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Hacking Android Wear: Part One

A few weeks ago, I finally got my hands on the Samsung Gear Live. It's a smartwatch powered by Google's new Android Wear operating system. And like pretty much everything I buy with a screen, I started messing around with it.

It turns out that Android Wear isn't as far off from normal Android as I thought - with some caveats, it's possible to install plain Android apps manually. So I published a video of Minecraft Pocket Edition on my watch, which became somewhat popular. I've made a few more videos since then, my most popular one (currently) being a demo of Windows 95.

Many people have asked me for a tutorial, so I'm splitting this into a few sections for better organization. This part introduces you to ADB and manually installing applications. This will not void your warranty on your watch, and this works with any Android Wear watch. This may seem long, but that's just because I've explained everything in great detail for beginner users.
Installing ADBAD…

How to make a flash drive sync with OneDrive

I’ve wanted cloud storage services like OneDrive or Dropbox to make flash drives that sync with their services for a while, and there doesn’t seem to be anything like it on the market. This would be immensely useful on shared/public computers, for when you need to access files without using the often less-useful web app or installing the normal sync app.

My goal was to make a flash drive that fully synced with OneDrive, that could be used on public (specifically school computers). This should work for any Windows XP SP2+ computer, as long as whatever restrictions are in place allow running programs from a flash drive (some organizations only allow pre-installed software to be run, for instance). So here’s how I did it.
Setting it up First, create folders on your flash drive called ‘OneDrive’ and ‘Sync’. The first will serve as the folder where your OneDrive files are kept, and the second where the program that syncs your files will be installed to. It should look something like this:


Hacking Android Wear: Part Two

So now that you can install Android apps on your watch, what now? Well there’s tons of applications and games that work to some degree on Android Wear, but usually problems related to the OS make them hard to use. In this post, I’ll be going over a few tricks that will make using Android apps on Android Wear much easier.
Keeping the screen on One of the ways Android Wear conserves battery is turning off the screen after it’s been on for about 10 seconds. While this is just fine and dandy for watch stuff (you probably won’t be staring at the time for more than that), it’s a problem using Android applications.

Fortunately after trying a few apps, I found one that worked. Keep Screen On Free is a very basic application that allows you to switch between auto turn-off, keeping the screen on until you manually shut it off, or even turn the screen off after a timer. You can download the APK here. To install the application, follow my guide here (you only have to do the ‘Installing application…