T-Mobile’s Latest Uncarrier Move: Data Stash!

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Uncarrier 8.0 is the latest in a line of T-Mobile’s brand of trying to fix the wireless industry for all consumers, not just their own. CEO John Legere spoke with David Progue of Yahoo Tech today for this latest event, which you can find here.

Keeping in mind, that on T-Mobile’s tiered post-paid data if you run out of data you are never charged an overage; instead, you’d be slowed to lower speeds for the rest of the month.

This latest move, is rollover data! “Data Stash.” It seems as if you’re on a 2 GB for example, and use 1 GB in a month, the rest would rollover to your “data stash” of extra high-speed data so next month you’d essentially be on a 3GB plan, and so on and so on.

When you pay extra for data you should keep it! All Lines 3GB and above get Data Stash, only from @tmobile. Also 10GB free data to start.

T-Mobile will be giving 10 GB free for new customers in their “data stash.”

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom

Learn how to create a theme

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Learn how to create a theme for your Android device!

Way back in the old android days, people actually made their own themes in the form of a zip file. Crazy right!?! That meant you had to download the ROM, gapps (if needed) and another zip file for the theme you wanted. This also meant that when flashing, you had to flash all 3. Now keep in mind that zip themes were made primarily for stock OEM based ROMs. Your source based ROMs which were typically based off of CyanogenMod had the Theme Chooser, so zip themes weren’t needed.

So why make zip themes now? Well for the same reason they were made before. Not everyone wants to run a potentially buggy custom software. Some people would rather run their TouchWiz, Sense, LG stock or Moto Blur based stock software.(way back in the day it was Moto’s stock UI).  They preferred it simply for one reason, everything worked. You didn’t lose the functionality that made you buy the device in the first place which some times happens with custom roms.

So why are we reading this extremely long article? Well, I’m hoping that you’re reading this because you’re interested in making a zip theme. If you are, then please continue on. For this tutorial, we will be following how to get setup on Windows system.

There are some prerequisites to making a zip theme and here they are:

WinRAR – 32bit 
64bit 

7zip – 32bit 
64bit 

Apktool Files

Java JDK

Notepad++ 

Paint.NET (free image editing tool)

Download and install Java JDK 6 (make sure you get the right OS build and either 32bit or 64bit)
Download an install Winrar. After installing, your zip files will now have an icon that looks like a stack of books.
Download Apktool. After it downloads, right click the zip file and click on “Extract Files…” and extract the Apktool zip to your desktop.
Download and Install Notepad++
Download and install Paint.NET

Getting Started:

One of the first things you’re going to want to do, is take the framework-res.apk and the SystemUI.apk off your phone and put it on your computer. You can do this by various means such as a root file explorer and an sdcard.

For purposes of this guide, we are going to assume you’re editing the SystemUI.apk and the framework-res.apk because these are the 2 main files for making a theme for a ROM.

Now take whatever apks you are editing and move them to your PC.

Now let’s go back to the Apktool folder on your desktop. It should look like this:

apktool

And your folder directory should look like this;

folder directory

 

Now take the apks that you just took from your phone, and put them in the apktool folder like this:

added apks

 

Now go back to your desktop. Now we’re going to hold the “shift” key, and right click on the Apktool folder. On the menu that pops up, select “Open command window here” and you should see this:

 

commandprompt

 

Obviously, your path to Apktool will not be the same as mine, that’s irrelevant. (Note: Anything you type into the command prompt IS case sensitive! Make sure you type everything correctly, or just copy and paste the commands from here!)

In that command prompt window, type the following code:

apktool if framework-res.apk

What this code does, is install the framework-res.apk in case it’s needed to edit any other files (and it will be).

You will see a message in the command prompt that says installation of the framework was successful.

Now it’s time to decompile the SystemUI.apk for edits, for that you will use this command:

apktool d SystemUI.apk

What this command does is tell apktool to “d” or decompile, the SystemUI apk.

Your command prompt should now look like this:

 

Now go back to the Apktool folder on your desktop and you’ll notice there is now a folder in there named “SystemUI” this will be where you make your edits. A few tips: Most of the images you will edit will be in the /res/drawable-hdpi folder. DO NOT EDIT ANY XMLS OR IMAGES THAT END IN .9 THESE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS SYSTEM ISSUES! READ UP ON THEM BEFORE YOU START EDITING ANYTHING IN XML FILES OR .9 IMAGES. When editing images, make sure the image keeps the EXACT same file name. You cannot change the name of any icons, that will come later.

Ok so let’s say that you have now finished all of your image edits and you’re ready to see your own work! That’s the simple part (as long as you didn’t mess anything up lol).

So now after editing, go back to your command prompt window. If you don’t remember how to do it, hold down “shift” and right click on the Apktool folder, then select “Open command window here.”

If you closed the command prompt window earlier, you need to reinstall the framework-res.apk with “apktool if framework-res.apk”

Now in that same command window, type or copy/paste the following:

apktool b SystemUI

This command tells apktool to “b” or build what is in the SystemUI folder, DO NOT put “.apk” after SystemUI or you will get errors.

 

 

Now navigate to the apktool folder again and go the following directory /apktool/SystemUI/dist

Inside there is your newly built SystemUI.apk, however, you’re not going to use it lol. You’re only going to use parts of it.

Rename that new SystemUI.apk to something distinguishable, like “newSystemUI.apk.”

Now right click that new apk and hover over “7zip” and select the top option which is “Open Archive”

Now go back to the apktool folder and open the old SystemUI.apk the SAME WAY! Right click, hover over 7zip, select “Open Archive.”

The same kind of window will pop up.

Now here’s where things get a little tricky.

You’re going to need to put these 2 7zip windows side by side!!!

Now hold down “ctrl” and highlight the following items in the NEW apk window:

res folder

resources.arsc

Now drag and drop both of those items into the OLD apk window.

Close out all windows

Now take that OLD SystemUI.apk which has the new images in it, and place it back on your sdcard.

Use a Root File Explorer on your phone and move the SystemUI.apk to /system

Now press and hold on the file and select “Permissions”

Make sure the permissions look like this:

Now move that apk to /system/app (or priv-app, whichever folder you took it from earlier)

Now reboot

Your phone should boot backup normally and you will see the changes you made.

Now repeat this process for every apk you’re editing.

If your phone fails to boot, you messed something up, seriously you did lol.

A few more tips and notes:

SystemUI’s and framework-res.apk’s are NOT inter-changeable. You cannot take these files from other ROMs and place them in yours.
Again, DO NOT touch the XML files, or the 9 patch images (images that end in .9) until you have read up on them A LOT. There are tons of posts that talk about dealing with .9 images and XML edits.

If you have any questions, please post  comment and I will try my hardest to answer as many as I can. A little later I will write an article on making your own flashable zip file, to put your apks in that way you can flash your theme, instead of copy/paste.

NOW GET OUT THERE AND MAKE SOME THEMES!!!!!

 

WeakSauce2

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WeakSauce2

This is a HTC One M8 and other HTC device root Method. Note: May working on other devices cant hurt to try 🙂

Wow apparently this does allow sunshine to s-off and unlock some Android 4.4.4 Verizon devices, just not our test ones.

To use with SunShine:
Install WeakSauce2 gain root.
Install SunShine,
Run SunShine, if tests pass pay for SunShine
Device will reboot
Both WeakSauce and SunShine should start up again.
If SunShine doesnt start up, start it.
If SunShine Complains of no su being available, run weaksauce2, then sunshine.

WeakSauce 2.0: The Habanero’s Revenge by @beaups and @jcase

Wanna donate for this effort? sent via paypal to doxsearch@gmail.com

This is a variant of Weaksauce that evades HTC’s patches. We were saving it for 5.0, but HTC has patched it in 5.0.

It will work on most verizon HTC devices, HTC DNA, m7 m8 and others.

If SunShine won’t work for you now, please wait for the 3.0 release, we are aiming for (but no promises) early january.

All those hating us about charging for SunShine (http://theroot.ninja), please ignore weaksauce 2, since we developed it too.

Install WeakSauce2, run, install supersu. WeakSauce2 will reroot each boot.

FAQ

Q: I use ART And blah blah it doesn’t work
A: Yeah ART hates my build setup

Q: The SU binaries are out of date and it wont let me update them
A: Yeah i know, ill fix that soon

Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

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Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

Android Wear has been updated to Android version 5.0.1 today with some nice to features to boot. Some of the most notable are the recent apps menu and the Silence pull down now also has theater mode, sunlight mode, and settings. This is a nice set of new features. Lastly you also get a chance to cancel the swipe away notification if you swiped it away and didnt mean to. Below you will see and video on these new features on my Moto 360 check it out

Moto 360 Android wear updated to Lollipop 5.0.1 new features

Android Kanging

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Android Kanging

What is Android Kanging or to Kang a rom, theme, or mod? Lets start with a Android definition of Kanging: To have one’s developer code and work taken, manipulated, rebranded, and re-released by someone else with no credit given. In no way is this illegal or even stealing because android is open source and cant be sold. Open source is awesome :D. This practice of Kanging someones work is done quite often and is very much frowned upon by all in the Android Community. It is basically a slap in the face to the developer that originally created it. It steals the Glory and praise from the creator of the code and the coppier takes credit instead. I think many times the Kanger knows he is copping someones work but doesnt even remember or know whos it is and is just lazy or forgets to credit the right people. There is so much android code and awesomeness floating around the internet some new developers dont even know who to credit.

So really to avoid being a kanger it is simple.

1. Find out whos code you are using in your rom and credit the right person

On that note please go make the best and most amazing rom you can with as much cool code from anywhere you can find it. Us in the Android community love the work of all developers and making one awesome rom is the best.  But remember that Kanging has a bad connotation if not giving credit where credits due.

Examples:

If you have SuperSU in your rom you need to Credit Chainfire

If you have Superuser in your rom then Koush would be the guy.

really its pretty simple so lets give credit where credit is due.

Below is picture of Android Open Kang Project or AOKP which is a example of a Good Kang Rom. rhis rom takes lots of code and puts it all together to make one awesome rom but give credit to the right developers in doing it.

AOKP

CyanogenMod App Installer

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CyanogenMod App Installer

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 CyanogenMod App Installer

CMAI is a App that you can download on to any phone / device and be able to install your favorite CyanogenMod apps right to the devices. This is a really nice option if you are stuck on a non rootable device and are really missing you CM apps like DSP manager and Torch plus many others. if you are interested in this cool app check out the XDA Thread HERE on it. Download link can be found on the XDA page. Warning some apps may not work on your device but can hurt to try it out and see for yourself.

RootJunky Out

PuzzlePhone

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PuzzlePhone

puzzle phone 2

 

Many of you have heard about Project Ara and even Phone Blocks. But have you seen this new company from Finland with there product PuzzlePhone. (picture above) This design is very much like Project Ara but with less moving parts.  It looks to me like it has 3 main Parts the battery, camera with other sensors and buttons then the main body plus screen. (check the Image below)  I personally can wait for these module devices to hit the market and see how well there are designed and if they live up to all the hype. Speaking of which the puzzlephone is set to be released some time this next year 2015 along with this release Project Ara is also set to launch some time mid 2015. I am officially claiming 2015 as the year of the Module smart phone. if you would like to read more about this cool new device then check out there web site HERE

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Android black Friday deals

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Android black Friday deals

The best Black Friday Android Deals for 2014 for those of you who want the best bang for your buck this year on cool new tech.

Walmart has a amazing deal on a 7in RCA Tablet for $29.99 this isnt a flash ship device but for the price it is pretty good.  With specs like this 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB DDR3 of system memory, 7″ TFT touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution. Not a bad device for the for the price. check it out HERE

Kindle Fire Phone 32GB GSM version is only $199, not a bad deal at all, will work on GSM networks like AT&T or T-Mobile. This is the off contract price so go get yours now.

How about a Google Chromecast device for $23.99 which is a good deal from the normal $39.99 check it out here at Amazon 

If you are interested in dirt-cheap tablets, check out Kindle Fire HD6 at $79 and HD7 at $109, check it out here.  a lot of amazon tablets and devices are on sale today.

Verizon actually has the best Black Friday deals out of all the carriers by offering free Galaxy S5 or Moto X 2nd-gen with 2 year contract.  But their best deal is on the LG G Watch, just $99!  Check out all Verizon Black Friday deals here.

Try the Tech Tribe Razor USB portable charger, which is on sale at just $21.99 on Amazon.  This USB portable charger is super-thin, comes with brushed metallic finish, emergency LED flash, and rated at whopping 10,000mAh that will recharge your smartphone 3-5 times and tablet 2-3 times.

if you guys see anything i should add please comment with a link and i will add it to the list of Android black Friday deals

Streaming and Sharing

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Streaming and Sharing

A Mobile Entertainment Experience

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When I say mobile entertainment you might not think of home tv, but those lines have blurred into one seamless line. Now that smart tvs and streaming devices are cheaply available, apps that we used to use on our phones, tablets and even pcs to kill time or even entertain ourselves during a long commutes are now invading our livingrooms, making cable and satellite television obsolete. Especially now that public television’s broadcasted in Digital HD with a standard tv antenna. Most television broadcasting companies are available for mobile streaming via apps or web browser. Making it possible to watch your local news or public channels on the go or on your home tv with a streaming device or a smart tv.

 

Apps like HBO GO and Hulu easily replace cable and television provided services. Without a required cable subscription for HBO GO you can just pay and play. Amazon Prime has movies, tv, and even now HBO content for a reasonable once a year fee that included free 2-day shipping and their newest feature unlimited photo storage. Netflix is nice for binge watching seasons of your favorite tv shows provided by cable networks like Cartoon NetWork, Discovery and SyFy channel. Plex is another great app for streaming media that you yourself provide via download. To download movies and tv shows I use a torrent based website called Kat.ph. When using a torrent based download client you need a bittorrent program to piece the bits of the torrents together. Plex also has plugins for other apps such as, TBS, Team Coco, and so much more, that can be used with in plex for streaming.

 

If you have a cable provider using mobile streaming apps like fios mobile and xfinity to go as well as their affiliate channel’s apps like cartoon network, Discovery and SyFy is as simple as downloading the particular app and logging in using your cable sign in information, same credentials you would use to log in and view or pay your bill. Since you’re paying for a cable service and that service comes with those channels you might as well use them by adding as many that are offered to the list of mobile streaming apps you use. Channel surfing is a dying sport played from the couch, it has evolved into something so much more than that. With the option to watch nearly anything you want easily provided and supplied to your device of choice, looking for something to watch is unnecessary, just search for what you want and watch or a genre to suit the mood and watch what you want not what’s provided at that moment in time unlike live television. Not having a cable provider makes this a little harder and more complicated but not impossible, just have to find someone who does and offer them a trade worth while, for example, I pay for Amazon Prime and I trade that for someones comcast information that I use for its mobile hotspot as well as its streaming. I also barder my Amazon Prime to friends and family for their Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, making a streaming community or network out of sharing and if someone misses one bill the community can all pitch in and keep out network going strong.

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Using only a cell phone as a means for TV entertainment is possible with micro hdmi or mhl, but thats no longer necessary thanks to streaming devices and smart tvs. Before having a Chromecast I would just use my phone or tablet and an MHL to HDMI cable. The convenience of using a streaming device rather than hard wiring your phone or tablet is worth the $34.99 for the Chromecast. You can spend upward of $99.99 for a streaming device such as the Amazon Fire TV which has a separately sold gamepad for Android gaming. Fire TV does come with a remote and does not require an Android device to function, unlike the Chromecast which does require an Android device to function. There are two ways to use Chromecast one is as a casting device, using your phone tablet or web browser to cast content from Netflix or ect, and you can use your device for other thing while the casting takes place. The other way you can use a Chromecast is for mirroring, meaning everything thats displayed on your phone happens live on the tv, so if you’re mirroring a video from your gallery or mirroring a game, from phone or even web browser, you can not use the device for anything other than what you are trying to mirror. The Fire TV can not mirror but it also doesn’t require anything but its supplied remote or gamepad depending on what your trying to do. Others like the Ruku and Nexus player are also awesome choices for streaming devices, but before you go and invest in one make sure it offers what you are looking for. To each their own.

By Kenn

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