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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2013

All-in-One Toolkit for the HTC One

So you've got yourself a shiny new HTC One, and you want to get started playing with it. Obviously you'll want to do things like apply Revolutionary Team's Revone S-Off. You'll probably also want to then flash a custom recovery, and then root your device. All of this will ordinarily take a moderate amount of time and effort, right? Not anymore, thanks to XDA Senior Member squabbi and his GUI-driven toolkit for the One. Squabbi's extremely user-friendly toolkit allows Windows users to do...

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Samantha · Aug 23, 2013

Multi-Purpose Tool for the Oppo Find 5

Oppo is proving to be a developer-friendly manufacturer of Android devices. Not only was it a Senior Sponsor for the XDA Dev-Con event a couple of weeks ago, but it has also shown much love and acceptance for the open source development community on their flagship Oppo Find 5. With this spotlight shining upon Oppo, it is with no surprise that it has attracted a great number of users, new and experienced, to the development prospects and potential it has to offer....

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Will Verduzco · Aug 17, 2013

Online Nandroid Backup 8.22 Brings Host of Improvements

A little under a year ago, we talked about Online Nandroid Backup version 6. At the time, the tool did as its name implies and allowed users to make online backups. No, these aren't "online" in the sense of cloud data storage. Rather, they're "online" in that the backup is performed while your device is online, rather than in recovery. Naturally, Online Nandroid Backup is quite useful since you don't have to disable your phone in order to keep your backups...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 16, 2013

Manage Your Android from Your Computer with Mobogenie

As large as our cell phone screens are becoming, they still offer nowhere near the real estate of a traditional computer monitor. And let's face it: Hunching over and fiddling with our phones while more powerful computers are available is a bit silly. So how do you make use of the more efficient interface afforded by extra screen space, as well as a keyboard and mouse? This is where XDA Senior Member proseray and his Windows application Mobogenie come in. Serving as a frontend...

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Samantha · Aug 15, 2013

Flash Zip Files from Your PC with Desktop Flasher

It's that time again. Right after you've finished the last line of the mod, moved the right .pngs into their respective drawable folders, recompiled everything, and finished the last piece of that chocolate that's been keeping you going for the past couple of hours. Now, it's time to test it all. You look at your options. You can either copy each flashable zip file over to your device to then tediously flash each of them through a custom recovery, you can...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 30, 2013

Major Update to the Android Everything Tool

A little over a month ago, we brought you news about the Android Everything Tool. The tool, made by XDA Senior Member ricky310711, really did as its title would lead you to believe, and automated a good number of tasks such as changing your LCD density parameter and performing custom recovery functions such as backing up your device and advanced wipes. As with all things, however, ricky310711's tool grew up a bit in the last month and has donned an impressive new...

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Samantha · Jun 28, 2013

Need Something Done? The Android Everything Tool Can Probably Do It

If you need something done with your Android device and you're not sure which program is needed to do it, it can probably be done with the Android Everything Tool by XDA Senior Member ricky310711. Alright alright, so it obviously can't do everything, but it sure seems like it can. A free tool for PCs running Windows, Android Everything Tool brings together a whole range of functions that are normally fragmented between multiple apps, tools, and software. This includes performing custom recovery...

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Samantha · Jun 23, 2013

Easily Decompile and Recompile APKs with Android Apktool

Using a command line interface is a daunting task for many novice developers and themers. So its unfortunate that one of the most popular tools for modding and theming, APKtool, requires such input. This is why we've featured some noteworthy guides on how to use APKtool for its many purposes, such as decompiling and recompiling APKs. However, if you are looking for a simpler, more efficient way to decompile and recompile APKs without command line, you may want to check...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 13, 2013

Simplify Your Modifications with Backsmali/Smali Manager

Nearly everyone who peruses these forums has heard of XDA Recognized Developer JesusFreke's tool Smali/Baksmali. For the few who are still in the dark, the tool functions as an assembler and disassembler for the Dex files used by the Dalvik virtual machine on Android. Essentially, with this tool, one can disassemble code, modify it, and reassemble it upon completion. And for the extra curious out there, the names are derived from their Icelandic equivalents---fitting, given that Dalvik comes from the...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 12, 2013

Lightweight ADB and Fastboot Installer

ADB and Fastboot are two of the most indispensable tools for manipulating and modifying your Android device. Offering the ability to perform all kinds of actions ranging from simple operations such as pushing and pulling certain files to unlocking bootloaders and flashing custom recovery images, these two tools are something that nearly everyone who has tinkered with an Android device in some way has been exposed to. Despite the simple nature of both these utilities, actually getting hold of the latest versions...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 11, 2013

ROM Tools Receives Added Functionality

Not too long ago, we brought you news of a tool called ROM Tools. Its main use was to decompile and recompile classes.dex. The tool, however, has recently been updated by XDA Recognized Contributor iamareebjamal to include some extra functionality and move towards being a more rounded, all-in-one Android utility. ROM Tools itself is a command line-based utility for Windows, which despite being incredibly useful in its original form is being continually updated with the intention of becoming a one stop shop for...

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Samantha · May 23, 2013

Windows-Based Multi-Tool for the Sony Xperia U

If you are a flashaholic and an owner of the Sony Xperia U, you may be interested in the multi-purpose tool developed for the Xperia U by XDA Forum Member AlexDroid00 that allows you to perform a whole host of actions that may alleviate the required process that are necessary otherwise. Developed for Windows PCs, the multi-tool for the Xperia U combines many actions, which would otherwise have to be performed individually and with different tools,  into one program for your convenience....

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Conan Troutman · Apr 29, 2013

Three All-in-One Solutions for Android Driver Issues

It used to be the case that whenever you wanted to use ADB or FastBoot with a device, you were required to install a specific driver for each device. For anyone regularly flashing several devices or developers who test on numerous different phones and tablets, this could prove to be something of an inconvenience, especially when setting up for the first time and having to hunt around in a dingy corner of an OEM website looking for the correct driver....

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Conan Troutman · Apr 22, 2013

Decompile and Recompile Classes.dex with Ease

It's fair to say that unless you've spent some time digging around inside APK files and making some heavy duty modifications to apps or the Android OS itself, you probably haven't come face-to-face with a .smali file in its natural environment. They are a common component in many of the most popular Android tweaks and hacks out there such as adding toggles, extending the power menu, and adding CRT screen off animation. The files themselves can often be found nestled...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 14, 2013

Take Control of Those Pesky NinePatch Files

Everybody has a nemesis of some kind. Odysseus had Poseidon, for Captain Ahab it was the white whale, and Sherlock Holmes had Professor Moriarty. As for Android themers, well they have NinePatch (.9png) files. If you aren't familiar with NinePatch, check out this great tutorial which deals with the intricacies of working with these particularly troublesome image files. In summary, they are "stretchable" image files used for elements of the UI that often require resizing, such as a speech bubble used...

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Conan Troutman · Aug 26, 2012

Ultimate Backup Tool, No Root Required

The vast majority of us have probably, at some point, backed up the data on our devices---whether it's in the form of a Nandroid backup or just using Titanium Backup (other backup apps are available) to preserve your applications and their relevant data. There are many reasons why you might want to do this, whether its for restoration after flashing a new ROM or just for posterity in case of disaster while tinkering around. Another reason you might want to backup...

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Former Writer · Mar 5, 2012

Windows Phone 7 Gets a Super Tool and Market App

Windows Phone 7 development around XDA has been steadily increasing, and that's a really good thing. XDA Recognized Developer dotcompt has added a couple of much needed tools to the Windows Phone 7 application arsenal. The first is a super tool that gives users various shortcuts to tools and the other is an alternative market for home brew apps, XDA apps, etc. The super tool application, aptly named DS Supertool offers its users: . Connectivity shortcuts. . Favorites contacts speed dial. ....

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ElCondor · Feb 13, 2012

Determine Your Phone’s USB Host Capabilities With USB Host Diagnostics

The USB host function on recent Android phones and tablets, is perhaps the most unspoken yet incredibly useful innovation in recent mobile device development. I remember, a few years ago some developers struggling with connecting a 3.5" HDD to an HTC Touch Diamond, and see where we landed now: manufacturers are slowly building the USB host function into their phones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus were said to be able to host any USB device as...

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Former Writer · Feb 10, 2012

The Configurator Makes Many Modifications to Many Phones

Most devices have a plethora of dedicated developers. People who make ROMs, Mods, Tweaks and even Tools. However, some phones aren't so lucky and don't get a lot of developer support. In either case, there are still those out there who develop things for everybody. This is the case with The Configurator. It's a tool made by XDA Senior Member smokin1337 that can be used on any phone with busybox installed and it can do a great number of things....

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Former Writer · Feb 10, 2012

Tool for Desire HD Does Pretty Much Everything and More

Tools make the Android world go 'round. They bridge the gap between the creation of cool modifications and processes and the average user by taking what could be a complicated process and automating it. That makes it easy to use and highly useful. XDA Senior Member Volupia has created a tool for the HTC Desire HD that does a variety of things from creating a Gold Card to flashing recoveries and flashing s-off eng hboot. The full feature list includes:...

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