The OnePlus One was a huge success when it comes to a budget device. This is mainly due to the use of CyanogenMod as their stock OS. This instantly drew in the Anroid Rom and Hack community. Pretty quickly OnePlus was able to make a name for themselves as having one of the most developer friendly devices around.
While the OnePlus 2 continued the idea of making a "FlagShip" killer device with a different operating system from the norm, OnePlus did decide to ditch CyanogenMod in favor of their own "OxygenOs" Android skin. If you grabbed the OnePlus 2 you might actually be missing CyangenMod. No worries the Rom is coming to the OnePlus 2 soon! The device is listed in the official Git repository. This means developers are actively working on the rom and it should roll out soon!
Every good Android modder needs a good root file browser. This allows you to access system files which can be altered to customize your device. With a good root file browser you can change a boot image, boot animation, or change your battery percentage indicator. One of the best file browsers in the Play Store is the ES File Explorer. The simple interface and easy navigation set it apart from the crowd making it a community favorite.
As of recently many folks have felt less kindly about the app as they have added some pretty intrusive bloatware to the apps. The free app actually causes pop ups. UGGGHHH! This is all in an effort to monetize one of the most popular file browsers around and who can blame the app's developers. Everyone should be paid for their work. That being said ES File Explorer has just released a paid version of the app. For $3 you can get rid of most of the new bloat and continue to use one of your all time favorite file explorers.
There are signals and radio waves all around us at all times. Our eyes can see many things, but luckily we are unable to see those waves and signals around us. If you were ever curious though and wanted to see those signals now you can thanks to an all new app called "Architecure Of Radio". The app is an augmented reality app which allows you to see the waves that emanate from cell towers and routers.
The actual images that show up on your screen are estimates of what the actual waves would look like, and not physical measurements of waves taken from your phone. The app is already available in the App Store and will be available at the first of the year on Android Devices via the Play Store!
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday you can find all kinds of deals on electronics, appliances, and clothes. You can also find deals in places you wouldn't ordinarily expect. Vertumus is having a half off sale on every paid icon pack they sell! If you love to customize your device chances are you have installed a custom launcher and an icon pack at one time or another. Icon packs provide the perfect way to give your device a personal flair without having to root your device and run a custom rom.
There are 18 icon packs on sell and a few free icon packs incase you would like to sample the work of Vertumus before loading up on discounted icon packs. Head to the link below to take advantage of this deal!
TheRootNinja team including Beaups and Jcase decided to give us a tasty treat on Thanksgiving day. They released the first ever Bootloader Unlock method for the Droid Turbo. This will pave the way for all kinds of Roms and mods on that device. One of the main reasons these vulnerabilities are made public is actually to help make our devices more secure in the end.
With this in mind Beaups has decided to publish the full details of how this particular Trustzone vulnerability works to unlock your Droid Turbo bootloader. While this is an entertaining read most of it is way over my head. One interesting detail is that there are a few other devices vulnerable to this including the Motorola Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4. If security and development interest you you will want to head to the link below and read up!
In the early days of Social Media I was a bit creeped out by the whole idea of sharing all of my most personal information with family, friends, and the rest of the world. I can remember sharing only sparingly on myspace. At that time I had decided that once you get a facebook account you have gone too far. Pretty quickly family members had convinced me that I needed to be on Facebook, so at that point I decided that if you had a twitter account you had gone to far.
All these years later I am pretty well in the middle of just about every social media platform. All my info is right out there for everyone to see and it no longer worries me. The only real social media platform that I don't spend a lot of time on is instagram. I never really got the point of just sharing photos. It is something I already do on Facebook. I guess instagram is like twitter in the since that you are sharing mainly with people you don't know while on facebook you share with mostly people you do know.
Instagram has just added a new feature that will be great for business owners and public figures. Their new app update allows you to use multiple accounts. This means you can log into both your...
The Galaxy Note 5 is one of the fastest Galaxy devices ever. Samsung finally put all the pieces together to give us a lag free touchwiz experience. That being said I have owned the Note 5 since release date. As time has passed the Note 5 has slowed down considerably. Roms are one great way to get your device back up to speed.
HyperDrive is Touchwiz the way developer "sbreen94" figures it should be. It includes all kinds of speed and performance optimizations as well as battery enhancements. The rom also includes a fully customizable user interface and options for theming. This rom is compatible with both the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ on T-mobile. This rom is fully debloated and includes lots of tweaks. Head to the link below for the download.
I have had the privilege of using the Zuk Z1 for the past few weeks. For a plastic budget phone this device is super sturdy and doesn't look or feel cheap. The best part is that this phone runs CyanogenOS natively. CyanogenOS is pretty great. It performs well and battery life is great. You also have plenty of customization options. If you love CyanogenOS chances are you are itching to try other custom roms.
With the Zuk Z1 you can do this pretty easily. You need to have an unlocked bootloader, and TWRP installed to do so. Installing TWRP is pretty simple. Once you have your bootloader unlocked, download the recovery image and place it in the folder on your PC that contains your fastboot and adb files. Boot your phone into fastboot mode and connect it to the PC.
Unlocking the Bootloader on most phones is normally pretty simple. It simply requires that you boot the phone into fastboot and then run the "oem unlock" command. That won't work with the Zuk Z1. The reason for this is that the device does not show up as a fastboot device. You have to specifiy the OEM id. The OEM id for the Zuk Z1 is 0x2b4c. You will also need to have the adb and fastboot files installed on your PC.
Use the following commands to verify your bootloader is unlocked:
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot -i 0x2b4c oem get-device-info (device unlocked should be "true")
There were some pretty sweet deals in the big box stores on Friday, but it seems that the true deals are online! The were several instances where TVs, cell phones, and other gadgets could be purchased for less online than in stores. That's why it is always best to do research before spending your hard earned money. If you have been looking to get your hands on a hard to get Xiaomi or OnePlus device Gearbest is offering some pretty great deals on Cyber Monday!
One of the best deals they have is the OnePlus 2! You can grab this device invite free which is great in and of itself. The Cyber Monday price is only $379! These normally go for about $450 on Amazon! Another stand out deal is the Xiaomi RedMi Note 2. They have this on sale for only $159! If you need a phone with a huge battery that will last you more than a day you can't go wrong with the Oukitel k6000. It is packing a 6,000mah battery and is on sale for only $119.
They have other goods that tech fans would like too including drones for as low as $25, Android Tv boxes for as low $58, and 4K action cameras as low as $47! You don't have to wait until Monday for these deals. The deals are live now. Head to the link...