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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 27, 2015

Console OS Brings Android to Your PC

Android was always considered as a mobile operating system. While phones and tablets are over 95% of devices running Android, developers put lots of effort to make Google's OS available for other platforms. You've probably heard of Bluestacks, which brings the Android world to PCs, Macs and TVs. The American company is just one of the many brands that ports the Android OS to personal computers. In June 2014, the Console OS team launched its Kickstarter campaign for a system that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 4, 2015

Easily Edit Classes.dex with Dex Manager

Android applications can be edited in multiple ways. The most convenient way is of course changing the source code in your favorite IDE and compiling it with the provided tools. Unfortunately not every application available for Android is open-source, and therefore easy to edit through Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT. Applications without publicly available source code can also be modified. The well known ApkTool is one option to make some changes, but if you are using Windows as your operating system, XDA Forum...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 23, 2014

Mozilla Ditches Google, Makes Yahoo Default Search Engine

Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google's contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla's income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation's biggest sponsors. The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2014

.NET Framework Open Sourced, Available for Other Platforms

Creating your own Android project is definitely a challenging task. You can of course write the entire application's code in Notepad or Nano and use some medieval sorcery to compile the APK, but there are other methods such as using IDEs. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, decided to change this and ordered .NET Framework to be open sourced. This is a huge step not only for Android, but development as a whole. Surprised? You should be. .NET Framework is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 8, 2014

Are You A Student? Get Some Paid Applications for Free with GitHub!

GitHub is one of those tools that most developers use on daily basis. It's used for code hosting, issue solving and to generally keep the open-source community in good condition. While some developers have finished their studies, lots of folks still attend high school or university. GitHub has become a Good Guy Greg and teamed up with 14 partners to offer their services free of charge with their Student Developer Pack. The project has been in works for quite some...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 21, 2014

Stream Your Media Files with the New Version of Droid Sync Manager

Android is a Linux-based operating system, but this fact doesn't put any limitation on this OS. Android can work with other OSes really nicely thanks to many tools developed by its massive community. Back in May, we talked about Droid Sync Manager, a handy Windows-Android utility that allows users to sync files between your phone and computer. Many things have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6. With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 18, 2014

Windows Developers Rejoice! Dev Program’s $99 Yearly Fee is No More!

Microsoft rule in the mobile market, much like the giant dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth several millions of years ago, is nothing but a distant memory with remnants of fossils scattered across the globe (for those of us who still have working Windows Mobile devices). At some point, Microsoft decided to try and avoid extinction by trying to evolve alongside a new set of species that were more fit to survive on this new era of mobile tech, and...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 11, 2014

It’s Coming! Windows 9 Screenshots Surface

We have lots of Linux people in our audience who will likely go "meh" at this, but for those of you who still use Windows and are not up to date on the latest happenings from our beloved Microsoft, you will be happy to read that the successor of Windows 8.1 is coming sometime soon. For the time being, due to lack of a better option, the outside media has decided to dub this new version known as Windows 9. It...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 28, 2014

Cell Phone SIM Unlock Bill Just Steps Away from President’s Desk

For all those who believe that Cinderella stories don't actually exist, I guess I can safely say that you are dead wrong. For the past year and a half (give or take a few months), there has been a push by the people of the United States to try and fix one of the many things that are wrong with the country. I'm not talking about Healthcare or firearms regulations, but one issue that is far closer to home and...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 7, 2014

Transfer Files between Your PC and Android Device with Droid Sync Master

Managing files between your Android device and PC isn't an easy task, and often requires additional software to do so efficiently in the absence of USB Mass Storage mode. Downloading a file to Android device can also be done through ADB, but this requires long commands and a physical connection if you haven't already set up wireless ADB. Luckily, you can transfer files between your PC and Android device via WiFi thanks to XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh's app Droid Sync...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 7, 2014

BlueStacks to Offer Full Android OS on Windows PCs

Running Android on your standard "traditional" computer is nothing new. After all, there's the Android x86 project, which allows users to natively run Android on their standard desktop-architecture x86 computers. There are other solutions for getting Android onto your PC as well, such as Genymotion and Jar Of Beans. Then, there's always BlueStacks. But BlueStacks has always been more of an "app player," rather than a complete Android emulator. This is no longer, as a forthcoming version of the BlueStacks App Player will do...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2014

15 Second ADB Installer Gives You Lightning Fast ADB, Fastboot, and Driver Installation

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is the most important and widely used debugging tool on Android. With ADB, it's possible to push a file to the /system partition, make a backup, or even get a logcat for debugging. The official way to install ADB is to download the ADT Bundle or SDK tools, which are nearly 100 MB. Configuring the ADB on Windows is not the easiest as well, as you need to add its path in order to access it from...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 7, 2013

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare sight. Nowadays, the same cannot be said. Cell phones have become a massive commodity---one that gets a lot of attention, and certainly one that is...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2013

Leading Online File Host HotFile Shut Down Permanently

HotFile.com is one of the most widely used file sharing companies, and one that has proven popular among various XDA users to distribute development works. Now, it has been shut down permanently, and their owners have to pay $80 milion, as part of a settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Hotfile was initially accused of piracy in 2011, when the trial begun. The MPAA requested Hotfile to pay $500 million in compensation to the movie industries affected by warez hosting....

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 15, 2013

Advanced Logcat Viewer Published as a Standalone Tool

Every Android user has encountered application or game crashes at some point. However, finding the cause of these crashes is a different story. Android offers its own logging system called logcat, which uses ADB to fetch all necessary information for developers to analyze and fix the problem. It’s easy enough to install the android-sdk and execute the standard adb logcat command, but the output can be somewhat hard to decipher. XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback wrote a handy Windows tool to...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 9, 2013

ReglOLib Helps Your Java App Communicate with the Windows Registry

If you're creating certain types of apps in Java that are geared towards Windows users, you may run into some difficulty accessing and making changes to the Windows registry from within your app. Unlike .Net, which has provisions specifically to allow this, Java doesn't inherently support this type of operation. This is initially what XDA Senior Member Beatsleigher discovered when porting one of his existing applications to Java, but thankfully it didn't stop him. When faced with the challenge of porting over one...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 9, 2013

Cross-Platform WiFi File Transfer with DashDroid

Getting files to and from your mobile device can become quite a chore sometimes. As one who frequently changes downloads new updates via his desktop PC, I know firsthand the annoyance of looking for that micro USB cable every time. If you've been looking for a more efficient way of transferring files between your mobile device and your Windows-based computer, you may wish to give DashDroid by XDA Senior Member Uizz.UW a try. DashDroid works by allowing you to "dash" a file...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2013

Easily Perform Common Root-Level Tasks with AndRootKit

Rooting, as we all know, opens up a world of possibilities. It is the first step that we in the XDA community take towards truly owning our devices. Once rooted, most people flash a custom ROM, recovery, and kernel. In order to easily accomplish these tasks and more, XDA Forum Member yashade2001 created AndRootKit. AndRootKit performs various flashing tasks such as flashing images to your recovery, system, and boot partitions. It is also able to flash an update.zip file of your choosing, rather...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

AROMA App Package Creator Given Substantial Update

Just yesterday, we covered a couple of guides aimed at helping developers get started with XDA Recognized Developer amarullz's powerful AROMA installer. While versatile in that the guides help developers use the AROMA installer for customizing ROM installs, this isn't all that AROMA can be used for. Another popular use of AROMA is to create custom app packages, in which users can pick and choose which apps to install. We previously talked about a utility for creating these app packages with AROMA...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

All-in-One Toolkit for the HTC One

So you've got yourself a shiny new HTC One, and you want to get started playing with it. Obviously you'll want to do things like apply Revolutionary Team's Revone S-Off. You'll probably also want to then flash a custom recovery, and then root your device. All of this will ordinarily take a moderate amount of time and effort, right? Not anymore, thanks to XDA Senior Member squabbi and his GUI-driven toolkit for the One. Squabbi's extremely user-friendly toolkit allows Windows users to do...

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