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Definition: Android Debug Bridge


A utility that lets users customize their Android devices without requiring root access (see Android rooting). For example, depending on the Android OS version, unwanted apps (bloatware) can be uninstalled that normally cannot; airplane mode can be configured; specific background app processing can be frozen; left-right cursors can be added to text input; buttons on toolbars can be rearranged, and many more tweaks can be made. The command-line ADB client is installed in a Windows, Mac or Linux desktop along with a daemon and server, and data are sent to the device via USB. See Android.