Soon you’ll be able to use a Chromebook as an Android ADB server for phone mods


While most Android phone users simply use the handset based on the software it comes with, there are a number of folks — including me — that modify the phone. By modify, I mean change the actual version of Android manually instead of waiting for a handset maker to send updates. To do this, you need certain commands and apps included with the Android SDK, with one of the most used programs called ADB, or Android Debug Bridge.

There’s a server piece to ADB which generally requires a Windows, Mac or Linux computer to send the commands to your Android phone over a USB cable. Now, there’s an ADB server for Chrome OS thanks to Koushik Dutta: Koush has ADB working on a Chromebook, although it’s only compatible with the [company]Google[/company] Nexus 5 for now.

On this week’s podcast we discuss how useful this can be as well as new virtual desktop options for Chrome OS and the latest apps compatible with a Chromecast. Download the show here or tune in below to listen to the Chrome Show.



I’ve had a Chromebook for a year now. I think I’ve pulled my Windows machine out twice in that time. And now, more and more programs are being re-written for the Chrome OS, and Android apps as well. While Windows and Macs will probably never die, Chrome OS is getting more and more mature and will continue to eat into their territory. I remember Steve Jobs (brilliant man that he was) saying Android was an operating system for kids’ phones. Oops. I think the naysayers on Chrome OS are going to be in the same position in a year or so.


It is a non-traditional computer that runs chrome web apps. They don’t run regular programs, but they have many benefits over windows. Improved battery life, starts up within 10 seconds, and they never get viruses.

They also can be had for lower prices than windows laptops. You should check out some chromebook reviews at Chrome Unboxed’s youtube channel

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