The beauty of having an Android phone – Things always go wrong! It is a great opportunity to learn more about the technology that makes your phone tick. Unlike the Black Box from the fruit company. What happens when you brick your phone? How do you unbrick it without shelling out a huge sum to the phone company’s service center?
With the release of Jelly Bean, Android developers are abuzz with even bigger expectations. Meanwhile, a lot of programmers are trying to get in on the action. If you want to start on Android App Development too, read on…
(Note: Due to other engagements, this is just a primer and not a fully documented HOW TO. Will put those up later)
Rooting is the first thing a geek does to his Android phone. Some don’t even wait for the warranty period to get over before flashing their ROM with a custom one. Jumping on the bandwagon, you root your phone. But you can’t figure out what’s the big deal with rooting anyway. Your phone had all the apps you needed anyways. What’s so special about your phone now?
Nerds love Android! There is so much to discover and play around with in the Android sub-system. Moreover, if you don’t like something in your phone, you might as well change it yourself. Don’t like the default camera? There’s an app for that! Need more control on the Android, root it and flash a new ROM on it. Hold on, why is my battery getting drained out so quickly after flashing?
Are you bored with how your Android phone looks? Tired of using themes (Go Locker, Launcher Pro) that don’t give you enough freedom. What if you could change all the boring images and icons on your screen into something sexy? There’s only one word – NinjaMorph!
Here’s the story of how I rooted my first Android, within 2 weeks of purchasing it. It’s a story of blood, sweat and tears. Of heartbreak, melodrama and joy. And here it begins:
One fine day, I started downloading the Android SDK with a third-party download manager. Here’s how I did it! Following the footsteps of programmers worldwide, I decided to create a “Hello, World!” program. (Back then, I didn’t know that this program is created by default in Android). I had decided to use Linux as the operating system of choice for this endeavor. Big mistake!