POSTS TAGGED: utility
Posted December 15, 2014 at 03:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 yoru device.
ADB usage isn’t overly difficult, but sometimes entering long commands is a very tedious task. If you haven’t had a chance to use ADB before or just would like to make command usage more efficient, you should definitely check out a tool made by XDA Forum Member Lars124. Universal ADB-Helper is a Bash script that helps you use ADB in the most convenient way. It has the ADB bina. . . READ ON »
Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm by GermainZ
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 the original features of iotop. It will allow you to examine I/O loads/usage for every process, see the total amount of read and written bytes or even the current read/write speeds.
Before you use the script, though, you’ll have to make sure you have the following:
- A rooted device.
- A kernel with I/O accounting enabled. This usually isn’t the case by default, but you can
Posted October 9, 2014 at 06:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 tool to execute specific commands.
While BASH on desktop OSes has been updated almost instantly, the Android version still remains unpatched. If you don’t want to be exploited, you can download the updated version, like the one prepared by XDA Forum Member 3lo0sh. This version is patched and is of course open source, so you can verify the code on your own. The patched BASH will work with e. . . READ ON »
Posted September 21, 2014 at 01:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 have changed since then, and the project has been updated to version 2.0.6.
With the version bump, lots of new features have been introduced by XDA Recognized Developer OmarBizreh. The most important ones are certainly a changed UI for the Android client, which now follows Material Design UI language and two things related to phone to . . . READ ON »
Posted May 17, 2014 at 09:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 Android related.
Operations performed on processes are difficult because you need to know the exact name of the package and command to kill it. But with a tool by XDA Forum Member Kingston1, you may now put those concerns aside. As its name suggests, ADB Task Manager is a graphical task manager that you run on your Windows PC. It uses ADB to kill processes on your phone. This task mana. . . READ ON »
Posted April 23, 2014 at 05:30 am by Will Verduzco
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 everyone wants to hunt down the latest toolkit for every device.
Luckily, there are various OEM-specific toolkits that perform most needed functions on devices by a particular manufacturer. XDA Senior Member WindyCityRockr created one such toolkit for quite a few HTC devices. This toolkit is able to unlock your bootloader through HTCDev, root your device, flash a ROM or k. . . READ ON »
Posted April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am by Will Verduzco
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 recently opened Duo Camera System. But rather than using two lenses like Duo Camera (or an array of micro lenses like Lytro), Google’s solution has users slowly move the camera upwards after taking a shot. This parallax effect is then used to interpolate depth data.
Viewing these new depth-laden images from within the provided viewer app is nice, but it. . . READ ON »
Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 the OEMs that does Odex their ROMs.
If you’ve ever worked with APKTool to modify something in a precompiled ROM, you’ve certainly had to deodex a ROM. This can be done with several kitchens, scripts, or by executing commands in terminal. You can now Deodex the firmwares of new Xperia devices really easily with Kamome by XDA Senior Member RyokoN.
Kamome is a Windows script . . . READ ON »
Posted April 10, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
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 easily determine what application it is and even its version by looking at just the filename. However, it’s often difficult to determine an app’s true function when looking at com.developername.obscurepackagename.apk.