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Jimmy McGee · Dec 28, 2014

Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe – XDA:DevCon 2014

In presenting the various sessions from XDA:DevCon 2014, we’ve mainly talked about about development. We've done so by covering topics ranging from robotics with Nvidia and Robotics w/ Barrett Williams to open source with Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer, and even Building Wearable Apps with Android w/ Andreas Göransson. There is, however, one part of developers' lives that not many enjoy: users and troubleshooting. Today’s talk is from Alex Boag-Munroe, and he talks about troubleshooting. Boag-Munroe is...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 11, 2013

Got Root? Verify with Simple Root Checker

OK, it can happen to the best of us. No, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about loosing root permissions. Sometimes it's because of an OTA, other times it comes from a borked flash, and other times yet, it's not even a lack of root access, but rather the lack of BusyBox. Whatever the cause, it is annoying not having a properly functioning (and updated) version of the the superuser binary, a controller app, and BusyBox. Luckily for new users...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 10, 2013

Beginner’s Guide to the Android Debug Bridge

Most of us here are already quite familiar with the ADB (Android Debug Bridge). Heck, I'd even wager that many of us use it on quite a regular basis---adb pushing and pulling files, adb rebooting, running shell commands, and so on. Most new users, however, have not had such exposure. And let's face it: For youngsters born after the emergence and popularization of the GUI, command line interfaces can be rather intimidating. So if you're a seasoned veteran who knows ADB like...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 1, 2013

Android Basics 101: Understanding Wakelocks – XDA Developer TV

The number one issue most people have with their smartphone is battery life---unless of course, it’s the Motorola Droid Maxx or the LG G2. There are many tricks people have to help extend their battery’s life: dim the screen all the way and squinting to read the screen, turning off WiFi when they aren’t at home and forgetting to turn it back on and using all their allotted data, or some other Voodoo trick. However, there may be something impacting...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 26, 2013

Beginner’s Guide on How to Setup and Use Fastboot

One of the most important tools we have for flashing images directly from a PC is fastboot. Almost anyone who's rooted an HTC or Nexus device has used it, either through command line or through an automated tool making use of fastboot. After all, this is how we execute that fastboot oem unlock command that we all know and love on Nexus devices. However, there's much more that you can do with fastboot. Now thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor demkantor, we have a simple...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 17, 2013

Android Basics 101: Understanding Xposed Framework – XDA Developer TV

XDA and its members are known for two things: being awesome and custom ROMs. Back in the Windows Mobile days, just about every tweak had to be setup in the ROM by the chef and flashed to your device. With Android, things have become more flexible. The most flexible option is the Xposed Framework. With this, you can cherry-pick different mods you want to add to your device. In today's video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin talks about the Xposed...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 12, 2013

Learn More about the Updater-Script

If you've ever flashed any aftermarket development work or theme through a custom recovery, installed an OTA update, or used the powerful AROMA file manager, you've used an updater-script. No big deal, right? Everyone who reads this site should already know this. What not every beginner can do, however, is look into the updater-script and make sense of it all. We've featured a few tools in the past that help users create updater-scripts, but it'd also be good to know...

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Samantha · Jun 9, 2013

What Can You Scan with Your NFC-Enabled Phone?

With a more than a decade-old history, near field communication, better known as NFC, seems to have only just recently exploded onto the market, mass distributed with almost every new device since 2012 and onward. You now see ads marketing and exhibiting the 'magic' of this relatively old technology, exemplified with people merely touching their phones together to share photos, videos, documents and so on. But did you know that you aren't limited to these specific use cases? XDA Senior...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2013

Guide on Using ADB, Logcat, and DDMS

If you're an Android user, there's really almost no reason why you shouldn't have some basic knowledge on how to use ADB and pull a logcat. After all, what better way is there to give back to the developers that help make our mobile devices better than by giving them the tools they need to diagnose issues effectively whenever they arise? And while most casual users have used the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service to take screenshots before the feature was officially...

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Samantha · May 21, 2013

One Stop Guide Shop for the Newbie and Dev

It's been well established that XDA-Developers  is the destination for resources relating to technology and development. With the Forums, the Wiki, XDA-University, and XDA-Developer TV; anyone regardless of skill level can visit XDA and learn and partake in development. So it is great to see an extensive compilation of guides from the XDA forums for the newbie and the dev, in one place for your availability and convenience. Compiled by XDA Recognized Contributor adityalahiri13, the collection of 73 guides ranges from very simple activities...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 29, 2013

Comprehensive Guide To ADB Commands

You will have noticed that here on the portal we tend to harp on about the Android Debug Bridge (ADB for short) quite often. There's a good reason for that though, as not only is it one of the most useful and versatile tools available, it is incredibly easy to use once you get started. XDA Senior Member Iamareebjamal has put together a thorough explanation of how to get ADB set up and the most commonly used commands to manipulate your...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2013

Android Basics 101: Backing Up Your Apps and Data – XDA Developer TV

In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK talks about the ways you can back up your applications and data on your phone. This allows you to restore this information in case of a phone crash or in case you do a full wipe when flashing a new ROM or kernel. In this video, XDA Developer TK Producer TK talks about three applications that will make backups for you. First is ROM Manager, which along with the ClockWorkMod Recovery allows...

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Former Writer · Oct 23, 2012

Need to Learn C Programming? There’s a Thread for That

While the unofficial ethos of XDA Developers deals with the hacking and development of various handheld devices, it is also a treasure trove of information. You can find tutorials on every day things like installing ADB, brush up on your terminology, and even stuff like compiling and decompiling APK files. Whether you're here to show off your skills or learn some skills, there's a thread on XDA for you. One thing devs typically run into is programming. One of the...

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Former Writer · Oct 12, 2012

Easily Set Up ADB and Fastboot on a Mac

Most Android developers tend to prefer Linux as their desktop OS for all of their Android-related needs. However, that does not mean it isn't possible to work with Android in Windows and Mac computers as well. There are a plethora of guides out there to install the Android SDK on Windows and Linux, but there aren't many out there that will teach you how to do it with a Mac. XDA Senior Member AshtonTS is looking to change that by...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 27, 2012

Learn to Use Linux for Mobile Development: Redirection and Manipulation – XDA TV

Building off the foundations of Linux knowledge begun by XDA TV Producer Jordan, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA TV Producer AdamOutler teaches you more commands and tips to use Linux for Mobile Development. But first, AdamOutler introduces his latest music video and the XDA-Developers complaints line. He begins the tutorial and covers several Linux commands including redirect, append, pipe, clear, echo, and cat. AdamOutler shows us how to define and use variables, escape characters, and edit datastreams.  He wraps it up...

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Adam Outler · Apr 30, 2012

Want to Learn How to Program for Android? Start Here

Everyone has experienced the desire to program at one point or another. However, there are generally four limiting factors: Time Constraints, Study Material, Mental Blocks, and Attention Span. So clear your schedule, clear your mind, and self-medicate your ADD with a nice cup of your favorite coffee because here's the material you need to learn how to program. The hardest part of learning to program is overcoming a mental block. First, there is no programming deity out there who grants code-literacy to...

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pstevep · Apr 20, 2012

Collaborative Guide Helps Users Modify and Theme

Have you ever been in one of the numerous "Post Your Home Screen" threads here on XDA and wondered how someone accomplished that screen that just totally blows your mind? Or perhaps you were browsing mycolorscreen.com, admiring the artistic beauty presented there, and thought "I wonder how they did that?" Maybe you are just one of those people who likes to tinker with your phone and has crazy ideas about what your phone could do visually, but is afraid to ask/share...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 3, 2010

ADB – Easy Tutorial

ADB this, ADB that, ADB to get such and such... If you are new to the world of Android, you are probably asking yourself "what in the world are these people talking about?" ADB or Android Debug Bridge is basically an interface or communication medium for the user to connect and issue commands to an Android device or emulator. It is a client - server type program that many devs have used to do all the wonderful things that can...

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