To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...
Now Available: XDA-Developers Book for Android Users! [Update]
We are proud to announce the release of our first book, the XDA Developers’ Android Hacker’s Toolkit. Written by Jason Tyler with contributions by yours truly, the book provides new users what they need in order to dive into the world of Android modification.
The book takes you through the basics of Android customization, starting with rooting various example devices. These devices range from those seemingly designed for modification such as the Google Nexus One, and extend to some of the more locked down devices of recent memory. The book then touches on the fun things can be accomplished with your newly rooted device. And finally, it covers setting up and using the tools required to get started in theming and customizing your own device to make it truly your own. All in all, the book is geared at helping new users learn more about their favorite mobile OS, starting from the ground-up.
Another benefit of the book is that it will help new XDA members better utilize the forums, as it explains how the site is organized and how to find and choose various development assets for your phone or tablet.
Are you eager to make your Android device your own but you’re not sure where to start? Then this is the book for you. XDA is the world’s most popular resource for Android hacking enthusiasts, and a huge community has grown around customizing Android devices with XDA. XDA’s Android Hacker’s Toolkit gives you the tools you need to customize your devices by hacking or rooting the android operating system.
Providing a solid understanding of the internal workings of the Android operating system, this book walks you through the terminology and functions of the android operating system from the major nodes of the file system to basic OS operations. As you learn the fundamentals of Android hacking that can be used regardless of any new releases, you’ll discover exciting ways to take complete control over your device.
- Teaches theory, preparation and practice, and understanding of the OS
- Explains the distinction between ROMing and theming
- Provides step-by-step instructions for Droid, Xoom, Galaxy Tab, LG Optimus, and more
- Identifies the right tools for various jobs
- Contains new models enabling you to root and customize your phone
- Offers incomparable information that has been tried and tested by the amazing XDA community of hackers, gadgeteers, and technicians
XDA’s Android Hacker’s Toolkit is a simple, one-stop resource on hacking techniques for beginners.
All revenue earned through purchases of the book on Amazon will be donated to the EFF, which has given assistance to members of our community in the past. It’s available in both physical and eBook formats. Without further ado, here’s where you can get it right now Update: Google Play eBook added:
- Amazon (physical)
- Amazon (eBook Kindle)
- Barnes & Noble (physical-Nook eBook coming soon)
- iBooks (eBook)
- Google Play (eBook)
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XDA Recognized Contributor Albe95 has shared with us what looks to be Galaxy S6 applications. The ones he's provided are the GearManager, the Optical Reader, GeoNews and Kids Mode. The applications are available for download through the links in the opening post, but keep in mind it is likely that they might not be compatible with your device. There's also new information about more applications and system interface features revealed in the same thread: The alleged S6 statusbar and panel are ported to the...
Only a few years ago, it was normal for a major app release to be available for iOS but come months later to Android. That seems to no longer be the case, as Android has advanced tremendously with Google putting a huge effort into its Play Store and ecosystem. However, while the majority of major app releases are now made available for both platforms at the same time, there are a few iOS exclusives that some of us wish were on our favorite mobile OS (Hyperlapse comes to mind). Let us know which apps for the iPhone you wish were on Android.