Getting a Smartphone? Get a data plan too.

One of the things I was concerned about (before splurging on an Android Phone) was the fact that I didn’t have a data plan. I got my first cell phone from AT&T in 2004 and after dabbling with the awful pay-per-use data plan, I opted out of their data packages. Back then, their data plans were ‘pricey’ to my still-broke self. Now (around the coming of the iPhone), most carriers require data plans so you won’t suffer this problem. These days, you should tack an extra $15 – $30 a month to your cellphone bill with data plans from the popular carriers. 🙂
In any case, I am still without a data plan and missing out on a bunch of cool applications.

I have since discovered that the *really* fun applications (barring games) require an internet connection. Yes, WiFi is good, but when you’re on the road, you’re out of luck. Without further ado, here are the “things” I (meaning you) am missing out on without a data plan:

Free Google Maps navigation

If you aren’t ready for paid Android navigation apps like Ndrive, Navdroyd, Copilot, the free Google Maps app is your next best bet. To use Google’s free turn-by-turn directions, you need a constant internet connection. However, you may be forced to use an offline maps utility which consumes space on your microSD card. I’ve currently got an 8GB Transcend microSD card in my G1 phone and planning an upgrade to a 16GB Transcend microSD card in order to take advantage of offline maps like Ndrive (North America maps for Ndrive consume nearly 6gbs of space which leaves me little room to install apps on my current 8gb microsd card). I’ve got a license to Ndrive navigation software that is begging to be used!

Social Services

Geo-location is the rage these days (see: FourSquare, Yelp, Gowalla, Whrrl, etc). It’s not my cup of tea so I won’t be telling the world where I am or where I’m not (unless I want to send a not-so-subtle message about how quickly I’m climbing a non-existent social ladder). That said, unless the restaurant/club you’re in has free WiFi, no checking in for you. The same goes for the Twitter/Facebook apps for Android. Unless you’re at home (in which case, I would be using my laptop), you can’t use these apps without an internet connection. Without WiFi, you’re out of luck. I wouldn’t be writing this post if there was free WiFi was as pervasive as cell phone towers.

Data Syncing

As you know, the Android phone is tied really closely to your Google account. I mean, contacts + calendars are all synced from your Google online account to your phone. This means, changes made to your contacts + calendars made from your phone won’t show up instantly on your online Google account if you aren’t connected to WiFi at the moment. If you’d had a data plan, you wouldn’t be worrying about when the carrier pigeons will ferry your data from your phone to your Google account. 😀 It’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve obviously survived thus far. It’s a pain, but workable.

That said, I’ve found my Android phone to be useful even without a data plan. In the Android Market, there’s no shortage of apps that don’t need an internet connection. For those old school people without a data plan (raise your hands in the air/ wave ’em like you just don’t care … actually, it hurts.), here are some recommended apps to pass time with until your next WiFi connection:

You can do … anything (almost)

Take your pick. On my G1, I’ve got the following apps that contain things I can consume until my next WiFi connection.

  1. Note-taking:Writers/BloggersArtists are incurable note-takers so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. I swear by the Android app from Snaptic called 3banana notes. Even though I haven’t used any other because I can’t imagine anything that is simpler than this app, I love it. You can jot down anything that comes to mind, append images/location data & your notes are stored on your microSD card or phone to be synced to your Snaptic account or Google account!
  2. Factbook: Support the Android developers It’s a paid app and it is pretty much a copy of the freely available (online) CIA Factbook which has been ported to the Android phone. It comes in a pretty GUI and should keep you full of random trivia.
  3. The Holy Book (Bible, etc): The free bibles out there are mostly the King James’ version of the bible which is freely available on Project Gutenberg. The others are just fancy versions like NIV, etc. Simply read the reviews or test out the Bible apps to find “the One”.
  4. The Dictionary: I used to read dictionaries as a hobby when I was younger. I don’t do that enough these days, but with the ColorDict app, I can fill my head with more highfalutin’ words than necessary.
  5. Fresh of a recent reformat to install Cyanogenmod v. 6 (a.k.a. Froyo), I’m on the hunt for a good Android app to let me save articles from my browser to read them later. Basically, an Instapaper-like app for Android. I’m still looking so feel free to chime in with recommendations although I’m not sure this would work as I hope because it would require some syncing to go on from my browser to my phone and thus require an internet connection.
  6. Books: Pick your favorite eBook reader (I’ve settled on FBreader which has a simple eBook application for the Windows platform) and download hundreds of free eBooks from publishers around the world e.g. Smashwords, Feedbooks, etc. FBReader offers an easy way to browse and download quality reading material. When browsing the catalogs, FBReader offers more options for searching for books by authors, subject, languages, popularity, etc. , it’ll offer you a more ‘animated’ list of options.
    Feedbooks and Smashwords Catalog on FBreader
    FBReader for Android
  7. Medical ‘trivia’: I’m a fan of filling my head with largely useless tidbits of medical information (not a fan of the Michael Quach style of trivia apps polluting the Android marketplace). I’ve spent well over $100 on medical apps from Skyscape. Sidenote: Skyscape rocks for allowing me to transfer my apps from device to device. Then again, the Skyscape apps aren’t just $2 – $10 apps and if the previous phone is truly retired/dead, transferring is the least they can do. BUT Skyscape didn’t give me the run-around and that says a lot about their company.
  8. Have Fun with Exercise/GPS: With apps like RunKeeper and CardioTrainer, you can track more than just calories burned with your exercise routine. If you’re just curious to see what your daily route looks like on the computer, there is the My Tracks apps that can track and create an easily shareable file (i.e. gpx, kml or csv formats). Be warned that should you attempt to multi-task while recording a track, you’ll loose your spot on the map and have to restart. I can not wait for GPSed to be available on the Android market. I loved the GPSed app (I upgraded to the GPSed Pro version) on the Windows Mobile system and it rocked my world by making my commute less lonely. 🙂 Sidenote: The GPSed App is available as a .jar file and this can be apparently converted to Android package (.apk) file although I didn’t get that site to work and there might be another option for converting .jar files to .apk files.
  9. Fun with Pictures: I’ve got the paid PicSayPro application on my phone and it’s been a great app to edit the 3 megapixel photos I’ve taken with the G1. There are other photo editing apps available such as Adobe’s Photoshop Express, Urbian Inc’s Retro Camera, etc.

I’m sure I’m missing out on other things I can do even without a constant data connection (listening to music is blindingly obvious) so expect another post with me belaboring the point that I probably am better off getting a data plan soon. 🙂 Cheers!

Ten Persistent Android Applications on my G1

I‘ve been using my Android phone (G1) for a little over 2 weeks. Since then, there have been several dozen apps downloaded and discarded by yours truly. In the post, I’ll do a brief rundown of several apps that have persisted throughout my numerous wipes (akin to reformatting and reinstalling in the Windows world).

All Apps Aren’t Equal

In the Android Market, Google doesn’t pre-screen apps to make sure they are only using data they need or that they aren’t masking some other nefarious activity. Just because it has a 5-star rating doesn’t automatically green-light it for your phone. Using CyanogenMod v. 5.0.8, the Android Market has a comments area where you can see a mix of useless and slightly useful comments. You can do your research on an Android app by:

  • looking at the comments which can provide some insights on if an App does what it claims to do well
  • visiting sites that cover Android Apps and checking out their reviews of Android apps
  • searching for information about the app via DuckDuckGo/Google/Bing
  • and checking the Android app out on Cyrket or AppBrain which are sites for viewing comments/ratings of apps.

When you’re installing an App, it’ll let you know what functions it will be accessing. See the images below:
Ndrive for Android permissions
Factbook for Android Permissions

That is the mapping application, Ndrive. Expectedly, it’s going to access my location, download maps to my microSD card, enable functionality that involves accessing my messages, calling, etc. Things you’d expect an app dealing with navigation to do.

The other application displayed is the Factbook app which is expectedly accessing the internet and while I’m not sure why it needs my location, I’m not too bothered by that. The point is: If you’re downloading a wallpaper app, I’d only expect to see it accessing my microSD card to deposit the images or check online for updates to the images, etc. If you see a metric ton of things being accessed that you don’t expect it to, feel free to hit “cancel”.

Earlier this week, there was some dust-up about a wallpaper app accessing more info than people felt it should. The moral lesson of the wild Android Market west is: keep your wits about you. 🙂

My Essential Android Applications Toolkit

This toolkit contains a healthy mix of free (go community! :P) and paid (supporting the developers) options. This list will be geared towards rooted G1 phones because that’s what I have: a rooted G1. These apps aren’t “essential” but I sure have installed them every single time I’ve wiped my G1. The apps on this list have demonstrated staying power so I think you might find them of use. 🙂

MyBackup Pro

One of the first things I do with new computers/phones is make sure I have a capable backup system on it. MyBackup Pro (Cyrket Overview) fit the bill from all online accounts/reviews. It backs up my data and apps like a champ to my microSD card.However, I have since discovered something very troubling about this application. This issue concerns the online backup aspect of this app, but it shouldn’t affect owners of new/unused Android phones. Basically, if your used Android phone has ever had MyBackup Pro + an email address + password associated with it, you have a privacy problem.

I bought a used G1 phone and the phone’s previous owner bought, installed & associated an email address + password with the MyBackup Pro app (discovered this after the fact). I bought the MyBackup Pro app for my ‘new’ used phone, installed and backed up to MyBackup Pro’s servers. Everytime I did this, I would get a “Backup success” message so I stupidly assumed that somehow, the App had “signed” me up for the online backup service. Then, when attempting to reset my password with the email address I used from the Android Market and kept getting an “account unrecognized” error message, I sent an email to MyBackup Pro representative. That’s when my tenuous hold on reality lost its grip. I’ve always wanted to write that. 😛

Basically, on a virgin installation on MyBackup Pro, new users are prompted to create a password and associate an email address with the application. If you weren’t the one who set up the MyBackup Pro application (which will happen if you’ve purchased a used Android phone from someone relatively savvy), you’re stuck with their password and if you’ve used your email address in corresponding with the previous owner, guess whose online backups can be accessed on MyBackup Pro’s servers? Yours.

My instinctive response was: change everything (my PIN, password and email address). First, the PIN is “hardcoded” and can’t be changed. According to the MyBackup Pro representative, the password couldn’t be changed either! Finally, the representative admitted that he could change my password manually and again, I cringed. I subscribe to the concept that a password should be known only by 1 person especially for something private & important? I mean, the app backs up SMS messages, call logs, calendar events, et cetera.

Short and sweet: Don’t use the online backup aspect of MyBackup Pro until there’s an easier way to reset/change passwords and change the associated email address. Back up your important data to your SD card and even more importantly, copy the backups to an external hard drive and keep them safer that way. To be clear, the MyBackup Pro representative I was in touch with was able to manually change my password, but I imagine that method won’t scale.

Amon Ra Recovery v. 1.7.0

Short and sweet:Use this recovery image as your Swiss Army knife. I’ve detailed why I went with the Amon Ra recovery image over the Clockworkmod recovery image for my version of CyanogenMod. You can get into the console and also get into your microSD card while booted into the Amon Ra recovery image.

Google Voice

Short and sweet: Voicemail on steroids: faster, more accessible and it configures your voicemail settings on your phone automagically.

Google Voice recently became available for all US/Canada users to sign up for so there’s nothing stopping you from getting an extra voice number which accepts calls, can transcribe your voicemails (extremely beta feature so you’ll still need to listen to your voicemails, can email text messages sent to that number) to your designated email address, and much more. This is an invaluable service provided by Google.

Google Addons

Short and sweet:: This means you get to have Google’s apps like Gmail, Maps, etc tightly integrated with your phone. I didn’t do this once and my phone felt naked. Bare. Don’t let this happen to you. When flashing your Cyanogenmod ROM, make sure you have the Google Addons file downloaded and ready to flash as well. For the addons pack for Cyanogenmod ROM v 5.0.8 (ERE36B), here are the additional .apk files installed to your phone:

  • BugReport.apk
  • EnhancedGoogleSearchProvider.apk
  • GenieWidget.apk
  • Gmail.apk
  • GmailProvider.apk
  • GoogleApps.apk
  • GoogleBackupTransport.apk
  • GoogleCheckin.apk
  • GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
  • GooglePartnerSetup.apk
  • GoogleSettingsProvider.apk
  • GoogleSubscribedFeedsProvider.apk
  • gtalkservice.apk
  • LatinImeTutorial.apk
  • Maps.apk
  • MarketUpdater.apk
  • MediaUploader.apk
  • NetworkLocation.apk
  • PassionQuickOffice.apk
  • SetupWizard.apk
  • Street.apk
  • Talk.apk
  • TalkProvider.apk
  • Vending.apk
  • VoiceSearch.apk
  • YouTube.apk

Convinced yet? 🙂

Astro File Manager Pro

Short and sweet: I’ve always had a file manager on every single phone I’ve owned. For the Windows Mobile ecosystem, the file manager to beat was Resco’s Explorer. On the Nokia E71x, the best file manager was X-plore and now, with the Android phone, Astro File Manager has cornered this niche market.

There’s a free version of the Astro File Manager, but I always like supporting well-done and relatively inexpensive applications like the Astro File Manager. Astro File Manager Pro comes with goodies like an application manager (allowing you to uninstall apps), backup your .apk files for the apps, a way to visualize your SD card’s use and a handy process manager tool.

Astro File Manager

ColorDict Dictionary

Short and sweet:: Best free dictionary available for the Android system. For my needs thus far, the ColorDict app and free Dictionary addons available are more than adequate.

Make sure you get the following dictionaries databases:

  1. CMU’s American English spelling/pronunciation
  2. Wikipedia Addon: It’ll pull up info about the entered word from Wikipedia and if you aren’t connected to the internet, it doesn’t miss a beat in continuing to display info from the other dictionaries.
  3. English Thesaurus
  4. and English Wordnet: a free database of words maintained by Princeton
  5. For a listing of available dictionaries, fire up the ColorDict app and you can click on the button (lower left) that says “Download Dictionary data”

ColorDict dictionary app for Android

3banana Notes

Short and sweet:: If you need a dedicated “to-do” list sort of app, this isn’t it, but for my needs, creating notes about whatever whenever, 3banana notes hits all the right notes. 🙂

3banana notes is a simple but powerful application for creating notes with all sorts of data attached like images, gps coordinates, qr codes, etc. It’s also attached to the neat Compass application for Android so it’s a win-win situation. You can sign up for a Snaptic account or use your Google Account to sync any created notes. Snaptic’s products are simple and well done. I’ve got 4 of their products on my phone as of today. 🙂

3Banana notes for Android

Barcode Scanner

Short and sweet:: Barcode Scanner is the fastest way to scan a barcode or QR code and get what you want: If you use barcode scanning more for shopping and like a little more eyecandy, the ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner will be more your speed.

ZXing Barcode Scanner

If you search the Android Market for scanners, you’ll find that the Barcode Scanner app by ZXing and Shopsavvy are the 2 highest rated “barcode scanning” apps on the market. From barcode labels on any products to computer-generated QR codes, these apps are great for easily visiting a website/url, calling a number or downloading a .apk file (apk stands for android package). Frankly, you won’t go wrong with both apps on your phone. It won’t hurt a thing especially if storage is not a problem for you. Hence, I recommend an 8gb class 6 microSD card or a 16gb class 6 microSD card on

Shopsavvy Barcode Scanner

PicSay Pro

Personally, I don’t use this too much because the camera on my G1 is pretty pathetic. However, with newer and better cameras shipping with cellphones these days, I think having an app that does neat tricks with photos is indispensible. This is a paid app and it cost less than $7.


Short and sweet: Nimbuzz is an all-in-one instant messaging application and voip client as well. I currently use it to keep in touch with contacts on the following networks: Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. I’ve used Nimbuzz with the Symbian S60 system (my Nokia E71x phone) and I’ve just been blown away at how much better the Android apps are compared to the S60 ecosystem. C’est la vie. 🙂 Get Nimbuzz now and as always, it helps to have a data connection because the app runs in the background to notify you of chats, incoming messages, etc.

Nimbuzz for Android

I had a hard time with not straying from the “persistent apps” theme, but I think that’s a good place to start from when attempting to figure out what apps are important or could be of frequent use to you. Cheers and I’d love your input on *your persistent Android apps.

If you’re curious about getting screenshots from your Android device, see this tutorial from DownloadSquad on getting that working. Here is my much shorter version:

  1. On Cyanogenmod v. 5.0.8, USB debugging was already enabled. However, you can enable USB debugging yourself by visiting: “Settings –> Applications –> Development –> check “USB Debugging”
  2. Install the latest JDK version from Sun Oracle.
  3. Download the Android SDK. It’s a zipped file that doesn’t need installation so just unzip to a directory of your choossing.
  4. Browse to the “Tools” folder of the unzipped Android SDK folder and doubleclick the ddms.bat file.
  5. On my notebook, I’ve added the Android SDK folder to the System Path on my computer so that all I need to when I want to fire up the debugging system is type “ddms” or “ddms.bat” into the “Search box” (on Windows 7) and click on the file when it pops up. Not that this won’t happen if the SDK was in an indexed folder, but you can skip a lot of typing this way. 🙂
  6. After clicking on the ddms.bat file, you should see the Dalvik Debug monitor window pop up. Navigate to “Device” and click “Device Screen Capture”.
  7. See the screen capture at the end.

Make a Screen Capture in Android

Things to love (mostly) about your Android phone – part 1

It’s been less than a week since I’ve been playing with my Android phone (the G1) and to recap briefly, I purchased it already rooted (an absolute must for any gagdet lover and tinkerer). It’s not a trivial undertaking, but looks harder than it really is. Since getting it, I’ve unlocked my G1, performed a wipe (4X and counting), damaged my recovery image and learned how to repair said recovery image and tested a fair amount of free and paid apps for my phone. In this post, I’d like to talk about the singular issue of ROM updates.

First, here’s what stings about my transition to the Android phone/system

  1. I live in Microsoft Outlook. Slight exaggeration, but that’s how I keep track of activities and plan things. If you plug your Android phone to your Windows PC expecting ActiveSync to pop-up, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The Android system‘s calendaring properties are tied rather deeply to Google’s. So, I’ve been reduced to downloading and installing Google’s Calendar Sync Program and doing a 1-way sync from Microsoft Outlook to my Gmail Calendar. Then, when setting up my new Android phone, I added my Google account and my phone’s calendar automagically gets populated with items in my online Google calendar.
  2. If you go the Google Calendar Sync program route, be very aware that this program has been known to create duplicate and triplicate entries if you choose to do 2-way syncing. I learned this the hard way. After trial and error (read: 2 phone wipes), I settled on the following steps to get a “clean” sync of my Outlook calendar to Google (and my phone eventually) easily:
    • This tip will be of most use to people who live in Microsoft Outlook (like me). If you’ve been living and breathing in Google Calendar, you’ve got nothing to worry about. I’m not ready to give up my data to the “Cloud” without any assurances that I’ll be getting said data back without having to jump through too many hoops. I’ve got my Outlook contacts and calendar organized *just* how I like it and I don’t like to mess with a good thing. 😛
    • Download and install the Google Calendar Sync program and choose the 2-way sync. Backup/Export your Google Calendar to an external hard drive & a second location; If there are only a few entries, go ahead and delete them. This worked best for me when my Google Calendar was already empty. Be warned that even I don’t have the 2-way sync enabled (see a list of known problems with Google Calendar Sync) because as I said earlier, I get duplicate entries in my Microsoft Outlook calendar and then propagates to my Google Calendar. It’s a nightmare. Don’t even think about deleting your calendar entries on your phone because you’ll have to do it one painstaking click at a time.
    • Safest option for now would be to select the 1-way sync from your Outlook calendar to Google calendar. You avoid duplicate entry hell and you simply get to manually update your Microsoft Outlook Calendar with any entries you’re missing from Google Calendar (if you do this, make sure you delete the entries from Google Calendar because you’ll end up with duplicate entries).
    • If you decide to experiment for yourself, be prepared to wipe your phone when (not if) you experience the duplicate/triplicate entry thing because a wipe actually easier than manually deleting these new entries. Visit the Troubleshooting page for Google Calendar Sync.
    • As always, make full backups of your Microsoft Outlook calendar/contacts and do the same for your Google Calendar and Contacts.
  3. I don’t have a data plan. In my neck of the woods, what a data plan costs amounts to a half-a-month’s worth of rent. Not having a constant internet/data connection means I can’t take advantage of several cool applications like Google Maps turn-by-turn driving directions, Seesmic for Android, Barcode Scanner, Yelp, et cetera. These applications require internet connectivity and unless you have a MiFi on you all the time, you’re stuck with applications that can be used offline as well. Until I got an Android phone, I haven’t wished this badly that I had a data plan. Just an FYI.

With *that* out of the way, here are two things I worry about with custom ROMs are (in order of decreasing importance):

  1. maintenance of the ROM: With built-in carrier software, you’ll know updating is as easy as an OTA (over the air) update. These custom ROM are either created and maintained by a community or a person. Based on my experience with custom ROMs for my ATT Tilt, updating involves more than just downloading the ROM and there are several ways for the updating process to go wrong.
  2. performance of the ROM i.e. if my device is sluggish: The CyanogenMod ROM is pretty stable, but I’ve consistently had issues with the screen’s responsiveness to my touch. It is, however, the most popular ROM for Android devices, but I haven’t tested other ROMs for comparison.

I won’t even attempt to write a “How to Root your G1” article because I haven’t actually performed the rooting process. However, there’s nothing stopping me from writing about my tried methods for updating/flashing ROM to an already rooted device. 🙂 For updating your already-rooted device’s ROM, here are 2 vectors for doing just that:

Clockworkmod ROM Manager

Short and sweet: If your phone is rooted and you’re not quite a commandline guru is: Download the ClockworkMod ROM Manager app. Here’s why you should download and support the developer by paying $3.99 for this app. You can search for “Clockworkmod” in the Android Market app on your phone or scan the QR code for the Clockworkmod app on this site: You will need the free Barcode Scanner application to do this.

  • ClockworkMod ROM Manager has a simple user interface for managing, updating and backing up your current ROM. Granted CyanogenMod has an updater that’s downloadable via the Android market so if that’s all you care about, feel free to use this updater. However, this ROM manager is easier to understand.
  • the ClockworkMod ROM Manager app has an easy way for you to boot into Recovery mode if you need to wipe and start from scratch on your device. Granted, the other way i.e. pressing the “Home” key while pressing the “Power” button to turn on the device, shouldn’t be too hard for anyone to manage. In fact, it even offers an alternative to its own Clockworkmod Recovery image which is the popular Amon Ra Recovery image.
  • This ROM Manager offers a dead simple way to partition your microSD card so that you can install Android apps on it! The ability to install apps to your microSD card is a feature serious and casual Android users need. Other methods of partitioning your microSD card involved commandline-fu which I write about later on. An 8GB class 6 microSD card is strongly recommended for this purpose. I’ve been using a Transcend Class 6 microSD card for over a year. CyanogenMod v 5.0.8 includes a utility called Apps2SD which will detect if you have this specially partitioned microSD card and it will default to installing apps on your microSD card!

Amon Ra Recovery image

Short and sweet: If you want to be able to do more with your recovery image and can handle typing commands into a terminal-like application, I heartily recommend the Amon Ra Recovery image. If you’re ready to make the ‘upgrade’ from the Clockworkmod Recovery Image to the Amon Ra recovery image, you can flash the Amon Ra recovery image to your phone via the ClockworkMod ROM Manager. Otherwise, follow these instructions first on flashing a recovery image. If that doesn’t work, try these instructions. You won’t be able to update your ROMs via the ROM Manager, but doing it the Amon-Ra way isn’t so bad.

  • Amon Ra recovery image is free as in beer and speech. The ROM manager requires the $3.99 fee in order for the “check ROM updates” feature and a bunch of other features to be activated.
  • You can have finer control over the microSD partitioning process. With ClockworkMod ROM Manager, you’re limited to a maximum of 512mb and a maximum of 128mbs for the ext (it doesn’t say if it’s ext2, ext3 or ext4) and swap partitions on the microSD card, respectively. That’s sufficient for some, but I’ve got an 8GB class 6 microSD card so I gave my /ext partition 1gb ob space with a 96mb swap partition and upgraded my /ext2 partition to an /ext3 one. This was done via the Amon Ra recovery image. More than anything, I foresee myself using apps more than storing data on my phone so my setup works for me. For super users, check out AndroidAndMe on the subject of manually partitioning your microSD card. Fun. 🙂
  • Amon Ra has keyboard shortcuts that work and you can get into the console to repair and fix things your little heart desires! 🙂 Clockworkmod Recovery doesn’t have an option to get into the console that I found.


  • By rooting your device, your carrier already forsakes you (voided warranty). You run the risk of bricking your device. If your phone gets bricked/engulfed-in-flames/ or if you suffer rooters’ remorse (TM), that’s your painfully-fixable problem. Caveat emptor. You’ve been warned. 😛
  • When troubleshooting, visit’s Wiki is your best friend. Do not attempt any advanced tricks without double-checking with the Cyanogenmod Wiki.

Up next, some important apps I’ve found useful on my Android journey. Enjoy and comment away! 🙂