January 23, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Not so long ago we talked about CrappaLinks, a handful Xposed module aimed at removing link masking in Tapatalk and Tapatalk-based apps such as the XDA Forums application. It’s quite an interesting solution, as it reduces the time and data usage when opening a page, and we all know the latter can be gone in almost no time with our data caps and increasingly speedy Internet speeds.
Initially, the module only worked with Tapatalk-based applications both in free and paid versions. But as of the most recent version, XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ added a handful of other supported services. Right now, CrappaLinks can remove link masking from such popular applications like Facebook, the Google Play Store, the popular Russian service VK, and Scope.
You should keep in mind that Tapatalk and the XDA App need to be updated to version 4 or greater. Otherwise, this module simply won’t work. And with this module, your links will open significantly faster. As this is an Xposed Framework module, you need to visit rovo89‘s Xposed Framework thread to get the newest version of the Xposed Installer. Your phone must also be rooted.
It’s quite obvious that many of you use the aforementioned applications. So if you want to get rid of link masking once and for all, make your way to the module thread and give CrappaLinks a try.
Updates and upgrades to existing, well established code are always a good thing—that is, until they are not. Every so often, someone having gone through literally thousands of lines of code will have the bright idea (after an excruciating 27-hour work day) to start changing things around without any rhyme or reason. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Google Maps.
Undoubtedly, Google has invested a large amount of cash, engineering, and resources into the general betterment of their mapping solution—efforts which have been, for the most part, successful. (Does anyone even remember Mapquest?) However, there are times when an unnecessary change is implemented, and it is up to others to fix said unwarranted issues. In this particular case, we’re talking about the nonsensical inverting of the “zoom in” and “zoom out” gestures in the mobile version of Google Maps. Well, thanks to the seemingly endless possibilities available to Android developers, most of which are possible nowadays because of root and Xposed, there is a solution.
The problem started a few months ago when Google pushed an update to the Android version of Google Maps, which inverted the zooming activities for no apparent reason. In other words, the double tap and swipe zoom gesture was arbitrarily turned into its exact opposite. XDA Forum Member bgreco was fed up with having to remember which way to zoom in and out (particularly as the desktop version of maps retained the original actions), so he decided to investigate a tad and ended up creating a simple, yet very effective Xposed module. The module catches the intent when sliding your finger across the screen, and instructs the device to put out the opposing instruction—simple, effective, and elegant.
XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed framework has been on every root user’s mouth for the last year or so. This revolutionary tool for customizing Android without actually touching the ROM itself has been a heaven sent tool for modders out there to share what they can do with their knowledge, without having to actually cook a ROM every time they want to implement a new feature. We normally feature them on the Portal and they even have their own XDA Developer TV segment called Xposed Tuesday. A major contributor of modules as of late has been XDA Forum Member MohammadAG, who has provided various other mods including a tinted status bar, recovery of the good old car dock mode, unlocking using NFC, and AOSP lockscreen on TouchWiz devices, among many others.
This time around, the module itself does not alter functionality but rather focuses on another aspect of Android modding: aesthetics. Settings for most Xposed modules can be easily accessed through the Xposed app itself. However, for some, going through yet another set of settings can be somewhat cumbersome. Well, our dev decided that it was time to make settings and preferences management more in line with the rest of the settings in the Android Settings.apk. So, he made a module to mash these together. The new module shows the settings for all Xposed modules in the Settings area, thus making the entire UI, a single, more unified version of settings.
The dev himself states that the addon provides no benefit or functionality, but it does make it easier to manage the settings for the entire device (global as well as for each individual module) a much simpler ordeal. The dev also warns of incompatibility with some TouchWiz ROMs. However, many people have already reported no issues with TW Samsung devices.
What are you waiting for? Get some much needed organization in your device and manage it all from one place. One settings app to rule them all… You can find more information in the original thread.
January 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
According to chip maker Intel’s CES 2014 press conference, we will soon be controlling our devices with face and hand gestures in front of our displays. Well, we aren’t quite there yet, so now we have to rely on soft buttons on the bottom of our screens, or sometimes hardware buttons and simple touch interfaces on our devices. However, there are some options when it comes to making certain touch gestures on our screen.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews the Xposed Module that simply makes a swipe action perform as your back button. XDA Forum Member PeterCxy created this simple SwypeBack Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
Unwanted battery drain is a common issue on almost every Android device. In most situations, you can easily find the battery guzzling culprit: network mode. 3G or LTE are useful because of fast Internet, but most of the time, we don’t need them—especially in a location with WiFi. Manually disabling them is an option, but not the most convenient one. Some might mention Tasker or Llama, and you are right. However, these applications are far from being easy to use for new users.
Xposed modules are extremely popular because they don’t require custom firmware to apply some changes. One such module was developed by XDA Senior Member veagles. Intelli3G manages your Android device’s connections and disables 3G when you don’t need it. Connection mode will be changed whilst your device is in WiFi range or in your pocket. Of course, when you need a fast Internet, 3G will be automatically activated after lighting up the screen. Only the Google Nexus 4 is officially supported at the moment, but some users have reported that it works flawlessly on the Nexus 5 and some Samsung Galaxy devices. There is a chance that other devices should work as well. As it’s an Xposed module, your phone must be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed.
If you suffer poor battery performance and would like to improve it, make your way to the application thread and give it a shot. Don’t forget to report back if Intelli3G works on your device.
[Big thanks to XDA Senior Member Robin>Hood for the tip!]
January 18, 2014 By: Samantha
Up until now, customizing an Xperia launcher and lock screen has been quite the hassle, usually consisting of decompiling an APK, making your edits, and recompiling it. So if you wanted an extra row or column of icons on your home screen, you had to flash this, if you wanted fading home screen indicators, you had to flash this, and if you wanted to get rid of the app dock, you had to flash this, and so on. For every little change you wanted, there was an individual mod that you had to flash, and this can definitely become burdensome if you wished for a lot of changes.
This is probably why XDA Forum Member greg2001 developed an Xposed module to apply such aesthetic changes to the launcher and lock screen of the Sony Xperia Z. With it, one no longer has to create, find, and flash a plethora of incremental modifications to make their launcher and lock screen their own. Rather, XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed framework does all the work for you.
The full list of tweaks to the launcher and lock screen are as follows:
And because this is an Xposed mod, reverting back to previous settings is as simple as few taps and swipes, much more convenient than previously. It must be noted that the module will only work with an Xperia Z running the official Android 4.3 firmware.
If you would like to check this out, head over to the original thread for more information.
In Android, you can find various protections that prevent you from unwittingly unlocking your phone. We can use a PIN code, pattern unlock, and even unlock the device by looking at it. But in some situations, they are not needed as frankly speaking, not everyone cares about the security. But what to do when your company requires you to have a pattern or PIN and you don’t want to use it? There are some ways to bypass the security, and I would like to present one of them.
We have presented many Xposed Framework modules, as they are easy to use and accessible to almost every device. XDA Forum Member dtreth wrote a module to find the KeyguardViewMediator Class and hook the doKeyguardLocked method and prevent the device from locking. This means that the screen will go off, but after pressing the power button it won’t be necessary to enter the PIN code, pattern gesture, or whatever was set up before. You need to keep in mind that having your device unlocked is not always the best idea, but using this tool wisely may be useful.
You can find this module in the Xposed Framework database and the original thread. Naturally, your device must be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed.
January 17, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Although typically lacking in features, stock ROMs are possibly the most stable daily drivers. I know that there are some exceptions, but at least most near stock builds are quite stable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of stock ROMs do not offer a way to easily reboot. Instead, users are forced to turn their devices off, wait few seconds, and turn them back on. Needless to say, entering recovery requires even more work, including obscure key combinations and so on.
Most custom ROMs allow you to reboot your device and enter recovery. But now, it’s quite easy to add this type of functionality to your stock ROM using Xposed Framework and a particular module written by XDA Senior Member kennethso168. This module extends the power menu to include a few other functions such as taking a screenshot, quick dialing your favorite numbers, and of course rebooting (even to bootloader and recovery). In addition, the developer added anti-theft protection that prevents would be thieves from turning on airplane mode to make the phone harder to track.
This module was originally designed for Sony phones because of the method used to access recovery. However, many more devices are now supported. This module will not work with Samsung devices running TouchWiz.
To use this module you need to have a rooted device with Xposed Framework installed. You can learn more by visiting the original thread.
Android lets you make your device quite beautiful with just a few modifications. A good old wallpaper is still very important, as it can remind you of your family, friends, favorite band, or simply look good. Unfortunately, most ROMs available on XDA don’t offer a function to use a separate wallpaper for your lock screen.
As Android is open source, this inconvenience can be easily bypassed with the Xposed Framework. XDA Senior Member ctbear took a couple features previously seen in GravityBox and the AOSPAL ROM and made them into an Xposed module that allows users to set a transparent lock screen wallpaper on AOSP-derived ROMs. Currently, this module allows you to set a solid color background, a custom image from your gallery, or a semi-transparent image like there is possible to set lockscreen background with solid color, custom image from the gallery, or the semi-transparent mode from AOSPAL.
There are still few issues left like a broken transparent wallpaper in landscape mode, but this is an initial release, so hopefully all bugs will be solved in the future. This module should work on KitKat ROMs. To use it, ensure that you have a rooted device and Xposed Framework installed.
If you are bored with your current lockscreen wallpaper, head over to the module thread and give it a shot. Don’t forget to leave your feedback in the thread.
Here at XDA Developers, we’ve written about many topics. However, one particular topic has become extremely popular. Of course, I’m talking about the Xposed Framework by XDA Recognized Developer rovo89. With Xposed, you can customize almost every element in Android—and I dare you to question the word “almost.”
One of the most popular Xposed developers around, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, created yet another interesting module. This time, inspired by iOS, he added a feature to scroll to the top of a list by tapping on your status bar. It’s quite useful, especially while using the phone app, as sometimes the list can be really long. This module doesn’t yet work with all applications, like Google Chrome or some manufacturer-specific lists, but we believe that this will be fixed in upcoming releases. As this is an Xposed module, your device must be rooted and running a recent version of Xposed Framework.
Some iOS solutions seem to be pretty useful, and this module takes of their best and brings it to Android. If you would like to give it a shot, you should consider visiting the module thread and downloading the newest version of the module. You can also find the module in the Xposed repository.
January 15, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
If you like to keep things minimal, you’ve obviously already tried hiding unnecessary applications. It’s easy to hide a big list of files, but sometimes one would like to hide an icon from the app drawer without actually disabling it. This can be tricky without the proper tools or an advanced launcher. Not too long ago, we presented Smart Hide Calculator, an app to hide files hidden behind a calculator UI. Now, thanks to an Xposed Module, we can hide apps as well.
XDA Forum Member depressiveRobot released an Xposed Framework module that hides applications from the app drawer. Currently, it works with Google Experience Launcher, which is the default launcher in most KitKat ROMs. This module is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is select a list of apps to hide or show, and reboot your device. Of course, you can easily revert your changes by doing pretty much the same thing in reverse. As it’s a Xposed module, your device must be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed.
If you have something to hide, and I know that you do, you should visit the module thread and give it a shot. You can also download it from the Xposed Frameworks module database.
We all love rooting our devices, and we all have many different reasons as to why we root. But oddly enough, some companies don’t want you to have root access. Recently, T-Mobile’s app began warning users about the “dangers” of running a rooted device. Who knows what companies might do to their app if they don’t want you to have root?
Retuning to our normal programming with this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that hides root functionality from some apps. XDA Forum Member devadvance created the Root Cloak Xposed Module to allow you to hide your apparently “nefarious” rooting actions. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this module review.
Google Voice seems to be a great alternative to carrier texting and visual voice mail, as it offers various nice features like voicemail transcription, customized auto replies, and free texting in certain regions. Unfortunately, Google Voice is not available in all countries, but that’s a discussion for another day. Rather, Google Voice can be improved upon using XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Frameworks, which has proven that almost everything, even removing Tapatalk redirects, is possible.
A module created by XDA Forum Member runnirr allows other messaging applications to use Google Voice’s features. With this module, you can easily send and receive messages using the Google Voice SMS protocol, which is free to use in United States.
As this module overwrites some system applications, a few inconveniences are expected. For example, you can’t send texts via any app using SMSManager. Furthermore, this module is designed to work on GSM devices, so CDMA users may expect some crashes. Also, some permissions will not be displayed correctly. As it’s an Xposed Module, your phone must be rooted and have the latest version of Xposed Framework installed. This module should work on Android 4.2 and greater.
To get more information about this module, make your way to the original thread and give XVoicePlus a try.