Debug Your Modded Google Apps with #DebugAllTheThings
Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
When it comes to app development, coding and debugging must be treated equally. Finding bugs and fixing them is a tiresome but essential job that simply has to be done. Very often, developers decide to create tools to help with debugging and make their apps bug free.
Debugging also applies to modding, hence why some changes cause crashes and unexpected behavior. XDA Senior Member r3pwn created an application that helps debug Google Apps. Some ROM teams or individual developers change the proprietary Google application using reverse engineering tools. These changes may cause malfunctions, and those apps have no debugging system built-in. Luckily, an application by r3pwn adds a menu with debugging scenarios.
After reading and analyzing logs, developers should be able to find what’s wrong and apply a fix. This application should work on every version of Android starting from Ice Cream Sandwich. The newest Android L developer preview causes some trouble though, but hopefully it will be fixed soon. #DebugAllTheThings requires root access to properly get debugging data.
If you are an app modder and modifying Google Apps has caused you to pull out your hair, make your way to the application thread and give #DebugAllTheThings a shot.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member nathantaylor for his fancy meme image and Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and a half foe original art work.]
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