Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
Revert to Stock Recovery Effortless with Simple Recovery Switcher
Android updates released as OTA packages are very easy to apply, but they also cause major headaches to custom ROM lovers. Every time an OTA comes out, we need to revert back to stock recovery, flash the update, and then flash our favorite custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod to get back all of our recovery features like Nandroid backups and the ability to flash SuperSU. I don’t even have to begin to cover how time consuming and frustrating this process is.
If your device gets these updates frequently, you might be interested in testing a tool created by XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer graffixnyc. Simple Recovery Switcher, as the name states, easily switches between stock and custom recovery. The whole process can be done pretty much in no time, which is much faster than using a standard USB cable with the fastboot method.
The application should work as intended on every Qualcomm device that uses the /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/recovery structure and is rooted with Busybox installed. Recoveries must be named stock.img and custom.img and must be placed in the root folder of your internal SD Card. Before using this tool, double check everything, since messing with recoveries may result in a bricked device.
Android L or Lemon Meringue Pie is on its way, so there might be some OTA updates available in the near (or not so near) future. Prepare yourself for OTAs by visiting the Simple Recovery Switcher application thread.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...