[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Flashing ROMs and “tweaking” ones device is nothing new to the rooted Android user.  The art has been around since the inception of the OS and continues strong today.  That said, flashing ROMs to gain access to those killer features you long for can be arduous, redundant, and to some degree risky.  In addition, there always seems to be a feature or two that is specific to a ROM aside from the one that is currently running on your device. Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to a collection of features that can be applied to a device and in essence create your own custom ROM?  You can, and Gravity Box is a large part in making it all happen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Gravity Box is actually a robust module for the Xposed framework.  Xposed (if you’re unfamiliar) is an impressive framework that allows rooted users the ability install and configure an abundance of available modules, to bring the desired functionality to ones device without the need or hassle of flashing a custom ROM.  Therefore, in order to take advantage of Gravity Box or any other Xposed modules, you’ll need to be rooted and have the Xposed framework installed.  However, don’t fret, the installation and setup is quite simple.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Once the Xposed Framework is installed, the Gravity Box module can now be downloaded, installed, and activated.  The great thing about this module, is that it contains an array of the most popular tweaks and customization’s available without the need to seek out and install each one individually.  Gravity Box featured highlights include but are not limited to the following:

  • CyanogenMod’s Pie controls
  • Expanded Desktop
  • Lockscreen targets
  • Status bar quick settings tile management, additions, and reordering
  • Navigation bar tweaks
  • Advanced power-off menu (reboot, recovery)
  • Button for clearing all recent tasks at once
  • Battery indicator style
  • Phone tweaks – flip action, disable vibrate on call connect
  • Notification control (control notification lights, sounds, and vibrations on per-app basis)

And much more..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Gravity Box module is designed and targeted for Android devices running “vanilla” or “close-to-vanilla” Android 4.1 and up (AOSP).  XDA developer (C3C076) specifically identifies Nexus and Google Play Edition (GPE) devices as compatible with the module, but others running “vanilla” Android 4.1 and up should also work. Devices running Samsung Touchwiz, HTC Sense, MIUI, etc. are not supported and not guaranteed work.  Furthermore, attempting to run Gravity Box on custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, Slim, etc. may result in conflicts and unexpected system behavior.  Therefore, proceed at your own risk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If Gravity Box sounds intriguing and you’d like to give it a try for yourself, you can find detailed installation instructions via the module developers XDA page.  Please note, different sets of instructions exist for devices running Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 (Jelly Bean), vs. those running 4.4 (Kit-Kat). Links to both can be found at the conclusion of this article.  As with any modification one makes to their device, it’s strongly suggested that you back up your current data  in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I myself have been running both the Xposed framework and Gravity Box for several weeks without a problem. The installation of both went off without a hitch, and I am actively enjoying the flexibility and advantage of Gravity Box’s vast library of functionality while keeping my AOSP experience intact.

If you are one of the many users who enjoys customizing your device,  I urge you to give Gravity Box a try for yourself. In my opinion, this module should be considered the “jumping off” point to getting your feet wet with Xposed to begin building your own custom experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Gravity Box: Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Gravity Box: Android 4.4 (Kit -Kat)
Gravity Box: Google Plus Community

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