This Is How You Can Create Your Customised Version Of Android
You can run stock Android, and then create the ideal OS for using the Xposed Framework and its modules. Here's what you'll require...
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Monday, October 07, 2013: If you really want to customise your Android experience, you have to root your phone and sport a new ROM – actually a completely new version of Android – with all the features you want. In case, you don’t want to go that far, or you only want to make changes in certain parts of Android, you have an option: It's called the Xposed Framework. This option can be used to customize your phone from top to bottom, that too without flashing a new ROM.
Getting started: Rather than installing apps to get required features, or flashing a ROM, Xposed's modules give user the power to customize your device-- and the apps.
Imagine it: You can run stock Android, and then create the ideal OS for you using the Xposed Framework and its modules. Here's what you'll require:
- The recent version of the Xposed Framework - A rooted Android phone running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or advanced is all you need.
How to Install the Xposed Framework and Modules Make sure to back up your phone before doing anything else. Next, head over to the Xposed Framework thread at the XDA Developer Forums. The recent version of the Xposed Installer is posted there, and since Xposed isn't accessible at Google Play, you'll require to sideload it.
It is possible to visit on your phone directly, or download the APK (application file) and add to Dropbox or another storage service that you can access on your phone. * Open the Xposed Installer APK on your phone, and install it. * Launch the Xposed Installer, then tap "Framework." * Tap "Install/Update." * After the actual framework is installed, reboot your device.
When it comes back up, the framework will be active!
To install a module: * Download and launch its APK file on your device (you can also install it directly from the Play Store). * Open the Xposed Installer and tap "Modules." * Check the checkbox displayed next to each module that needs to be enabled. * Reboot your device. * If your device fits the criteria, it would be quick and simple to install the framework and add modules, plus you get a customization options out of it.
Seven useful Xposed modules to try
After you have the Xposed Framework installed, you must give a few modules a try. Modules can provide an unbelievable degree of control on your device.
Remember, modules are like apps: They're independently supported by the developer who wrote them, so you should ensure the developer is accessible if you have problems, specifically related to a module. Listed below are our favorites you can install to get started:
Wanam Xposed is a module that provides several visual tweaks and feature updates. If you are looking for visual controls, Wanam Xposed features a full color wheel to change the colors of system text across all apps or status bar text.
XHaloFloatingWindow brings Paranoid Android's Halo to any phone
Halo pop-up is a floating launcher that can be used to jump across apps, to open contacts, or open settings, no matter what app you're in. XHaloFloatingWindow provides functionality to any device, as long as you have the Xposed Framework installed.
MoDaCo toolkit unlocks location-restricted apps
The MoDaCo Toolkit features all-in-one tweaking toolkit with a ton of options and tweaks you can play with, but it's also designed with some special tweaks for the HTC One such as you can use its option to make your status bar transparent, enable ADB with a safe lock screen etc.
Flashify makes backups a snap
On installation, Flashify can make boot and recovery images without the need to boot into recovery first. Flashify is free, but if you want to unlock as many as you want, you'll need to pay.
XPrivacy gives you full control over app permissions
XPrivacy provides you control over all of the permissions each app on your phone needs. If an app seeks location, XPrivacy will provide it resolutely wrong location data. If an app wants access to your contacts list, XPrivacy will give it an empty list.
Tweakbox optimizes your status bar
Tweakbox is a compilation of hacks and customization options that allows you customize the status bar indicator, change the status bar background colour and appearance. It also incorporates some more goodies such as vibrating when there's a call waiting.
XBlast tools gives your phone a personal touch
XBlast is a compilation of personalisation tools that mostly allow you control the way you interact with your device and how it looks and operates. It is possible to customize the clock size and text, add flavour text to the lock screen or the status bar. You can even add your own fonts for other apps to use and make the notifications bar transparent.