It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
Insecure Boot Image for Nexus S on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
For those unfamiliar, having an insecure boot image allows you to use adb remount and adb push system files. While most custom ROMs ship with insecure boot, stock ROMs obviously do not. So if you updated your Nexus S to the stock Jelly Bean OTA, you likely have noticed that adb remount no longer works and you are now unable to adb push and adb pull files from the /system partition.
Coming from a custom ROM, XDA News Writer HQRaja (that would be yours truly) found this crippling after the JB update, so I pulled the boot image, unpacked it, set it to insecure, and repacked it. You can grab the insecure boot image the original thread or my blog and flash it to your phone using fastboot.
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More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...