Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Android APKTool v2 Released, Massive Overhaul
A couple of months ago, we wrote about a tool that allows users to easily decompile and recompile APKs. Similar in functionality to the legendary APKTool (thread) by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all, Android APKTool by XDA Forum Member Flextrick made the process extremely user friendly by adding a simple and easy-to-use GUI.
In the time since our last posting, Flextrick’s utility has been given a major overhaul in its upgrade to version 2. As before, it runs on Windows computers with Java and .Net framework installed. A temporary quirk, however, is that only the Windows 8 version of the app has been updated to version 2. The Windows 7 version is still on 1.2. Luckily, the Windows 8 version runs just fine on Windows 7, with the exception of a somewhat broken layout.
According to the developer, version 2 lands with a complete code rework, along with a folder structure for a better overview. Furthermore, modified files will appear in their own folder, and buttons were added to select between JAR and APK files. Finally, some additional UI changes were made, as well as other miscellaneous changes across the board.
If you’re looking to easily (and graphically) modify your APKs, head over to the original thread to get started.
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