Magisk, the Android modding tool, is still with us
Magisk is well-known as one of the best Android modding tools available. However, after its creator John Wu was hired by Google in May, the future of the app was unsure. John Wu has updated his medium site earlier today, confirming that the open-source tool will continue development, with some changes, though.
Magisk is a useful tool for users who have bought an Android smartphone without a custom ROM community. It would've been terrible if the app was laid to waste. However, Wu has officially received Google's blessing to proceed with managing this Magisk project. This is a very big deal, as certain aspects of the program could be considered a conflict of interest.
One of the most notable elements that pose a conflict is the MagiskHide tool. This tool allows mods of an Android device’s core software to go unnoticed by system tools and applications. This tool is used to mod phones without losing access to secure apps such as certain games and banking tools. This is, unfortunately, one of the tools that will be abandoned entirely.
Wu reported that it just does not make sense for him to continue developing this aspect of the app. As a Googler, he now has access to almost all of Google's source codes, and after speaking to other related teams, it is just too much of a conflict of interest for him to continue developing that aspect.
It is important to note that the open-source format of Magisk allows other developers to use the code and create their own version of the tool without any of Wu's contributions or involvement. Similar tools are already available. The only portion of the MagiskHide tool that will remain is the ability for users to set up a denylist that will keep Magisk from interfering with specific applications.
Wu has also reported that he no longer has the time to continue managing the Magisk Module repository. The repository will be removed from the app and replaced with a GitHub web-based solution run by members of the Magisk community.
The last release of Magisk was in May 2021 and was release version 23.0. With the number of changes that Wu has reported will be made, it could mean we will have to wait a while before seeing the next update.
Magisk is one of the best Android modding tools available, and it is a relief to know that it will continue to be developed despite the creator now working directly for Google. We may even see more improvements coming this way. I look forward to seeing how this app continues to develop under Wu's continued involvement.Advertisement