Posts From Adam Conway

Adam Conway
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18-year-old Irish guy with a massive interest in all things security and technology. Computer Science student in UCD. Originally wrote for the technology site Pixel Spot. Android user since Eclair. Direct inquiries to adamconway99@gmail.com.

AdHell 2 Rework Now Available – Block Ads and Disable Packages on Samsung Devices

AdHell was an ad blocker, package disabler and permission blocker which utilized Samsung's Knox to block ads and disable packages and permissions for other applications. The developer, who worked for Samsung, was forced by the company to remove it and its publicly-available source code. Thankfully, an XDA-Member by the name of FiendFyre has released AdHell 2,...

How to Use ADB or Fastboot From Any Directory on your Windows/Linux PC

If you've followed our tutorial on how to setup the adb and fastboot platform tools on your computer, it might be annoying to have to navigate to the folder every time, especially if you use either tool quite frequently. Having to copy files to the platform tools folder is also annoying whenever you want to...

New Android Oreo Developer Command Creates Virtual SD Card for Testing

Android Oreo is shaping up to be a developer and enthusiast friendly iteration of our favorite mobile operating system. We have discovered new commands added for theming the device (which has led to non-root Substratum support) and editing battery saver, and the findings didn't stop there. Now we have found a command which allows developers to...

Android Oreo Adds Commands to Programmatically Change the Lockscreen Pin, Password, or Pattern

Android Oreo holds many secret improvements by the looks of things. Theme support, notifications disabled on Android TV, reduced unlock latency and more. All of these have been within the commit history for Oreo, ie. not found in an official changelog, but there's even more we've uncovered. One such discovery is a command to programmatically change...

How to see the Boot Count of your Android 7.0+ Device

We love statistics. Even mundane or largely useless statistics can be immensely interesting to people. With adb, or root and a terminal application, it's possible to view the boot count of your phone which is how many times you've started your device! Obviously, this counter is only logged since your phone has been last factory reset....

How to Permanently Stop Updates on an Android Application

There are many apps that exist out there that some feel were ruined with updates. Some changes range from including adware bundled with the app or the app basically changing into a piece of malware. QuickPic, an app that was once praised for being a lightweight app with a brilliant UI, was bought by Cheetah...

How to Downgrade an App on Android – No Root Needed

Sometimes an app update comes along and you wish you stayed on an older version. Sometimes it's just not as simple as uninstalling your current app and installing the older APK again, as maybe you have data within the app you want to keep or it's a system app and you don't want to fully...

How to Customize Battery Saver Mode in Android 8.0 Oreo

Battery saver mode on Android can be quite effective at extending your battery life by restricting background services, disabling animations, and performing various other tweaks. However, it employs some extra measures which some may seem excessive or unnecessary. Does vibration really use enough power to justify switching it off, for example? The trade-off of disabling...

How to Select a Custom Image Resizing Limit in Snapseed

Snapseed is an app developed by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google. The app is used for editing photographs on your device which includes processing RAW camera files, one of its biggest appeals. You can edit a RAW .dng file via exposure, highlights, shadows, contrast, structure, saturation, temperature, and tint. You can also perform image resizing before...

Android Oreo Introduces Command Line Interface for Themes

With the launch of Android Oreo comes a lot of time spent searching for hidden goodies within the source code. In the past, the Android engineering team has talked about enabling theming in Android O. We reported in May that the second Developer Preview of Android O may have been a hint of Google supporting...

How to Enable Google Dialer’s New Floating Bubble Feature

Google Dialer is a modification of the AOSP dialer with a few small extra features. You can search for local phone numbers within the app and receive information on phone numbers that aren't in your contacts. What's more, you can also enable a secret feature! The Google Dialer floating bubble can be enabled by editing...

How to Customize Lockscreen Shortcuts in Android Oreo Without Root

Android Oreo has finally launched, and much like the navigation bar, we can also customize lockscreen shortcuts! It's even easier than the navigation bar tutorial, as all you need is adb. With the launch of Android Oreo we are also going to look for many other tweaks that users like yourselves here at XDA can...