 video. The great thing about Xposed framework is you can cherry pick from the available Xposed modules what you want to have activated at runtime, and no permanent modifications are made. The real question is how do you know what modules are worth your time? Well, we are here to help.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Wanam Module. XDA Recognized Developer wanam compiled a bunch of TouchWiz tweaks in this Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
October 28, 2013 By: Samantha
With the latest Android 4.2 update for the few Xperia devices in the last couple of months, came a much welcomed enhancement to the otherwise lackluster status bar toggles. Rather than restricting users to the inadequate four default toggles, Sony has loosened the reins by allowing up to 15 toggles to be added, removed, and rearranged. The most obvious problem with this, however, is the clutter that inevitably spawns from the combination of multiple rows of toggles and a couple of ongoing notifications.
It’s probably one of the reasons why XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created an Xposed module for the Xperia Z1, replacing these toggles with AOSP ones. That means out with the clutter, and in with the individual panels for the notifications and suite of toggles. As a cherry on top, the new set up is entirely compatible with the popular Gravity Box Xposed module and its whole variety of customization options, so you don’t have to miss out on whatever personalization you had previously with your status bar and toggles.
The module has also been reported to work with various other Xperia devices running Android 4.2 with the default Sony firmware, including the Xperia Z and ZL. The other requirement is to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework up and running.
If you’d like to give this a spin, check out the original thread for more details and download.
One strange behavior in Android that you’ve likely never noticed on Android relates to incoming text messaging sounds. In order to adjust your incoming text message notification volume, you normally need to adjust your notification volume rather than your incoming call volume. However, a text message is more related to your device’s “phone” functionality than, let’s say, an incoming Hangouts notification. Therefore, it makes sense to have your ringer volume adjust your incoming text message sound instead.
The reason for this behavior is that incoming text message sounds are processed through the notification audio stream, rather than going through the ringer audio stream. Thus, changing ringer volume does not affect incoming text messages. Thanks to XDA Senior Member OXINARF, however, this is no longer an issue.
OXINARF’s modification comes in the form of an Xposed module, so naturally, you’ll need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. After that, simply install and activate the module, reboot, and enjoy your slightly more logical volume management. While originally intended for the Samsung Galaxy S III, the developer says that it should work on pretty much any device.
October 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company’s profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung’s success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for every user with Samsung’s offerings. And to the many who prefer vanilla Android, TouchWiz is a drawback rather than an asset.
Sure, you can wipe your default firmware and install a custom, AOSP-based ROM on your device. In fact, that’s what a good number of us do when installing source-built ROMs such as Paranoid Android, Omni, and PACRom. However, we don’t always want to leave behind the value-added OEM software. Instead, we can get back the look and feel of stock Android, while keeping the default ROM and OEM apps alive.
XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has created a simple modification that allows you to get back the AOSP lock screen on your TouchWiz device. While this mod was originally developed for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, it should also work on the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III.
Since this is an Xposed module, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. After that, you simply activate the module, reboot, and enjoy your AOSP lock screen.
Make your way over to the module thread to get started.
If you’re an Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed how difficult it is to save an image to your computer. Sure, you could always take a screenshot of what’s displayed onscreen or peer into the HTML source on the desktop website, but these are rather inconvenient. Plus, if you simply take a screenshot, you end up having to crop your capture to only include the subject of interest. The same goes for the relatively new video sharing service Vine. You could easily set up a video capture program to save content to your device, but that’s far from convenient.
To help you save your favorite Instagram and Vine content locally, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created two simple modifications that do all the hard work for you. Since these mods are Xposed modules, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Once the modules are installed, simply activate them in Xposed installer and restart. And once you’ve restarted, a simple click on a Vine video or Instagram picture is all it takes to save the content to your local storage.
We’ve known for some time that Snapchat isn’t exactly the most secure image sharing app available, especially if the recipient is running a rooted device. But there’s another, far less malicious form of deception possible in Snapchat: sending pre-recorded images and videos through the app, as if they were just taken.
XDA Senior Member stammler created a fun Xposed module that allows you to share any saved image or portrait video from within Snapchat. It works by adding an entry for Snapchat in your share menu. So when you view an image or video, all you have to do is click share and select the appropriate application. The application then intercepts the command and works its magic, making it look like you just snapped an image or video that was previously recorded. And naturally, since this is an Xposed module, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed.
As our mobile devices become more and more similar to our fully fledged desktop computers every day, we are paying more attention than ever to their internal hardware. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor or 2 gigs of RAM was considered state of the art in the desktop realm.
With the increased processing power available on our mobile devices, it’s nice to be able to keep tabs on the state of their internal hardware. This is especially useful given the high amount of thermal throttling in modern mobile SoCs. As such, XDA Recognized Contributor m11kkaa created a simple status bar CPU temperature monitoring app that installs as an Xposed module.
Since this is an Xposed module, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Once installed, you are able to configure where the notification shows up, as well as the update interval.
Unfortunately, due to this module being relatively fresh out of the oven, compatibility is a little touch and go. For example, I was not able to get this to work on my Nexus 7 2013 with Xposed 2.3 installed, but it worked just fine for others in the module’s thread, and the developer is actively trying to add support for more devices. In any case, if you’re looking for a lightweight CPU temperature monitor, it’s worth a shot. Hopefully it’ll work for you. And if it doesn’t, there is a built in debugging feature that outputs information that you can send the developer.
You can learn more in the module thread.