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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 23, 2014

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 utilities are striped down versions and provide less features than the originals. BusyBox is not the only project that offers such functionality. XDA Senior Member...

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Samantha · Jan 20, 2014

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 device, but it wouldn't hurt to refresh your device back to 'brand new' as a safeguard. To help with this, XDA Recognized Developer mattlgroff has...

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Samantha · Jan 17, 2014

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. Thankfully, there's good news for Moto X and Mac owners, as XDA Forum Member mjphillips1981 developed a nice toolkit that helps you perform various Moto X...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 15, 2014

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 Google Play Store not too long after due to developer agreement violations, but that did nothing to halt the project's development. One major limitation of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2014

15 Second ADB Installer Gives You Lightning Fast ADB, Fastboot, and Driver Installation

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is the most important and widely used debugging tool on Android. With ADB, it's possible to push a file to the /system partition, make a backup, or even get a logcat for debugging. The official way to install ADB is to download the ADT Bundle or SDK tools, which are nearly 100 MB. Configuring the ADB on Windows is not the easiest as well, as you need to add its path in order to access it from...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 2, 2014

Direct Smali to Java Converter Makes Smali More Developer Friendly

Android is meant to be open source. And most components, despite being covered by the Apache license, have publicly available source code. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that only Nexus devices owners can do Java modifications without digging into Smali assembler language, which is not simple and needs much more effort than Java. Also, decompiled applications can't be imported to Eclipse or Android Studio. There are some tools like GetJava that already can do the job, but in most situations the result isn't...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Pick Your Favorite XDA Apps, Utilities, and Games from 2013

Over this past year, we've seen loads of innovative tools/utilities, applications, and games created by the talented members of our community. These creations have given new life to our devices by letting us accomplish simple tasks more easily, tailor our devices to our own tastes, and giving us a bit of entertainment when we have some down time. Thanks to all this hard work by these developers who call XDA home, we've seen applications that change the way we perform...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2013

9Compile Helps You Modify NinePatch Files in Batch

Theming has become an art on Android. Changing the look of your device is a complicated process, as sometimes very small elements need to be modified. To accomplish this, many themers often use really advanced graphical tools like Photoshop. But editing elements one-by-one is a time consuming task, so an automated process would be handy. PNG files used in Android are saved as a NinePatch PNGs, which are a bit different than regular PNGs. The border has to be transparent...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2013

Newbie-Friendly Tool Lets You Change the Look of Your Favorite Apps

Changing the look of open source apps is relatively easy. All you need to do is to download the source, add new images, and compile. Things get more complicated when the application's author does not provide the source code and the app needs to be decompiled and recompiled using something like APKtool. Aware of this situation, the XDA Forum Member Ankush menat created a tool to ease the process of changing the look of your favorite apps. This Windows-only tool...

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Samantha · Dec 26, 2013

Push Files To and From Your PC and Android Wirelessly with Fast Push

Wires can be such a mess. You trip over them, you go nuts trying to untangle them, and many times they simply stop working---and these things only happen once you actually find them. So it's no wonder that we're gradually moving towards a more wireless technology, such as wireless charging, wireless entertainment systems, and wireless data transfers. A great tool for facilitating this wireless shift is Fast Push. Developed by XDA Senior Member pesiran, the same developer of the tool APK...

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Conan Troutman · Dec 24, 2013

Go Wireless with ADB over WiFi Helper

ADB is an incredibly versatile and useful tool for everything from simple tweaks to major modifications, and even sometimes averting a complete disaster. It is relatively easy to set up, and it is simple to use for anyone with a little knowledge. Traditionally, ADB is used over USB. But in this day and age, how many of us have time to rummage through drawers and connect devices manually? It is possible to use ADB over your local WiFi network and...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2013

Remove the Google-Specific Files with NoAnalytics Remix, a Modification of the Freecygn Project

Some time ago, we talked about the freecygn project, which was created to remove the remaining traces of Google from CyanogenMod. This project brought quite a bit of controversy, as Google not only is most responsible for Android, but also collects data and gathers statistics for various advertising-related purposes. XDA Senior Member MaR-V-iN's freecygn project was quite successful, and Senior Member sylentprofet decided to make a modification of it that allows it to compile alongside CyanogenMod itself. Sylentprofet compiled the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 22, 2013

Android World Multitool Helps You with Common Android Tasks

Performing some of the basic tasks on Android device is easy but also time consuming. For example, if you want to install an application through adb, you need to type adb install and a full name of the APK. Of course, you need to have a working ADB to even think of adding something. There are some tools that make things easier and faster. One such tool is Android World Multitool, created by XDA Forum Member youssef badr. This Windows-only...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 22, 2013

Dark Multitool Kitchen Helps You with Building Personal ROMs from Source

Building a ROM from source is an exciting, but sometimes problematic process. Setting the build environment is time consuming and you need to find and copy-paste many lines of code to get the necessary libraries on your Linux machine. Also, initializing the correct repo and using Git might be problematic for some users. A kitchen in ROM terminology is not a place where the food is prepared. It's a tool that allows you to do some things automatically, like for...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 20, 2013

Flash Your Favorite ROMs Really Easy with CustomDroid

Most XDA users know how to root their devices, flash a recovery, and perform all the necessary steps to be a happy custom ROM user. But the world isn't perfect, and there are still members who are not tech savvy enough to do everything on their own. After all, allowing less advanced users to use custom ROMs was one of main driving forces behind projects such as CyanogenMod Installer and CASUAL. By design, CyanogenMod Installer is quite limited, as it only...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2013

GetJava Helps You Convert APKs into Java Projects

Android is an operating system that uses a lot of programming languages. The most common languages are Java (or Android Java if you prefer), C, XML, Bash, as well as a few more. Android applications can be decompiled by APKTool and a few similar tools, and their output is Smali. I know that many of you will disagree with me, but Smali is quite complicated language---much more than Java. There are two tools that can convert Smali back to Java: Dex2Jar and JAD. They are...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 2, 2013

Perfect Your Screenshots with Advanced Screenshot Creator

Home screen customization is quite important to many users. Most of us like to keep our screens aesthetic. And from time to time, we want to share the look with our friends in real life or here on XDA. Unfortunately some ROMs don't offer screenshot functionality, so the Android-SDK must be used. It's very inconvenient to download a big package just to make a few screenshots via ddms. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Diamondback created a Windows tool, named...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 2, 2013

Make Android Application Debugging Easier with STrace

Logcat is a powerful diagnostic tool designed to help developers with debugging errors in their applications. Without it, fixing most of applications would be significantly more difficult. However, it appears that logcat is not the only diagnostic tool available to app developers. Now, there is an alternative tool ported by XDA Senior Member alireza7991. STrace is a debugging utility to monitor a program's system calls or signals it receives. Unlike logcat, Strace can be used to monitor a single application,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 1, 2013

Online PIT Analysis Tool and Library

About a year ago, we covered a tool by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection that allows users to create, modify, and analyze Samsung PIT (Partition Information Tables ) files. For those who aren't familiar with PIT files, they contain all of the relevant information for each partition such as partition id, partition name, flash filename, block size, block range, partition description, and more. Some time ago, XDA Recognized Developer Benjamin Dobell created a Java-based library for Samsung PIT files, as part of the Heimdall project. Then...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 29, 2013

Updates to Virtuous Ten Studio and Remote Theme Injector

Well over a year ago now, we brought you news of a tool that solved the problem of users not being able to distribute themes for paid apps. Remote Theme Injector did exactly as its name suggests and “injects” the necessary themed elements into an APK, thereby allowing themers to make their work on paid apps available without distributing warez. The tool was often updated by its developer, XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Diamondback, whose name you might recognise...

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