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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

BusyBox Replacement on the Horizon? Meet GNU CoreUtils on Android

BusyBox is a small executable that allow Android (and other OSes) to use various common Unix/Linux commands and utilities. It was released in 1999 by Eric Andersen and originally developed by Bruce Perens in 1996. In Android, BusyBox is used to execute various Unix files and commands. The main disadvantage of BusyBox is that the...

Restore Your Moto X Back to ‘Brand New’ with the Moto X Restore Utility

So you've already cracked the screen on your beloved Moto X when it just 'somehow' fell to the ground, and you're worried that Motorola will void the warranty because you're phone is rooted. Developer editions aside, there probably isn't much of a chance the tired and overworked device repairman will discover and immediately reject your...

Set Up Your Moto X on a Mac

If you're an Android device owner who happens to use a Macintosh, you may feel a bit left out at certain times, especially with regards to toolkits and other software for your device. Sadly, the majority of toolkits run only on Windows PC, with Mac and Linux support unfortunately low on the list of priorities....

CyanogenMod Installer Now Available on the Mac

A couple of months ago, we talked about the beta release of CyanogenMod installer. The installer, was intended for new users otherwise unfamiliar with the custom ROM world. It essentially serves as the fastest and most streamlined way of installing CyanogenMod onto your device, with little to no effort expended. CM Installer was removed from the...