Android One phones get root, custom recovery

One of the things that makes Google’s Nexus phones different from most Android devices on the market is that they tend to be developer-friendly. Unlocking the bootloader is usually as trivial as plugging in a USB cable, enabling USB debugging, and typing a quick command on your PC (using the Android SDK or at least fastboot). […]

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies arrive, along with updated gApps, ClockworkMod Recovery builds

It’s a big week for unofficial Android updates. The CyanogenMod team has started releasing nightly builds of CM10.2 for a handful of phones and tablets. Developer Koushik Dutta is updating his ClockworkMod Recovery tools for a number of Android devices. And there are new versions of the Google Apps available for custom ROM users running […]

Koush’s Universal ADB driver for Windows makes connecting/hacking Android devices easier

In order to root many Android phones and tablets or run some other software, you need to connect your device to a PC and run the Android Debug Bridge. This is basically a tool for developers which you can use to communicate between a PC and an Android device. But there’s not just one ADB […]

Koush releases open source Superuser app for rooted Android devices

Android developer Koushik Doutta has made a name for himself developing some of the most popular tools used by folks who root their devices and install custom ROMs. His ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager apps are some of the most popular tools for installing custom firmware on an Android device. Now he’s released a Superuser […]

ClockworkMod, TWRP Recovery for the Google Nexus 10

Custom recovery tools like ClockworkMod and TWRP make it easy to make a complete backup of an Android device, restore from a backup, wipe data, or install custom firmware updates. While it can sometimes take a while to get a custom recovery tool up and running on a new Android device, Nexus hardware is usually […]

Nexus 7 Toolkit for Mac helps you root, unlock, install custom recovery

There are some great tools for Windows computers that make it easy to root the Google Nexus 7 tablet, unlock, the bootloader, or install a custom recovery. But what if you’re a Mac user? There’s an app for that. Xda-developers forum techfanatic9 has put together a  Mac Toolkit for Google Nexus 7 users. The toolkit […]

Early build of CyanogenMod for the MK802 Mini PC

CyanogenMod is a custom version of Android based on Google’s open source software. It includes a number of performance tweaks and customization options you won’t get from most other versions of Android including notification bar and lock screen enhancements and CPU controls. While the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC isn’t officially supported by the CyanogenMod […]