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As useful as the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) is, it's not exactly what you'd call "customizable." But intrepid modder Alexander Schulz has been working on that, making the GEL bend to his will through the magic of root and the Xposed Framework tool. The latest update to Xposed GEL Settings adds some really cool features. The most impressive is probably the dynamic home button: the home button on the virtual nav bar will switch to the app tray icon on the default home screen if that's the function you've selected. You can also change the Back button to a power button on the launcher. Neat!


The Xposed GEL Settings module now has full support for custom icon packs, a la Nova, Apex, and all the other custom launchers, but you'll have to upgrade to the premium version via a $5 in-app purchase to use it. Other changes include a handful of smaller customization options, like even-numbered dock icons, more scroll speed options, hiding icon labels in folders, and negative margins on the home screen. The dynamic Today Calendar icon is also supported.

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Screenshots via this XDA-Developers thread.

XGELS isn't a stand-alone launcher: to get everything working, you'll need the Google Experience Launcher (part of the Google Search app for Android 4.1+) on a rooted phone or tablet, then install and activate the Xposed Framework, then install Xposed GEL Settings and set everything up to your liking. Xposed is free and available here.

Via Jack Underwood (Google+)

Michael Crider
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  • PC Masterrrace

    Hahaha. Subtle FKU.

  • someone

    Have no idea why it has no support for Moonshine UI icons

    • R.J.

      I'm using Moonshine with the latest update. Uninstalled Unicon because of it. What problem are you having?

  • Joshua Bailey

    That is a freakin' great idea. The home button is wasted when you are already on the home screen. Brilliant.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    XGELS is developed by Alexander Schulz, not Jack Underwood. Jack was linking to it because it now supports his app's dynamic icon.

    • Jack Underwood

      This ^^

  • Jérôme Willing

    The developer of GEL Settings isn´t Jack Underwood, it is Alexander Schulz. Jack Underwood is the developer of the "Today" calendar.

  • not yet…

    Let me know when you can change the search bar between HC/ICS/KK.

    Such wasted space as just a search bar...at least with HC it also worked as the app-drawer launcher.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    the dynamic home button function already exists weeks ago.. its not a new features in the current release...
    try older version on xposed and see..

    • Jason Rittenhouse

      well, it's at least new compared to the last time the module has been featured on a blog such as AP.

      • malcolmest

        Actually it's been around since before Xgels compatibility broke. That made a lot of Android Blogs.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Now we can apply Chrome os theme

  • Jason Rittenhouse

    it even says the correct name at the bottom of the article in their link to the play store. "by alexander schulz." i award this article three facepalms.

  • ricosuave115

    What icon pack is that

    • https://sites.google.com/site/livingroomhush/ Alessandro L

      Flatro, I suppose..

    • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

      Looks like Cryten.

  • Matthew Fry

    "But intrepid modder Alexander Schultz Schulz..."

  • GJV

    $5 -- all well and good until Google breaks the module's functionality again!

    • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

      yeah, i would like to hope that if he's charging $5 a pop for premium that if the functionality was broken again he wouldn't just call it quits and leave it up to xda to revive the project, which is the how the internet relayed that story someone correct me if im wrong

  • Da Fuq

    Is there any way I can get a dynamic home button without GEL?