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Jul
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If you're a heavy custom ROM user or a dedicated modder, you want this app. Flashify is a brand-spankin' new tool for root users with a ton of advanced function, specifically tailored to those who use custom recoveries, kernels, and boot images. The app can flash any of them right from Android, automatically rebooting your phone and applying your changes. It can do the same with more generalized Zip update files as well.

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But wait, there's more! Flashify can also backup your current recovery image and kernel, either to your device's internal memory or SD card, or straight to Dropbox. It works with Android's share menu, so you can send a ZIP or IMG file to Flashify from just about any app with file browsing capabilities. Flashify will keep a record of everything that it's done to your phone or tablet.

Developer Christian Göllner reminds users that flashing files of any kind is potentially dangerous to your device, and offers no guarantee of function or safety. The app has only been tested on Nexus devices so far, but should work for anything running Android 2.2 or later. In other words: make sure you've got a Nandroid backup handy before you start playing around. And of course, you'll need to have a rooted device to use the app.

Flashify is a free download, but it's limited to three flashes per day; a reasonable $1.99 in-app purchase will unlock unlimited use of the app.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    wow a 3/flash a day limit is crazy! I don't know about you but I flash my phone at least 5 times a day

    • http://www.steveedson.co.uk Steve Edson

      Sarcasm? That seems a bit excessive. I'm willing to bet that 3 flashes a day would suit > 90% of users

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        no it should be 13 /s

    • MasterMuffin

      then buy the app and help the dev. Problem solved

    • Tig

      Am I the only one who got the Sarcasm bit? :)

      Sheesh people, lighten up!

      • Mike

        Lol it depends .....

    • PhoenixPath

      You're being funny but...

      Flash recovery, flash custom rom, flash gapps: 3 flashes right there.

      Don't like the custom ROM after using it a bit? Too bad, no app for you, into recovery you go.

      Not saying this is a bad thing, just pointing out one way the limitation might affect heavy users...ya know, the folks it targets. ;-)

      Hopefully, if they find it useful, they'll buy it and not have to worry about that. $2 is nothing...

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        Recovery I don't do very often, but you bring up a good point. Gapps being a separate flash does make it easy to go over that 3 limit. Side note ppl I was being super sarcastic.

  • HellG

    I just use this app that came with my current rom
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ficeto.alliancemanager&hl=en
    Free with no limits and works great!

  • Joe

    Actually the dev for TWRP Manager beat this guy to the punch (assuming you use TWRP, which many do). Does the same things described in this article, so really we shouldn't act like this is the first groundbreaking app to do this stuff. TWRP Manager: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jmz.soft.twrpmanager&feature=nav_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDMsImNvbS5qbXouc29mdC50d3JwbWFuYWdlciJd

    • Forcemaker

      I believe that you are wrong. The author explains at XDA-Devs' Forum
      that ... "[...] you won't even need to have a custom recovery. Just
      flash and reboot. [...]"

      (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2349847)

      Therefor
      this is different from having TWRP recovery. Why is it important? There
      are devices which are warranty-voided the moment you unlock the
      bootloader/install a custom recovery (AFAIK e.g. ASUS TF300T*, and SGS2 i9100 as that displays the "yellow triangle").
      Rooting a device does not require a custom ROM or custom recovery, in
      general. (In detail, both TF300T and SGS2 i9100 can be rooted without.) So, hopefully you can circumvent that by using this app.

      Sadly, ATM this app is limited to the Nexus devices.

  • ProtoKun7

    Not to be confused with the other Flashify, which is still pretty useful, but for something else entirely.

    • Bobby Phoenix

      Exactly. I read the title, and thought "Wow Flashify really changed from just opening links to view Flash videos."

  • Matt McKee

    Is there Google Drive support?

  • SFN

    Android.

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