TWRP: the complete guide to using Recovery on Android

TWRP is the main custom recovery for Android. You install it when you root your phone or tablet and it enables you to carry out a host of major hacks and tweaks, from creating full backups to flashing ROMs. In this guide we’ll take a look at: what recovery does…

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Xposed is now available for Lollipop

After much delay, and even the possibility that it might never happen, the popular Xposed Framework is now available for Lollipop devices. It’s an alpha version with support only for devices one ARMv7 processors and above, and the developer rovo89 is warning that installation may cause bootloops on devices. The…

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Lollipop-compatible alternatives to our favourite GravityBox tweaks

A month or so ago we posted an article subtitled ‘How to supercharge your phone without even trying”, extolling the virtues of the best Xposed Framework module, GravityBox. Since then Lollipop has launched and has begun the rollout to flagship devices across many brands. Xposed is not compatible with Lollipop,…

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How to disable apps and bloatware on Android

Most Android devices come with a load of extra software pre-installed, and most of it cannot be uninstalled. If you don’t want to use this ‘bloatware’ you can disable it to hide it from your app drawer and prevent it from launching in the background. In this tutorial we’ll show…

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