Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
XDA University: Crafting Recovery-Flashable Packages
Those of us who use Linux on a day to day basis don’t think twice about sinking our fingers into the system files that govern how our devices perform. For instance, I use an LG L9 and was quite comfortable playing around with the way my SD card was being mounted in order to improve performance. For those who aren’t at home with the way the OS works, adding a startup script with a few lines of code might as well be witchcraft. That’s why flashable zip files are so handy for simple tasks and indispensable for complex projects. If you do it right, all the end-user needs do is copy a file to his SD card and reboot into recovery to flash the package.
There are some automatic tools out there that can help create these files. In fact, we’ve already covered at least one of them. But there’s really no substitute for knowing exactly what goes into one. XDA Senior Member Denkantor can explain it all, and decided to make an XDA University guide on package for flashing from recovery. Head on over to his original thread to see what he’s up to.
It doesn’t take much to make an update.zip file. Denkantor likes to use 7zip. And if you’re on Windows, he recommends Notepad++. You’ll also need the file(s) you want to flash. The Edify scripting language is what a custom recovery is looking for. You’ll be guided through the basics, but learning more is easy since you can look at any flashable file as an example.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...