Customization is one of the key features of the entire Android ecosystem. The way that user’s are empowered to change their own environments, within the bounds of a given Android powered device, has been crucial to Android’s overall adoption rate. Historically custom ROMS were needed to truly expose the full power of what the mobile OS has to offer. Flashing ROMs, though, can be a rather time consuming process. What happens if you brick your device? What happens if you running a Nexus device and just want extended functionality? This is where the Xposed framework comes into play. After rooting your device and installing Xposed, you now have access to a ton of a la carte modules that can increase the overall functionality of the device. The beauty of Xposed is that you can do all this without the need to flash and reflash your device when new ROM updates are released. Just install a mod, turn it on, reboot, and you’re done. Until recently, support for Android 5.0 has not been available.
This weekend the creator of Xposed, rovo89, announced and released the Xposed framework for Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to rovo89, “Many [Xposed] modules will actually work without any changes, especially those which modify the behavior of user apps…” For testing purposes, the newest version of Xposed is still in alpha. See it released into production once a spectrum of Xposed’s seasoned modders get their hands on it. Check out the XDA thread here for apks and instructions. Happy modding.