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Go Wireless with ADB over WiFi Helper

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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 save yourself the hassle and a little desk clutter at the same time.

While the wireless option is not much more complicated than the USB option to set up, that process can be made even simpler with the help of ADB Over WiFi Helper by XDA Forum Member extremewing. This nifty little . . . READ ON »

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

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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 Java Archive file in the Android Studio and wrote short instructions on how to make the necessary modifications to get a Google-free system straight from source.

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Android World Multitool Helps You with Common Android Tasks

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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 tool can perform the most common operations like installing an application, flashing a boot animation, and rebooting your device. It even supports unrooting and backup/restore.

As an added bonus, some Samsung-only actions are present as well. For example, it’s possible t. . . READ ON »

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Dark Multitool Kitchen Helps You with Building Personal ROMs from Source

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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 example split the zImage and the ramdisk, which are parts of the kernel. Probably the most famous kitchen around is dsixda’s kitchen, presented here back during the stone age. Of course you can do it manually. But with a kitchen, you are always . . . READ ON »

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Flash Your Favorite ROMs Really Easy with CustomDroid

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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 allows users to flash the newest version of CyanogenMod. XDA Senior Member ssrij created an open source tool similar to the above projects called CustomDroid.

CustomDroid can unlock the bootloader on selected devices, flash a custom recovery, and of co. . . READ ON »

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GetJava Helps You Convert APKs into Java Projects

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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 pretty hard to use, though, and need some experience to use them properly. Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer broodplank1337 created a simple bash script, that does all the work for us. This script can get all necessary dependencie. . . READ ON »

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Perfect Your Screenshots with Advanced Screenshot Creator

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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 Advanced Screenshot Creator (ASC), to ease the process of creating screenshots. In addition to its main feature of creating an image of the visible portion of the screen via a custom ADB implementation, ASC can automatically save . . . READ ON »

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Make Android Application Debugging Easier with STrace

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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, so it’s much easier to find abnormal behavior. This tool can then be used to find causes for crashes or anomalies.

Using STrace is really simple. All you need to do is to push the bin file to . . . READ ON »

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Online PIT Analysis Tool and Library

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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 to further development, Benjamin relinquished copyright over to XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler, who relicensed the pro. . . READ ON »

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