Posts tagged with: android power user
  • by | September 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    What is the "kernel"? We have thrown the term around quite a bit, but we haven't really dug into what it is and what it means, and why is it called that? The term doesn't derive from "colonel", a rank in the military, instead, it refers to fruits and nuts. In the practical world, the kernel is the softer, usually edible part of a nut, or seed and is contained within its hard shell. When talking about smartphones, tablets, and even computers, the kernel isn't that much different... though I wouldn't recommend you eat it. Think of it like popcorn. If you try to eat a popcorn kernel without ...

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  • by | August 28, 2012 11:14 AM

    Your Android's recovery image is normally responsible for flashing over-the-air (OTA) updates from your phone's manufacturer (Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc.), but the recovery image is even more important if you want to customize your Android with a custom kernel or custom ROM. Kind of like dual-booting on a desktop computer, Android is split into multiple "images", such as your "system image" where the operating system itself runs, and the "recovery image". The recovery image is like a miniature operating system that is only responsible for flashing updates and related tasks. Booting into ...

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  • by | August 21, 2012 1:00 PM

    Unlocking and Rooting. They're two words that we throw around all the time, and sometimes it seems like they're used as synonyms.  They aren't the same thing, but it's not hard to see why there may be some confusion. Let's tackle unlocking first, since that's what usually comes first in the process. What is Unlocking? When we're talking about "unlocking and rooting" your phone or tablet, the "unlocking" part has to do with unlocking the bootloader. If you don't remember, we talked about the bootloader in our last episode of Android Power User. If you haven't guessed, the bootloader comes ...

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  • by | August 17, 2012 11:43 AM

    If you're running the ROM that came on your phone you've probably seen at least one update come over-the-air (or OTA). These updates are built, tested, refined, packaged, and eventually pushed to your smartphone or tablet by the device's manufacturer. Sometimes updates come quickly, other times they can take forever -- or may not come along at all. Regardless, if you're running stock, you don't really have to do anything to get whatever updates may come. They just magically show up one day on your phone and give you the option of installing them. People who run custom ROMs, however, aren't ...

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  • by | August 14, 2012 12:10 PM

    This is the first episode of our new series, Android Power User, where we talk about technology, definitions, and concepts to help regular Android users become Android Powerusers! The bootloader, in almost any computing environment (not just Android), is executable code that runs before the operating system loads and starts to run. Distilled down to its most basic function, the bootloader contains instructions to boot the operating system. Bootloaders are specific to the hardware upon which they're running which explains why every kind of phone and tablet, as well as every laptop and ...

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