While flashing your ROM on your Android device is getting more prominent as more users jump over to the Android side of things, sometimes it's not always necessary to get the results that you want. Enter in Xposed Framework, allowing users to access a wide variety of tweaks for their devies without having to replace or install over your existing Android operating system.
What it does
The Xposed Framework does require root access to your device in order to install, but supposedly doesn't require this access once it's on your device. Xposed Framework performs low-level tweaks to your device, without having to flash custom ROMs. As per howtogeek.com, "It extends the /system/bin/app_process executable to load a specific JAR file on startup. This file’s classes will be part of every app process on the system — even system service processes. It’s then possible to modify an app’s behavior at runtime"
Of note: Xposed will work on most Android devices that are ARM based and running Android 4.0 or later. If you're on an Android device running an Intel Chip, unfortunately, this will not function for your device.
How to Install
First, you'll need to sideload the Xposed Framework, which can be found here.
Once that's done, you can easily launch the service and then tap on the Install/Update Button. This part will require root access to your device in order to continue.
After that's done, you can reboot your devices and VOILA! Xposed Framework will now work on your device. If you so choose, you can always return to your installer app and uninstall the Xposed Framework at a later date.
So, what can I do with Xposed?
Well, what Xposed can allow you to do is install other apps that do the tweaking for you. This is much like the Cydia app for iOS and Android, acting as a base for other apps that can do the work to your system.
Two examples provided by howtogeek.com, are the Tweakbox collection MoDaCo Toolkit. We won't get into the nitty and gritty behind how to get these onto your device (just follow the link above to check it out), but they've got a pretty neat assortment of tweaks that would normally require you to flash the ROM on your device to access.
The Tweakbox Collection includes tweaks such as being able to change the level at which you receive a critical battery warning, control what the long-press of the home screen does, and more. For the MoDaCo toolkits, one of tweaks includes being able to disable region checking by your device so that you can install region specific applications, such as Wallet and Sound Search (US only right now).
Otherwise, there are a plethora of other toolkits and tweaks that can be accessed through the XDA Developer Forum and provides a welcome change to tweaking your device without having to flash it. As such, it's not only easy to install and work with, it's also easy to remove from your device.
Has anyone tried out the Xposed Framework on their device? How do you like using it compared to flashing your ROM?