Monday, October 28, 2013

[App Review] Xposed Module

Have you wanted to get into more technical Android customization? Do you find the ROM community a bit complex? Want to get into the ROM community to see what your device can do before making complex changes? Then the Xposed Module may be for you.
While getting this up and running still requires rooting your device, that is about the hardest work that needs to be done. After that, installing the Xposed Module app, running and update process and rebooting your device gets you up and running to adding various modules.

Steps
  1. Root your device (if not already done)
  2. Install Xposed Module
  3. Run the app, click on framework and select 'Install/Update'
  4. After a short process, reboot your device and you're ready to install various modules
Modules
  • Setting up a module requires installing it from the Modules list in the app
  • Some require only enabling it as they run within the Android framework
  • Others get their own app icon (i.e. Boot Manager) and allow for additional customization
  • All modules must be enabled in the Xposed Module app then followed up with a soft or normal reboot of the device
  • Disabling a module is about the same process - uncheck the module in the Xposed Module then soft or normal reboot your device
My current recommended module is Boot Manager. I noticed that even after a clean update of my device and re-installing all apps from Google Play that my device boot time is substantially affected and performance decreases as well versus a device with no apps. Boot Manager helps to alleviate that by allowing users to remove apps from booting with the device. The module description compares this to deleting programs from the Windows start-up folder which is a very apt description. While these apps may take a split second longer to load later as they are not in the device's memory, the device boot time decreases and system performance improves as there is more memory to work with at start and less to keep in memory while the system is running. I am still playing with other modules but be sure to read the description as it seems that not all modules work with every device and there is a chance to soft brick your device. It is recommended by the developer and should be done as a rule of thumb to backup your device (i.e. Titanium Backup, Nandroid, etc.) before starting just in case something does go wrong.

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