ADB

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.