Bytes: Xposed Framework‘s lead developer, rovo89, said back in January that development on the tool was in progress but that it could take hundreds of hours more to complete. After committing to it in his spare time, and receiving a bit of help along the way, the new version has now been released.
The news arrives via XDA Developers, which noted that both Xposed Framework and the Xposed Installer have been upgraded with support for Android 7.0 and Android 7.1.1. This means that, if you have a rooted device, you can simply install the Framework Installer app to get Xposed running on your handset.
Xposed Framework is a free tool which lets Android users customize certain aspects of their OS without having to install another ROM. It makes use of self-contained software “modules” to achieve these alterations, allowing for things like general UI tweaks (using something like GravityBox), and extras for specific apps (like with Snapprefs for Snapchat).
While this is good news for those running Android Nougat, you’re probably aware that we now have an even newer Android version available: Android Oreo. Can we expect support for that in the future?
“I have already started work on Android 8.0,” said rovo89, as quoted by XDA Developers. “I’m really confident that I’ll be much faster this time. Android 8.1 shouldn’t be much different, so I expect not much additional work for it.”
Head on over to the official forum thread for the Xposed Installer and framework zips to get it up and running on your Android Nougat device.
What Is Xposed Framework
Xposed Framework is a framework for your rooted Android phone. It in itself does not do much. But it lets you install other apps/mods/tweak with system level functionality without having to flash them via custom recovery.
Xposed Framework makes it a lot easier to customize/mod your phone. Not only can you change the looks of your Android phone, but also increase its performance and tweak system level functionality with Xposed Framework.
How Is It Better Than Flashing A Custom ROM?
- Easier to use: To flash a custom ROM, you have to go into the custom recovery, wipe your phone and install a whole new OS and then flash a couple of zip files including Google apps. After which, you have re-install apps from your backup. On the other hand, installing tweaks in Xposed is as easy as installing apps. You don’t even have to go into the custom recovery and there isn’t much that you can do wrong here. Ultimately, flashing a custom ROM is a time-consuming task that takes a lot of research and planning to achieve. Of course, you might enjoy doing all of that, and nobody is stopping you.
- You get to stay stock: You can use Xposed on your current stock ROM. The one that is stable and familiar. You don’t have to go looking for something that will fit your needs or learn how to use a complicated new feature. All you are doing is adding on top of something that already works well. This is at least the case for Nexus, Motorola and Google Play Edition devices.
As I said earlier, Xposed Framework is just that, a framework. Its functionality is enhanced by Modules, just like apps on your Android phone enhance your phone’s functionality. Modules are basically .apk files you can download from anywhere on the internet and you install them just like you would install any other app via side loading.