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Xposed Framework compatible with Android 6.0 devices soon

The Xposed Framework is one of the most variable tools around when it comes to tweakers and tinkerers of the community. If you install this framework on an Android device you will get an open door to hundreds if not thousands of possibilities of changing the way your mobile system reacts and your apps work.

 

Xposed Framework

 

 

You can choose from hundreds of modules you can install, and they allow you to do different things such as enabling Force Touch on Android, YouTube background playback or even making smartphones water resistant.

 

Each Android version requires changes and the devs behind Xposed Framework must rebuild the framework continuously to keep up with the OS changes, and this can take a lot of time to complete. There is no version of the framework that works on Marshmallow at the moment, but it is being worked on.

 

Some devs are working on some new builds of Xposed Framework for the newest flagships around, which means that an up and running viable build for most Android 6.0 devices will be out soon.

 

Source: AndroidPolice

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GravityBox – popular Xposed module – available for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices

GravityBox, a popular Xposed module, is now available for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices. Xposed Framework itself was released for Lollipop devices a little over a week ago, and now one of the best and most popular modules is updated as well. This GravityBox version is an alpha build however, which means it can have bugs and glitches. Nexus owners will be happy to know about it however.

 

GravityBox

 

For those who don’t already know, GravityBox is a module that offers certain tweaks for AOSP-like ROMs. This is trying to make custom ROMs such as Cyanogen unnecessary in the grand scheme of Android things. Users have more control over the modifications they want to make on their devices.

Below you can see a feature list from the developer:

  • CyanogenMod Pie controls
  • Expanded Desktop
  • Statusbar QuickSettings tile management with additional tiles and reordering /* work in progress */
  • Statusbar icon coloring
  • Statusbar Brightness Control
  • Center clock in statusbar
  • Battery indicator style
  • Navigation bar tweaks including cursor control keys
  • Low battery warning policy
  • Disable LED flashing when battery low
  • Disable LED while charging
  • Advanced power-off menu (reboot, recovery)
  • Volume key cursor control
  • Skip tracks by volume key long-press while screen off (thanks to rovo89)
  • More volume levels for music stream
  • Option to control safe headset media volume
  • Button for clearing all recent tasks at once
  • Minimal brightness setting
  • Autobrihtness levels adjustment
  • Lockscreen tweaks
  • Hardware/navigation key actions
  • Notification drawer style (background color, image for portait/landscape, transparency)
  • Button backlight modes (default, disabled, always on while screen is on)
  • Dialer (Phone) tweaks
  • Google Launcher tweaks
  • Screen recording
  • GravityBox Actions – interface for 3rd party apps
  • Smart Radio
  • Notification control (per-app notification LED/sounds/vibrations)
  • Ascending ring tone

If you want more info, you can head over to XDA devs; you can find the link in the source below.

Source: XDA Devs

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Puzzlephone – the Finnish concept response to Google’s project Ara modular phone

Project Ara is not the only concept meant to create modular phones anymore, as Puzzlephone could be an improved version of Google’s efforts in the near future. This project belongs to Finland’s Circular Devices and their device would break into three parts where the spine would become the LCD screen with speakers and the basic structure whereas the Brain will be the camera and processor modules and the Heart is the battery with the second structures.

 

Puzzlephone

 

 

The idea stems from the success Project Ara had this year and it basically represents a much more basic idea. Phones are important devices in peoples’ lives right now, and when one component from your beloved mobile world is ruined, you feel as if your entire world is ruined. With the modular phone system, things would be much simpler as, when something breaks, you can replace it with a new portion and still keep your beloved handset at the expense of a battery and a processor or some RAM.

 

Puzzlephone 1

 

 

The Finnish company based in Espoo resides in the same town as the one Nokia sprouted from, and it has been working on Puzzlephone since 2013, and it appears to be close to producing a working prototype. They are definitely not on the same page as Google’s Ara project, which is said to get to store shelves as soon as the summer of 2015, but it’s a start. The phone is supposed to launch in the second half of 2015, and it would have a mid-range price.

 

 

 

The Puzzlephone would run on a forked Android OS version but its developers will be looking for third party developers and options in order to stay true to their open source standards. As Ara showed earlier this year, Puzzlephone proves to be an interesting and ambitious project which could revolutionize the mobile industry in basing it more on sustainability and step-by-step evolution as opposed to more and more different devices we see every year.  Only the public can say if this project will become a success or fade in oblivion.

 

Source: TheVerge

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ARA prototype functional in video, will be accompanied by Spiral 2 prototype in January 2015

ARA prototype is closer to fruition than ever as a new video shows working bits and pieces put together to form a possibly futuristic smartphone. The modular and piece-upgradeable phone is back with exciting news after the bomb which was the possibility of hot-swapping modules with the device still on (thanks to modified Android Lollipop version).

Phonebloks recently showed its progress with the Ara phone and it looks like an updated version of the prototype seen at Google I/O earlier this year.

It appears that Ara is not the only modular project in development, as a second prototype codenamed Spiral 2 is being worked on at the moment. It appears that chips from Toshiba could downgrade the space required on modularity to below 50%.

It appears that Phonebloks is working on producing a viable device for 2015 and the components of the entry-level device will cost between $50 and $100 dollars.

 

 

At the Ara module Developers Conference in January more details regarding Spiral 2 will be disclosed as well, along with the possibly new Ara version. The first event will take place on January 14th in Mountain View and it will be followed by similar happenings in London, New York and Buenos Aires and a second event will be held on January 21st in Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai.

You can apply to participate at one of the events and you have until November 26th to sign up. In case you’re picked you will find out by December 2nd when you will have to pay a $25-$200 fee as well.

Source: Androidpolice

 

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