Former Writer · Oct 13, 2012 at 06:00 am

MTD-Utils Tool for Dell Streak 5 Brings Flashing to Booted Android System

The Dell Streak 5 was around before phablets were cool. While it never caught on in the mainstream, it’s had a pretty good development life here on XDA. It is not quite done yet, though. Recently, a tool was released that gives the Dell Streak 5 a few developer-level features—some of which can be used by average users.

XDA Senior Member _n0p_ recently released MTD-Utils. On the surface, the tool doesn’t bring a lot for the average user. It is a few compiled MTD utilities called nanddump, nandwrite, and nand_erase. These can be pretty fun if you know how to use them. They do essentially what their names imply. In addition to the tool, _n0p_ has also included some essential information needed to use the tool. These include the MTD partitions for the Dell Streak 5 and some instructions on the tools work.

The most interesting part of the tool is the nandwrite. As _n0p_ explains:

nandwrite should enable you to write boot, recovery, system and firstboot right from android system (i don’t think that it’s good idea, but anyway)

It may not be a good idea, but it can be handy. Using nandwrite and nand_erase, you can actually switch recoveries on the fly while your Dell Streak 5 is rooted. You need both recovery images on the root of your SD card. Then you nand_erase the recovery, nandwrite the new recovery image, and test to make sure it worked.

To find out more, go to the original thread.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:
Emil Kako · Jan 31, 2015 at 02:59 pm · 2 comments

Do You Prefer Physical or on Screen Buttons?

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.

DISCUSS
Pulser_G2 · Jan 31, 2015 at 02:08 pm · no comments

New AOSP Branch Details Potential Build System Upgrades?

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...

XDA NEWS
GermainZ · Jan 30, 2015 at 09:29 pm · 1 comment

Send Links to Any Nearby Device with CaastMe

There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices -- but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases. Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by...

XDA NEWS