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How to install Android 5.1 on a NOOK HD or NOOK HD+

The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD and HD+ were released in 2012, and the tablets offered high-resolution displays, dual-core processors, and microSD card slots, among other features. But they weren’t hugely successful for B&N, and the NOOK HD and HD+ were the last tablets the book store chain ever produced on its own. These days […]

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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). […]

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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 […]

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Google Glass gets unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery

Eventually Google hopes that its Google Glass wearable computer will be an affordable device consumers can use to get directions, snap photos, and run apps without pulling a phone from their pockets. For now, Glass is an expensive, hacker-friendly device with short battery life. But folks who spent $1500 to get their hands on a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to unlock, root Google Nexus 4, use custom recovery and more

The Google Nexus 4 is one of the first devices to ship with Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. But if you want to install custom firmware, run apps that require root access, or make other changes, there’s good news: The Nexus 4 is just about as easy to work with as earlier Nexus devices. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]