Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Installing GravityBox in Devices Running on Android Jelly Bean

GravityBox - a complex Xposed module targeted for devices running Android 4.1/4.2/4.3, which turns vanilla ROM into feature-packed "non-flashing" custom ROM. Originally, this module was designed for MTK6589 devices which lack custom ROMs built from source due to MediaTek closed-source policy.  Later on, it was adjusted to support other (non-MTK) devices running vanilla or close-to-vanilla AOSP ROMs.

The app utilizes amazing Xposed framework coded by recognized developer rovo89 which, briefly, provides interface for injecting code into any app, including system services allowing modifications of applications and system services at run-time. One of the biggest advantages of GravityBox is that it is not bound to any specific device. Actually, it should run on any device having vanilla Android 4.1/4.2/4/3.  This version of GravityBox is for JELLY BEAN, do not try to install in other versions of Android. If you want to install in KITKAT, then click here:

GravityBox provides 2 main groups of features:

1. Fixes - help to fight typical MTK6589 bugs like:

--- Date&Time settings crash
--- Caller ID mismatch
--- Split conversation in messaging
--- Wakelock in calendar app periodically turning on the screen
--- Waelock in messaging app turning on the screen every time new message arrives
--- Missing TTS settings in Language&Input
--- Missing extended developer options

2. Mods - the set of additional useful features that make using the system more easy and fun

--- CyanogenMod Pie controls
--- Expanded Desktop
--- Statusbar QuickSettings tile management with tile reordering
--- Lockscreen targets
--- Statusbar color and transparency
--- Statusbar Brightness Control
--- Statusbar icon colors
--- Additional QuickSettings tiles:
------- Sync on/off, WiFi AP on/off, GravityBox shortcut, Torch, Network mode (2G/3G/2G+3G switch), Sleep, QuickRecord,
QuickApp, GPS on/off, Ringer mode, Volume tile
--- Quick pulldown - switches to QuickSettings when status bar is pulled down near edges
--- Auto-switch to QuickSettings when there are no notifications
--- Center clock in statusbar
--- Battery indicator style
--- Navigation bar tweaks
--- Low battery warning policy
--- Disable LED flashing when battery low
--- Disable LED while charging
--- Auto-hiding of signal icons for empty SIM Slots
--- Advanced power-off menu (reboot, recovery)
--- Volume key cursor control
--- Skip tracks by volume key long-press while screen off (thanks to rovo89)
--- More volume levels for music stream
--- Option to control safe headset media volume
--- Button for clearing all recent tasks at once
--- Fullscreen caller photo
--- CRT screen off animation
--- Minimal brightness setting
--- Autobrihtness levels adjustment
--- Lockscreen tweaks - show widgets maximized, lockscreen background style (color fill, custom image)
--- Lockscreen rotation
--- Phone tweaks - flip action, disable vibrate on call connect
--- Hardware key actions - menu long-press/double-tap, back long-press, home long-press
--- MasterKey vulnerabilities patched (thanks to @Tungstwenty)
--- Dithered Holo background
--- Option to use solid black Holo background
--- Expandable volume panel
--- Option to unlink ringtone and notifications volumes
--- Notification drawer style (background color, image for portait/landscape, transparency)
--- Button backlight modes (default, disabled, always on while screen is on)
--- Button backlight notifications (for devices that lack Notification LED)
--- Navigation bar ring targets
--- GravityBox Actions (shortcuts)
--- Lockscreen "see through"
--- Smart Radio
--- Notification control (allows controlling notification lights/sounds/vibrations on per-app basis)
--- Ascending (increasing) ring tone
... more to come


1. This module is designed to run on vanilla or close-to-vanilla Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 (AOSP)

2. Supports majority of MTK6589, MTK6577, MTK8389 devices

3. Supports "Google devices" like Nexus, HTC One Google play edition, and others running vanilla Android 4.1/4.2/4.3

4.Samsung Touchwiz, HTC Sense, MIUI, LeWa, etc. are NOT supported. It is not guaranteed this module will work on these at all so try at your own risk. This module is simply too complex to support all kind of ROM brands that were vastly modified by vendors.


Pre Requisites:

1. You have a device running Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 that's based on AOSP (vanilla or close-to-vanilla Android)
2. ROM must be rooted (Xposed Installer requires root to be able to install framework into system)
3. You have working custom recovery allowing you to make a backup before installing Xposed framework.


1. Make a backup of your Stock ROM and save it in PC or external SD card. Do not skip this step. Make a backup using CWM recovery.

2. Download Xposed Installer from this link

3. Install and run Xposed installer and click on Framework. Now, click on Install/Update and reboot.

4. If device doesn't boot that means that the Xposed framework is not compatible with ROM you are currently running. If it boots, then follow the steps.

5. Download, GravityBox APK , rename it to GravityBox.apk and install it. The link is

6. Make sure GravityBox app is installed into internal memory. If it was installed into phone storage or external storage, move it into the internal memory first (applies only to devices having additional or external storage)

7. Run Xposed installer, go to Modules menu and activate GravityBox by checking the checkbox

8. Reboot

9. Launch GravityBox from app drawer or from Xposed installer.

That's it. You have installed GravityBox.

Have a Smiling Day :)

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