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Samantha · Nov 26, 2013

Maximize Available Device Storage with Cassini

Storage space isn't quite as much of a problem nowadays compared to before. Phones and tablets are being pushed out the door with some comfortable internal memory specs such as up to 64 GB. This is even more true if you insert a sizeable MicroSD card on expandable devices. That said, not all OEMs include external storage or large caches of internal storage, so some owners who enjoy a considerable music library or movie collection continue to be bothered by...

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Samantha · Nov 25, 2013

Easily Set up Your Moto X with the Moto X Toolkit

Getting a new phone can be likened to a ritual in many ways. After ripping apart the delivery packaging and bubble wrap, delicately removing the sticky tape, opening the phone's box, finally holding the glorious new device in your hand, and then feeling the slight jolt of vibration when you turn it on for the first time, you come to realize that there's still quite a long way to go before it's ready. So rather than sitting at the PC...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 15, 2013

Advanced Logcat Viewer Published as a Standalone Tool

Every Android user has encountered application or game crashes at some point. However, finding the cause of these crashes is a different story. Android offers its own logging system called logcat, which uses ADB to fetch all necessary information for developers to analyze and fix the problem. It’s easy enough to install the android-sdk and execute the standard adb logcat command, but the output can be somewhat hard to decipher. XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback wrote a handy Windows tool to...

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TK · Nov 13, 2013

Nexus 7 Multi-Utility Updated with KitKat Screen Recording

The Google Nexus 5 was just released a few weeks ago, packing Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The Nexus 7 (2013) was released not that long ago, and officially received KitKat earlier today. KitKat brings a nice new feature that allows you to record the screen on your device. Previously, this required (paid) third party apps. And even then, many faced compatibility issues with certain SoCs and ROMs. The new feature has one major down side, though. You must be connected to...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2013

Easily Customize Your New Google Nexus 5 with Multi-Tool

If you're one of the lucky few to already have your grubby little paws on the recently released Google Nexus 5, you are probably the envy of all of your Android-loving comrades. But do you know what would make them even more jelly? Rooting your Nexus 5 and adding a little bit of customization. We recently covered XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root for the Nexus 5. CF-Auto-Root is essentially the easiest way to get from fresh-out-the-box to rooted stock. However,...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 3, 2013

Translate Your Apps with Ease Using Android Localizer

Probably one of the toughest jobs for anyone trying to get a product into users' / customers' hands is the eternal balancing act between trying to be productive, reaching as many people as humanly possible, and not having to deploy an eternity of small/medium/large tweaks to target other markets. Languages are by far the best possible example of this important part of product development. Not everyone around the world speaks the language that the developer is comfortable with, and as a...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 20, 2013

Odex Your ROMs Quickly and Easily Directly from Your Device

As our mobile devices grow faster and faster with each passing generation, more people opt for the convenience and ease of customization of deodexed ROMs rather than the (theoretical) speed advantages of odexed ROMs. While we aren't here to debate the merits of either stance, some people still prefer to use Odexed ROMs. That said, those wishing to learn more about the pros and cons of each should visit XDA Recognized Contributor philos64 excellent information thread. What do you do once you've...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 13, 2013

Multi-Device CASUAL-Based Image Flasher

Not too long ago, we covered XDA Elite Recognized Developer Adam Outler's new website Casual-Dev. The site was built to help other developers leverage his open source offerings in order to use CASUAL as a delivery method for outside development projects. Since then, we featured a simple recovery flasher for the HTC One that in and of itself wasn't terribly groundbreaking. However, it handedly demonstrated the viability of using CASUAL as a launching platform for development work. Now, XDA Senior Members enricocid and ivn888 have created a universal...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 12, 2013

Android Everything Tool Updated to Decompile, Deodex, and More

We first talked about the Android Everything Tool in June of this year, at which point we noted that the Windows-based tool offered an impressive array of features and functions that could serve useful to those looking to tweak their Android devices. A little over a month later, XDA Senior Member ricky310711's toolkit was given a major update, with the ability to install OpenSSL and Curl, as well as access certain device information. Ricky310711 has kept busy, and as such, another...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 1, 2013

Create Your Own Device Manager Functionality with OwnMdm

Not too long ago, Google unveiled Android Device Manager, allowing users to locate and sound an alarm to their devices when they have been misplaced or stolen. Recently thereafter, Google even allowed users to secure their devices remotely with the web-based tool. Having additional options is always nice, though, and XDA Senior Member pacosal created an alternative that allows you to create your own Mobile Device Manager. The aptly titled ownMDM allows you (and only you) to remotely control your devices using two parts:...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2013

Easy File Transfer Between PC and Device with Websharing 2.0

Many moons ago, a developer known as XDA Forum Member tliebeck released a pretty interesting file manager called FX File Explorer, which among other things, allowed you to view and organize your media files in a more intuitive way without having to guess what you were looking at. This same dev also had another app under the name of WebSharing 1.0. This app along with most of its features was a perfect companion to the aforementioned file manager. As time went by,...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 30, 2013

Droid Manager Given Major Overhaul and New Functionality

A little over a year ago, we took a look a Windows-based Android management utility created by XDA Recognized Developer DeepUnknown known as Droid Manager. Back then, the multi-purpose Android utility stood out by offering the ability to perform quite a few ADB-based tasks quickly and easily. Since then, DeepUnknown has been hard at work, dramatically improving his application to bring in new features and more. One of the most interesting new features is Nandroid backup management, where you can easily create...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 28, 2013

Quickly Optimize APK and Classes.dex with GOptimize

If you're trying to minimize your load times by lowering I/O time, optimizing your applications' resources may be worth looking into. Naturally, loading smaller APKs leads to less time spent reading the application data. With any form of compressed data, there eventually becomes a tradeoff in compute versus read time in higher levels of compression, but for the most part application loads and general device performance seems to be limited by I/O rather than compute performance. For this reason, XDA...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2013

Easily Perform Common Root-Level Tasks with AndRootKit

Rooting, as we all know, opens up a world of possibilities. It is the first step that we in the XDA community take towards truly owning our devices. Once rooted, most people flash a custom ROM, recovery, and kernel. In order to easily accomplish these tasks and more, XDA Forum Member yashade2001 created AndRootKit. AndRootKit performs various flashing tasks such as flashing images to your recovery, system, and boot partitions. It is also able to flash an update.zip file of your choosing, rather...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2013

Easily Backup the TA Partition on Your Sony Xperia Device

Some time ago, we talked about the importance of backing up the TA partition on Sony Xperia devices. Doing so on Sony Xperia devices saves your DRM keys. Why is this important? These keys are required in order to use a few proprietary software bits such as Bravia Engine in the Gallery app and OTA updates. As we learned before, however, once you unlock your bootloader for the first time, these DRM keys are irreparably lost unless you previously created...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 1, 2013

Quickly Flash Xperia Kernels with Fastboot Speed Runner

We generally try to do things as quickly as possible. If this weren't the case, we wouldn't have a love affair with microwaves and instant ramen noodles. Luckily, various utilities also allow us to optimize our connected lives such as apps that help with multitasking and so on. Luckily, there are also various scripts that help us perform various modification tasks more efficiently, and now we have one to more quickly flash kernels and create backups of existing kernels on Sony Xperia devices....

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Will Verduzco · Aug 31, 2013

Easily Command Your Device with ADB GUI

While most power users have more than a firm grasp on using the Android Debug Bridge, using a command line interface may be intimidating to new users looking to get into basic device modification. While we greatly encourage learning the commands, it doesn't hurt to also have a GUI for the most commonly used operations. Now thanks to XDA Forum Member sandix, there is a streamlined Windows utility aimed at delivering many ADB functions through a graphical interface. ADB GUI supports quite...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 30, 2013

Streamline Your App Theming with BatchAPKTool

If you fancy creating and applying themes for your applications, you no doubt have become well acquainted with APKTool. The application, originally created by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all has become a staple in application modification on Android. It enables the modification of app resources by allowing users to easily decompile and recompile applications. We've recently featured a few tools aimed at streamlining the APKTool experience, as well as a few guides on the subject. However, sometimes a script with some...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 29, 2013

Android APKTool v2 Released, Massive Overhaul

A couple of months ago, we wrote about a tool that allows users to easily decompile and recompile APKs. Similar in functionality to the legendary APKTool (thread) by XDA Recognized Developer Brut.all, Android APKTool by XDA Forum Member Flextrick made the process extremely user friendly by adding a simple and easy-to-use GUI. In the time since our last posting, Flextrick's utility has been given a major overhaul in its upgrade to version 2. As before, it runs on Windows computers with Java and .Net...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

AROMA App Package Creator Given Substantial Update

Just yesterday, we covered a couple of guides aimed at helping developers get started with XDA Recognized Developer amarullz's powerful AROMA installer. While versatile in that the guides help developers use the AROMA installer for customizing ROM installs, this isn't all that AROMA can be used for. Another popular use of AROMA is to create custom app packages, in which users can pick and choose which apps to install. We previously talked about a utility for creating these app packages with AROMA...

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