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Android 11 Developer Preview 2 fully supports wireless ADB

Anyone who's spent time tinkering with Android devices will be familiar with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) system. This command line tool lets you communicate with your device from a computer, but it usually requires a cable. With the second Android 11 dev preview, Google has finally added a proper wireless option for ADB.

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Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Ahead of Android 10's official launch, developer Kieron Quinn published DarQ, an application that forces the new OS' dark theme on a per-app basis, complete with a scheduling option that's still extremely useful to this day. Until now, the product had exclusively relied on root access, but Quinn shared with us that following a recent update to version 1.2, you can grant the needed permissions via ADB — no root required anymore.

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Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update

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Google's new Android Flash Tool installs AOSP images on Pixels straight from your web browser

Google just released a new browser tool for developers that enjoy mucking about with AOSP (Android Open Source Project) test builds. It's called the Android Flash Tool, and it works almost entirely inside your browser, allowing you to quickly and easily pull down AOSP images and flash them to your phone. With it, developers can check app compatibility with AOSP changes, and folks mucking about in the Android source code can see their tweaks on a real device. Although it's pretty snazzy, it doesn't look like it will be any use to the root-and-ROM crowd (yet).

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How to bring back two-button navigation on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro running Android 10

If you're a OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro user running Android 10 and you've sifted through the different navigation options available for your device, you probably noticed that two-button navigation is no longer there. For proponents of this UI, such news might be pretty disheartening.

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ADB's backup and restore functionality will go away in future Android release

ADB is the main command line tool for interacting with Android devices. It can be used to sideload APKs, copy data, and more. Starting with Android 4.0 ICS, a feature to backup and restore applications (and their data) was added, but that functionality will be removed in a future Android release.

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How Android App Bundles and Dynamic Delivery will change the way your phone gets its software

Installing an app from the Play Store is an almost magically streamlined experience: You find the app you want, tap “Install,” and sit back while Google takes care of the rest. But behind the scenes there's some clever business going on to make sure that your phone gets the particular version of an app that's best suited for it. That process is now getting even more complicated as Google introduces something called the Android App Bundle and a process known as Dynamic Delivery. Let's take a look at what's changing, and how this is going to affect you.

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BetterBatteryStats updated with full support for unrooted devices via ADB commands

In the era before Doze Mode, BetterBatteryStats was an essential app to track down Android's frequent wakelocks. Android doesn't have the same battery issues anymore, but you might still want to keep tabs on certain apps and services. Luckily, the latest update for BetterBatteryStats added full support for unrooted phones via ADB commands. There's also better Oreo support and various bug fixes.

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XDA's One-Handed Mode app makes it easier to use your giant smartphone

While large displays can be beautiful, using them in everyday scenarios can be anything but. This is particularly the case if you're holding yourself steady on a bus or train with one hand while browsing your smartphone with the other on a daily basis. To address this potential hazard, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and other manufacturers offer a one-handed mode on some of their phones, and now a new XDA app called (wait for it) "One-Handed Mode" is bringing the helpful feature to any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher.

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Google makes ADB, fastboot, and other platform tools available without full SDK or Android Studio download

As an Android nerd, there are times you probably need ADB or fastboot to mess around with your phone. Maybe you're flashing an OTA or unlocking the bootloader. You used to need to grab a giant package of other junk from Google to get them, but no more! Google has started hosting platform tools downloads without the other stuff that are a mere 3.5MB.

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