5 Days with the Nexus 6P – Day 4

GravityBox Installer

You could also call this Custom Android without the Custom ROM – Part 3. See Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed those posts a couple of weeks back.

I was first introduced to the Xposed Module GravityBox with the 2013 Nexus 5, and used it with Android KitKat as a stopgap until 4.4 custom ROMs started appearing on XDA. Now both GravityBox and the Xposed Installer are available for Marshmallow, bringing some much-needed tweaks to Google’s latest version of Android OS.

GravityBox Power Tweaks

I’m amazed that stock Android still doesn’t have a reboot option. I also enjoy having a screen grab option in the power menu, as an added convenience.

GravityBox Reboot Menu 1

A reboot later and voilà! Reboot and screenshot options are now available in the power menu.

GravityBox Reboot Menu 2

And here’s the second-level reboot menu, just like you’d see in CyanogenMod or any other custom ROM worth its salt.

GravityBox Clear All Options

I also like having the option to clear all running apps. I think Samsung’s TouchWiz has this built-in (?) but Google’s ROM does not.

GravityBox Clear All Button

After another reboot my “close all” button is right where I want it to be, near the bottom right of my display.

GravityBox Cursor Control

What I’ve especially been missing from CyanogenMod is right and left arrow keys below the keyboard to more easily move the cursor in text entry fields.

GravityBox Keyboard Arrows

Trust me, you don’t know how much you need this feature until you’ve tried it.

The only drawback to Xposed Modules is that you have to reboot after every update—and if you run several modules simultaneously you’ll be updating and rebooting a lot. Still, GravityBox is invaluable as that last piece of the missing puzzle, one that provides users with a fully-customizable installation of Android Marshmallow.

Modders, I think your hero device of 2015 is ready for purchase!

Sources: Android Police (1) (2)

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