XDA Developers' Android Hacker's Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Rooting, Roms and Theming

XDA Developers' Android Hacker's Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Rooting, Roms and Theming

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By (author) Jason Tyler, By (author) Will Verduzco

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1119951380
  • ISBN 13: 9781119951384
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Sales rank: 645,972

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Make your Android device truly your own Are you eager to make your Android device your own but you're not sure where to start? Then this is the book for you. XDA is the world's most popular resource for Android hacking enthusiasts, and a huge community has grown around customizing Android devices with XDA. XDA's Android Hacker's Toolkit gives you the tools you need to customize your devices by hacking or rooting the android operating system. Providing a solid understanding of the internal workings of the Android operating system, this book walks you through the terminology and functions of the android operating system from the major nodes of the file system to basic OS operations. As you learn the fundamentals of Android hacking that can be used regardless of any new releases, you'll discover exciting ways to take complete control over your device. Teaches theory, preparation and practice, and understanding of the OS Explains the distinction between ROMing and theming Provides step-by-step instructions for Droid, Xoom, Galaxy Tab, LG Optimus, and more Identifies the right tools for various jobs Contains new models enabling you to root and customize your phone Offers incomparable information that has been tried and tested by the amazing XDA community of hackers, gadgeteers, and technicians XDA's Android Hacker's Toolkit is a simple, one-stop resource on hacking techniques for beginners.

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Jason Tyler has been an IT instructor and is currently Director of Technology for Typefrag.com. An avid Android hacker, Jason has been rooting and ROMing every Android phone he can get his hands on since the OG Droid. Will Verduzco is a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. He is also Portal Administrator for XDA-Developers, and has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. Starting with the Nexus One, however, his gadget love affair has shifted to Google's little green robot.

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Join the millions of rooters worldwide who are making the Android devices truly their own.Do you love your Android device, but feel like you're not getting everything out of it you could? Written by Android expert, Jason Tyler, this book shows you how to take total control of your Android smartphone or tablet, regardless of brand name or release.With the tools provided in this book, you'll be able to customize your device to suit your needs and style, while maximizing its power and capability. In plain English, Tyler introduces you to the inner workings of the Android OS, walking you through the terminology and functions, from major file system nodes to basic OS operations. For the more adventurous rooter, Tyler provides links to key information on the XDA site that shows you how to achieve an even higher degree of expertise and capability. In no time you'll learn to: Identify the right tools for any job on most Android devicesBack up your OS, data and appsModify your device's ROMs or flash ROMs from other devices"Theme" the look and feel of your device to reflect your unique styleTeach your old Android device amazing new trickThe ultimate beginner's guide to Android rooting, "XDA Developers' Android Hacker's Toolkit" gives you the knowledge and tools you need to make your beloved Android phone or table truly your own.

Table of contents

Foreword xv Introduction 1 PART I: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 9 Chapter 1: Android OS Internals: Understanding How Your Device Starts 11 Chapter 2: Rooting Your Android Device 21 Chapter 3: The Right Tool for the Job 37 Chapter 4: Rooting and Installing a Custom Recovery 63 Chapter 5: Theming: Digital Cosmetic Surgery 87 Chapter 6: You've Become Superuser: Now What? 99 PART II: MANUFACTURER GUIDELINES AND DEVICE-SPECIFIC GUIDES 107 Chapter 7: HTC EVO 3D: A Locked Device 109 Chapter 8: Nexus One: An Unlockable Device 119 Chapter 9: HTC ThunderBolt: A Tightly Locked Device 127 Chapter 10: Droid Charge: Flashing with ODIN 137 Chapter 11: Nexus S: An Unlocked Device 143 Chapter 12: Motorola Xoom: An Unlocked Honeycomb Tablet 147 Chapter 13: Nook Color: Rooting with a Bootable SD Card 153 Appendix A: Setting Up Android SDK and ADB Tools 159 Index 165