The default launcher app on Google’s Pixel lineup and many other smartphones running close-to-stock versions of Android offers a handy integration with Google Discover. As the successor to Google Feed, Discover’s launcher integration allows users to swipe to the left of their default home screen and conveniently access the latest news stories, video recommendations, and more. This feature has been adopted by notable skinned versions of Android as well, such as ASUS’ ZenUI, Xiaomi’s MIUI, and OnePlus’ OxygenOS. However, some users have lashed out at Google for showing clickbaity content in Discover while also showing advertisements in feeds.
XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899 has now come up with an interesting mod to “replace the Google Discover page of your home screen with whatever you want”. Dubbed as DiscoverKiller, the mod is presented in the form of an Xposed module. When enabled, the module can seamlessly substitute the Discover page with the Google Assistant ‘Updates’ screen or virtually any other third-party app, depending on how you customize it.
The Discover section is powered by the Google app, thus the module directly hooks into it instead of the launcher. This design allows DiscoverKiller to be compatible with any third-party launcher capable of showing the Google Discover feed without additional configurations. The module also offers a swipe-right-to-close option in case you choose to display the ‘Updates’ screen in place of the Discover page.
As a mandatory prerequisite for using this module, you need to install EdXposed with Riru Core after rooting your device using Magisk. Note that the initial version of DiscoverKiller is not verified by TaiChi. You can download the precompiled APK of the module from its XDA thread (linked below), while the source code is available on the developer’s GitHub profile.
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