March 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
There are a lot of things you can add to your Android lock screen: Google Now Cards, Weather, Clock, Stocks, and much more. But what if you want to be able to launch your favorite apps from your lock screen? What if you need to save those milliseconds a unlock because they add up to hours a week? Well, we have a solution for you
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 your lock screen. XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu created the Quick Access Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
March 15, 2014 By: Conan Troutman
The ability to launch one application from within another is certainly not a new feature. It is, however, incredibly useful and something so matter of fact that many of us probably rarely acknowledge it. While this might be a very useful feature, it isn’t exactly perfect and still has a little room for improvement. You may have previously noticed that after launching one application from within another, it more often than not doesn’t appear independently in the task manager, which obviously makes multitasking a little more awkward than it needs to be.
ActivityForceNewTask is an Xposed module from XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ that does exactly as the name suggests and forces activities launched within applications to create a new task, allowing for much easier switching between the two. Obviously, this has the potential to cause issues with certain applications. However, reports of breakage so far are minimal. Should you encounter any unwanted results from using this module, there are both whitelist and blacklist options available to set exactly which apps this will affect.
As mentioned, this is an Xposed Module so you will need the Xposed Framework to get started. It is also completely free and open source, which is nice. You can find more info and the download link in the original thread.
March 14, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
OEMs often what you can do by default using their firmware. This often results in the loss of a certain feature, which can be annoying. Loading a custom ROM is not always an option because sometimes phones are locked and don’t allow users to flash custom firmware.
Lucky, Xposed Framework allows you to modify stock and custom ROMs with hundreds of modules available here on XDA. One such module was recently developed by XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu. Quick Access allows you to open your favorite applications directly from the lock screen. For example, you can launch your favorite music player or calendar without unlocking your phone or tablet.
A few things are required to make this module work with your devices, but everything is explained in the thread. This module really helps to save you the time, especially on ROMs without such a feature built-in. To try this module, ensure that your device is rooted, Xposed Framework installed, and that the module enabled in the Xposed installer application.
You can get the newest version of the module by visiting the original thread.
Sharing a tablet or phone isn’t anything unusual. Phones very often serve as relaxation tools, or easy-to-use Internet terminals from which you can easily access the web and keep in contact with people you love. At default, phones offer only one user profile, which isn’t ideal if you want to avoid potential changes to your device settings or keep your private data private.
User profiles were added to the OS with Android 4.2, but Google decided to put this feature on tablets only. This left phone users in search of alternative solutions. As you know, Xposed Framework can be used to customize your system and modify things not designed to be modified. XDA Senior Member safet.me ported the multi-user feature to any ROM with Xposed. The module does its job and allows the use of multiple profiles on phones, but two issues are known. The phone app will not work on newly created profiles and module works with AOSP lock screen only.
To test this module in action, go to the original thread. From there, grab the APK, install it, and enable it in Xposed Installer. After a reboot, your phone should support more than one profile.
March 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
A lot of phones have a notification LED that blinks when you receive a notification. Sometimes, you can see that certain applications change the color of the LED notification light, but what if you want to customize that and know at a glance from the color of your LED notification what type of notification you have? Well there are programs for that!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your notification LED color based on the type of notification. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Xposed LED Control Xposed Module. TK shows off the module, its use, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. So check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Samsung has its moments of glory. The unveiling of Samsung Galaxy S 5 was a big media event, and Sammy is poised to sell millions of their latest Galaxy phones. Some owners of the company’s previous flagship, the Galaxy S 4, had some issues relating to CPU speeds in certain applications. These issues were caused by dynamic voltage and frequency scaling known, otherwise known as DVFS.
If you don’t know what DVFS is for, you may be in for a surprise. Samsung used it to cheat benchmark applications like AnTuTu, and they claimed that they remove it with in KitKat. Naturally DVFS is still there, despite good PR from Samsung headquarters. Disabling DVFS at the kernel level doesn’t solve the problem, as it’s controlled by the ROM. XDA Senior Member mattiadj found a way to disable it and Recognized Developer wanam made an Xposed Framework Module to disable DVFS entirely.
Why is this important? Samsung had the brilliant idea of lowering the CPU frequency after few minutes of intensive usage. Thus after 5-10 minutes of playing an intensive game, your CPU goes down to 304 MHz, which makes the phone barely usable before a reboot resets it. With module made by wanam, rebooting isn’t required and overall performance is improved. Two things are required to use this module though: root and Xposed Framework by Recognized Developer rovo89 and his partner in crime Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty.
If you own a modern Samsung device and are suffering from poor game performance, visit the module thread and give this a try. Please note that while this will likely work for all Samsung devices with KitKat and DVFS, it has only been tested on the S 4 so far.
March 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Siren’s song on pure Google, AOSP-inspired Nexus devices tempts the Android enthusiast masses like an evil Succubus. We are attracted to her sweet melody: pure Android with no OEM or carrier bloatware to slow down your device, just the pure natural taste of refreshing Android pureness from the waterfall fountain of Google. However, that doesn’t make your phone perfect, as there may still be some tweaks that you prefer.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to tweak your Nexus device. XDA Recognized Developer wanam created the Wanam Kit Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and presents its key features, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video. And if you don’t have a Nexus device but own a Samsung TouchWiz device, you can also check out the Wanam Xposed Module.
February 26, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The power and versatility of the Xposed Framework is undeniable. Hundreds of projects are already available in the dedicated Xposed Modules Forum, but every day a few new creations are added. The level of creativity is really amazing, as developers modify almost everything that’s available to modify. This includes system settings and even certain versions of applications.
One such modification was recently developed by XDA Forum Member lj3lj3, who created a module that adds functionality to the recent apps menu. By default, when an application is accessed from the recent apps menu, the end user can close it or view its App Info page in system settings. Lj3lj3′s module now makes it possible to summon an application’s Play Store listing from this menu. As ViewinPlay is an Xposed Module, both root and Xposed Framework are required before getting started.
The module should work on KitKat device, and possibly Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. The download and source code are available in the module thread.
February 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are a frequent visitor here at XDA, you more than likely enjoy Android, and probably “stock Android” without all the crap OEMs or carriers like to add. On their “stock Android” Nexus 5, Google launched the Google Experience Launcher. But to some, the experience is similar to OEM experience because you can’t fine tune the settings as much as a power user might like.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to control your Google Experience Launcher settings in more detail. XDA Forum Member theknut created the GEL Settings Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the T-Mobile HTC One been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that AT&T HTC One KitKat update is available as well and you can see Google Project Tango in action! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the announcement that the AT&T LG G2 KitKat release is out now. Xposed Developer Rovo89 had a Reddit AMA and talked about ART! Finally, Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S 5! Pull up a chair and check out this video and be sure to check out other great videos on XDA Developer TV.
February 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
If you haven’t already heard of XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s innovative Xposed Framework by now… Well, let’s just say that you have quite a bit of catching up to do. For the sake of the one or two of you reading this who haven’t yet experienced the framework’s awesomeness, Xposed essentially allows for various ROM-agnostic modifications to be performed at runtime—all without the need to ever decompile an APK.
With a platform as versatile and powerful as Xposed, many end users undoubtedly have lots of questions regarding both Xposed itself and the man behind the tool. Thankfully, rovo89 took a few hours out of his day yesterday to field a Reddit AMA with dozens of the community’s most pervasive questions.
The first question on almost everyone’s mind when it comes to Xposed is ART compatibility. As we already know, ART is scheduled to be the default runtime in the next version of Android. Luckily, rovo89 has already stated that ART support will come some time after this change is made. This was confirmed once again in the AMA.
Other questions asked concerned rovo89′s daily driver device (Nexus 5), whether he views Xposed as the replacement for custom ROMs (no), the framework’s name, security, his favorite modules, and comparisons between Xposed and Cydia.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member Sunymoore for the tip!]
February 22, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Normally on Sony Xperia devices, the FM radio can’t be used without the default headphones. That is because your ‘cans are used as an antenna to improve the signal, but this doesn’t mean that FM radio itself can’t work without headphones. Sony users can already modify their FM application using a smali tutorial by XDA Recognized Contributor DaRk-L0rD. However, smali is not the easiest language. And to use it with confidence, you need to know some bits of programming. Thankfully, if you want to use your FM radio without the included headphones, there is now an easier way of doing it.
The solution was presented by XDA Forum Member thermatk, who transformed the aforementioned guide into an Xposed module. The module is exactly the same fix as the one described in the guide, but it’s easier to install. As such, the modification is pretty simple, but does its job as intended and should work with all FM radio applications on Jelly Bean-powered Sony Xperia devices. To use this module properly, the Xposed Framework must be installed and your phone must obviously be rooted.
February 19, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
For a long time, Swype was bound closely to certain OEMs. After several years of acquiring a loyal following, it was finally launched in the Google Play Store. And at the moment, Swype stands next to SwiftKey and SlideIt as the three most popular paid aftermarket keyboards on the Android platform.
Swype is great, and it has lots of fans. That said, one aspect needs some additional refinement, and that’s the Dragon voice recognition module. Rather than living up to its name as a mighty Dragon, it is at most a distinguished lizard in need of some additional power. (I wasn’t referring to you, Freddy.)
Google Voice Recognition is far better than the aforementioned Dragon. But without some digging in smali code, Swype is unable to take advantage of it. Luckily, there is an Xposed Framework module that allows you to fix this.
XDA Senior Member Danation created a module to replace Dragon with Google Voice Recognition, so now you can actually create a message by talking to your phone or tablet.
Currently, the module works only with paid version of Swype available in Play Store. OEM versions aren’t supported yet, and support for free version should be added soon Actually it’s working with paid and free version of Swype and OEM editions will be added soon. Thanks to the author for letting us know! As always, you need root access and to have the latest version of Xposed Framework installed.