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ADB Tools allows your device to connect with ADB over wifi

This is a constant issue for those who like to tweak their Android devices just so – the one where you need to connect your device to ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and you have to look for a spare USB cable to be able to do that. Well, not anymore, we guess. The good guys at the XDA forums just keep making our lives easier, this time with ADB Tools – an app that allows your device to connect to ADB over wifi.

Connect your smartphone to the PC wirelessly with ADB WiFi

More often than not, you still need your wires to plug in your smartphone to your desktop computer or your laptop, either to sync it, transfer big files or sometimes, even to charge it. But for those times when you're missing your cables (which happens a lot to be honest), you would need an app to help you with your connectivity needs. If you are a user of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), now you have an accompanying app that would allow your smartphone to link up to your computer wirelessly.

Universal ADB driver for Windows released by Koush

Those who have rooted their Android device likely know the term ADB. That same group likely also knows that those ADB drivers often come with some headaches in terms of having the process run through with nothing in terms of errors. For those who have yet to see that term, ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and thanks to Koush, the process of installing ADB should now be quite a bit easier.

Simple Android pattern lock workaround discovered

Here's some good news for those who frequently forget their pattern to unlock their phones: a developer on the XDA forums has discovered a relatively simple workaround for pattern-locked devices. This workaround requires just a few lines of code in ADB, and it's made even easier by the fact that your phone doesn't need to be rooted in order for it work. Of course, that also means that some undesirable people may be able to gain access to your phone if it's ever stolen, so watch out for that.

Android Design Preview tool mirrors PC screens for live previews

Here's a fun hack that should be useful for Android developers and designers, and at least interesting for the rest of us. If you're designer who's working on high-quality mock ups for a new app, seeing how they look on your actual device is a bit of a hassle - you've got to save the files, copy them over to the device, try it out, then make changes and repeat. The Android Design Preview tool takes all those steps out by allowing your phone to see a one-to-one pixel representation of your computer screen.