After much delay, and even the possibility that it might never happen, the popular Xposed Framework is now available for Lollipop devices.
It’s an alpha version with support only for devices one ARMv7 processors and above, and the developer rovo89 is warning that installation may cause bootloops on devices. The early word is that Samsung products on stock ROMs are included in those affected by bootloops.
That said, if you’re feeling brave you can give it a try. Xposed for Lollipop can be downloaded via a thread on the xdc-developers.com forum. This thread also includes plenty of feedback from early users, and you can add your own experiences of testing the software as well.
Xposed has long been one of the most popular hack methods on Android phones and tablets. It enables users to use assorted modules that add or change the functionality within the core OS—the kind of things that would previously have required flashing a whole new ROM to achieve.
Check out our guide to the best Xposed modules.
It is likely that the extension of Xposed compatibility will now result in a series of new Lollipop-specific hacks that address some of the frustrations that users have encountered with the new OS. (Some of these are also likely to be fixed in Android 5.1 as well.)
If you plan on testing Xposed make sure you make a full backup of your device first. You should do this for any hack, of course, but in this instance it is even more important.
We’ve guide a full guide on how to back up an Android device here, as well as more information on creating a Nandroid backup, which can be restored in the event of a bootloop.
Do you plan on testing the alpha of Xposed for Lollipop? Let us know how you get on in the comments below.