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    Motorola has had a checkered past with supporting its customers' desires to screw around with their Motorola phones. But it may be wiping away that past in favor of a new method of storing and delivering factory images. Just as easily as Motorola will let you unlock your bootloader (depending on carrier variants and such), the company will also let you have its factory software images as long as you're willing to re-lock your bootloader. Here's where things have changed and everything gets wiped clean — instead of storing files through Google Drive and having users request access to ...

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    Freeform jazz shouldn't be this hard. Or maybe it is and we just don't know it. Chew on that for a second. But getting the freeform windows feature out of Android N in its current state is going to be hard — we mean that it's definitely not for the casual user. But it's possible and worth the effort for those wanting to get a huge head-start on developing apps for a windowed mode in Android. We'll give those in the know the quickie. Fair warning: if you plan on getting OTAs from the Android Beta Program, this process involves unlocking your bootloader and flashing a custom recovery — ...

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    Fans of the Android Power User series may well remember us talking about ClockworkMod Recovery and its companion app ROM Manager (which features our detailed walk-through video in its Play Store listing). While the two are invaluable in my mind, there are other choices, most notably TeamWin Recovery, or TWRP for short. TeamWin Recovery, as you might have guessed by its name, is developed by TeamWin. Their offerings aren't limited to just TWRP, they have a handful of other apps that you might like as well. TeamWin Recovery is a skinnable, touch-centric custom recovery image that ...

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    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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