During my hunt for other cool things to do with a rooted Android phone, I read about the Xposed framework and how you can really alter your device even more by using Xposed Modules.
On their official site, the dev’s at xposed describe the application in the following way:
Xposed is a framework for modules that can change the behavior of the system and apps without touching any APKs. That’s great because it means that modules can work for different versions and even ROMs without any changes (as long as the original code was not changed too much). It’s also easy to undo.
In my own words this means that the Xposed framework is an application that is installed on your phone, inside this application you can load & enable different Modules (often created by third parties) and with these modules, it is possible to change the behaviour of your Android system even more than with most regular applications or themes.
Like the sound of this? Me too, hence I decided to give it a try.
Before installing Xposed or loading any new modules, I advice to take a full backup of your phone. However it works fine for me (so far), I’ve read that the risk of putting your device in a boot loop is always there when messing around will modules, certainly if the modules are not optimised for your device.
You can get the latest version of Xposed on their site, or find more info in the thread on the XDA forum:
Once you have the framework, adding modules is child’s play. For my LG G2, I tried the following modules out of the Google Play store.
With Xposed modules it is possible to tweak parts of your device you didn’t think were possible. For instance with the modules above it is possible to change things going from changing status bar and navigation colors to change status bar icons, navigation bar buttons, alter hardware button functionalities, and so on. (I’m not sure if it’s smart to use both G2 Xposed & Tweakbox at the same time, however it is certainly possible)
It is also possible to download modules from within the Xposed application itself. For instance, I got myself the Advanced Power Menu. This module can add extra options to your power menu, like advanced reboot or screenshot options. Another module I got was the Notification Mod, this allows me to pull down the notification menu in the lock screen and a long press on the battery icon will now activate my advanced power menu.
There a tons more of modules and customisation features for you to discover, if you found an interesting one, feel free to leave a comment or give me a shout on Twitter.