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If you've got a late-model Samsung device and a desire to tinker, Wanam Xposed is for you. It's a module for the increasingly popular Xposed Framework (which means that those without root need not apply). If you have a stock Samsung device that runs Android 4.2 or later, Wanam Xposed opens up an incredible amount of customization options for TouchWiz and other settings.

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Visual and audio tweaks include colors or transparency in the notification bar, customizations for the battery, clock, and date displays, transparent quick settings, 180-degree rotation support, disabling Samsung's dingy boot sound, and a dark theme for the multi-window view. But this app goes way beyond cosmetic tweaks. You can also add recovery and download mode options to the reboot menu, kill apps with a long-press of the Volume Down button, add new apps to the Multi-Window view, hide the wireless charging notification, and add a flashlight hotkey for the volume buttons, a la the Galaxy S4 Active and other "rugged" Samsung phones. (Yes! Every device should have this.)

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This is only a brief list of what Wanam Xposed can do - head to the Play Store or this XDA thread to check out a more exhaustive breakdown of its capabilities. Wanam Xposed requires the Xposed Framework app, root permissions, and a stock TouchWiz build of Android 4.2 or later - it's not recommended for custom ROMs. Also note that the Xposed Framework has a nasty habit of doing unexpected things to your phone, so back up your current build if you can. (The XDA post has a method for selectively enabling and disabling Xposed via the ClockworkMod custom recovery.) Wanam is a free download in the Play Store, and the APK file is also available at XDA.

By the way, if you're looking for some less extreme tweaks for your Galaxy S4 or Note II without Xposed, check out Note 2 Hidden Settings. Also, a few of the more advanced tweaks available in Wanam are of questionable legality depending upon your location, like call recording (remember to inform all parties) and removing the camera shutter sound. Be careful to follow your local laws.

Via XDA-Developers

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • tylerbrainerd

    Every time I accidentally look at screen shots of TouchWiz i throw up in my mouth a little. So glad I don't have that crap.

    However, great customization tools are awesome, and I'm glad for those who use touchwiz

    • FadyMahfouz

      I have a Galaxy Note 2 and I can confirm your feelings. However the impossible to match battery life of it keeps me in tow. Most of my other devices are Nexuses and everytime I switch to using the Note 2 I try not to hit my head with a hammer.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Oh, it's definitely possible to match the battery at this point.

      • hot_spare

        The feeling is mutual regarding batterylife of Nexus compared to GN2.

      • Primalxconvoy

        I have a note 2 and love the heck out of it. Android may have its problems but once I got a custom launcher, I never liked back.

    • mesmorino

      Don't be such a pissant drama queen, it's just a manufacturer skin, and it's not even bad at all

    • TY

      The aesthetics is only one of the problems. The other problem is that touchwiz barely follows android design guidelines. No overflow button, long lists of menu, un-swipable tabs, etc.Touchwiz slows down the device and isnot as user friendly as aosp roms.

      • mikeym0p

        It breaks the flow of AOSP too, the options being in a different place isn't so bad. But often so, they add intermediate steps to get to the action I want. Many times in AOSP it's just a few clicks or swipes away where as samsung requires several. A lot of core Android features are broken or hampered too.

        If you use all Samsung services it's nice, but I have yet to see someone use them. Everyone just downloads the google apps.

    • enoch861

      Even though TouchWiz is ugly, you can't deny its "better" than AOSP. I was a CM10.1 evangelist for months and months. Then I realized AOSP doesn't provide anything better than TouchWiz other than a "better" interface and less features. TouchWiz has all these small great features that, believe it or not, are actually amazing and are worth it. Also, I found that AOSP or CM10.1 ROMs didn't particularly have better battery life than TW. So after weighing pro's and con's, I ended up just sticking with TW and I've never been happier. Yes TW lags and is heavy, yes it eats up RAM for lunch, but at the end of the day, the features that TW has stock, are worth it. Its a Necessary evil.

      • Shitiz Garg

        No, I can deny it's better than AOSP. I fully and whole heartedly believe it sucks when compared to AOSP. The "features" are nice, sure, but given the ugly interface, lag and it's RAM hog, they're just not worth it.

        • enoch861

          I used to think the same because like I mentioned before, I used to use CM/AOSP exclusively. I mean, within the first 2 hours of having a new phone it would be rooted and running some variant of AOSP. And then I got the One S, then the S3, and then the Note 2 and things changed. Maybe its just the fact that on the Note 2 TW isn't so bad? Or the phones are getting so much power to the point where the skins are fast. Because, honestly, CM10.1 was terrible on it. I mean, it was nice and fast but its the little things that just work in TW that keep me away. It had issues switching between HSPA+ and LTE. And the camera is practically useless. Mind you, I don't use the camera on my phone a lot but when I do, I expect usable results which CM10.1 or AOSP can't provide. Also other little features such as built in DLNA support (I stream alot to my 360 and receiver and the Chromecast doesn't help with local content). And so on and so forth.

          • Damien

            Yep can wholeheartedly agree. Coming from S2 running CM9, S3 running CM10 and now the S4, I have switched to a fro from CM10.2 and stock rom, always end up back on Stock Rom as It's so feature packed, and so many features come in handy and make android so much more usable. Everytime I go to cm or aosp (google edition rom), I cringe everytime I go to do something like swipe to call/sms, lift phone to ear while in sms of a contact to call, full screen swipe to show notification bar, the video player which is the best player I have used, watchon for one button press to turn tv, stereo and bluray player on and all inputs set up ready to play, S Planner being my favourite calendar app (no other calendar app compares). The stock rom is now super fast if you disable all the airview/gesture stuff with no lag at all for me.

          • Shitiz Garg

            Ah, you're basing AOSP on devices that are not supposed to have it. I was basing my opinion on the devices which are supposed to be fully AOSP supported (i.e. Nexus). See, I don't care about features much (there's always an app for that) and I care a lot of aesthetics of the UI and fluidity. So that's why I prefer AOSP especially over TW (which IMO is one of the worst looking skins over Android 4.x), and this combined with lack of software buttons (or perhaps inclusion of hardware buttons) is one of the biggest reasons I've stuck with the Nexus line of devices

          • Damien

            AOSP is AOSP, doesn't matter about the hardware mate. Yea I value screen real estate, so software buttons are off the table for me. And since "there is an app for that", why not download a launcher and some skins and suddenly touchwiz isn't so touchwizzy ;-)

            If I had to download an app for every little feature that I use from samsung, I would run out of space and ram quickly, I would say the little nexus device would run just as quick as the s4 after installing all the extra apps.

            Mind you I do agree TW could look better, but its really not that bad.

            If you don't care about features, and you care about ui, why not go iPhone?

          • smeddy

            I used to be a big CM/AOSP fan, and I still am, but I've been on stock TW on my Note 1 for the last three months.
            This is mainly because of the Alliance Rom v3, which is flawless, but also partly it's Samsung's fault for not releasing the Mali blobs for TW, so CM etc will always be crippled on Samsung devices.
            I really wish Samsung/Quaalcomm could support the community more source-wise. Then it would be a fair choice between the two

          • Damien

            Wouldn't that be the choice of GS4 or GS4 Google Edition? Can now install the GE rom on the Int GS4 with no real issues at all.

    • macci

      Touch wiz is the best available.asop sucks

      • tylerbrainerd

        lol

  • FadyMahfouz

    Only for 4.2 and up! There goes 3/4 of Samsung line!

  • Jays2Kings

    "270-degree rotation support"

    Hold on does the S4 not support landscape both ways, because that's terrible if it doesn't.

    • JonSnow16

      It isn't only for the S4...

      • Jays2Kings

        My point is that Samsung 4.2 devices don't natively support 270 degree rotation (at least that what I'm asking if true)

        • chenxiaolong

          The S4 does 0, 90, and 270 (both in the preloaded stock ROM and AOSP).

          • Jays2Kings

            Ah ok thanks, I guess he meant 180.

          • Jeremiah Rice

            You're right, my mistake. The story text has been fixed.

  • Omar

    God TouchWiz is ugly...

  • dhalamar

    Damn... I've got a flaky Samsung Charge (everything just starts to force quit out of the blue for no reason) and a stock Galaxy S III. lol

  • Aditya Bhartia

    Is there anything for android 4.1.2??

    • Primalxconvoy

      Preferably without root.

      • markotamcar

        And without Android OS, right? :P

        • Primalxconvoy

          No. I would want Android. It's the devil I know and the lesser of the evils.

          • markotamcar

            I was joking because you were being unrealistic by asking for such an advanced app as Xposed to work without root.

  • satyam
  • http://www.marklaflamme.com/ Mark LaFlamme

    The question is, do I want to flash a 4.2 ROM just so I can try this out? I'm thinking nope. But it does intrigue me, dammit.

  • RebelwithoutaClue

    I'm running a Samsung S3 with 4.2.2 rom with root but somehow it doesnt do anything. I can start the app, I'm making the changes, but after a reboot, everything is the same. Do you need to manually install the framework?

    • Aymen Fadhel

      You need to be on a Touchwiz based 4.2 rom not an aosp one.

      • RebelwithoutaClue

        It is touchwiz based, it's a leaked version of 4.2.

      • RebelwithoutaClue

        Never mind, got it working now. Forgot to check the module in the framework app ;)

  • gregorS

    only for Android 4.2 ?! Even my new Xperia Z haven't such version of Android!!

    • Alok

      Eh? 4.2.2 has been on Xperia Z for about a month now.

  • sponplat

    Awesome, this fixes a lot of issues I currently have with touchwiz. It's tips like this one that makes me come back and check AP for the latest news.

    • sponplat

      Ok, I've installed it and played with it a bit. First off, this app had a crazy amount of non-standard features enabled from the start. Meaning I had to browse through the whole app just to disable a bunch of features that I don't want enabled.

      However, once I cleaned it up I was able to fix a couple of touchwiz issues I had, among others you can with this app disable boot sound, disable camera shutter sound, remove the headset volume warning, make calls only the standard view in the phone app etc.

      I like it, but I wish it came without any features enabled.

  • Oobiewan

    for rooted devices running samsung's 4.2? I can't imagine rooting a samsung phone without replacing the whole rom. Just flash the newest cm on it, and you won't need these apps. Btw there are not too much samsung devices above 4.1...

  • Primalxconvoy

    "... and add a flashlight hotkey for the volume buttons, a la the Galaxy S4 Active and other "rugged" Samsung phones. (Yes! Every device should have this.)..."

    I agree. More phones need to have basic featurephone functions these days. There's really no excuse.

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      On the S4 the menu option for activating the flashlight through the volume key is there, but hidden. If u create a shortcut for activities (NOVA launcher can do that) and choose to create an activity shortcut, you can find the flashlight under config.

      "Create shortcut" -> Activities -> Config -> Flashlight. This shortcut will open the options so you can toggle the flashlight when the screen is off holding the volume up key.

      Just to make it clear, you don't need root for this :P

      • Primalxconvoy

        Nice. I think I read about that but when I tried it on my note 2 it didn't work.

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          Read this in a thread on S4 forum on XDA..

  • Paul

    4.2 or later. yeah, that's right, tease us Galaxy Note 2 owners still sitting on Android 4.1.2; I'm so annoyed right now that I'm considering going to an AOSP based ROM to get 4.2 or 4.3, and lose my S-Pen special features support and my multi-window. Sitting on 4.1.2 for this long is frustrating.

  • DarrenR

    Somehow this is comparable with my Rockchip mk808 but not my Note 2?

  • Matthew Fry

    The transparent notification shade is interesting but incredibly difficult to read.

    • http://wanamlite.com/ Mohamed Karami (Wanam)

      You can customize the Opacity level on the Color Picker.

  • Snarf7

    no love for the still lagging behind the world gs3?