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LG G4 (H815) is the first of many to get an official bootloader unlock

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Some time this year LG will be releasing an official tool to unlock the bootloader on certain LG smartphones. They originally announced the idea last year around the time of the LG G3’s release, and we haven’t heard anything more until today.

With LG providing this new tool, developers will be able to use the company’s hardware for development means in a official capacity. For now, there’s only one device supported, and that is the European model of the LG G4 (H815). If you have one and want to pop open the bootloader, just head on over the LG’s website, and they’ll take you through the unlocking process.

Read more: What is rooting and why should I do it?

LG plans on adding more devices to the their development program, such as varying models of the LG G4 and older devices, such as the LG G3 and others. There isn’t an exact date when LG will offer a bootloader unlock for these devices, though.

Keep in mind that by unlocking the bootloader on your LG G4 and other devices they support in the future, you are voiding your warranty. So, if anything were to go wrong, you won’t be able to a get a free replacement or repair, as it would be your fault, not a hardware malfunction on the manufacturer’s side. Either way, if you want to get unlocking, just hit the source link below!

source: LG Developers

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Root access to Samsung Galaxy S6 gained without tripping Knox

Posted by wicked May - 12 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Looks like all the users of still un-rooted Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones will be waking up to good news today, as we have news of a developer putting out a tool that will give users root access without the hassle of tripping KNOX security, which is Samsung’s in-device security software.

Firstly, if you’re still wondering what the big deal is about rooting or not rooting – maybe this is not the right article for you. In not so many words, gaining root access to a device is the gateway for tweaking Android in a lot of ways, and in most cases allowing the user to personalize the software to get the features he or she needs, and squeezing Android to do every last bit that it is able to.

The problem with Samsung’s newest flagship is that it carries the KNOX security software, which maintains the devices integrity so that it can be securely used for payment options and such. Before today, any effort to gain root will result in tripping KNOX forever and disqualifying your device for any secure payment features. Enter XDA member “idler1984”, who has developed what he calls “PingPong Root”, which is a tool still in beta phase, but already delivers on what you need – root access for the Galaxy S6 without tripping KNOX.

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How do you do it? Quite ridiculously simple, as a matter of fact. Download the tool, tap a button, and the magic just unfolds automatically. As of writing, PingPong Root only supports the Galaxy S6, but the developing team says that it will be looking into other devices soon, such as the Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC M9 and LG G Flex 2. If you want a go at this tool, check out the official XDA thread here.

VIA: XDA

samsung_galaxy_s6_colorsWe’ve already seen some progress being made on rooting the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but a new method called PingPong root offers up a quick and easy way to root nearly every model of the S6. Yep, that includes the Verizon and AT&T versions, both of which tend to be notoriously far behind on progress with these flagship devices.

As an added bonus, this method doesn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX counter, which means you won’t lose access to things like Samsung Pay whenever that launches later this year. Some root methods tend to interfere with Samsung’s security measure, so it’s great to see this method work around that.

The process is pretty straightforward and involves sideloading an APK and tapping a few buttons, which is about as simple as we’ve ever seen for a root method. If you’re interested, hit the link below to get started. Remember, though, that if you’re not comfortable with rooting your phones, things can go wrong, and no one is responsible for any damage that could happen to your brand new Galaxy S6.

source: XDA Developers

Come comment on this article: Galaxy S6 gets one-click root method, includes AT&T and Verizon models and doesn’t trip KNOX

Over the weekend, the Keen team released PingPong Root, which is a 1-click root app for a number of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants. Even AT&T and Verizon models are included. But maybe more importantly, this root method doesn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX, so things like Samsung Pay (once it goes live) and other security-related features should still work afterwards. 

If you are at all interested in rooting your Galaxy S6 or Edge, this method is probably your best option at the moment. All you need to do is follow a handful of simple steps, which basically involve downloading an .apk file, installing it, and then telling it to root your phone. There are another couple of simple steps in there that you will find in the video we included below.

To get to rooting, head over to this XDA thread.

Cheers Joey!

You Can Now Root Almost All Galaxy S6 Variants With This 1-Click Method, KNOX Not Tripped is a post from: Droid Life

PingPongRoot for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge doesn’t trip Knox

Posted by wicked May - 11 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 hasn’t long hit the market, but that hasn’t stopped a few root methods from surfacing. The latest, named PingPongRoot, uses an exploit that works with a number of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets, including some models bearing AT&T and Verizon brandings. The best part is that the root method comes in the form of an APK rather than complex PC based method and shouldn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX security feature.

Samsung’s KNOX is a useful initiative for those looking for a little more protection with their smartphone, but this isn’t necessarily a welcome feature for those who like to tamper with their gadgets. Tripping Samsung’s Knox counter prevents My Knox from working correctly and has previously been used a flag to void warranties. There is also a suspicion that Knox is tied into Samsung Pay, so may also stop that feature from working correctly if tripped.

Fortunately, PingPongRoot for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge shouldn’t run into this trouble, as it doesn’t require users to go through Samsung’s ODIN flash tool to install a custom recovery. Although interference can’t be ruled out completely.

As always, I highly recommend that you read through the entire post before taking the plunge and be sure to check that the software installed on your Galaxy S6 matches that in the compatibility list. You can find the installation instructions and notes in the source link below.

Root access gained for T-Mobile Xperia Z3, Verizon Xperia Z3v

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We’ve talked about Sony’s locked bootloaders recently, and we feel the consumers who can totally relate with that are Sony Xperia device users in the United States. It doesn’t matter what carrier you get it from, it will most likely have a locked bootloader, because life just sucks like that. We kid, of course – it’s just more difficult for US Xperia users, that is a fact. But there just might be good news at the jump.

Against all odds, XDA member “zxz0O0” was able to gain root access for the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616) and the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v (D6708). The hack leverages on a new exploit, specifically CVE-2014-7953. If you use any of these models and are itching to gain root access, this might be the time for you.

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A couple of caveats – installation will include running a BAT executable file from your PC, so if you’re not comfortable with that, then this might not be for you. Specifically for the Verizon Xperia Z3v, users will have to make sure that they are on the original shipping firmware – build number 23.0.E.0.376 – in order for the exploit to work.

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Last few warnings, exploiting your device to gain root is a major hack – you will need to take responsibility for it when something goes wrong. And yes, at some point in time, something is bound to go wrong. We suggest having a full working backup of your phone just in case something bad happens. Check out the instructions in the official XDA forums – for D6616 and D6708.

VIA: Xperia Blog

How to Root the Moto E 2015 and Unlock the Bootloader – XDA TV

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root, unlock the bootloader, install TWRP recovery and install a custom ROM to fix the broken camera from rooting the Moto E 2nd Gen 2015. TK just recently reviewed the device if you haven’t checked it out already.  So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Moto E 2nd Gen 2015 is no exception!

TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Moto E 2nd Gen 2015 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to install a custom ROM, install TWRP recovery and unlock the Bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your Moto E 2nd Gen 2015, take a moment and check this video out.


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Rooting will disable Samsung Pay on Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ok, we understand that some people just don’t like Samsung’s TouchWiz. It’s gotten tremendously better in the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but there are some people who just don’t care for it. So the next thing they do is gain root access to get rid of the bloatware – which is standard procedure, we guess. Only, this might make you think twice. Rooting your Galaxy S6 will make your device ineligible for Samsung Pay.

Now hold on a minute. Before you say you don’t care at all, allow us to explain. When you root your Galaxy S6, then Samsung KNOX is tripped – which marks your device’s integrity as “compromised”. For most people, that’s a price they are willing to pay. But tripping KNOX makes your device ineligible for Samsung Pay. And Samsung Pay, while not yet the world standard it could be, is better than Apple Pay in that it allows for both MST (magnetic stripe transmission) and NFC payments. Apple Pay only has NFC at this point.

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So you ask, what the big deal is with MST. Samsung acquired LoopPay just for this technology. It’s like swiping your card at the swipe terminal, only you’re just tapping your phone at it. Apple Pay is struggling to gain foothold because it needs new hardware. MST-enabled payment systems like Samsung Pay work with the old hardware.

Samsung Pay will debut in the US and Korea this year, and should expand to other countries soon. We’re not saying it’s absolutely better, but it has just a bit of advantage, being compatible with the older hardware. Samsung is now in agreement with MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank to be able to work with Samsung Pay. Now, think about that a bit before you root your Samsung Galaxy S6.

VIA: Sam Mobile

Chainfire releases FlashFire BETA, the ‘spiritual successor’ to Mobile ODIN

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Chainfire, the renowned developer behind SuperSU and many other apps, has just released a Preview Beta build of his upcoming FlashFire application, which he calls the “spiritual successor” to the popular Mobile ODIN firmware flashing app for Samsung devices.

FlashFire, much like Mobile ODIN, is an app used for flashing custom ROMs, kernels and other mods, without having to go through the usual recovery screens. It’s a powerful tool designed to make customizing your Android experience that little bit easier. Once you have root access, FlashFire can install OTA updates and ROM files, automatically adding SuperSU while doing so, and can be used to make full backups and to restore your system. Eventually, the app will include some additional premium features for paying members. Existing owners of Mobile ODIN Pro will receive all these feature for free.

Although it may appear to simplify several key processes, this app is not for the inexperienced, especially in its current beta state. It might be best to wait until the full version is out, along with the full documentation.

If you’re still interested in trying FlashFire out early, you will need to join the Google+ community for Beta access and be sure to read through the XDA thread thoroughly for some instructions. Currently, the tool is designed to work with Samsung and Nexus handsets, although others will be added in the future and some may work already. Of course, be extra cautious if experimenting with unsupported devices.

Root method for the Droid Turbo released for $20

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

verizon_motorola_droid_turbo_blue_ballistic_nylonA root method has finally been released for Motorola’s Droid Turbo, with a small catch. The program costs $20 per phone you plan on rooting, which is pretty rare to see with root methods on Android devices.

The root tool was developed by maiko1 on XDA and allows you to flash any system image to your Droid Turbo, included pre-rooted system images. It won’t disable write protection, but if all you’re looking for is a simple root method to use some of your favorite root apps, this should do the trick.

Whenever you start dealing with rooting devices, you run the risk of doing some permanent damage that won’t be covered by the manufacturer warranty. If you’re still interested, hit the links below to get started.

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