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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

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 /system partition is always inherently risky, and it is imperative that you make a backup of your valuable data before flashing. Unfortunately, making a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 15, 2014

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 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...

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GermainZ · Oct 21, 2014

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 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 9, 2014

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 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 21, 2014

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 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 17, 2014

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 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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 23, 2014

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 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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 22, 2014

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 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 13, 2014

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 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 10, 2014

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 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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 29, 2014

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 then work from there. Luckily, there are various tools available to make life a little easier when not working with source. One such tool comes...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 23, 2014

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 that we've featured to help you do so. However, those looking for an automated method should check out AROMA Zip Maker by XDA Senior...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 23, 2014

Automatically Execute Bash, SH, and Python Scripts on Boot with BSE

Thanks to the power and freedom of the Android platform afforded by its Linux underpinnings, we are free to execute various BASH, sh, or Python scripts on our mobile devices. Such scripts can accomplish a wide variety of tasks such as setting permissions on boot or keeping track of device power cycles. And given their functionality, many of these scripts are useful to perform upon boot. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member r3pwn's tool BSE, we have an easy way to easily...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 5, 2014

Android Device Manager Does Everything but Make You Coffee

Android devices can be controlled from terminal or command line using ADB and other communication protocols. However, using a graphical interface to do some basic operations is significantly more convenient and user friendly than typing long commands with a high risk of typo. Luckily, there are some tools able to perform some basic operations with point-and-click ease. One such applications is Android Device Manager by XDA Forum Member Al-Mobarmge. The tool can easily install and uninstall applications on internal memory...

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Samantha · Feb 24, 2014

Xperia Tipo Tools: Multitool for the Sony Xperia Tipo

You may remember that a couple of months ago, the Sony Xperia Tipo received an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 port, supporting the fact that even small phones can have Kitkat too. Of course, what’s the use of such a port if you don’t have your Xperia Tipo set up and ready to take a bite of the Kitkat bar in the first place? Good thing for you if this sounds a bit too familiar to you, as XDA Forum Member AlexDroid00...

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Samantha · Feb 13, 2014

Check Whether Your Sony Device has Received an Update with Xperia Update Checker

So now that the second raft of Sony Xperia devices are finally receiving the long awaited Android 4.3 update, I'm sure that there are plenty of folks eagerly glancing at the notification area and Sony PC Companion in anticipation of that firmware update notification. Some of you may also be constantly refreshing your device's XDA forum page, meticulously keeping track of every relevant tidbit of information. If this sounds just like you, you may want to check out XDA Senior...

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Samantha · Feb 12, 2014

MotoTool All In One Converts Your Moto G Into GPe

One might say that there really aren’t many perks that the Moto G GPe can offer over its regular counterpart. Thanks to Moto G’s timely updates from the previously Google owned Motorola, the near stock Android platform its running, and the uninvasive and minimal additions (or tweaks) Motorola has included with the regular Moto G, this opinion may not be too far from the truth. But the GPe still does has its appeals, with the most obvious being its undisturbed, intact...

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Samantha · Feb 5, 2014

MotoTool Helps You Get Started with Your Moto G

The Moto G is a fantastic low-end device with some great mid-to-high-end specs, so we totally understand why you might be considering the device’s potential for aftermarket development when choosing the next phone you're going to purchase. Now for those who have already purchased and received the device, a great starting point to your new journey is the MotoTool. Developed by XDA Senior Member alonsoch specifically for the Moto G, the MotoTool has all the functions all you new Moto...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 2, 2014

Easily Create Recovery Compatible Archives with Zip Creator

If you ever wanted to make a flashable ZIP, you certainly know how much work is needed to write a proper updater-script. Not so long ago, we presented a Windows-only tool and Geany add-on to find all your syntax errors, but you still had to enter all the commands on your own. Your updater-script nightmare is now over, as XDA Forum Member OrglCe created a very useful Windows-only application that automates the process of creating a flashable ZIP with the proper...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 1, 2014

Easily Flash a Hybrid Modem to Gain 4G LTE Connectivity on Your Nexus 4 without a PC

The Google Nexus 4 is a very popular phone. A powerful CPU, combined with 2 GB of RAM and a relatively low price at launch made it an ideal choice of many XDA community members, myself included. Despite being a great device, and one which is still extremely popular, the Nexus 4 has some issues with LTE. As it never officially featured LTE connectivity, you need to do some tweaking to enable it, as ever since radio 0.48, LTE has been...

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