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Samantha · Dec 22, 2014

Easily Generate and Export Material Design Palletes

For many people, it can be pretty difficult to create a palette of complementary colors. That said, having one available can be quite useful when creating an application, theme, wallpaper, or any kind of  concept. Choosing the right shades of colors for the different elements of your work isn't easy, so unless you’re a gifted designer, you’re probably going to need a bit of help. This is where Material Palette comes in. Material Palette is a website launched by German coder...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 14, 2014

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....

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Samantha · Dec 8, 2014

Flash Android 5.0 to a Bootlooping Nexus 5 in 2 Minutes

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 16, 2014

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 3, 2014

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...

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Samantha · Sep 30, 2014

Streamline Android Theming with 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...

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Samantha · Sep 30, 2014

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...

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Samantha · Sep 29, 2014

Increase the Speaker Volume of Your Samsung Gear 2

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 14, 2014

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...

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Samantha · Sep 8, 2014

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 26, 2014

Convert PNGs into RLEs Easily on Any OS with PNG2RLE

Unlike other operating systems, Android uses its own graphical image formats. Most of the images use in the OS are PNGs, but there are some devices that use the RLE image format for their kernel logos. This format provides a pretty good compression ratio and is very fast. Sadly, converting a PNG file to RLE isn't easy and requires some tools. There are plenty of them, but not many can be described as cross-platform and don't require ImageMagick to work properly. If you are looking...

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Samantha · Aug 7, 2014

Get Your Xperia Device’s Firmware Up to Date with XperiFirm

Being able to run an updated version of Android is probably one of the most important things that we look for when it comes to Android devices. This is exemplified in the countless updates we feature here on the XDA Portal every time there is an indication, a leak, and release of new firmware of the major devices in the Android world, making sure you get to enjoy the newest features, bug fixes, and more as early as possible. There are also...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 26, 2014

Perform Multiple Operations on Android Wear with AWToolkit

It's been a while since the first Android Wear devices hit the shelves. Many potential users are still waiting for the Moto 360, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are already available to purchase. Since its release, these Android Wear devices have already been rooted, TWRP recovery is available, and there are quite a few applications. Most of the devices supported here on XDA have a working toolkit--a handy tool that usually allow rooting, installing applications through ADB, unlocking bootloader, and...

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Samantha · Jul 25, 2014

LG G Watch Tool is a Toolkit all Owners Need

The LG G Watch is one of the first two devices hitting the market rocking the highly anticipated Android Wear OS. Naturally, many folks have snatched one up to get a taste of what Google’s take on wearables would be like. And so if you’re one of these people, and especially if you’re a new owner of the G Watch, what better way to kick things off than with LG G Watch Tool? Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tomsgt, LG...

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Samantha · Jul 4, 2014

Easily Set Up Your OnePlus One with the OnePlus One Easy Toolkit

The OnePlus One is one appealing device. With gorgeous industrial design, top notch specifications, and an unbelievably affordable price tag, it's with no surprise that many of us are itching for a purchase invite, or even better yet, for the phone to be released to the wider market. And it's certainly not hurting their cause by sponsoring xda:devcon ’14. Those who are lucky enough to claim a OnePlus One as their own, especially recent owners, may want to check out the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 19, 2014

Control a Device with a Broken Screen From the Comfort of Your Windows PC

Occasionally, the situation arises when our cell phone screens die completely. Be it due to a nasty fall, playing a bit too rough with other items in your pocket or backpack, or other device trauma, these things unfortunately happen from time to time. We hope that you never have to experience this rather unpleasant situation, but if it does ever happen, we might have a solution for you that will enable you to control your device in order to extract its...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 10, 2014

Easy ADB Tool Makes Using ADB Simple on Windows

ADB is the most basic and in many circumstances, one of the most powerful Android debugging tools available. With ADB, one can easily install an app, flash your favorite ROM, or grab a logcat to help developers. ADB has one major disadvantage to newcomers, though, and that's command line. Command line is great for scripting, and practically every advanced user becomes or already is quite comfortable, but not everyone can remember various lengthy commands. Luckily, XDA Senior Member Mohamed Hashem created a tool for newcomers and people who like...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 23, 2014

Easily Create an Updater-Script using a Windows-Based Tool

To install any ROM through a custom recovery, you need to have an updater-script. It's basically a few lines of commands that tells your Android recovery what to do. These files are also widely used with Aroma Installer and other scripting engines, but of course everyone knows this already. However, a problem arises when you need to create your own updater-script from scratch, as it's not always generated during the build process. For beginners, the updater-script language (Edify) might be like black magic. Thankfully, there are...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Add Some Aroma Magic to Your Project with Lazy Aroma

With a much certainty, we can say that Aroma is one of the most widely used projects here on XDA. We have talked about it countless times in the past. This system was created by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz, and it has since dramatically changed how we install ROMs, kernels, and flashable modifications by allowing us to select which applications, libraries, and boot animations we would like to have installed. It's almost a given that everyone reading this has already seen a thread with the...

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Will Verduzco · May 4, 2014

Deodex APKs and JARs with Ease Using Ultimate Deodexer

If you theme or otherwise modify your device and its applications, you have surely deodexed either your entire ROM or certain apps. This process isn't particularly difficult by any stretch of the imagination, but it can be a bit annoying and burdensome if not done with a user-friendly, GUI-based tool. Luckily, there's Ultimate Deodexer. Ultimate Deodexer by XDA Recognized Themer BDFreak is an incredibly user-friendly deodexing tool that allows anyone to deodex any APK or JAR with just a few clicks. This...

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