Interesting modules for the Xposed framework

Warning : Xposed is an experimental framework which can add some functionalities on your phone. It requires some « advanced » knowledge to be installed and the process could potentially brick your phone.

If you have a rooted phone, with custom recovery and Xposed framework correctly installed, there are some interesting modules (and apps using Xposed) to try :

AcDisplay

XPosed not necessary but add some functionalities
AcDisplay is a new way of handling notifications in Android. It will let you know about new notifications by showing a minimal, beautiful screen, allowing you to open them directly from the lock screen.
https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.achep.acdisplay

AppOpsXposed

If you don’t like XPrivacy because of the complexity, you can use this module instead (but don’t use the both in same time).
AppOpsXposed restores the « App Ops » functionality like in Android 4.4.2
http://repo.xposed.info/module/at.jclehner.appopsxposed
http://forum.xda-developers.com/xposed/modules/xposed-appopsxposed-appops-4-3-t2564865

GravityBox

The must have 1 : All-in-one complex module to custom phone with additional features and tweaks. (Note : some of functionnalty dont work on the FP2).
http://repo.xposed.info/module/com.ceco.lollipop.gravitybox
http://forum.xda-developers.com/xposed/modules/app-gravitybox-v5-0-0alpha-tweak-box-t3037566

Greenify

XPosed not necessary but add some functionalities
Greenify is an Android app that can improve your device’s battery life and performance by hibernating certain apps
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2155737
http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/greenify

SwypeTweaks

This module let use Google Voice Recognition instead of Dragon on Swype keyboard (among other things).
http://repo.xposed.info/module/com.danation.xposed.swypetweaks

(note : yes i use Swype ;  i prefer it to Google Keyboard ou Swiftkeys because gesture shortcuts are unique and usefull : you can do copy/paste like ctr-c/ctr-v, open num pad, for example..).

XPrivacy

The must have 2 : The ultimate privacy manager
http://repo.xposed.info/module/biz.bokhorst.xprivacy
https://github.com/M66B/XPrivacy#xprivacy
http://forum.xda-developers.com/xposed/modules/xprivacy-ultimate-android-privacy-app-t2320783

XPrivacy button in App Info

Adds a button to open XPrivacy for specific app to App Info page.
http://repo.xposed.info/module/de.live.gdev.xprivacyappinfo

YouTube AdAway

Hide ads on the official YouTube App
http://repo.xposed.info/module/ma.wanam.youtubeadaway

YouTube Background Playback

Enable background playback in YouTube and playback control via notification.
(Why it is not possible to do that by default?!)
http://repo.xposed.info/module/com.pyler.youtubebackgroundplayback

Macrodroid

How to toggle network type ?

My prefered trick requires Macrodroid and GravityBox (but i think it could be also possible to do with Tasker or Llama).

I use a macro to toggle profiles when i am a work or at home. In some cases, the 4G/3G signal is very poor (mobile internet is slow and this poor signal use a lot of power) ; in this situation, it is better to toggle mobile network to 2G only, switch off mobile data, using wifi.

But it is not very convenient to toggle mobile network type with default parameters interface. If you have GravityBox installed, you can use a custom tile in quickmenu to toggle it, but you can also automate that with macro.

In Macrodroid, you have to add « Send and Intent » in a macro’s action and use this parameters :

Target : Broadcast
Action : gravitybox.intent.action.CHANGE_NETWORK_TYPE
Package : 
Class : 
Data : 
Extra 1 (name) : networkType
Extra 1 (parameter) : 1

1 = 2G
2 = 3G
10 = LTE(prefered)/3G/2G

(source / a more complete parameters’ list)

Other modules ?

I tried also Amplify, but without the pro version it is difficult ot evaluate the benefit.

And you, do you use other useful Xposed modules on your fairphone?

 

Des smartphones innovants

Il est parfois difficile de choisir un nouveau smartphone. Il existe toutefois des modèles qui sortent du lots pour diverses raisons : Jolla, Oppo, Fairphone, FirefoxOS, One Plus,…

Personnellement, mon choix se porterait vers un smartphone le plus « ouvert » possible (avec le moins de composants utilisant des firmwares propriétaires) pour qu’il puisse être bien supporté par des systèmes d’exploitation alternatifs (ou parle de « rom » alternatives)  pour éviter d’être un utilisateur captif coincé dans un écosystème fermé (Apple, Android, Windows…) et limiter la dépendance aux services des Google. Des smartphones avec un CPU Dual-core à partir de 1GHz sont déjà très performants.

Le prix n’est pas un très bon indicateur; ni la puissance annoncée; par contre, la capacité de la mémoire interne, de la batterie et l’autonomie du smartphone, la présence d’un slot de carte mémoire ou la possibilité de prendre en charge deux cartes sim le sont davantage. Il faut garder en tête qu’un grand écran et des processeurs (CPU) multi-coeurs puissants sont gourmands en énergie.

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