Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
Flash Your Favorite ROMs Really Easy with CustomDroid
Most XDA users know how to root their devices, flash a recovery, and perform all the necessary steps to be a happy custom ROM user. But the world isn’t perfect, and there are still members who are not tech savvy enough to do everything on their own. After all, allowing less advanced users to use custom ROMs was one of main driving forces behind projects such as CyanogenMod Installer and CASUAL.
By design, CyanogenMod Installer is quite limited, as it only allows users to flash the newest version of CyanogenMod. XDA Senior Member ssrij created an open source tool similar to the above projects called CustomDroid.
CustomDroid can unlock the bootloader on selected devices, flash a custom recovery, and of course flash a custom ROM. It’s unable to root the device and flash the custom kernel, but the developer is working hard to add these features. The list of currently supported device maybe isn’t the longest, but you can find Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus One and HTC One support so far. Currently only GSM variants are supported and the HTC One support needs some additional work, but everything is nicely written in the original thread. This project is still in alpha stage, and with some help it can become a great flashing tool for new XDA community members.
More information about this project ;can be found in the development thread. If you own one of the above devices and use Windows, try this tool and send some feedback to the developer.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...