UTILITY Posts on XDA

Don’t Fear Flashing with I Don’t Want You!

The XDA message boards are full of various modifications, with many of these helping you change the look of your favorite apps and add some features to stock-based ROMs. Mods such as these are generally fairly easy to install, but sometimes things go not as we had planned, and our device ends up soft-bricked.Modifying the...

Simplify ADB Usage with Universal Utility

Android Debug Bridge (or simply ADB) is a set of tools included in the Android SDK package. It consists of both client- and server-side programs that communicate with one another. To properly use ADB, your PC must have proper binaries, a command tool like Terminal or Command Prompt, and USB debugging must be enabled on...

Check Your I/O Usage with Iotop for Android

Ever needed to check the I/O usage of apps? If so, you probably tried searching for an iotop port, a Python script for Linux--only to find none and either write one in a hurry or manually check /proc/ yourself.Luckily for you, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer laufersteppenwolf has written a shell script to replicate...

Protect Yourself from Shellshock Vulnerability with Patched BASH

After more than two decades, BASH is still one of the most important tools in UNIX systems. It's commonly used in Linux, Mac OS X, and of course our mobile favorite, Android. BASH was a reliable tool for a very long time until the Shellshock bug was discovered. The security hole may cause vulnerable versions of the...

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...

Kill all the Apps with a Friendly GUI using ADB Task Manager for Windows

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is very powerful tool, and Android power user is well aware of this. This tool allows users to accomplish many tasks, such as sideloading your favorite ROM or kernel, finding out what's wrong with an app, or simply stopping or starting a service. As you can see, it can be used to almost everything...

WinDroid HTC Toolkit Lets You Root, Unlock, and Flash ROMs on Various HTC Devices

Plenty of users nowadays have more than one mobile device. And although we don't always carry these devices at the same time, it's nice to be able to pull up one of our older devices to flash and mess around with from time to time. Multifunction toolkits exist for the vast majority of popular devices. However, not...

Extract Depth Map and Create 3D Parallax Images from Pics Taken with the Latest Google Camera App

Late last week, Google issued a massive update to the Google Camera app, allowing users to experience DSLR-like bokeh and Lytro-like refocusing capabilities with any camera sensor. This was made possible because in addition to image data, the primary camera sensor is also used to capture depth data. The end result is quite similar to HTC's...

Deodex Your Xperia with a Simply Windows Utility

There is, and will continue to be, much debate regarding whether to Odex or Deodex a ROM. Some people prefer leaving ROMs Odexed for greater efficiency, while others prefer Deodexed ROMs and their freedom. This becomes even trickier when looking at OEMs, as some Odex their stock firmware, while others don't. Sony is one of...

View Friendly App Names and Organize Them with ApkSpy

Android applications are pretty easy to use, and some resources can be obtained directly from APK files. Much of this information is available in the XML manifest file that contains all of the relevant information about the app's friendly name name, version, required SDK level, and more. If an APK has a decipherable package name, you can...

Ricky’s ROM Kitchen Reborn with Many Added Features

It should come as no surprise that the cleanest and most robust way to introduce your own modifications to an existing project is through modifying the original source code and recompiling. However, this is not always possible. Often times, we must begin our journey to app or ROM modification from a closed source binary, and...

Create AROMA Flashable Zips in Seconds

Few tools have made ROM installation and customization easier than AROMA Installer by XDA Recognized Developer amarullz. Rather than installing a preconfigured package, AROMA allows users to pick and choose what parts to install and/or what parameters to set.If you're a developer looking to incorporate AROMA installer into your flashable ZIPs, there are plenty of guides...