July 31, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Toasts are delicious, even in their Android flavor. In Android, toast doesn’t lead to a yummy sandwich, but rather a type of notification. Google decided to use these short prompts to inform about various things that are going on. For example, you may see a toast when an application is granted a superuser access.
Despite the idea behind toast notifications being great, Google has left room for big improvements in terms of implementation details. Developers didn’t like to wait, so they started to play with such details like notifications. As a result, XDA Forum Member abellujan created an Xposed module that lets you make toasts shorter than the minimum duration and longer than their default maximum. With this module, you can also disable toast notifications entirely. It’s not the biggest Xposed module available, but it might be useful for many Android users who would like a bit more control in these common UI elements.
Since this mod is being delivered as an Xposed Framework module, you need to have Xposed up and running on your device. When everything is set, apply the module and reboot your device to see the effects.
Are you quite unhappy with your current toasts notification look and feel? If so, change it in just a few steps. You can get started by visiting the SlicedToasts module thread.
July 30, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s hard to find a more hated object than your alarm clock. They wake us up nearly every day, help us to get up on time for school or work, and basically keep our lives on tracks. However, we still don’t like them. That said, we need to deal with them. But despite their annoyances, we can at least make them look pretty.
Stock Android isn’t always the most beautiful OS. Sometimes, icons and other UI elements look like they’re taken directly from Android 1.5–and that’s somewhat of a true statement. One of these small elements that can be easily replaced and make the OS look a bit prettier is the alarm icon available on status bar.
XDA Recognized Developer GermainZ created a small Xposed module that replaces the default icon with Set’s alarm icon. Set’s alarm clock looks better and fits more into the Holo UI design. It’s a small modification, but a perfect looking ROM is made of such small elements that can be replaced with themes or Xposed modules.
To use this module, you need to root your phone and install Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and XDA Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty. After downloading and installing the module, you need to enable it in the Xposed Installer and reboot your device. After powering up your device, everything should be set.
If you don’t want to remain in the stone age in terms of layout, head over to the DynamicAlarmicon’s thread and give this module a try.
July 29, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Listen, we love innovative applications and modules that expand the functionality of your device. We cover those modules often. However, sometimes you are fine with the functionality you have, and you just want it too look different. So today, we celebrate that desire.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you blur your system UI. XDA Recognized Developer serajr created the Blurred System UI module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Android uses multiple types of notifications. One of these is known as a “toast notification.” You’ve no doubt seen toast notifications in the past, where small prompts with a short text line are shown with information such as successfully signing in, and so on. The default toast notifications in Android are far from being pretty. But luckily, there are tools like the great Xposed Framework that can change almost anything in the Android OS. The best thing about Xposed is that all of these changes can be done without re-compiling the whole OS.
An interesting module to change the look of toast notifications was been made by XDA Recognized Themer vikasb32. With XToast, you can do several things like add an app icon to the toast notifications. The size of the icon can be easily modified, so it’s very easy to match the style to your ROM. If you would like to see a toast notification in a different style than your current ROM, you can also manually select Jelly Bean, Kitkat, Gingerbread, or Holo Light style.
This module is very easy to use. You can modify the style of notifications with sliders and lists. To test it on your device, you need to have Xposed Framework installed and working on your device. If you find your current toast notifications style boring or lackluster, you can now change it right away. To do so, visit the XToast module thread and grab the latest version.
July 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Almost every OEM has skinned and otherwise modified Android to suit its particular needs. Companies like HTC and Sony have changed the default Android UI, added sounds, and modified substantial amounts of built in functionality to suit their own philosophies and commercial agreements. Some of added features are extremely annoying, and are equally difficult to disable. But what can’t be done with regular settings menus can generally always be done using Xposed Framework.
One of these small annoyances is Android wake on charge. When you connect your device to your charger, the screen wakes up for no particularly good reason. What’s worse, some OEMs even add a particular sound when this happens. Unforutnately, there’s no easy way to disable this behavior on certain firmwares. To combat this, XDA Senior Member moneytoo created an Xposed module that gets rid all of these small annoyances. The module disables waking on charging and unplugging the charger, and it also disables the charging sound.
The module was originally made to work with Samsung Galaxy S5, but it works on several devices. Personally, I tested it on a Nexus 4, and it worked like a charm. Probably the best way to determine whether it works or not would be installing it on your device and seeing for yourself. Before using this module, make sure you have Xposed Framework installed and running.
You can rid yourself these small charging annoyances by visiting the No Wake On Charge thread.
In modern life, you can’t underestimate the power of
the dark side messaging applications like Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. These apps are used by millions every day, so it’s definitely a large user base.
If you use WhatsApp just for typing plain text messages without sending selfies or cat images to your friends, or maybe you often misclick selecting the photo or voice record buttons, you might be interesting to try an Xposed module made by XDA Senior Member jayshah.
Jayshash’s module allows you to entirely re-configure the look of the message bar by removing unnecessary elements. Users have options to remove the camera shortcut and disable the voice messages button. With these simple modifications, you gain a bit of control of the WhatsApp application and make it more streamlined for you to use.
Since WhatsApp mods is an Xposed module, it uses Xposed Frameworks to apply these changes. And of course to use Xposed, your device must be rooted. You can find a rooting guide by visiting the home forum for your device.
Are you using WhatsApp to stay in touch with your friends and family? If so, don’t hesitate to visit the WhatsApp mods module thread to get the most of this great application.
July 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Every Tuesday like clockwork, we talk about an Xposed Module designed to help you make your life easier, more secure, or just more awesomer (yes, I say that is a word). We’ve showed everything from Heads Up Notification Easter eggs to Deep Sleep Battery Saver, all the way down to PerAppFonts customization. And today will be no different. Here is a module that, perhaps, will make your life easier
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate apps from your PIN lock screen. XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik created the PINshortcuts module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Unlike Windows Phone or iOS, Android looks quite differently on various devices. OEM skins such as HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, or the lesser known Emotion UI look totally different than barebones AOSP. Clean Android might have lots of fans because of its simplicity, but not everyone is a fan of the default UI.
Almost every OS flaw be fixed either by the source amendments or by using Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 and his partner in crime Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty. If you want a nice looking expanded notification background, XDA Recognized Developer serajr prepared something that might be of interest.
Blurred System UI is an Xposed module that blurs the background of the Expanded Notification Panel. After applying it on your current ROM, you will see a partially transparent background, which looks quite a bit better than the standard solid background used in many ROMs. This module lets you to configure a few things like bitmap scale and blur radius, so you can get the expected results relatively easily.
The module currently works only on smartphones, but tablet compatibility might be added in the near future. It’s reportedly working with multiple ROMs—both skinned and AOSP-derived. You can find the module and Gaussian blur your notification panel by visiting the Blurred System UI module thread.
July 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Security in Android (or any mobile device platform) is one of the top priorities for users. Google offers a few ways of protecting your private information and device data. These range from the popular pattern unlock to the old school, yet still functional PIN code.
By default the OS asks you to enter a PIN code once the device is powered on. Protecting it with just a single code may not be enough, so third party developers invented a new ways of protection every day. One of them was presented by XDA Senior Member hamzahrmalik. PINshortcuts is an Xposed Framework module that lets you set PIN codes on per-app basis.
For example, if you want to open XDA App, you can to enter 1234. When an you want to launch your Internet Browser, you can use a different PIN code like 4321. After entering the code, the app will start directly from lock screen. Naturally, you can unlock your device without launching any apps by entering the default PIN code. The solution is pretty useful, but you obviously need to be careful. The more codes you try to remember will lead to some that you inevitably forget. Also a longer list of PIN codes will also give intruders more chances to simply guess the number and steal your data.
PINshortcuts is an Xposed module. This means that your device must be rooted in order to use this module. If you would like to use this module on your phone or tablet, make your way to the PINshortcuts thread and give it a try. How would you extend the security and functionality of your device? Let us know in the comments below.
July 15, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Easter Eggs: we all love them and finding them is always a thrill. Whether it be added features or just random silliness, finding treats in a program is invigorating, so imagine how many Android enthusiasts are excited about the heads up notifications feature hidden deep inside KitKat.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you activate the pop up notification panel feature in KitKat. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the Heads Up Notifications module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
July 13, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The time when the Android status bar was only black, without any transparency is now long since forgotten. With the release of KitKat, Google officially added support for translucent status and navigation bars to the default launcher and system UI, so every application can now use transparency.
Android development is evolving, and now most of things can be achieved without changing a line of code in smali. Xposed Framework by XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 is a powerful tool for both users and developers. One of the modules presented by XDA Forum Member Woalk gives users the ability to change the status bar’s transparency style easily.
The module has eight available styles that can be applied. The list includes styles from Android L and HTC Sense 5, so if you are using the stock KitKat style, perhaps it’s the good time to see how this looks on other distributions. The only requirement (in addition to being rooted and having Xposed installed) is that your ROM must be AOSP or close to it. In the future, the list of supported styles will be expanded.
If you want to learn how to change the style of your status and navigation bars, head over to the status bar transparency module thread. From there, just download, install, and enable the module.
July 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Google Keep is one of these first party Google apps that has earned very positive feedback from its users. This app plays the role of a virtual notebook, and is loved by many.
Unfortunately, Keep isn’t perfect. The current model of deleting a note that serves no purpose is quite cumbersome. You need to perform three steps to get rid of it: First, you need to long press the note. Then, you tap on the three-dot overflow menu. Finally, you can select delete. XDA Senior Member xenon92 made this process easier using Xposed Framework. Keep Trash removes the three-dot menu step by adding a delete button to the current menu. You can easily save yourself some tapping, in order to make Google Keep more efficient.
Since Keep Trash is an Xposed Framework module, you need to have Xposed installed on your device. And of course, your phone or tablet must be rooted. Needless to say that this module works only with Google Keep, so you need to have it installed as well.
If Google Keep is one of your crucial applications in Android, enhance its functionality with Keep Trash. You can find it by visiting the Keep Trash module thread, so go there and give it a shot.
Speaking from personal experience, I know that no matter how hard I try to keep it clean, my Android Notification Tray gets as cluttered and dirty as the change tray in my car. Between the forty different instant messages and emails I get a day and other apps making their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to find stuff in one try. There has get to be a way to suppress those notifications that I don’t want.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you clean up your notification panel. XDA Senior Member defim created the NotifyClean module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.