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Xposed - a guide to Android customization extravaganza

0. phoneArena 25 Apr 2014, 09:48 posted on

Xposed is like a software version of Google's Project Ara. It's a framework which lets you install "modules" with added functionality on top of Android. Many of them replicate functionality you'll only find inside custom Android ROMs...

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posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:02 39

1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 311; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


let me say it again.... the beauty of android....

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:44 5

11. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


The beauty of rooted android* but that's not necessarily a bad thing! :-)

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:04 7

12. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


you can unroot any time

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 21:50

19. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Unless you have a galaxy s3 like me. The phone that's fights back when you try to root it! (After receiving 4.3 update). I had to rollback to 4.1.2 and forcefully lose my data!

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 03:15

20. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


mine s3 rooted more than 10 times and i also unroot many times..... i didnt lose any thing coz all my data is on sd card even titanium backup data is on sd card

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 10:40 1

23. adecvat (Posts: 127; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Root = lost warranty

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 20:04

24. Planterz (Posts: 742; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Possibly. Depends on the phone (Nexuses, for example), and whether you can undo it or not. Most warranties only last a year anyway, unless you've got some extended plan with your carrier or vendor or something.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 01:09

25. fuelband (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


trip Knox 0x1 and void your warranty...beautiful indeed!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:13 9

2. Suo.Eno (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


rovo89@xda-devs deserve to be well rewarded by Google and his user base for his efforts. In fact xposed is that very well made mod that adds to the foundation for the Nexus program's existence dare I say it.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:54 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Like with a few features of the manufacture UI's...and a few things from ROM developers, and a few thing from just regular app developers..

If it works well and the Android OS team likes it....it will make its way into stock Android.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:23 9

3. Antimio (Posts: 188; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


for 3rd time... The beauty of Android

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:27 9

4. CyberFalcon (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


"Android FTW....."

Can't think of anything else to post thats y...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:35 5

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Android advantages :)

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:48 14

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


No other mobile OS comes close!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:02 1

8. htcforlife (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


the beauty of android
and
the beauty of htc!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:10 19

10. shuaibhere (Posts: 1356; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Htc has nothing to do with this...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:06 3

9. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


One of the best ideas to come to mobile phone computing - especially on Vanilla Android....Xposed did not work on my Coolpad as much, but on my Nexus 5, it is awesome.
And, the beauty of this is one can just run their stock Android phone along with Xposed without having to flash any ROMs, so this is great for those who are afraid to do too much to their phone. The changes can easily be reversed, too...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:57 1

13. Planterz (Posts: 742; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Wanam Xposed is awesome if you've got a Samsung phone.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 07:50

21. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Can't disagree to that.
The possibilities it offers are quite great and limitless.
And best of all, everything works without an issue, on any TW rom.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:58

14. The_Innovation (Posts: 542; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


January 7, 2007

The beauty of whatever it is that Jobs is holding in his hand calling it the "iPhone".

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:05 7

15. CyberFalcon (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


and that beauty died with him...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:57

17. The_Innovation (Posts: 542; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I wouldn't say that. Premium materials with an aluminum body. But regardless, it still outsells the rest in the United States, even in its death. Not to mention that we're talking like what? 3 iPhone models being sold? Versus more than a dozen Android units as competition.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 01:18

26. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Are you talking about the HTC Inspire 4g or Desire HD?

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:13

28. The_Innovation (Posts: 542; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I'm talking about the first iPhone.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:52 1

16. shahrooz (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Xposed is awesome!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 21:08 1

18. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


great article!

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 09:20 3

22. Planterz (Posts: 742; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


A few things are missing from this article. First, when it states "You will need a device that runs either Android Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich", it might be obvious, but Jellybean(s) and Kit Kat benefit from Xposed as well.

Second, GEL settings only works on KK, and only on Nexus/GPE devices, since those are the only ones that have the Google Experience Launcher (unless you've flashed a custom rom to a different phone).

Third, GravityBox only plays nice with stock or nearly-stock Android. Heavily customized themes like TouchWiz or Sense aren't supported or recommended. There might be a tweak or 2 that works, but for the most part, stuff won't jive. It's best to read the developer thread on xda to see if it might do what you want it to. Luckilly, screwing your phone up with Xposed hard to do. If it does something funky, or does nothing at all, you just disable the change, and/or uninstall the module and reboot.

Fourth, if you DO have a heavily themed phone, chances are there's a module or few specifically for your brand, or even your specific phone. Like Wanam for Samsung phones.

Fifth, some of the better tweaks is removing certain notifications or toasts (the pop-up message that disappears in a couple seconds) or status bar icons (or tweaking them). For example, on my small Galaxy Light, status bar and notification tray space is limited and precious. I have removed the headphone plugged in icon, the loud volume warning pop-up, the horrible freaking "recommended apps" notification when the audio jack is used, the "Battery Full" notification. I've also replaced the boring battery icon with a pretty cool one. Some of these are in individual modules, some are part of a "suite".

Sixth, there's some functionality tweaks that deserve mention. For example, you enable global rotation (like a tablet does) on your phone. Handy if you wished the headphone jack and USB port were on the other sides. You can also change the behavior of the hardware buttons. Long presses, double presses, etc. Fast forward songs while locked with the volume keys. Trigger the camera LED with a button press+hold. Launch apps. Kill apps. Lots of different things.

Between using a custom launcher (I like Nova Prime) and Xposed, you can turn even a heavily skinned phone like a Samsung into the phone you want, without the risk, pain, or outright impossibility of flashing a custom rom. My Galaxy Light is practically unrecognizable compared to the stock one. If you've ever thought "I wish I could just..." about your phone, Xposed with the right module(s) just might let you do that.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 04:38

27. techperson211 (Posts: 585; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Dude you should have save this for a new article. Just kidding. Thanks for the info almost try it in my z1compact.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 15:13

29. javy108 (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


The beauty of root :')

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