Creating your first Android Icon Pack

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Creating your first Android Icon Pack

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Notiflux a youtube fan contacted me the other day to see if i would like some custom Icons to go with my RootJunky logo and colors. I told him, I would love it.  From there Notiflux created me some awesome icons using Gimp a photo editing program. You can also use programs like Paint.net and Adobe Photoshop which is my favorite. With these cool new icons in hand I had to take on the task of creating a Icon Pack App for them.

 

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Creating your first Android Icon Pack can be a little challenging but I hope that this post will help you along the way. One of the first things you need to do it download and install the Android SDK which is included in Android StudioAfter installing Android Studio you will need to update the Android SDK to get the latest version, check this post for help.  NOTE  I used Eclipse to build my apps as that is want i am use to but if you are just getting started it is highly recommend to use Android Studio. 

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Creating your first Android Icon Pack is really easy if you use Apex Icon Pack Sample as your template. This is really helpful in getting everything to need setup and running.  Open Android Studio or Eclipse and Import the Sample app. Once done you can go ahead and make some quick edits to it and have your own icon pack app.  While editing I have found it easier to look at the XML files instead of the Graphical layout or resource views, its is much more logical this way.

A couple really good recourse to help you in editing the Apex Icon Pack Sample can be found Here and Here. The main files that you will be editing are the files in folder RES and SRC the rest of these files can me left alone for the most part. You can put your edited Icons in the drawable-xhdpi folder. Once you have make all your edits you can either run the app on a connected phone over adb or you can export the app to a APK file and then install it on any device you want to.

It you have a day or to to read through all the this information and get a Icon Pack of your own, it can really be a lot of fun. Use your imagination and there is no telling what awesome things you might create. If you would like to Check out my Icon Pack that works with a bunch of Android home launchers like Apex and Nova click here and you can download it from the Google Play Store.

Extra Credit

Link to the files i used in my app can be found here, should be a great help if you need to compare some code like i did.

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Thanks to Notiflux for all his help

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How to bypass factory reset protection on the Nexus 6P and 5X on Android Marshmallow security patch may 1 2016.

Google Store

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The Google Stores Latest Tech

Goggle Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer

The Google store keeps adding new products to its list of inventory all the time and unless you keep up you will miss out on some cool tech. One or the latest items is their Goggle Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer.  These simple to use and portable glass fold up and can fit in your pocket for travel. They are great for watching 360 video on youtube.  For just $14.99 the Tech C1 Glasses are tons of fun.

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Google Custom Live Cases

Google also just announced 2 new products just a couple days ago.  The Photos Live Case and Places Live Case are custom designed by you.  I am not sure how well these cases protect your phone but the idea of being able to design your own case picture is really awesome. I order a Photos live case and once i get it in the mail i will report on the quality a little more then. Google Store has also included in the design tools some cool filters you can a apply to the case to help with design. Check these new cases out for yourself at the links above.  The cases are a bit high priced in my opinion at $35.99 but if you really want a custom and awesome looking case it may still be a good chose for you.

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Google Store

Google Offers much more the just Nexus phones and tablets.

PHONES   Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

TABLETS   Pixel C and Nexus 9

CHROMEBOOKS   Chromebook pixel, Flip, and a couple by Dell, Acer, and Asus

TV & AUDIO    chromecast, Nexus player Android TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and More

ANDROID WEAR   Watches from every manufacturer around like Asus, Motorola, Sony, huawei, and many more.

HOME   The home catagory has tons of cool tech for your house like IP cameras, routers, Thermostats, and Smoke alarms.

ACCESSORIES is full of every charger, cable, and case you could want for your Google Nexus devices.Android-Wear-17-new-watch-faces-Google-Play

If you want to live the Google automated life style then the Google Store is the place to do all your technology shopping. I am happy to see Google adding to the store all the time as these products and high quality and dependable, now go buy some cool tech.

 

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just wanted to report back on my experience with these cases. I have bee using mine on my Nexus 5x which is my work phone. I have been really surprised at how well the case has held up. The prgrammable button on the back it a little hard to use but over all these are some pretty cool cases.

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MicFlip Reversible USB Cable

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The MicFlip Reversible USB Cable

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World’s First Fully Reversible Micro USB Cable Is Gold Coated, Corrosion Resistance, With A Super Strong Nylon Braided Cable That Is Tangle Free. This Cable is really nice and gives you that reversible feeling of USB type C.  If you are tired of messing up your USB port on your device by putting in you cable the wrong way then this may be the product for you. Pick up the MicFlip HERE

    • World’s First Reversible Micro USB Cable
    • Nylon Braided
    • Aluminum Housing
    • Rubber Portection
    • Gold Coated Plugs

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The MicFlip will work on any micro USB devices.

Fools For Android Giveaway

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April Fool’s (Fools For Android) Giveaway

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Well Android lovers, looks like it is time for another fun giveaway. This is just one of the cool ways that Rootjunky.com and some many other sponsors ( listed below ) like to give back to there subscribers and fans. So we have all decided to join up and throw this big giveaway. Good luck and make sure you follow all the Gleam.io rules and get as many entries as you can.

A Total of 26 Prizes

Nexus 5X
ISAW AIR Wi-Fi Full HD Action Camera White
Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Samsung Gear VR
$20 Play Store Gift Card
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Studio Monitor Reference Headphones
Chromecast
Chromecast
$25 Play Store Gift Card
Inateck Bluetooth Speaker
Choetech: Fast Wireless Charger
Satechi USB C Micros SD/SD Reader
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
X4 & NuuMobile Swag Bag
LG Electronics Tone Ultra HBS-810 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset
Glyby Virtual Reality Glasses w/ Bluetooth Remote
Noot Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Tile (Bluetooth Key, Phone, etc. Finder)
Choetech: 3 Port Type-C Wall Charger
Honor 5X
Aukey BT Headphones
Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger
GateKeeper
Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio

 

18 sponsors

AndroidFileHost, Bane-Tech, BooredAtWork, c4eTech, Dope Tech Daily, DroidModderX, GadgtSpot, GameBros, Garwynn/GameTechnician, iTechTriad, NuuMobile, RootJunky, Rwilco12/EpicDroid.com, Scott Greenstone, Talk Android News, TeckGeeks.com, The Smoking Android, & TK Bay.

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Enter Giveaway HERE 

Full roles found on the Gleam IO page giveaway starts 4-1-16

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Android N Developer Preview

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Android N Developer Preview

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I just got home from work to find out that Google released Android N developer preview!!!! So I quickly wrote up a bunch of script files to make it simple to flash this firmware on your Nexus devices. I gave these scripts 2 options on is a full flash with data wipe and the other is firmware no wipe to keep your data in tacked. Hope you enjoy and check back soon as I will be adding to this post later today with some video footage and some pictures 😉 But for now here are the links to this new Android N firmware, just click on your device below. Another option would be to Sign up for the Android Beta Program to get ota updates to this new developer preview.

NOTE: unlocked bootloader required to flash this firmware. Once unlocked just boot into bootloader mode and click the flash all file you want to use.

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Pictures below

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How to install Android N Developer Preview on your Nexus Device

 

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APERLITE YH-500 Camera Flash

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APERLITE YH-500 Camera Flash

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As many of you know I use a Cannon Rebel T5I and Tamron lens to shoot all of my youtube videos and family pictures. I have many times taken my video lighting out to light up the family to take some nice pictures. I figured it was time to get a nice flash and hopefully leave those big video lights put away. I am hoping the Aperlite YH-500C is the answer to those Lighting needs.

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Lets talk a little bit about the features on this flash, the back lit display is clear and easy to use and the function buttons are readily accessible with plenty of room if, like me, your fingers are a bit sausage like. My only concern is the power switch. A rotary affair, it doesn’t feel very robust. That may be just my perception and it may prove me wrong over time but at first glance, I’d like it to feel a bit stronger.

The battery configuration is the usual four AA size cells and these sit vertically in the body of the flash. Once again the cover of the battery compartment felt a bit flimsy but once it was secured the whole flash felt reassuringly solid. The flash is secured to the camera hotshoe using the more traditional rotary collar and whilst this is not as convenient as the quick release system , it is firm and feels safe.

With a guide number of 58 this is a powerful flash and had no problems lighting up the average size room. TTL metering ensured that exposures were spot on and there were no communication issues between the camera and the flash with the zoom function adjusting automatically as I changed the focal length of my zoom lens. Recycling times with duracell batteries were almost instantaneous after lower output flashes and mere milliseconds after a full discharge. This will drop off i am sure, as the batteries loose power but I have to say, for a camera flash in this price bracket, its very impressive. Add to this the capability to use it as a slave flash, the port enabling use of an external power pack, the built in, pull out reflector and you’ll be checking the price to make sure there hasn’t been a mistake. Used both direct and bounced, this flash stepped up to the plate and performed extremely well. Here are some pictures for comparison.

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picture one is with direct flash, picture two i am bouncing the flash off of the ceiling, and the third picture is my favorite with it asset to 60% angle and the white reflection board out. these are just a couple examples of how this camera flash really lets you change the look of your phones. The problem with the direct flash is that the background is to dark and if you just reflect then the front of the box it to dark but with the angle and reflector up it is just right. 🙂 thumbs up.

You will not regret the space it takes up in your camera bag! If you are interested in this affordable Camera flash then pick on up HERE for a great price.

 

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Specifications

Circuit Design: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
Guide Number: 58 at ISO 100 (105mm) maximum
Flash Modes: Canon E-TTL II, E-TTL, M, Multi
Wireless Modes: Canon Wireless TTL, S1, S2
Flash Coverage: 24-105mm
Vertical Angle: 0 – 90°
Horizontal Angle: 0 – 270°
Internal Power: 4 AA batteries
Battery Life: 100-1500 flashes
Recycle Time: up to 3 seconds
Color Temperature: 5600K
Flash Duration: 1/200 s to 1/20000 s
Flash Power Adjustment: 8 levels of output control (1/128 – 1/1), 22 levels of fine tuning
Weight: 368 g

If you are interested in this affordable APERLITE YH-500 Camera flash then pick on up HERE for a great price.

100,000 Subscriber Thank You

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100,000 Subscriber Thank You

After four years and over 750 YouTube video’s I have finally reached 100,000 Subscribes on my channel. 🙂 This has been an amazing journey to get to this point. I have learned so much along the way and have met so many awesome subscribes and viewers. I want to take this time to say a big thank to all of you, but especially to those that have been really close to me and have helped so much.  For starters,  Matt who taught me how to write batch scripts. I am sure many of you have used my SuperTools and loved them, you can all thank Matt for those. Also, Kenn for writing on this site and he is also the brains and person behind all of the device rebuild videos on this channel. I can’t forget Hendrix who helped me up my video and audio quality along the way and who made some awesome videos for the channel as well.  Episode Tuesday is another awesome guy who also writes for this site. This guy has some of the best posts around and very fun to read. This is just four of the hundreds of friends I have made in the Android community these last four years.

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I can’t forget all the awesome developers that have been able to work with like Hashcode, dhacker, beanstown, chainfire, Jared Rummler, Gatejunoir, des troy, Wug fresh, Jcase, just to name a few and the list goes on and on. These guys have been super awesome in teaming up with me to bring all of you some of the best and coolest android hack and mod videos tutorials around. 🙂 Thanks Android developers; without your dedication and hard work this channel wouldn’t exist.

I also have to thank those guys that were in my first Android community on XDA developers back in the day when I got my first Android device the Motorola Droid X2. John M. and Ash H. along with sd shadow.  They were my best buds and super helpful and awesome to hang with on XDA. I can forget to mention some other good friends like Alex, Sam, and Fred that I talk with almost every week, you guys are the best.

Here is the first youtube video I ever made. Its almost at 1,000,000 views by the way

Here is one of my latest. I think you can see the progression 🙂

Of course i can’t forget the youtubes that I hang with like Droidmodderx, bane tech, zedo maxx, wwjoshdew, qbking77. These guys inspire me and drive me to keep making better and better Android and tech content for all of you.

Last but not least I would like to thank my wife Jackie for putting up with all the time I spend researching and making these videos, without her support RootJunky.com wouldn’t exist at all. Thanks Babe. 🙂

Can’t wait to get another 100,000 subs and see who I meet along way. If you haven’t already Subscribed to my channel go do it now. CLICK HERE

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway – We Love You!

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway – We Love You!

Valentine's Day Giveaway

I have joined up with a bunch of youtubers and friends to bring all of you another fun giveaway with lots of awesome prizes and cool gadgets to win. Here is a list of the prizes you could win. This giveaway is like sending a Valentine’s Day gift to  you all 🙂 There is a huge list of people contributing to this giveaway and you can see them all at the gleam IO page with full rules on how to enter. Good Luck.

  1.  Amazon Fire 7in Tablet
  2. Kindle fire Stick
  3. chromecast
  4. chromecast audio
  5. ISAW air wi-fi full HD action camera
  6. $50 Amazon gift card
  7. Alcatel Idol 3 phone
  8. Kindle Fire 7in Tablet
  9. $25 Google play store gift card
  10. NUU mobile Z8 phone
  11. NUU mobile X4 phone
  12. Remix Mini PC
  13. chromecast
  14. Inateck 5-port usb charger
  15. Nexus Player
  16. chromecast
  17. zyubico USB security key with usb cable
  18. case for a Nexus 6

The giveaway will begin on 2/15/16

It will close on the 2/24/16 winners will be contacted after this date.

GLEAM IO PAGE

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

TWRP 3.0.0-0 Released with new features

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TWRP 3.0.0-0 Released

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New features in TWRP 3.0.0-0:

  • Completely new theme – Much more modern and much nicer looking (by z31s1g)
  • True Terminal Emulator – Includes arrow keys, tab and tab completion, etc. (by _that)
  • Language translation – It won’t be perfect and especially some languages that require large font files like Chinese & Japanese won’t be availble on most devices. Also some languages may only be partially translated at this time. Feel free to submit more translations to OmniROM’s Gerrit. (mostly by Dees_Troy)
  • Flashing of sparse images – On select devices you will be able to flash some parts of factory images via the TWRP GUI (by HashBang173)
  • Adopted storage support for select devices – TWRP can now decrypt adopted storage partitions from Marshmallow
  • Reworked graphics to bring us more up to date with AOSP – includes support for adf and drm graphics (by Dees_Troy)
  • SuperSU prompt will no longer display if a Marshmallow ROM is installed
  • Update exfat, exfat fuse, dosfstools (by mdmower)
  • Update AOSP base to 6.0
  • A huge laundry list of other minor fixes and tweaks

WARNING: This is our first release in a long time. We have a lot of new and somewhat aggressive changes in this new release. The changes to the graphics back-end may cause some devices to not boot up properly or have other display-related issues. If you are not in a position to reflash an older build of TWRP, then wait until you are or at least wait until others have tried the new TWRP 3.0.0-0 for your specific device. You don’t want to end up with a non-working recovery and have to wait several hours or days to get to a computer to be able to fix it.

Team Win Recovery Project has been my favorite recovery ever since it was released. Dees_Troy and his team have done one amazing job at keeping up with this custom recovery and i am really thankful to them for all there hard work. If you love TWRP as much as i do please send then a little donation to say thanks 🙂

Donate to TWRP HERE

Going a quick search of the TWRP site it looks like there are already a bunch of official supported device that have builds of TWRP 3.0.0-0 available today and more to come soon i am sure, here are some of them.

Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, LG G4, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G 2015, Galaxy Note 5. Many more are available these are just some of the mosts popular.

Click HERE to see if this new version of TWRP is available for your device.