A new module for the popular Xposed framework aims to transplant some of the best features of Android N to devices that can’t get the update.
Dubbed N-ify, the module is in beta stage, and, for now, it only offers two Android N features – Settings menu subtitles (the descriptions shown beneath the main categories in the Settings menu); and double-tap to switch to the last used app.
It’s not much for now, for sure, but N-ify developer MrWasdennnoch over at XDA Forums plans to add a number of additional features to the module, including:
- Navigation drawer in Settings
- Use recents button to navigate through recents
- Doze mode even when device is moving
- Emergency info on lockscreen
- Night mode
- New notifications layout
The module has been tested on devices running CyanogenMod 13 (Marshmallow-based) and in theory it should work on any ROM based on Lollipop or Marshmallow that doesn’t stray too far from stock Android. TouchWiz or LG UX users may have a harder time.
Even if your device is stock Android, keep in mind that this is a beta module. From the comments over on Reddit and XDA, it looks like the double-tap to switch functionality is wonky at the moment.
MrWasdennnoch warns that, due to the lack of source code for Android N, he may not be able to emulate several of the coolest features of the new Android version, including Multi-Window, the DPI selector, and Data Saver.
That said, N-ify is better than nothing, so if you have a compatible, rooted device, and you know your way around Xposed, give it a try and let us know what you think!