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GravityBox - all-in-one tweak box - Xposed module for devices running AOSP 4.4
Version 3.4.6 [KitKat]

Version for JellyBean is available in this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2316070

READ THIS POST CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING ANY FURTHER

Hey!
After countless hours of coding and searching for proper entry points to inject code to incorporate fixes and mods, here it is:
GravityBox - a complex Xposed module targeted for devices running Android 4.4, which turns vanilla ROM into
feature-packed "non-flashing" custom ROM.

Originally, this module was designed for MTK6589 devices which lack custom ROMs built from source due to MediaTek closed-source policy.
Later on, it was adjusted to support other (non-MTK) devices running vanilla or close-to-vanilla AOSP ROMs.

Introduction
The app utilizes amazing Xposed framework coded by recognized
developer rovo89 which, briefly, provides interface for injecting code into any app, including system services allowing modifications of applications and system services at run-time. One of the biggest advantages of GravityBox is that it is not bound to any specific device. Actually, it should run on any device having vanilla Android 4.4 (ROM close enough to AOSP).
This project wouldn't be possible without rovo's Xposed framework, so huge kudos to him.

Feature highlight
--- CyanogenMod Pie controls
--- Expanded Desktop
--- Statusbar QuickSettings tile management with tile reordering
--- Lockscreen targets
--- Statusbar icon coloring
--- Statusbar Brightness Control
--- Additional QuickSettings tiles:
------- Sync on/off, WiFi AP on/off, GravityBox shortcut, Torch, Network mode (2G/3G/2G+3G switch), Sleep, QuickRecord,
QuickApp, GPS on/off, Ringer mode, Volume tile, Camera tile, ...
--- Quick pulldown - switches to QuickSettings when status bar is pulled down near edges
--- Auto-switch to QuickSettings when there are no notifications
--- Center clock in statusbar
--- Battery indicator style
--- Navigation bar tweaks including cursor control keys
--- Navigation bar ring targets
--- Low battery warning policy
--- Disable LED flashing when battery low
--- Disable LED while charging
--- Advanced power-off menu (reboot, recovery)
--- Volume key cursor control
--- Skip tracks by volume key long-press while screen off (thanks to rovo89)
--- More volume levels for music stream
--- Option to control safe headset media volume
--- Button for clearing all recent tasks at once
--- CRT screen off animation
--- Minimal brightness setting
--- Autobrihtness levels adjustment
--- Lockscreen tweaks - show widgets maximized, lockscreen background style (color fill, custom image)
--- Lockscreen rotation
--- Hardware key actions - menu long-press/double-tap, back long-press, home long-press
--- Dithered Holo background
--- Option to use solid black Holo background
--- Expandable volume panel
--- Option to unlink ringtone and notifications volumes
--- Notification drawer style (background color, image for portait/landscape, transparency)
--- Button backlight modes (default, disabled, always on while screen is on)
--- Dialer (Phone) tweaks
--- Launcher tweaks
--- Screen recording
--- GravityBox Actions - interface for 3rd party apps
--- Smart Radio
--- Notification control (per-app notification LED/sounds/vibrations)
--- Ascending ring tone
... more to come

Compatibility
Some words about GB's main concept. One thing I didn't like about xposed modules was that it was always necessary to reboot a device after making a change to some option. Since GB's main concept was to turn MTK devices running stock ROM into something that's close enough to a feature-packed custom ROM, I had to take a decision - for it to be as much comfortable as possible and to really behave like a custom ROM, I had to design it to support most of the preference changes to be done on the fly without needing to reboot a device. While this sounds nice, it also brings couple of "drawbacks". For changes to be made on the fly, it is necessary to make some preparations when device starts. This means, even if you don't use the particular feature, the necessary preparation/modification is already there and is waiting for the user to come and change that option.
This means it is not possible to "completely deactivate" particular feature if it causes trouble on your device or if you installed GB because you want to use only one particular feature you can't find elsewhere.
This results in issues on ROMs/devices that have parts that are diverting from default Android implementation too much, or are running heavily modified custom ROMs.
If you experience weird issues after installing GB, even if you didn't activate a particular feature, it is not because of GB is broken, it is because it is not compatible with your ROM. It is very similar as if you installed ROM built from source for Nexus to some Xperia device - it won't work.

Next thing, GB is a complex module and is not suitable for 1 purpose scenario. This means, if you are running custom ROM built from source (CM, PAC, ...), and you are missing a certain feature, your best option is to go ask creators of those ROMs to implement those additional features. Supplementing missing features on well-known custom ROMs built from source by installing xposed modules (especially complex ones) is definitely not a good way to go and can cause more trouble than good.

And finally, the last. GB being a complex module, it shouldn't be combined with other complex modules often racing for the same goal. They can conflict/fight on the same playground and there's no way you can deterministically say which one's going to win.
They can even lose both.

So in summary:
- this module is designed to run on vanilla or close-to-vanilla Android 4.4 (AOSP)
- supports "Google devices" like Nexus, HTC One Google play edition, and others running vanilla Android 4.4
- supports Motorola Moto G Dual SIM running stock KitKat
- supports ThL 5000 running stock KitKat and potentially other MediaTek devices running pure MediaTek ROMs
- Samsung Touchwiz, HTC Sense, MIUI, LeWa, etc. are NOT supported. It is not guaranteed this module will work on these at all so try at your own risk. This module is simply too complex to support all kind of ROM brands that were vastly modified by vendors.
- DO NOT USE WITH CUSTOM ROMS LIKE CM,AOSPA,ROOTBOX,AOKP,SLIM, OMNI AND THEIR OTHER CLONES... IT MAKES NO SENSE AND CAN CAUSE CONFLICTS AND UNEXPECTED BEHAVIOUR
- I will not implement any exceptions that will adapt this module to a specific custom ROM. Please, do understand, it is unmanageable.
- I will not provide any support for devices violating these compatibility rules

Quote:
Originally Posted by trjlive

As is detailed in the OP, GravityBox is designed to be used with stock, vanilla AOSP ROMs, not OEM and custom ROMs. In other words, Google Play Edition and Nexus devices. All OEM ROMs (TouchWiz, Sense, Xperia, Moto, etc.), and custom ROMs (CyanogenMod, ParanoidAndroid, etc.) differ significantly in their code base from pure AOSP. And as most of these ROMs are closed source, and the developer does not have access to all the devices, it means that GravityBox is not designed for, or tested on, these devices and ROMs.

Even though the Moto devices look like stock Android, they are as much custom under-the-hood as TouchWiz or Sense. It's just that Motorola decided to implement a skin that resembles stock Android, rather than a custom skin like Samsung has done. But the changes to the core code mean that many of GravityBox's features will not work, and actually do cause some well-known bugs. The same goes for ParanoidAndroid, there are just too many changes to the core code for GB to be reliable.

If you choose to use GravityBox on a ROM it was never intended to be used with, then you do so at your own risk, and without any support. You should always have a good nandroid backup and be familiar with ADB and Fastboot. At any time, a ROM update or GravityBox update may cause any/all GravityBox features to break, and worst case, send your device into a bootloop. This is just an unfortunate reality of using a mod on a device it wasn't intended to be used on. Any user who wishes to improve or fix bugs on their unsupported ROM is more than welcome to download the source code for GravityBox (links to Git in the OP) and work on debugging and fixing the bugs on their own.

Prerequisites
To use this module, the following conditions must be met
- You have a device running Android 4.4 that's based on AOSP (vanilla or close-to-vanilla Android)
- ROM must be rooted (XposedInstaller requires root to be able to install framework into system)
- You have working custom recovery allowing you to make a backup before installing Xposed framework

GravityBox KitKat version has been developed and tested on Nexus 5

Installation
1) Backup your current ROM in custom recovery. I am serious. Don't skip this step.

2) Get the Xposed installer from Download section from Xposed official thread (the latest version is typically available at this link: http://dl.xposed.info/latest.apk)

3) Install and run Xposed installer and follow the instructions to activate Xposed framework

4) Reboot. If device doesn't boot that means that the Xposed framework is not compatible with ROM you are currently
running. You don't need to continue with the next steps. You will have to restore your ROM from backup.

5) Download, GravityBox APK from the second post, rename it to GravityBox.apk and install it.
Alternatively, you can download the latest GravityBox directly from Xposed Installer (search for GravityBox [KK] module).

6) Make sure GravityBox app is installed into internal memory. If it was installed into phone storage or external storage,
move it into the internal memory first (applies only to devices having additional or external storage)

7) Run Xposed installer, go to Modules menu and activate GravityBox by checking the checkbox

8) Reboot

9) Launch GravityBox from app drawer or from Xposed installer and set options as desired

Videos
- Xposed framework install plus gravity box module overview (thanks to Rootjunky.com & Marshall Williams)
- Gravity Box - What is it and How to install it (thanks to @D3VI0US)

Reporting bugs
If you experience problems with certain feature, provide the full-detailed info that can help me
to reproduce the bug and attach debug.log file you'll find in:
/data/data/de.robv.android.xposed.installer/log

In case you experience SystemUI crashes or other apps Force Closing, or device soft reboots, attach logcat from time
crash occurs. (use adb logcat *:E or your favorite logcat app from Play Store).
Please, don't attach big logs. Only the portion where error is clearly seen.
Disable all other xposed modules before reproducing bug to make sure it is really GravityBox related
Remember, this app was developed and tested on one particular device so it is not guaranteed that
it will work flawlessly on yours.


Click here tor ead additional, more detailed info on Reporting bugs provided by @trjlive

Multilanguage support
Volunteers are welcome to translate GravityBox to other languages.
Simply download this file: https://github.com/GravityBox/Gravit...es/strings.xml
Use Notepad++ to edit strings and then send me edited file so I can include translations into next release.

Source code
GravityBox is opensource. Sources are available in my gihub: https://github.com/GravityBox/GravityBox/tree/kitkat
If you're a dev and have some ideas for additional features, feel free to fork it, work on it
and send the pull requests.

Copyright notice
https://github.com/GravityBox/Gravit.../kitkat/NOTICE

Support development
Coding, maintaining and supporting this project costs me a lot of my precious time. If you find this project useful, you are welcome to support its development via donation. This form of support is meant to compensate for my time dedicated to the community + eventually, help me to afford newer device to keep up with AOSP evolution thus providing continuous support as Android evolves. Thanks!

Info about premium features and PayPal transaction ID verification system
1) Those who supported development via PayPal donation can use their PayPal transaction ID to unlock premium features.
As of v2.9.5, there's one premium feature: Backup/restore of GB settings.

2) If you contributed to the project by providing translations, code fragments, or by any other way
you can apply for a free transaction ID by contacting me via PM.

3) Be aware that there's a system that can identify potential transaction ID
abuse. E.g. when one ID is being used by more users. Such IDs will get blocked automatically.
This can also happen when you previously exposed your ID in public forum and other users took
advantage of it. If this is the case, contact me via PM so I can issue new, special ID.
In case you own more devices, you can use one transaction ID on up to 10 of them.

4) If you are using your own custom builds of GB for personal use, you will get hash mismatch
upon verifying your ID as verification system accepts requests only from official releases of GB.
If you want to be able to verify IDs with your custom build, contact me via PM so I can setup
a special hash for your build.
If you are using a custom build that you provide for broader group of users (e.g. in a custom ROM),
it is necessary to ask for new hash everytime your new custom version is released for public use.
These rules are based on mutual trust so please, do not violate them.

Credits
- @bgcngm for his code contributions to the project
- @MohammadAG for Xperia specific contributions to the project
- @rovo89 for his ultimate Xposed framework and "Volume keys to skip track" mod
- @peptonib for starting me up with this project
- @Tungstwenty for Fake ID vulnerability patch
- THL W8 owners for providing support and feedback
- CyanogenMod project
- ParanoidAndroid project
- SlimBean, RootBox, AOKP, OmniROM projects
- Sergey Margaritov for ColorPickerPreference
- All those who provided translations for different languages (Mr.Premise, peptonib, kidmar, ch-vox, romashko, Indiant, lelemm, oicirbaf, unavix, LuHash, WedyDQ10, mp3comanche, awaaas, liveasx, samsonbear, Eric850130, xtrem007, benjoe1, asmb111, ...)
- and finally, all those who keep the project alive by supporting me via donations (you know who you are)

Changelog
https://github.com/GravityBox/Gravit.../CHANGELOG.txt

XDA:DevDB Information
GravityBox [KK] Xposed Framework Module, Xposed for the Android General

Contributors
C3C076
Xposed Package Name: com.ceco.kitkat.gravitybox

Version Information
Status: Stable

Created 2013-12-03
Last Updated 2014-10-14
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Changelog 3.4.6 - 14/10/2014
- Heads up:
--- added option for importance threshold:
------ allows to suppress heads up for notifications that are of lower importance than defined threshold
------ depends on priority of notification as set by app sending a notification
------ hint: Medium level filters out Google Now notifications
--- added summary text to "Show expanded" preference to make clear it can be overriden by UNC (thanks to momomok)
--- optimized preference handling (less processing when notification arrives)
- Ultimate notification control:
--- fixed improper lights and vibration handling during quiet hours affecting mainly ongoing notifications
--- Active Screen: added option for ignoring quiet hours (shows active screen during quiet hours)
--- heads up importance threshold applies when heads up mode is set to "Default"
--- heads up importance threshold DOES NOT apply to Active Screen
- Network mode tile: added option for specifying 2G+3G mode:
--- allows to choose whether to use GSM/WCDMA Preferred or GSM/WCDMA Auto
--- tile icon indicates which 2G+3G mode is set (2G/3G or 3G/2G)
- PowerMenu: added option for hiding expanded desktop toggle in power menu
- GB App Picker: search field adjusted to allow inputting non-English characters (thanks to momomok)
- Status bar download progress: fixed exotic error appearing in xposed log
- Updated Russian translations (thanks to gaich)
- Updated Portuguese (PT) translation (thanks to bgcngm)
- Updated Portuguese (BR) translations (thanks to wyghor)
- Updated Chinese (Simplified) translations (thanks to liveasx)
- Updated Japanese translations (thanks to WedyDQ10)
- Updated French translations (thanks to ch-vox)
- Updated Spanish translations (thanks to DIG200)
- Updated Polish translations (thanks to xtrem007)
- Updated Chinese (Traditional) translations (thanks to momomok)
- Updated Italian translations (thanks to valerioscifoni)
- Updated Slovak and Czech translations

Full Changelog: https://github.com/GravityBox/Gravit.../CHANGELOG.txt

Alternative downloads: directly via Xposed Installer or at: http://repo.xposed.info/module/com.c...kat.gravitybox
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Reporting bugs by @trjlive
Here's the comprehensive info on reporting bugs prepared by @trjlive (many thanks!).
Please, read it carefully.

Quote:
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I've noticed an increase in bug reports being filed over the last few days. While a few of these bug reports have been quite helpful, the vast majority of them lack significant and necessary information, which makes them less useful and causes additional confusion about what the bug really is. So I thought I would write a guide on how to provide a proper bug report for GravityBox, to help the new users to this thread, as well as provide a reference for the experienced users.

The aim of a bug report is to describe what went wrong in enough detail that the developer can reproduce it on his device. Describe everything in detail, be direct and clear. State what you saw, and also state what you expected to see. List all the steps to reproduce the problem. After you type out the steps, follow them yourself to ensure you havenít left anything out. Donít make any assumptions that the developer will know what you mean, if you havenít written it out, then it didnít happen. If the developer canít reproduce the problem, or at least identify what is causing it, then youíre probably not going to get a fix.

Be ready to provide extra information if the developer needs it. If he didnít need it, he wouldnít be asking for it. He isnít being deliberately difficult. Providing version numbers of your device, ROM, Xposed, and GravityBox are the minimum. Donít just say ďthe latest versionĒ, actually provide the number. Sometimes an update is released since the last time you checked, so you may not actually be on the latest version. Providing the actual version numbers is the only way the developer can be sure of your deviceís environment.

Many users think that by providing any type of bug report, even a very basic one, such as: "It doesn't work" is better than doing nothing. Give the developer some credit for basic intelligence: if GravityBox really didnít work at all, he would probably have noticed. Since he hasnít noticed, it must be working for him. Therefore, either you are doing something differently from him, or your device is different from his. He needs information; providing this information is the purpose of a bug report. More information is always better than less. Be precise, developers like precision.

If a bug has already been reported, there is little reason to report it again, unless the developer specifically asks for more people to report it. When you post a "+1" message after someone else's bug report, all this does is add confusion to the thread and contributes nothing to the goal of fixing the bug. If you have no new information to provide, then don't post a bug report. If you can provide additional information that you think might help, then do post and link to the original bug report, and include your additional details, including all relevant details about your device if itís different from what has already been reported.

Due to financial and technological constraints, developers canít possibly own every device and ROM combination, which means there are a lot of users who have devices and ROMs that the developer has not used. This is important information. Every bug report should always include the make and model of the device, the name and version number of the ROM. An example such as, ďNexus 5 stock Android 4.4.4 build KTU84P.Ē Provide the device details upfront, the developer should never have ask for them, this is a basic detail that is always required. A bug may be specific to a particular device, or it may occur on different devices, but these details can make all the difference, and providing will usually result in you getting a fix sooner.

A bug report should always contain a log of the error. There are a number of things going on in the background on your device that you donít see but are relevant to the operation of GravityBox. A minor UI glitch might be nearly impossible to track down without a log, but by being able to read line by line in a log and seeing what happened, makes it a lot easier to find and fix the bug. Without a log, many bug fixes are like trying to find a needle in a corn field. Provide a verbose log, of only the time period where you reproduce the bug. These logs will likely contain hundreds if not thousands of lines, so please limit it as much as possible to the shortest time needed to reproduce the bug. Attach the log file to your bug report as a file attachment (.txt or .zip file), or paste it on a site like pastebin.com, and then include a link to it in your bug report. But please don't just copy and paste the entire logcat into your post in this thread, it causes posts to be unnecessarily long and difficult to read.

In summary, every single bug report should contain, at the minimum, the following information:

  • What happened: Describe the bug, what you saw, any error messages, force closes, UI glitches, etc.
  • What was expected: Describe what you expected to see.
  • Steps to reproduce the bug: Be thorough and detailed, donít make any assumptions in the steps. List everything you do, from tapping an icon, changing a setting, turning down the volume, etc. This is the part where you canít give too much information, more is always better.
  • Device environment: List your deviceís make, model, ROM name and version, OS build if available, and the carrier name is sometimes helpful (if there are multiple different configurations of the same device).
  • Log file: Provide a logcat file of the steps where you reproduce the bug. Set the log type to verbose, and limit the duration to as short of a time as needed to capture the bug.

If you canít provide all of this information, then please explain why. If youíre trying to get a logcat, but it errors out before running, explain that. Itís better to explain what is preventing you from providing a crucial piece of information, than to just omit it. A bug report that contains all of this information, or as much of it as possible, will go a long way to helping the developer recreate the bug on his end, determine what is causing it, and provide a fix for it, all in a timely fashion.

And always remember to be gracious and appreciative of the developer for donating his time and effort to helping you. Developers on XDA do not get paid for their work, they do it all because they want to, on their own time and at their own expense. They owe nothing to anyone on this site. Even if you have donated to their project, they still owe you nothing more than anyone else. You donated because you wanted to contribute to the development of the project, not to buy any extra level of support.


Letís help the developers help us, the users, by providing the necessary information they need, in the bug reports we post.

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Thanks! (First! ) but I get a parsing error for the package...

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Thanks! (First! ) but I get a parsing error for the package...

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You can't install this on Android lower than 4.4
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Thanks. Installed fine. Looking forward to trying it out

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You can't install this on Android lower than 4.4

But I have a Nexus 4 with KRT16S...

EDIT: Worked fine now...reupload solved the issue...

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So, do you have any ideas how to get the MotoX files to decompile? Which one did you have trouble with? I can't get the framework-res.apk to install.
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Great Work, AWESOME !

All i need now is KK for my phone

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Thank you for great work. It's working!
Is it possible to add battery bar - line on top? If possible with animation charge. Thank you.

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