February 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Let’s be honest with each other for a moment here: You have something in your teeth. Just kidding. But seriously, as awesome as our smartphones are, they are not dedicated MP3 players. With the technology and apps available, the only thing that differentiates smartphones from MP3 players is the presence of physical music control buttons.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to control your music with your physical buttons. XDA Forum Member XspeedPL created the Physical Button Music Control Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 14, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The Google Experience Launcher, also known as GEL, was one of the highlights alongside the release of the Google Nexus 5. For the first time, Google released a launcher with navigation and status bar transparency, as well as integrated support for Google Now—the latter being something that not everyone cares for. The launcher is extremely popular, but seriously lacks some customization settings like the ability to disable the omnipresent Google Now and Search.
As you may have noticed, Xposed Framework is the launching pad for many amazing projects. With a small application, almost every element of Android can be customized. The Google Experience Launcher is no exception, as XDA Forum Member theknut created a module to add some options that enhance the user experience when using that launcher.
With Xposed GEL Settings, users can easily hide the aforementioned Google Search bar, hide apps from the drawer, change the number of application above the notification bar, and more. New features will be implemented soon as the developer gathers more ideas on how to make the module even more user-friendly. The module has some issues, but they aren’t too major, and don’t impact on the overall stability too much. To use this module (or any other Xposed module), ensure that your phone is rooted and has a working copy of Xposed Framework installed.
If you are a GEL user and want to be able to tweak it a bit, make your way over to the module thread and give this piece of development a shot.
February 13, 2014 By: Conan Troutman
It surely won’t be long before trying to purchase a device with a set of physical buttons is as challenging as finding one with a decent hardware keyboard. Apparently, on screen buttons are the future, and dinosaurs like myself need to adjust to that and get with the times. How about no? I’ll stick with the physical buttons for as long as I possibly can, thank you very much.
One downside to that approach, however, is that the UI of both Android itself and the majority of new and updated applications needs to shift in order to function efficiently. Recent additions to the UI such as the menu overflow button are often superfluous on a device with a physical menu button, but obviously required for those without. Luckily, if you are one of the minority who has no use for this UI element, then you can remove it with a simple Xposed module by XDA Forum Member el1t.
The module does exactly what you’d expect, and removes the overflow button that appears in the top right of most applications. It also removes it from the navigation bar, but this can be restored. Tested on Android 4.4, the module should be compatible right back to version 2.3. This isn’t guaranteed to work on every single application out there, but it’s certainly worth a shot, and it seems to be a viable option for those unable to take advantage of similar features in some of the more popular “all-in-one” Xposed modules out there.
Check out the original thread for more information.
February 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The great thing about Android is you have your choice of apps to do just about everything. There are over 9000 different Messaging apps, so you can find the one you like best. There are at least 42 Photo Album apps, so pick the one you like best. But sometimes, apps can do the same thing and you want a way to easily select which will perform a certain task—well now you can.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews the Xposed Module that allows you to control what app does what task. XDA Senior Member p.valenta created the Complete Action Plus Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 9, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
A few months have passed since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat. Hiding the network traffic indicator in the Quick Settings tiles was one of minor changes, at least compared to adding ART or making the status bar translucent. But not all of us use KitKat as a daily driver. After all, we recently reported that Jelly Bean is still on quite a few handsets.
If you are using Android 4.3, you can easily change the color of the connectivity status monitor thanks to Xposed Framework and XDA Forum Member d0gd3v, who created a module to change the color of triangles responsible for showing traffic. You can change the color to one of the following: black, blue, green, orange, red, white, yellow, or revert to the stock value.
The module should work on Jelly Bean- and ICS-based ROMs. And although this module was tested on CyanogenMod, it will likely work on other AOSP-derived ROMs as well. Obviously, your device must be rooted and have the newest version of Xposed Framework installed.
The module can be found in the original thread.
February 9, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Multi-window is one of the hottest and most unique aspects of OmniROM. The ability to use two applications at the same time is quite useful, and hopefully it will be included in nightly program soon. Multi-window is still described as work in progress, and XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD is working hard to make it as bug-free as possible.
Multi-window has already been implemented in various custom ROMs, but now this feature can be tried through the magic of Xposed Framework. XDA Forum Member LovewuChin created a module that lets users open two applications at the same time. Those applications can be used simultaneously in two work spaces, which can be switched to portrait or landscape mode. This module is still at a very early stage of development, but it’s quite functional. Thus you may notice some problems with specific apps, but most of them work just fine. App compatibility isn’t the only issue, though, as some application activities cannot be launched. Nevertheless, XMultiWindow is a great tool to try multi-window on anything with Xposed installed.
This Xposed module can be found in the original thread. So if you want to try to test multi-window and are running Xposed, don’t hesitate to give this a shot!
February 9, 2014 By: Samantha
Having multiple apps that can perform the same actions installed on one device can get pretty annoying after a while. Ignoring the obvious question of why this is even the case in the first place, every time you press a link, a photo, or video, a whole bunch of apps pop up begging you to press them, no matter how many times you’ve made it clear that you prefer Chrome over Firefox. So with no native option to customize these menus on the Android platform, XDA Senior Member p.valenta developed an Xposed module to address this gripe.
Called the Complete Action Plus, the Xposed module provides a whole bunch of options and solutions to whatever issues you may have with the “Complete action using” dialogue. You can select which apps you want to appear as options the next time you want to send a message, set the most used apps on the top of the list, provide an option to always use a selected app, remove the annoying “Always” and “Just once” options, and even change the layout of the dialogue.
The module also has a number of different language settings, including Russian, Spanish, German, Arabic, and Japanese. Any device running Android Jelly Bean or KitKat will be able to use Complete Action Plus, but there’s no guarantees for users of other Android versions.
If you would like to check the module out, visit the original thread for more information and download.
February 8, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Certain applications offer some kind of way to change the basic color scheme of the UI. However, this is hardly common practice. Instead, most applications simply force you to use a default look despite the fact that we Android users love the freedom inherent to our platform of choice..
If you’ve ever wondered about changing the look of your favorite apps on-the-go without recompiling, we have some good news for you. Thanks to an Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member SArnab©®, it’s now possible to change the look of applications like WhatsApp without nasty smali edits. The Ex Themer 2 module fully integrates with previous versions of Ex Themer, and it allows you to modify various UI elements like the status bar, navigation bar, and framework. In the current version, the only supported app is WhatsApp, but this list will undoubtedly grow in time.
To use this module, you obviously need to have root access, as well as the latest version of Xposed Framework. And after applying a theme, you must reboot your device to have the theme display properly.
If you wish to change the visuals of your OS, head over to the module thread and give Ex Themer 2 a shot.
Since fire was discovered, humans have used this bringer of light to defeat the darkness. Then in 1879, American scientist Thomas Edison invented a light bulb, which opened new possibilities for mankind. The flashlight was invented just a few years later, and we use the descendants of these devices today. This brief history lesson is to show that light is extremely important. And now in the twenty-first century, smartphones can be our modern flashlights.
Having easy access to a flashlight is always handy. XDA Recognized Developer wanam wrote a nice Xposed Framework module that allows you to turn on your smartphone’s flashlight by long pressing the volume up button. If you want to turn it off, simply press the home, power button or volume down.(user selectable).
This module is small and has no icon in the app drawer (it’s present now) in order to keep things as simple as possible. But since Torch by wanam comes in the form of an Xposed module, your device must be rooted and have the great Xposed Frameworks by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 and XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty installed.
Conquer your fear of the dark by making your way to the module thread and give this handy torch a try.
February 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We can all agree that being a developer is not easy, and that developers deserve to make some money from their efforts. However, sometimes developers lose sight of their goals, and their ads make applications essentially unusable. Other times, the ads displayed may be inappropriate for polite company. With this Xposed Module, you can now selectively control these overbearing ads.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews the Xposed Module that allows you to control ads. XDA Senior Member FatMinMin created the MinMinGuard Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Despite the fact that Hangouts has become the default SMS application on Android since the arrival of KitKat, other messaging applications are still very popular. Alternative applications have tons of configuration options, and often feature added capabilities like scheduling, auto replying, and theme support. One such client is GoSMS, a legendary messaging app, which has been very popular for at least 2 years.
Even such great application like GoSMS can be refined here and there. A few useful capabilities have been added by XDA Senior Member elesbb, who created an Xposed Module that adds some extra mojo to the app. For example, with this module you can close the main window of the application by tapping send, while double tapping send won’t automatically close the main window. There are many other features such as how the keyboard can be set to auto hide after sending a message. As this mod comes in the form of an Xposed module, your phone must be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed in order to play.
More information about this module can be found in the module thread. This is a good place to start if you want to improve your GoSMS experience.
January 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We all love the intricate behind the scenes tweaks that improve battery life, performance, and allow us to unlock or root our devices, but sometimes you just want to make your phones look cool. There are many themes available out there, and sometimes you want change your themes quickly and easily. With this Xposed Module, now you can.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews the HKThemeManager Xposed Module by Forum Member hdbk1986 that allows you to change your themes whenever the mood strikes you. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
In recent weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing some great Xposed Framework modules. The reason for Xposed’s popularity is quite simple: Small modules are relatively easy to develop, and they allow Xposed users to modify almost every element on their devices without installing a custom ROM. It’s very useful when your device uses a stock or stock-based ROM, but even AOSP ROMs can be enhanced here and there.
Development for Xposed seems to be quite popular at XDA, but it can be even more popular thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor m11kkaa, who created a library to ease the process of creating your own modules. With the current version of this library, you will be able to use a settings app to configure your injections, notify about changes instantly, and add or remove entries in the Settings application. This saves a lot of time, because you don’t have to add these features yourself. The list of features will undoubtedly grow, as this is just the initial release. Furthermore, the project is open source so everyone can contribute by adding code.
If you are developing Xposed modules or plan to do so, you should definitely visit the library thread to learn more.