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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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Safestrap lets you load custom recovery on Kindle Fire HD (and eventually custom ROMS too)

Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire tablets including the Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 inch tablets have locked bootloaders. That probably doesn’t matter much if you plan to just run the operating system that came with your tablet. But it causes a bit of a headache for folks that want to load […]

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Google Nexus 4 rooted

The Google Nexus 4 started shipping this week, and early users have already figured out how to root the phone. This provides access to files and settings that would otherwise be unavailable, and lets you do some nifty things like backing up all your users apps and data,  adjusting CPU speed (under some conditions), or making other […]

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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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Titanium Backup lets you make a flashable ZIP with all of your apps

Titanium Backup has long been one of the most useful Android apps for users who root their devices and tinker with custom ROMs. It lets you backup all the apps and data on your device and restore from that backup — even after switching from a stock ROM to CyanogenMod, AOKP, or other custom firmware. […]

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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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TWRP 2.2 custom recovery gets even easier to use

A custom recovery tool for Android lets you make a complete backup of your device, replace your operating system, install updates, or make other changes that are hard to do from within Android. You can install them on most rooted Android devices with unlocked bootloaders. But custom recovery apps don’t exactly have a reputation for […]