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No More Android - Part 1

Why I've Had Enough Of Android Before I even start, let me clarify one thing: LineageOS is Android, too. Every custom ROM that is based on AOSP is Android, too. For a long time I was trying to make my Android smartphone safer, better, less bloated, more useful... and always struggled with the lack...

How to REALLY Restore Lost Contacts from a LineageOS Phone

One day I ran my phone's battery down all the way to 0%, until it switched itself off. When I rebooted, of my hundreds of contacts only about a dozen were left. Of course my last backup was way too old, and I don't have any online accounts either. Ouch. But somehow I couldn't quite believe they were...

Half-bricked Phone Fixed!

This is an older (kitkat) device which I wanted to factory-reset before selling it, but alas, it wouldn't boot anymore after that. This didn't surprise me because I'd made a lot of changes to it, on a system level. Actually, it did still boot, but got stuck loading the UI, hence half-bricked. This i...

Making your Stock Android phone safer

This is not a complete step-by-step HowTo. You will have to look at each of the linked articles and make your own choices depending on your device, android version and so on. Last year I got myself a used Acer Liquid E700. It's a nice phone, big enough, and very powerful for its price. A cruci...

Android: Internet Radio App: Transistor

I'm not the one to promote android apps usually, but here is a nice one that does exactly what I desire, and follows some sort of Unix philosophy. Internet Radio - audio streaming - works nicely on all my GNU/Linux computers: get a playlist or create a playlist from one or two streaming links save ...

Android: Create & Use Your Own Bootanimation

These are my experiences on a rooted Acer E39 (a.k.a liquid E700) with Android 4.4.2 (kitkat). I hope they apply to other models & Android versions, too. Most of the work (except where indicated otherwise) was done on an Arch Linux desktop computer. First of all you should have an idea what sort...