Rovo89 Gives Update on Current Status of Xposed for Android Nougat
It’s been a few months since Android 7.0 Nougat, and subsequently Android 7.1 Nougat, were released. While we do love the new feature additions that an Android version brings to our beloved devices, it does bring a lot of changes under the hood that changes things up for developers.
Every new Android version usually means that a lot of community based efforts and modifications end up needing an update, and a lot of times, a full overhaul and thorough rethinking.
Xposed is one such modification framework that requires a lot of maintenance to and effort to get it running running on new Android versions. XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89 is hard at work bringing the Xposed framework up and running on the newest version(s) of Android. Here is a quick update from him on the current status of the framework on Nougat:
Current status for Nougat: Hooks are generally working now. However, they’re still unreliable for inlined methods and when JIT is used (which is often the case). I had given a few technical insights here. I’m currently thinking about the different situations that need to be handled and I create unit tests for them. Then I need to fix those which are failing or even crashing the device – ideally without recompiling the whole ROM like in previous versions. Not sure if the latter is possible though.
The good news starts off on the first sentence, although the “but”s follow it soon after. It is reassuring to know that Xposed still remains a possibility on Android 7.x Nougat and is not ruled out on account of any drastically insurmountable change.
We will still have to wait on the developer to find workarounds to issue, test, retest, polish and package all of it before average forum dwellers can install it on their devices. Let’s hope for the best!