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BotBrew Used to Port PDroid to More Devices
With so much development work created and released, it is only a matter of time before development ideas collide and the awesomeness aggregates for end users. That said, we’ve already brought you coverage of PDroid to help promote privacy and BotBrew, a Linux-based package manager that gives users the ability to flash or create virtually anything. Now, BotBrew is being used to help port PDroid to a number of devices, including the LG Optimus 2x and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
XDA Senior Member pasttime1971 originally ported the PDroid application to the LG Optimus 2x, specifically for ICS. From here, XDA Senior Member mateorod used the universal package installation of the botbrew application to get users an easier way to install PDroid on their devices.
The concept of using the BotBrew application to install various scripts and mods is nothing we haven’t seen before. However, as the application has finally hit the Android Market, more and more devices can use it to spread the awesomeness everywhere. Says mateorod:
Porting PDroid through a package manager like Botbrew has several advantages. It allows users to have PDroid on their device while updating to the latest nightlies whenever they wish. It also happens completely on-device, which is a must for many people. Package management also allows users to remove the mods and restore their original system apps at any time. For the Nook, I also use package management to combine mods, such as PDroid and the V6 Supercharger.
This brings up a very cool point. Not only can these ports and scripts be installed on the device at any time from the device, but you can combine different modifications and create your own mega kanged modification. Then, if you ever need to, you can turn it all off. This has the advantage over the original port as there really isn’t a way to turn it off unless you dive into where it was installed and manually delete it.
For much, much more information, check out any of the links above or mateorod’s PDroid port post for more information about PDroid and botbrew.
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