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Alpha version of GravityBox for Lollipop now available
It was a relatively long wait, but definitely worth it. Developer rovo89 released the first alpha for Xposed Framework for Lollipop ten days ago, finally bringing fans of the customization platform the ability to mix and match their favorite features on top of Android 5.0. Now using Xposed has got even easier thanks to the release of GravityBox for Lollipop.
Developer C3C076 announced on XDA that the alpha version of GravityBox v5.0.0 is currently available and should be compatible with all devices running stock Android. For now, the tool has been tested on a Nexus 5; Google Play edition phones should work fine, while further testing is needed for the Moto G. GravityBox 5 should not be used on the Moto X (2014) for now, as it causes bootloops according to C3C076.
GravityBox 5.0 will not work with custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android, or with manufacturer versions of Android, like TouchWiz or Sense.
GravityBox for Xposed offers a collection of features that can be used to easily extend the functionality of a rooted device, without having to flash a new ROM. As such, it’s ideal for those who want to get started with Android customization, but can’t – or don’t want to – mess with ROMs.
GravityBox features, as per C3C076:
- 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
- Autobrightness 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
Both GravityBox v5.0 and Xposed Framework for Lollipop are in alpha, so some bugs, inconsistencies, and other issues should be expected. Newbies are probably better off waiting for a more stable version. But, if you’re comfortable with the bleeding edge, feel free to get started with the new GravityBox from this XDA thread.