November 22, 2012 By: FallenWriter
Flashing ROMs has become a fairly straightforward affair for (most) Android devices and their users. However, one of the most painful parts of flashing a new ROM is all the repeated flashes that need to be done for themes and modifications, especially if you love to heavily tweak your device. Thanks to XDA Forum Member jcspecs, your days of having to load up dozens of separate .zip’s is a thing of the past thanks to his latest application: Clockwork Combiner.
Designed to combine (as if the name didn’t tell you) all of your flashable .zip’s into a single, flashable file, Clockwork Combiner’s biggest strength is its simplicity and ease of use. The instructions are simply:
Download and extract the program.
Run the program.
Hit the settings button and set up an output directory or leave it as the default (program location).
Select the zips you wish to combine.
Add a name for the combined file.
Wait for them to load (the combine button will become usable).
Click combine button to join the zips into one zip.
The file will be put into a folder named Final Outputs within the output directory you have specified.
Wait for any processes to finish (windows should provide progress windows).
Click the sign button if you wish to sign the zip.
Of course, this will only work on files that are compatible with your device, and the Windows-based program does require .Net 4.0 along with the Java Runtime Environment in order to function properly. Having tested this with a set of files for my Galaxy Nexus I can say that I had no trouble getting this utility to work. As always, head on over to the original thread and give this a go!
[P.S. Extra points for those who figure out what the featured image for this article is!]
September 3, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
This has been another great week on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan takes this weekend off and XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler fills in covering all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Adam talks about HP delivering Open webOS. Adam talks about methods to fix random key presses on the Fascinate.
In other news Adam talks about a right click menu of Android tools for Ubuntu and configuring ADB and fastboot in Linux. And in Windows news, there are applications for creating flashable zips. Finally, Adam announces the contest for a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III that he hinted at in his unboxing video. Pull up a chair and check out this video!
The vast majority of us have probably, at some point, backed up the data on our devices—whether it’s in the form of a Nandroid backup or just using Titanium Backup (other backup apps are available) to preserve your applications and their relevant data. There are many reasons why you might want to do this, whether its for restoration after flashing a new ROM or just for posterity in case of disaster while tinkering around.
Another reason you might want to backup data is because you want to unlock your bootloader, and doing so often requires your device’s /data partition to be wiped. However if you haven’t unlocked your bootloader then chances are you don’t yet have root access, which makes backing up significantly more difficult.
Well not anymore, as XDA Forum Member Gigadroid has created a Windows-based tool that allows you to back up various different types of data and restore them, all without root access. It’s worth mentioning that this is not like a nandroid backup which is effectively a snapshot of your current device set up, this backs up apps, app data and information stored on the internal/external SD card.
The way this works is because of the greater permissions given to ADB compared to apps run on the phone itself, which carries with it its own potential risks. In other words, once done backing up your data, you should consider turning USB debugging back off.
The tool was tested on a Galaxy Nexus, but should work on any device running Android 4.1 or above with USB debugging enabled. Slide on over to the original forum thread to find out more.
May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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January 29, 2012 By: Former Writer
Running computer operating systems on a phone is always an interesting experience. For most phones, booting into Linux is hard enough and Windows isn’t even an option. The HTC EVO 3D is not one of those phones.
XDA Senior Member mnomaanw has posted a method that will get Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP and Linux running on the HTC EVO 3D in a relatively easy process that can be done pretty quickly. Basically, all a user needs to do is download the required software, modify a file or two and run the apk. Wait for it to boot and you’re ready to go.
Controls are pretty easy to understand and make excellent use of the hardware as well as the home and menu buttons. The instructions are as follows:
- It emulate touchpad on touchscreen and left/right mouse buttons on volume
- You can also click touch screen to generate mouse left button click.(this does not work everytime)
- Back = BackSpace, Menu = Enter, left-upper corner click generates TAB
- left-lower corner click popups keyboard
For those who want to give their EVO 3D some Windows or Linux love, they can find all the downloads and instructions in the thread here but make sure to take the proper precautions, such as backing up your device.
January 27, 2012 By: Former Writer
Tools kits that are installed on computers can be a little screwy. While some are better than others, almost all come with some form of set back, be it the computer operating system restriction or the kitchen not being compatible with all phones.
That’s the problem XDA Senior Member DieHappy is trying to fix. Knives and Forks Android Tools For Everyone is a tool kit that is compatible across Windows, OSX and Linux and is slowly becoming compatible with more and more phones with the goal of supporting all of them.
The project is far from complete, but it is an active work in progress. DieHappy says:
This first release is rather limited in features. All you can use it for right now is installing ADB and drivers for your device.
The next step for this project will be rooting, then rom customizing, but I am open to your feedback and suggestions.
So there is far more support coming for this spunky application and some changes being added can be considered pretty exciting for people who like to tinker and develop.
If you’d like to check out this application to give it a try or just keep tabs on its development, you can find installation instructions for all 3 major operating systems, download links, and a complete change log in the original thread.
Android is diverse. From Themes to Launchers, the strength of Android is (in part) measured by its ability to be customized. While custom launchers are quite common, Skydroid takes differentiation a step further.
Built by a team of 5 developers, and publicly voiced by XDA Senior Member TheRedDrake, Skydroid is an advanced user interface inspired by Windows 8′s Metro UI. Unlike other systems that are only launchers, Skydroid will have around 20 apps involved. Thus far it includes:
5)People with IM and social
12)Stock + Currency converter
The interface is currently under development with more apps being created, and a release scheduled for March/April. If you would like to make a suggestion or an offer of assistance, send an email to Andreev Yanko here or TheRedDrake here.
So head on down to the thread and take a look around. You might be surprised by what you find.
We all know that one of the main objectives of CES events is to show off their early development and see the reactions, based on that the new products are launched.
Lenovo has been the biggest surprise during the CES 2012, showing their entertainment center all in one, televisions, computers, but this time also announced that they will bet on the cell phone business too.
They claim to be the first to introduce the phone “Intel” and will also be responsible for fully exploit their ultrabooks with Windows 8. The comments and criticisms have arisen and it is said that it is not a phone or a tablet, perhaps the new term “Tabletphone” will start being used?
The company is leading when presenting TV´s with Android 4.0, remote control all in one with the IdeaCentre, Ultrabooks and now mobiles with Intel as well.
What are your thoughts on this? Please leave your comments below.
Image Source: AndroidPolice
December 26, 2011 By: Jase Glenn
For those of you who don’t remember CommMgrPro, allow me to refresh you memory: it’s a Windows Mobile app (no not Windows Phone, Windows Mobile as in that ancient operating system that floats around here on XDA from time to time) that allowed its users to setup complex, detailed scheduling of their device. The user would set up predefined rules: such as from 4pm-6pm on a Monday, turn wifi on, and the device would follow suit.
The app was very popular back in the heyday of Windows Mobile, and a developer by the name of danielherrero has decided to restore it to its former glory!
Based on the design of the original CommMgrPro, this new version is updated for Android! Of course it’s still in the beta stages right now, but development is progressing rapidly. So for those of you who are feeling nostalgic, or are looking for an amazing app to fine tune your device with go and get it here.
December 20, 2011 By: Former Writer
A few days ago, XDA Senior Moderator imfloflo updated what looks like the coolest program the Windows Mobile side of XDA-Developers (get it, this side of the Mississippi…heh). It’s called Windows Phone Device Manager and you can check it out by following this link right here .
The changelog for version 22.214.171.124 consists of:
Full access to apps isolated storage
Show toast notification when an action requires to launch TouchXperience
As well as being a Public Release. Now, this may not look very impressive, but I dare ya to read the changelogs from versions 126.96.36.199 up to the most recent shown update, 188.8.131.52. I’ve seen shorter novels. Also, sadly, this isn’t the fully updated changelog. The only place to find that would be to follow the links to the Touch Xperience website and check out their updated changelogs there. That’s also where you’ll find the download links. The 184.108.40.206 release is public for anyone to try, but the fully updated 220.127.116.11 is still for donors only (sadface). If you want to check out some screenshot goodness and even a few review videos, check out the 2nd post. It’s all there.
The list of phones supported can be found on the thread as well and it seems to be most of the Windows Phones available right now. I have an Android phone so I can’t test this personally (another sadface) but if you happened to be one of the people who have a Windows Phone and felt bold enough to experiment, we’d love to hear your comments on what it’s like. If you’re one of the generous donors who get to test the fully updated 18.104.22.168 private beta, we’d love to hear from you as well.