Android ADB commands

Android ADB Commands can be a mysterious bunch, but they have saved me from some disasters and made my life easier overall so I figured I would write a small post today and list some useful commands, hopefully you may use in your android endeavors. First you need to have the actual binaries that let you use these commands. you can get minimal adb fastboot tools from this XDA topic (windows), or get the full android studio from here. adb devices Shows a list of devices currently attached. example : List of devices attached FA43KWM04187 device adb reboot Reboots a device currently attached. adb reboot recovery Reboots a device currently attached into recovery mode. This is usually a very minimal recovery mode for most OEM devices. You can install custom recoveries like TWRP or CWM etc that come with extra features. adb reboot download Reboots the connected device into download mode. This is different for most manufacturers. Download mode is for flashing radio firmware/ROM upgrade through official means. adb reboot bootloader Reboots a device into Bootloader.The bootloader configures the device to an initial known state and has a means to select where to start executing the kernel. Bootloaders are written by hardware vendors and are specialized for the hardware they run on. In Android the bootloader typically starts either android OS itself or a Recovery. Android bootloaders often have a basic interactive mode that can be triggered by holding the “volume down” button while the bootloader is executing. adb reboot fastboot Reboot a connected device […]

Google posts factory images and binaries for 2013 Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google just posted Android 5.0.2 factory images and binaries for the 2013 versions of Nexus 10 and Nexus 7. If you have one of these devices you can be sure you’ll be getting yet another update soon. These devices are already on Android 5.0.1, so that will not be such a big change, especially since other devices still haven’t received Lollipop 5.0.     If you are eager to try the update you can flash the factory images on your device back to stock and it doesn’t matter what you flashed before that. If you can access the fastboot you will be able to flash the image. You can also get binaries with everything you require for running ROMs on the device. In order to flash sys images you will need an unlocked bootloader that you can get with the help of ADB through a computer. The OTAs will come soon, so if you don’t feel confident with the system images, you can wait for a few more days. Source: Nexus images