How to Unroot and Relock the Google Nexus 6 on a Mac – XDA TV


In the past, XDA Developer TV Producer droidmodd3rx has shown you how to root and unlock the bootloader on a Nexus device. This process used the WugFresh Toolkit to Unlock than Relock and Unroot and Root. That required a Windows PC. People have asked for an easy way to do this with a Mac computer.

Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to remove root access and relock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 6 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. Next week we will have video that shows you how to unlock the bootloader and root a Nexus 6 using your Mac as well. So, take a moment and check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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Flash Android 5.0 to a Bootlooping Nexus 5 in 2 Minutes

N5 Lollipop

We all know the feeling of having a bootloop occur on our devices every so often, whether it be when we’re flashing a new mod or ROM, making an edit to a root-level file, or because of some unknown and unreported compatibility issue. But when it occurs over and over again and you have no viable backup made, flashing a fresh ROM again and again and starting everything from scratch can get pretty tedious and annoying.

With this said, XDA Forum Member Julian_os developed a very handy batch file tool aimed to bring some much needed relief in the aforementioned scenario. Called the Flash 5.0 N5 Tool, it flashes stock Android 5.0 Lollipop to your Nexus 5 automatically within 2 minutes of starting and can be used with your d. . . READ ON »

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CWM Nandbackup File Extractor Extracts Recovery Images


Every piece of development work has to have its own starting point, and for various modified stock ROM projects, this begins with partition images. Perhaps the easiest way to obtain this material to work with is by creating a recovery image that can be extracted afterwards. Naturally, ClockworkMod is an easy tool with which developers can make backup images of every available partition.

Extracting the images created by ClockworkMod and other recoveries using Linux is quite simple. There is a tool called unyaffs that can extract the image with a single command. However, the situation on Windows is a bit tricky since you have to use Cygwin, which is pretty hard to configure for some. If you’ve experience. . . READ ON »

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Add NTFS Support to Your Android Device


Over the last few years, Android has become quite a complete mobile operating system. Numerous features and its open source nature make it an even more attractive choice both to developers and casual end users. Despite the overall greatness of the OS, there is still a little room for improvements–a fact that was demonstrated clearly with the awesomeness that is Android Lollipop and all of its new goodies!

One potentially useful feature that stock Android lacks is NTFS support. NTFS is a file system used both in Windows and certain UNIX-like operating systems. Support for this file system can be added by a suitable patch to the sdcardfs.ko kernel module. Such a patch has been provided by XDA Recognized De. . . READ ON »

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Streamline Android Theming with Graphic Porter

Graphic Porter

I don’t have a custom theme on my Android phone, and the reason for this is because I am too busy picky (and perhaps lazy) to go through the countless fantastic custom themes that have been created and made available here on XDA and in the Play Store. And I’m sure that many folks here are in the same situation. Because despite the vast selection of themes, we all find ourselves a little bit too picky about something specific –perhaps it’s the icons, the accent colors, or the switches. And this is where Graphic Porter comes in.

Developed by XDA Senior Member br.ruan, Graphic Porter is a tool which simplifies the process of modifying and porting existing custom themes. Running on PC, it enables you to chang. . . READ ON »

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Prepare Your Nokia X2 for Battle with Nokia X2 Tools


Unveiled in June this year, the Nokia X2 is the Finnish company’s second crack at an Android-powered device. With a 4.3 inch IPS display, a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a price tag under $200, the X2 is a device unique for its dual Windows-Android experience, with Nokia replacing any indication of Android OS with Nokia and Microsoft counterparts. Perhaps not for the wider mainstream market, the Nokia X2 is an interesting device that will definitely perk the interests of some folks. If you happen to be one of these people or have already bought one, you might want to check out Nokia X2 Tools.

Developed by XDA Forum Member Mplus, Nokia X2 Tools is a program which does two of the most important things you can do w. . . READ ON »

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Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Gear2

I think it’s pretty safe to say that any sound coming out of a wristwatch isn’t exactly going to be audiophile-grade. But then again, smartwatches aren’t meant to serve as standalone music players (for now at least), with their speakers acting as the outlet for notifications you may receive on your watch. However, if you own a Samsung Gear 2 and find yourself needing a bit of musical accompaniment from your watch as you quietly working at the table, you may want to boost its sound with XDA Forum Member tonydav’s tool.

The tool is a .bat file, which when executed on your PC, will automatically boost the sound volume of your Gear 2 within an indicated minimum and maximum range. XDA Senior Member gav83coll. . . READ ON »

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Speed Up Jenkins Configuration Process with TSJ


When you are the leader of a large development project, Gerrit isn’t the only tool that can help you keep everything organized. While compiling and uploading a ROM or kernel for one or two devices isn’t overly time-consuming, building for a dozen devices or more can take loads of time and therefore makes it extremely difficult to maintain.
There is a good news, though. You don’t have to launch every nightly build manually.

Not so long ago, our XDA TV Producer AdamOutler gave an overview showing how to use Jenkins. For those who don’t remember, Jenkins is a tool that allows building multiple projects automatically on one of your build servers. While Jenkins isn’t t. . . READ ON »

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XiaomiTool Lets You Manage Multiple Xiaomi Devices


If you’ve had your eyes on the headlines of the tech industry, you’ve surely noticed the name ‘Xiaomi’ mentioned on more than one occasion. For the unaware, ‘Xiaomi’ is the name of an OEM that many analysts predict to be a rising power in the mobile market, with headlines calling the company the ‘Apple of the East’. Perhaps there’s merit to all this, because after all, Xiaomi’s new phone, the Redmi 1S, sold out in India within 4.2 seconds. So, if you’re looking to purchasing a Xiaomi device, such as the Redmi 1S, you may want to check out XiaomiTool.

Developed by XDA Senior Member linuxxxx, XiaomiTool is an open source tool that lets you manage your compatible Xiaomi device from your PC r. . . READ ON »

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