Find custom ROMs and the full collection of Google Apps for your Android phone using GooManager.
GooManager is a ROM managing app (not dissimilar to ROM Manager) which connects your device to the goo.im server. This server hosts a variety of custom ROMs and Gapps (Google Apps) updates.
The app works in collaboration with TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project). TWRP is a recovery MOD which runs in a similar way to ClockworkMod. If you have already rooted your device you will have most likely done this by installed ClockworkMod onto your device. Simply put GooManager works at the front end of your device, helping you to download different ROMs as well as Gapps updates and ROM OTA (over the air) updates.
OTA updates help reduce the size of update files, making updating a ROM much faster. TWRP is then used to flash these ROMs onto your device, as well as offering backup and recovery services, just like the Clockwork Recovery MOD.
This tutorials walks you through the steps of how to flash a custom ROM to your Android phone using the Flashify app
With Android fragmentation becoming increasingly worse and networks taking an age to roll out updates to devices, more and more users are looking for a way to upgrade their phone and take advantage of improvements to the operating system.
Although it is possible to gain speed benefits and new features using apps and tweaks, the best way to push your Android phone or tablet to the max is to flash a new ROM.
Traditionally this has been a potentially complex affair, requiring the user to find a ROM suitable for their phone, check that it meets their needs, download it, and then use a dedicated app to flash it. Guaranteed first time success can be hit and miss, leaving you with a lot of messing about and potentially a bricked phone…
Cerberus is the most powerful Android security app. In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use it to track your lost or stolen phone
Smartphones and tablets are stolen every day, often from pockets, bags and from tables in bars and restaurants. A call to the police is a mere formality for insurance purposes usually, resulting in a new phone – if you’re lucky.
There are various apps and services available that can assist with tracking your phone, but the downside of these is that a savvy thief (let’s face it, that’s most of them) will know how to uninstall the app, preventing you from tracking it or using the device camera to identify the culprit.
They don’t even have to go that far – disabling data transfers will block attempts to find the purloined phone or tablet.
With GMD you can create gesture controls for your Android phone. In this tutorial we’ll look at how you can launch your favourite apps and switch between tasks with a simple swipe of the screen
GMD Gesture Control, downloadable from the Play Store in free or premium versions for root users, gives you the ability to use multitouch and multitask gestures right across your device. A number of predefined gestures are included, but one of the strengths of the application is that you can also assign your own gestures to different functions.
One of the most powerful features is creating a gesture which allows you to hide the navigation / notification bars, perfect for those applications that don’t let you use them in a full screen mode.
Other included actions give you the ability to start a LaunchPad, start an application, switch to the previous application, switch to the next application, go home, kill the current application, go back, go forward, view the recent application list, open the recent application dialog, press the menu button, display the notification panel, start a launcher short cut (bookmark, contacts, settings, etc.), start a Tasker task, pause gestures, exit, turn off the screen, alt / tab, control your music (play/next/previous), change your device’s volume, start a search, start a voice search and select input method. An extensive list!
Use the MultiROM tool to boot between multiple ROMs on a Nexus 7
Do you love to try out different ROMs on your Nexus 7? There are lots of custom ROMs out there and while it is fun to try them out, it can get a bit frustrating flashing backwards and forwards between new ROMs and your daily driver.
There is an easier way! MultiROM allows you to have multiple ROMs installed on your device and gives you the ability to switch between them at will. ROMs can be Android, Ubuntu Touch or plain vanilla Linux and can run from either your internal device storage or an attached USB drive. The data partition is fully segregated for each ROM, so you don’t need to worry about that new experimental ROM destroying your precious data (although, of course, you should keep backups as MultiROM is an inherently ‘hacky’ solution!).
In order to support MultiROM, you just need to use a kernel built with MultiROM support, of which there are many. You can install as many ROMs as you like, limited only by your device storage space.
We take a look at some common Android hacking problems, and how you can solve themI flashed a ROM and now my phone won’t boot. HELP!
The first boot after flashing a ROM may take a few minutes so be patient before deciding there is a problem. If it won’t boot you need to reboot into recovery – you may need to pull the battery of hold the power button down for ten seconds to get it from its frozen state. The main cause of non-booting ROM is that you failed to wipe either your cache or data (or both) initially, as many custom ROMs require you to do. Assuming you’ve backed up your data, boot into recovery, wipe it then reflash the ROM. It should now boot, and you will need to set up your phone once again and restore all your data. If not restore your Nandroid backup through recovery, which will get your phone working again, and find a new alternative ROM to try.I’ve rooted my phone and now it no longer gets updates.
Most of them won’t. Once your phone has been ‘modified’ official system updates will either not be available, or will fail when you try to install them. Head over to the forum for your device at xda-developers.com and you’ll find a version of the update that you can install almost a soon as it is released. Note that installing updates may in some cases unroot your device.