Upgrading Android on a rooted Nexus 4 without wiping

Nexus Root Toolkit

If you’re running Android 5 Lollipop and you have rooted it you may fail to update whenever an OTA update is available.

Nexus Root Toolkit

The Nexus Root Toolkit is the best tool you will ever need for your Nexus device.

This great piece of software will simplify anything you want to do such as:

  • Flashing a bootloader or a ROM;
  • Making a backup of your device;
  • Fixing bootloop and bricks;
  • Make tea, pour and stir it.

Flashing the updated stock ROM

In my case I’m running the stock ROM of Android 5 Lollipop since I’m mad at Cancérigènemod Cyanogenmod for failing at making my phone work as a phone.

disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any of your actions in case something goes wrong.

To update without wiping or resetting the device to factory settings you can follow these easy steps:

  • Enable USB debugging in your dev settings;
  • Connect your device to your computer;
  • In the Nexus Root Toolkit you must select “Flash Stock + Unroot” with “Device is on/Normal” selected;
  • Select “Automatically download”;
  • Tick “No wipe”;
  • Tick “Force Flash”;
  • UnTick “Post-Flash Factory”;
  • Then follow the instructions.

Source: http://redd.it/37dxt3

Can’t attach files in GMail with Firefox

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So recently I needed to attach several files in mails to send, while Google Drive is great for large files I felt that I shouldn’t have to use Google Drive for a few PDFs.

  • In Firefox type about:config in the address bar;
  • Click the button stating you’ll be careful;
  • Search for network.http.spdy.enabled and toggle it to false;
  • Try attaching files in GMail.

There a several reasons I prefer Firefox over Google Chrome right now so this fix was needed.

Get PSO2es’ APK file

Update: The game has been release, you can get it on Arks-Layer.

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If you don’t feel like setting up a VPN or if you can’t set it up, there is another way to obtain the game. You’ll need:

  • An android device (2.1+)
  • Google Chrome (on a desktop)
  • A Google Chrome’s extension called APK Downloader
  • Drag’n’Drop skill points

Disclaimer

I’m not responsible of anything. If something breaks or works it’s because of you.
If you follow the instructions, it should work, otherwise the instruction were not followed correctly.

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Get Phantasy Star Online 2es (VPN)

Update: The game has been release, you can get it on Arks-Layer.

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After receiving a mail saying that I was chosen for the closed beta of Phantasy Star Online 2: es, I wanted to install it on my phone like anybody who’s supposed to play it.

Like always, things don’t go smoothly: it’s region locked on the Play Store.
I’m using a Nexus 4 running the stock Android 4.3.

Disclaimer

I’m not responsible of anything, if you have a problem with scanning a QR Code you can get Google Goggles. For other problems I consider you know how to read so there should not be any.
Keep in mind that your device is probably not compatible.

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Can’t upload music to Google Play Music ?

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Today I looked at my music on my Google Nexus 4, but I decided to clean a bit that list since I’m not listening to all the 300 songs I had, I then decided to wipe my Google Music after backing it up.

The problem I encountered was that I couldn’t reupload some MP3s.

The solution

I downloaded and installed foobar2000, an advance freeware audio player (for Windows).

  • Once foobar2000 is installed;
  • Import the music you want to fix by dragging the files into the software then select all the files;
  • Right click and select Utilities, then Fix VBR MP3 header.

You can now upload your MP3 to Google Play Music.

Hands on Google Nexus 4

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I used to have a Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830) that was great for an entry level smartphone, but lacked memory (only 189MB) and whenever I was under 20MB left on the phone, I could not receive any SMS/MMS. I even had to uninstall apps that were installed on the 2GB micro SD card !

I’ve acquired the 16GB version of the Google Nexus 4, it’s currently running Android 4.2.2.

What seduced me ?

What seduced me over a Samsung Galaxy S3 or an iPhone was first of all the price, since I couldn’t put the price of an iPhone in a phone and because I hate Apple.
But what about the Galaxy S3 ? It’s not Apple and not that expensive right ?
Yes but no. Samsung uses a custom firmware with their software. I don’t want some Samsung branded software to be honest, it takes useless space and I can’t uninstall it without rooting my device.

What seduced me too was that it’s branded as a Google Phone, that means that we will have support for the future updates, and they will come out much more faster than Samsung’s updates. The Google Nexus has also very interesting features like the NFC support (with Android Beam), the Google Now app that is supposed to give information about everything and enything, and all the new features of Android 4.2 !

What I like in it

What I like is very simple: nearly everything !

It has a 4.7″ screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 (320PPI) wich is perfect for watching 720p videos, even on Youtube. The phone is really responsive and the apps a really nicely integrated (Twitter, Facebook).

If I had to complain about it, I’d say that it’s a shame to not have an “Enter Key” when writing a SMS with the stock keyboard (AZERTY since I live in France).

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