One of the advantages of Android is that it’s one of the most versatile and flexible platforms in the world, for a large number of devices, from phone to tablets and smartwatch. A big role in its versatile functions is played by allowing users to unlock their phones from the standard operating system and installing their own OS builds with various apps.
If you’re one such Android user, but couldn’t bother to sort out through all the required tools included in the entire Android Software Development Kit (SDK), then you should know that Google has decided to set some of the most commonly used modding tools, like Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and the Fastboot tools, as a standalone download.
Although Google does not have specially designated page or download location for these modding tools, they are available on the Google Plus page of Elliot Hughes, a software engineer at Google. Interested users can find a total of three links at that location. Although the tools can only work with Android devices, in order to tweak around your smartphone and install your custom firmware, then you need to connect your device to your computer.
As such, the recently released modding tools need to be compatible with all major operating systems for computers, like Windows, Mac, as well as Linux. Although this great news for the Android modding community, the timing could have been better. A lot of people have lost interest in custom Android ROMs in recent years. The decline of this trend will become even more prevalent with the decline of CyanogenMod, which was among the most popular custom firmware for Android.
Nonetheless, for people still interested in modding their Android device, the standalone download of ADB and Fastboot allows them to save a little amount of space on the device, as the entire SDK takes almost 300 MB of storage. However, the much larger Android Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) requires 1,6 GB of storage capacity. Most tools included in IDE are not even required by modders to tweak their firmware. For comparison, ADB and Fastboot take only below 4MB of space.
The fact that the modding tools are available from a trusted source gives users some assurance that the tools are genuine and do not contain any malware or virus.
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