Most of us are aware of Android N’s current “Beta” stage. Android N happens to bear a lot of new and cool features current Android M and lower users don’t have access to yet. Good news for those of us Rooted on Lollipop and above, you can actually artificially acquire some of Android N’s features, assuming you’ve got Xposed installed.
Let’s run through the pre requisites for what you’ll need in order to test out these new features.
· Android Lollipop and above
· Valid Root Access
· Xposed Framework installed
· Android N-ify
To start off, of course you’ll need to have root access, and you’ll also need to have Xposed framework installed. All this must be running on an Android device with 5.0 Lollipop and greater. A developer by the name of MrWasdennnoch brings us “Android N-ify”, a useful utility that uses the power of Root permissions and Xposed to customize the theming of your device at the lower levels of your root access to give you Android N like visual theming.
Starting off, you’ll need to head into your Xposed installer and search up Android N-ify. Download, install, and enable the module, then reboot your device to start tinkering around with it. (Don’t forget there will be frequent updates for newer builds to implement newer features. You can access these newer builds through the XDA developers thread for this app.)
Once inside the app, you’ll be greeted by the main menu. From here there are currently only a few options you’ll have available to you, including customization to the Settings app, recents page, your Status Bar Header, notification screens, and even your Lock screen (in development.) Aside from that, you can also make some minor tweaks to the actual app itself, like the color scheme.
One of the biggest new quality of life changes coming in Android N is the ability to view little “subtitles” of relevant information for each setting in your stock settings app.
Things like the name of the SSID your device is connected to, your ringer status, battery percentage, storage and RAM usage are all displayed under the settings header.
To enable this, simply head into the Android N ify app, and go into settings, then enable “Settings Summaries.” There are also other miscellaneous options to play around with, so experiment to your liking.
The next tweak involves the recents/multitasking screen. Head into the recents settings, and you’ll see a plethora of customizations, such as quick switching using your recents key, like double tapping to swap back to your old app.
In the Status bar header, here’s where things get interesting, you can finally customize your statusbar/quick settings page. Things like enabling the amount of tiles to be shown, or fancy transition animations are all offered. The best way to find a configuration you enjoy is to experiment, enable and disable certain settings to find your sweet spot.
Coming near the end, we have the Notifications tweaks. The name is self-explanatory, as applying modifications to this will change the appearance, and the look and feel of the notifications pane. You’ll get a more “material” or simplistic look in your notification drawer. Again, play around with it and see if it’s something you’ll want.
Just enable the “Style Notifications” button and you’ll automatically have Android N’s notification style drawer. This is also applied to your stock lock screen as well. If you do not like how a certain app’s notifications look, just click “Blacklisted Apps” and select which app you wish to use the old theme for. Then there are miscellaneous accents and color changes you can tinker with.
The last modification you can enable happens to involve the lock screen. There’s only one thing you can currently enable, and it’s enabling the emergency information. All this allows you to do is display emergency information such as your name, contact information, address and other pieces of medical information that may come in handy should something happen.
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