TL:DR – RIP SOTI PocketController, does not work with M+ and the official SOTI reply is “not supported anymore”. Anyone knows another stable tool?
There is a significant number of posts on the internet regarding how people hate bloatware that comes bundled with their devices, how it eats at their precious internal storage space and how they would want to uninstall it (which is impossible w/o rooting your device). While I agree with one’s right to hate the bloatware, everything else is a delusion. Let’s take a look.
Ever wondered how Android decides how many bars to show in the WLAN indicator? (Well, the “bars” are gone, but there’s still exactly the same number of levels) While going through Android source code I’ve found this:
* RSSI levels as used by notification icon
* Level 4 -55 <= RSSI
* Level 3 -66 <= RSSI < -55
* Level 2 -77 <= RSSI < -67
* Level 1 -88 <= RSSI < -78
* Level 0 RSSI < -88
/** Anything worse than or equal to this will show 0 bars. */
private static final int MIN_RSSI = -100;
/** Anything better than or equal to this will show the max bars. */
private static final int MAX_RSSI = -55;
So, now you know! Of course, vendors may change these values, but let’s hope they don’t! 🙂
Why is this important? This the basis of Android’s Poor Link Detection Watchdog – the thing that causes your WLAN clients to switch to another WLAN profile or to WWAN entirely when you least expect it. But I haven’t grok’d all the code yet. Stay tuned…
Yesterday marked the end of support for WEH6.5 (based on WM6.5). Essentially, the support matrix for MS mobile OSes now looks like this:
In my recent Android trainings and the Android security talk I gave at AppForum 2014 I was asked to provide a sort of a demo that can be easily replicated to explain the importance of maintaining a proper security posture. So I created a script that ‘recovers’ PSKs from the device and displays them.
Before moving on, a brief disclaimer: Android (or iOS, or Windows) are pretty secure, it is up to the user how much of this security is traded for convenience (or ignorance).
Now that Microsoft announced Windows 10 and everyone had their chance to marvel at the new-old Start Menu and the ‘enhanced’ Command Prompt, let’s talk enterprise mobility impact. Windows 10 is positioned as the “One Windows for all devices”. What happens to WEHH8[.1] and the recently released devices?
This post is about Android Intents, and how to use them to start/stop/show/hide Android apps and services and perform some more advanced actions. Intents are the glue that binds numerous Android components together, and are very important for understanding and mastering various aspects of Android. Main goal of this guide is to understand enough about intents in order to be able to use them in ADB scripts and other tools that allow sending Intents.