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If you live right on the bleeding edge of the Android modding world, but you just can't press the button on using beta software, you're in luck! Xposed 2.4 is now out of beta just one week after KitKat support was first announced. As with the previous release, this one comes with the new log viewer and some pretty serious performance improvements. Now that it has lost the beta tag, it should also be fairly stable, or at least as stable as you can expect for a super-charged modding framework.

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Xposed is still not equipped to support KitKat's new runtime-in-testing, ART. As developer rovo89 explains, trying to run ART and Xposed together will result in a bootloop. To prevent users from accidentally sending their devices into a tailspin, Xposed will reset the runtime to Dalvik if the switch is made.

Android 4.4 users should also remember that some modules may not work correctly if they modified anything that has since been changed with the upgrade to KitKat. This is one of the ways in which the new log viewer can be helpful for debugging, or at least determining if a module is incompatible.

If you're already an Xposed user, simply hit the download screen for the latest installer, then update the framework from within the app. For new users, or those just getting set up on Android 4.4, simply follow the instructions on the developer's thread. Remember, your device must be rooted and /system must be writeable. Don't forget, you will definitely want to make a nandroid backup before starting the install, and be prepared to either restore it or hop into Safe Mode in case anything goes wrong.

Source: XDA 1, 2

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • A

    Unfortunately ART has become indispensable for me by now. Switching between recent tasks is so fast.

    • Samvith V Rao

      Yeah man! The extra 0.003 seconds do really add up over the course of 10 years.

      • imneveral0ne

        No, but the huge improvement in battery life sure does.

        • fjleon

          how much improvement are you talking? give me numbers please

          • Ivan Myring

            Some people reckon up to 2 hours extra screen on. Most people see about an hour extra, though.

        • fonseca898

          It's a minimal improvement if you are running a custom ROM and kernel/battery script, at best. But I have noticed a slight difference in my daily usage. Just not enough to give up Xposed on my daily driver. It has been a huge time saver.

      • eindbaas

        It's not about directly caring about the .1 sec differences, it is the snappier experience overall (+battery life).

  • CasperTFG

    Thanks Cody. Installed via Unicon.

  • David Hart

    Can the issue with Xposed not working with ART be fixed?
    Or is it an inherent problem with how Xposed works?

    • Franz

      The developer has stated that it would require a complete re-write. I wouldn't expect it to work with ART anytime soon.

      So if you rely a lot on Xposed, I suggest you stay with Dalvik.

    • Kcls

      The struggle is real. I don't know which is more important to me: ART, or Xposed.

  • Benjamen Meiers

    ART was such an improvement I think I may need to skip xposed.

  • Zammi

    AP, Any security concerns over using Xposed in a phone that I'm using as a daily driver?

  • yash1229

    Recently rooted my S4 and installed CWM! I want to know what's so special about Xposed and how do I get it onto my device? :)

    • Kie
    • Ivan Myring

      Xposed is a framework which allows modification of the system. Most of these mids are purely aesthetic, but some change how apps work. The framework is installed by downloading an apk (xposed installer), then selecting install framework. After that, you use the app to install other apps that utilize the framework. The app is not in the play store, find it on XDA.
      Think of it like cydia (from jailbroken iPhone) on android.
      Most tweaks are generic, but some only work on AOSP, or touchwiz, or xperia, or certain android versions.

  • Shahriar Ahamed

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  • Reg Joo

    xposed has made a world of difference in how my phone acts, and what it can do. Some phones, will never see 4.0, and up( I run a modified version of xposed for gingerbread). A lot of these modules, are way better than what you can get elsewhere, and don't seem to take a hit on performance. I've tried to get things, to make my phone better, for almost 2yrs, until this, most was a effort in futility. My phone's rooted. but locked, so no roms for it. With xposed, I don't even feel the need to be unlocked anymore.

  • Eran Murat

    For those unable to decide whether to use ART or Xposed and are using Nexus 4:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2546120

    This patch, as the OP says, is better than ART at the time.

  • Ano

    Xposed and some modules in my case made the need to go to custom rom go away. For me they made stock Android acceptable. Using Gravitybox, XHalo Floating Window, Xthemer Engine. (Also ridiculous extra batterytime because of extra functions Greenify with Xposed).

    Haven't tried ART yet on my stock KK. Xposed functions too important to me so hope Xposed will be rebuilded. But if not a custom rom with features like with the modules of Xposed are more often than not standardly built in. And then let (now still sort of bèta) ART go with it when it is that good for performance and easy on battery.

    But first study and maybe if compatible with Nex7/2 implement the Dalvik patch which seems to blow ART away in performance on Qualcom CPU's

  • Michael Fontenot

    Does this mean he's working on ART support?

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    So that's what happened! Yesterday my phone got into a massive boot loop after I installed Xposed. Now I see why. I even tried a regular factory reset and that didn't fix it. I had to completely reinstall ForkMyLife. Lost all my progress on Hill Climb Racing. :(