Reboot An Android Device Easily From Windows System Tray

Not that it’s impossible or even hard for a user to reboot an Android device into recovery mode, bootloader, or for that matter a simple reboot by pressing one or multiple keys on the device, it’s much cooler and convenient to do it right from a PC if the device is connected to it via USB. Well, it has always been possible to do so, you had ADB commands for the geeks who knew what they were doing, and that required you to set up the Android SDK and what not. There are all in one toolkits available for most of your specific devices as well, but why complicate things? RegawMod Rebooter by regaw_leinad over at XDA-Developers is easily the most simple, nonsense free tool you can greet yourself to for handling all your rebooting needs. The tool needs no ADB or anything to work, but USB drivers for your device are needed. So as soon as you download the tiny 1mb file, you’re good to go. Read More

All-In-One Toolkit For Samsung Galaxy S3 GSM

The Galaxy S III seems to be making some really fast progress in terms of third party support for software development for this device. Earlier, we had covered quite a few ways of rooting the device, including installation of ClockworkMod recovery as well. For those who fear flashing files via ODIN, XDA-Developers forum member mskip has just released a Samsung Galaxy S3 Toolkit, making life for inexperienced rooters who just got their hands on a brand new S3, very easy. If you thought the functionality is limited to just rooting, installing recoveries and kernels, the toolkit offers a plethora of functions ranging from installing APK files to pulling or pushing files onto the device. Read on for more information on this invaluable toolkit and how you can use it for your SGS III. Read More

Root Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 With CF-Root

The Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 and I9300T can now be rooted by flashing the much popular CF-Root kernel, thanks to renowned developer Chainfire, who was responsible for rooting the device in the first place earlier on. CF-Root has been responsible for rooting a huge a list of Android based Samsung devices and is actually meant for the rooting beginners. To be used with stock Samsung firmwares (no, no custom ROMs, even if it’s Touchwiz), this root method will keep your SGS3 as close to stock as possible. More about it, and how you can root the SGS3 using CF-Root, after the break. Read More

One Click Root & Recovery For Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE

Now you can root your HTC EVO 4G LTE in a single click using the RegawMOD EVO 4G LTE Rooter courtesy of regaw_leinad over at XDA-Developers. The tool is entirely automated and will unlock your bootloader, let you flash custom recoveries, and of course, root the stock firmware on the device. The bootloader unlock is achieved through HTCdev.com, so you will require a stable internet connection. The tool has been successful in rooting all builds up to 1.13.651.1. Being automated, you will not have to go through the tiring and slow process to unlock the bootloader at the HTC Dev website itself. Even better the tool will install the TWRP recovery as well. Read More

Install Unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery On Galaxy S III I9300

The Samsung Galaxy S III gets an unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port. This comes in from renowned XDA-Developers forum member and developer, Chainfire and has reportedly been altered a lot by him since the CWM source isn’t built to correctly deal with the Samsung setup where the internal storage vs. SD card persists. The recovery offers nothing fancy, but a stock ClockworkMod recovery which has been thoroughly tested by Chainfire through backup/restore to both internal and external storage, wipes and installation if ZIP files from both internal and external storage. Read More

How To Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has been rooted, thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member weltwon. The rooting method has worked on the P5113, P5100 and P5110 models. The method involved is actually very simple and if you’ve owned Samsung devices running Android before, you might find the method quite familiar. Unfortunately this method will work through a Windows PC only,  and Mac or Linux are not supported as yet. When done rooting the device, you will also be able to install a much needed custom recovery as well allowing you to flash ROMs and basically any zip file package meant for the device. So if you own a Galaxy Tab 2 and are looking forward to some good old rooting to run apps that require root privileges or want to apply some mods, read on. Read More

How To Root Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 [Guide]

The Galaxy S III gets rooted before launch! Just a few days back, recognized developer Chainfire over at XDA-Developers released the news to Android fans that he has managed to gain root access on the device, but since the insecure kernel being used to root the device was traceable back to the source of the leak, the kernel was not released. Not anymore! Chainfire has finally released all that is required for eager users awaiting their Galaxy S IIIs, to root the device. The monster of a phone that defied all Apple lawsuits questioning Samsung’s hardware and OS design, is ready to make its mark in the world of Android, and this early root access,has positioned the device for making a major impact. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on an SGS III, read on for a detailed guide on how you can root the phone. Read More

Install CWM Touch Recovery Or TWRP On T-Mobile Galaxy S II & Skyrocket

The official Team Win Recovery, ClockworkMod Touch Recovery, and the ClockworkMod recovery (non-touch) can now be flashed on the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the T-Mobile in a single click or tap. Installing a custom recovery on your Android device is a vital and important step for those with rooted devices. The installation method is not always the same and varies from device to device, such as installing via ODIN (for Samsung devices), flashing via bootloader (HTC devices mostly), or flashing the file via an update.zip in the the original recovery. That said, one device often ends up supporting more than just one recovery, and these can adopt different installation methods as well. Given all this, it would be nice to have one app or tool that would flash the recovery of your choice straight away from one place. Easy Recovery Switcher, developed by XDA-Developers forum member starskyrob for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, and the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket is available as an App for Android, and as a desktop application as well. We take a look at how it works, after the break. Read More

All-In-One Hack ToolKit For HTC One X, One S, Vivid, Rezound, myTouch 4G Slide & Amaze 4G

Tool kits for Android devices are a blessing literally. With the abilities to perform multiple functions from one app and mostly via a convenient one click method. XDA-Developers recognized member hasoon2000 has been hard at work developing a toolkit for the latest HTC devices out there, but best of all, he has released versions of the toolkit that are particular to the device at hand. The tool kit covers the recent HTC One X, One S, Vivid, Rezound and the likes of myTouch 4G Slide and the Amaze 4G as well. The tool kit lets you not only root the device, install a custom recovery, flash a custom kernel, but brings with a few very useful extra commands as well. We talk more about it, and how you can use this tool, in detail after the break. Read More

HTC Sensation Camera Mod Ported To HTC Vivid, Improves Photo & Video Quality

The HTC Vivid boasts an 8MP AF camera with the ability to record videos at 1080p. However it’s Android, and with that label comes the urge to increasingly push a device to its limit. Camera Mods are not really a new concept and have been around for quite a while now. However, as the camera sensors and over all technology crept to astonishing heights, it is only fair that all that potent hardware is used at its maximum potential. Something like this happened for the HTC Sensation a while back, where the device could record full HD videos at 40mbps! Stuff like 0 compression on JPG images (photos taken), experimental addition of ISO 1250 mode and more were part of the deal. In short, huge improvement in the video and photo quality overall was achieved. Well guess what? The HTC Vivid just got all that! In fact, XDA-Developers forum member zacgoesrawr has simply ported the mod for the Sensation onto the Vivid. So if you’re hungry for some uber camera improvement on your HTC Vivid, read on after the break. Read More

AT&T HTC One X Gets One Click Root

The HTC One X from AT&T has been rooted! Earlier we covered a rooting guide for the retail version of the HTC One X here, but the AT&T branded model was no where released back then. However, thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member kennethpenn, not only do AT&T users have the ability to root their device in a one click fashion, but users on Rogers and other networks as well. Even better, this method will work for Windows, Linux and Mac. Read More

Metal Sniffer: Metal Detector That Exports Readings In CSV [Android]

I remember the time the HTC G1 came out, and with it, a metal detector app. To be honest, I initially thought it was a gimmick and more of en entertainment app rather than an actually utility, but as it is, the thing actually worked! Since then, the Android Market, now renamed to Google Play, has been flooded with tons of metal detector apps that offer quite a lot of different functions, but if you talk about free ones, most out there are ad-supported, which can be a nuisance at times (although for free, one shouldn’t complain). Metal Sniffer is just another metal detector app, there, I said it. However, the app brings in what most don’t, and that is a Holo themed interface that blends in nicely with the ICS UI – for those of you running Ice Cream Sandwich on your Android device – and best of all, the app is entirely ad-free. More on the app and how well it actually fares in what it does, after the break. Read More

[Giveaway] Defense zone HD Is A Stunning, Challenging 2D Tower Defense Game For iPhone & iPad

Tower defense games never get old. With an abundant choice of such time-wasters available for iOS devices, there are a few that manage to stand out from the rest and demand respect. Defense zone HD comes as a fresh breeze for the tower defense genre, with a very simple gameplay and controls that one grows to understand in a few minutes. With graphics and animations worth awing at, and destruction satisfaction at its best, Defense zone will keep you occupied for hours as it begins challenging your strategies moving through the levels. The difficulty, unless you play with the it set to Easy, will mess with your head, enough to make you want to strangle someone. More about the game after the break. Read More

Download & Install ICS Based MIUI ROM For HTC One X

The HTC One X, get’s MIUI! The best, deserves the best and with the splendid screen size the One X comes with, MIUI – an already aesthetically perfect ROM – is bound to make some noise. For those of you wondering if this is the real deal, well no. The ROM is a Beta version that was put up on XDA-Developers earlier on but was taken down. This, is that exact beta. Of course a few things in it have been changed, thanks to the efforts of Leventc over at MIUI Android. Installation isn’t exactly the typical procedure you come across for flashing custom ROMs, but it’s not the hardest either. Read on for more on the ROM, and how to install it on your One X. Read More

ICS Based CM9 ROM Out For The HTC One X

The HTC One X gets CyanogenMod 9 ROM! One of the best Android phones out there right now, the device just got one of the best ROMs a Android phone could ask for. The Quad Core powered One X, is ready to take on the AOSP world of ICS ROMs thanks to the efforts of the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering Team over at Modaco. As in the case of almost every other CM9 ROM available for various Android handsets out there, this release for the One X is an experimental build as well. However, the ROM is pretty much good to go as a daily driver given the stuff that is already working fine. For further details about what’s working and what is not, and for instructions on how to install this ROM on your One X, read on after the break! Read More

Clean/Remove Junk Files On iPhone With iCleaner [Cydia]

A huge Android fan, I do admire iOS for its fluidity and app loading and exit times. Android on the other hand has been improving at an accelerated pace but is subject to slowing down on accumulation of junk files, like most computer OS as well. iOS however is believed to be resistant to such issues, but that’s how we perceive it and to be blunt, we take the speed and fluidity for granted (but why not?). iOS does keep caches and temporary files that become redundant over time and do nothing but slow your device down while taking up precious space. Well not enough for you to notice, but it always bugs me when something useless takes up space in my phone. iCleaner is to iOS what CCleaner is to Windows and Mac OS X – that is, to clean up junk files. Read on after the break to learn more about this app available for free on the Cydia store. Read More

Get ICS Tablet UI Mod For Samsung Epic 4G Touch

We already have ICS running on the Epic 4G Touch, but there’s nothing quite like the UI of an ICS tablet. You might have seen this before on the Galaxy Nexus and it certainly did look sweet running on that huge screen. Now the Epic 4G Touch may not be as huge as the Galaxy Nexus, but a 4.3” Super AMOLED screen will not disappoint either. The tablet mod is only meant for ICS based AOSP ROMs such as CM9 and AOKP and comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Xylograph. If you already have such a ROM setup on your device, you simply need to flash the mod over the existing ROM, however, you will need to take care of a few more things before proceeding with that. Read on after the break, to learn more about the mod and how you can have it running on your Epic 4G Touch. Read More

Create Flow Charts, Network Diagrams, Circuits & More With Dia

Ever found yourself required to make flowcharts, network diagrams, circuit sketches and more at work or for studies? Dia is a strong and very powerful application meant for all such occasions. Presentations are a particularly powerful tool to communicate your ideas, and at times, plain old text is just boring. So, for those of you who have a tough time creating diagrams in MS Power Point or MS Word, Dia will make it much easier for you to convey your ideas, with an elaborate set of preset tools that are custom made for a plethora of subjects. Packed in a tiny 19mb to 30mb package (varying with the OS), the application's interface – as boring and dull as it might seem – is actually very intuitive, with stuff like copy, cut, paste, delete, dragging, skewing all coming naturally as they would in most popular software. Even better, a portable version of the app is also available. Read on after the break to learn more. Read More

DoomRecovery Brings Touch Based Custom Recovery For Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S gets a touch based custom recovery, called DoomRecovery, based on the famous ClockworkMod Touch recovery, thanks to the efforts of renowned XDA-Developers forum member and developer DooMLoRD. Credit also goes to Napstar from Team UtterChaos for adding in the touch capabilities to the recovery, Frosty666 for the vibration triggers, FreeXperia Team (Bin4ry & jerpelea) and of course, Koush.The recovery is based on the sources from the CWM 5.0.2.x but quite a few changes have been made to bring you the DoomRecovery including some really cool aesthetics. Read on after the break for a preview of the recovery running on the Xperia S and a tutorial on how to get this recovery running on your Xperia S. Read More

10 Best File Managers For Android

One of the sweetest advantages I find in Android over iOS and Windows Phone, is the ability to use an Android device as a USB mass storage medium without any strings attached, and with that, the ability to go through all these contents right on your mobile phone or tablet. Delete, copy, move, rename are all very powerful options that otherwise, are way more restricted on an iPhone and a Windows Phone device. Not surprisingly, the Android market is flooded with file management apps, and a new user is left bewildered with the choices at their disposal. Which one would you pick if you were new to Android and why? It is to answer this question we have grouped together, what we believe, are the 10 most brilliant file explorers for Android out there today. Read More