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#31 IronSkull


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  • Joined: 03-November 07
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Phone: Galaxy Note II

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:01

Apart from the obvious applications like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Chrome, Skype, Twitter, here are some that should be useful.

News: Use Google Currents, it's much more customizable than Pulse (horrible app) and FlipBoard (memory+data hogger).
Photo Editing: SnapSeed (don't use Instagram or Pixlr, they're both useless when you look at Snapseed)
AirDroid for transferring data between PC/laptop and phone.

#32 bmdixon



  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 13-November 05
  • Location: Birmingham, UK
  • Phone: Nexus 5

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:22

Sometimes there are ways to root without wiping, but at the moment i don't think it's possible unless you've already unlocked your bootloader. This is the bit that wipes the device, but you can use adb backup (command line tool) to backup your apps and then restore afterwards. It also wipes the 'sdcard' though so make sure you back that up.
It's a bit of a pain to do when you've already set up your device but a couple of hours and it's done (mostly waiting for backup/restore to do it's magic).
As for ABP, that only works in the browser. Not sure if it's possible to block ads everywhere without root.