[FAQ] Android Customization: Tips and Tricks

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
i have just bought Lenovo A269i it has 3.5 " screen, 256 MB ram and 512 Rom, with 16GB SD card, there are many bloatwear with phone, i tried to root it but did not worked, tried Framaroot app from phone, then many of the Windows based software like rooot genius, Kingo root, SRS root and many, but no success,

Can you guys suggest how can i root phone and delete all those unnecessary crappy apps and free some space.

Framaroot, gave me message as "Failed :( eploit worked, but unable to install supersu aand su binary" i dont know what to do now, the phone is good for basic app like whatsapp, facebook and some music, but i want to root and free some space by deleteing some inbuild lenovo apps
 

LeoTechLion

Broken In
Hi all
Can anyone guide me how to install a custom boot animation on galaxy y

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SaiyanGoku

kamehameha!!
Hi all
Can anyone guide me how to install a custom boot animation on galaxy y

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Get the custom boot animation and copy it to sd card
Rename it to bootanimation.zip
Now, copy it and go to / -> system -> media
Rename the zip file there to bootanimation.bak.zip
Paste the copied zip file there
Reboot to see if the new bootanimation works
 
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amit.tiger12

Guest
Q: What I need to do to root my mobile?
A: Simply use any of these apps below. Some are windows softwares whereas others are mobile app. In case of Windows software turn your antivirus off as some are detected as malware as the root exploit is listed as a risk item but won't cause any problem neither they ship with any virus so it is completely safe. There are many more apps that can root your mobile but these are the more frequently used ones.

objection.!!!
OP should recommend to use manual methods, when you are noob or new to android you should not follow those toolkits. you will never learn. and also it will be helpful for future problem solving..

OP should add recommended method "manual/without toolkits"
 

ariftwister

Truth Seeker
Get the custom boot animation and copy it to sd card
Rename it to bootanimation.zip
Now, copy it and go to / -> system -> media
Rename the zip file there to bootanimation.bak.zip
Paste the copied zip file there
Reboot to see if the new bootanimation works

Adding points to this, You need root permission to do this. Also Don't forget to set proper Permission.

Also, Why bootanimation.bak ?? I think its simply bootanimation.zip
 

SaiyanGoku

kamehameha!!
Adding points to this, You need root permission to do this. Also Don't forget to set proper Permission.

Also, Why bootanimation.bak ?? I think its simply bootanimation.zip

The .bak file is actually the backup of the original bootanimation in case anything newer bootanimation doesn't work.
 

gagan_kumar

Wise Old Owl
Re: The 1-STOP Android Guide: Rooting and Custom Rom

Android Terminology & Lingo:

PS: This is not my work, rather a copy paste. I'll edit and post a modified post whenever i get time.

adb: Android Debug Bridge, a versatile tool lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device

ADK: Android Development Kit, What people use to develop anything for the droid such as ROM's

Baseband: In communications and signal processing, the baseband describes signals and systems whose range of the frequencies measured from close to 0 hertz to a cut-off frequency, a maximum bandwidth or highest signal frequency; it is sometimes used to describe frequencies starting close to zero

Boot Loader: State in which the droid can be flashed from RSD with an appropriate .sdk file that reprograms the phone into a specific ROM or update. This is typically a last resort when the recovery screen cannot be reached to make a much simpler and less risky solution

Boot Loop: simply means something is preventing the phone from completing it's boot cycle and is stuck between the boot animation and the unlock screen, creating a looped animation. This is often fixed by either reloading a Nandroid, or Reflashing a rom from the Boot Loader.

Brick or Bricked: Jargon for a completely unrecoverable device, (no more than a brick or paperweight)

Bug or Software Bug: an Error or flaw in software that produces a failure or unexpected/unwanted result. Typically created from incorrect code, this is why some ROMs are better and smoother running than others because certain developers have taken the time to input "perfect" code

Busybox: BusyBox is a single multicall binary that packages the functionality of most widely used standard Unix tools, BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system.

ClockworkMod: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

De-odex: Apk files have respective odexes that devs use to supposedly save space. Deodexing means you convert it back to a .dex file and put it back inside the apk. This allows you to easily replace files (not having to worry about odexes), but the main point was to deodex services.jar so that you can change all text to different colors (such as the clock color to white) and to deodex services.jar, you need to deodex everything.

Dev. or Developer: An individual that creates, or alters a file in such a manner as to advance the program

Flash or Flash Memory: a program technology that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed

Froyo: Short for Frozen Yogurt, is the latest iteration (2.2) of Android, Google's mobile operating system.

Kernel: The governor of the CPU usage and Battery output, one can upload certain Kernels to achieve greater performance speed of their device at the cost of some battery life

Root: Common word associated with giving a user "super user" access to their phones programming and other various aspects that would normally not be possible, also known as "Jailbroken" for iPhone's

Nandroid or Nandroid Backup: A file typically created in the custom recovery program, such as SPRecovery, that is a carbon copy of whatever state your phone is in before a drastic change is made. the file then can be moved onto or off of the SD card for later use in case something should go wrong in the ROM or Update, or a Boot Loop occurs

OS: Operating system, I.E. Windows Vista or MAC or ANDROID

OTA: Over the air...

Overclocking: Speeding up the CPU past the factory presets to achieve a faster and more responsive device

ROM: Read Only Memory, a program used to make changes to anything from the look of the home screen, to icons to custom boot animation

RSD or RSD lite: Remote Software Download, Motorola's own tool in flashing virtualy any type of program, (so long as its in .sbf form) to the Android OS

Shell or SSH: secure shell or ssh is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices

SPR or SPRecovery: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

Stock: Simply means an unaltered state, such as when you first purchase your phone from Verizon, or when you do a factory reset

SU: "Super user", or root permissions

Theme: A set of icons, backgrounds and app trays that change the ascthetics of the overall look of the droid and its applications

TUN/TAP: Refers to a network Tunnel, operates within layer 3 packets, or ip packets. Packets sent by a system via a TUN/TAP device are delivered to a user-space program that attaches itself to the device. A user space program may also pass packets into a TUN/TAP device. In this case TUN/TAP device delivers (or "injects") these packets to the operating system's network stack thus emulating their reception from an external source.

Underclocking: Slowing down the CPU mainly to limit battery usage

.sbf: Summation Briefcase File

.apk or APK's: An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file, an .apk file can be opened and inspected using common archive tools

.tar: Similar to a zip file, a tar file archives multiple files into one file

.tgz: TGZ files are commonly used as install packages for Slackware Linux.

Source: Glossary 1 & Glossary 2. Thanks a lot to Vyom for the link :)
This needs to be updated...

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