Long ago rooting your Android device meant that you almost exclusively were using the administrative privileges in order to flash a custom ROM on the phone or update your device to a newer version of Android than your manufacturer would support. Nowadays there are tons of reasons to root your phone, and quite possibly the greatest of them is to install the Xposed Framework. Simply put Xposed Framework gives you more options to tweak your phone than anything else out there, and the best part of all for many people is that you never have to flash a custom ROM to use it. All you need is root access and you can even use Xposed on a stock firmware for your phone. Today Xposed is releasing v2.6 beta 1 which brings a number of changes, many being the under-the-hood type.
First up you can see above that the UI has undergone a change, and represents the card UI that Google started pushing when it introduced Google Now back in 2012. What’s more is that Xposed lets you choose between light, dark and completely blacked out UI modes, giving those AMOLED screen owners reason to celebrate. While the UI isn’t drastically different in some areas, opening an individual module to browse the changelog and available updates is now presented in a swipeable page fashion rather than a list view. This is a much more friendly way to display info and it all works very well.
Besides the obvious UI overhaul we’re looking at a new logo, the ability to select stable, beta and experimental downloads for Xposed and any modules contained, and a number of other internal improvements related to resource usage and compatibility. Having the ability to easily choose beta and experimental channels is great for those of us out there that like living on the bleeding edge of tweaks, always jumping at the opportunity to try the latest and greatest. Hit up the XDA Developers page for the latest download of Xposed Framework v2.6 beta 1, and as always expect bugs in any beta candidate that you download.