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Final CM11 and CM12 snapshots released, focus is now on CM12.1

Posted by wicked June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The CyanogenMod team announced that it has pushed the final snapshot releases for the CyanogenMod 11 and CyanogenMod 12 branches.

CyanogenMod 11 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, while CM12 is Lollipop. The reason why the custom ROM development team released a new snapshot for CM11 is the fact that there are still many users who haven’t updated to CM12 for various reasons. Offering a new snapshot means that CM11 users will benefit from security patches and critical bug fixes developed over the past months.

The snapshot images for CM11 and CM12 are now available from Cyanogen’s download page for a variety of devices, but these will likely be the last such releases for the two branches. However, there will still be some nightly and weekly releases for the two versions, until they are phased out completely this fall, with the release of Android M.

Currently, work is being done on CM 12.1, which is based on the most recent release of Android 5.1.1. Nightly builds are available for CM 12.1, but the team didn’t offer an ETA for the release of a snapshot.

Updating to the new builds doesn’t entail any special precautions, with the exception of users updating from CM11 to CM12, who are advised to update their recoveries. More details in CyanogenMod’s post.

Head over to the download page to see if the new builds are available for your device.

ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader unlocked, customize to your heart’s content

Posted by wicked June - 22 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The ASUS ZenFone 2 has been one of the major smartphone players in the “great deals” territory of the market. The phone represents a more than serviceable set of specs, especially with the Intel Atom multi-thread processors, at a price point that many will find very agreeable. A lot of the people who bought this phone will probably be happy to hear that there is now a way to safely unlock the bootloader of the device so you can start installing after-market software.

A locked bootloader usually means that you won’t be able to install customized software into your Android device. For a lot of users who appreciate their rights of tweaking software, locked bootloaders are the bane of their existence – for instance, in Sony Xperia devices. The ASUS ZenFone 2 used to be part of that list. Not anymore.

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XDA forum member “ravian29” has published a way to unlock the bootloader, and the instructions seem straightforward enough. Always remember though, that this process almost always begins with gaining root access, and that invalidates any sort of warranty from the manufacturer. The process is actually easy, users actually input a few commands using ADB installed on their computers, with the smartphone connected. For the full instructions, check out the source link below.

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The thread starter has said in his post that if instructions are followed, there will not be any data loss. But even he recommends backing up data in the event something unexpected happens. So make sure your data is secure before trying this on your ASUS ZenFone 2.

SOURCE: XDA

Titanium Backup version 7.2 offers Android M preview support

Posted by wicked June - 11 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you’re the type of person who always has the need to backup all their data from their mobile devices, chances are you already have an app to do that for you constantly. One of the more popular ones out there is Titanium Backup. Its developers also have a constant need to update ir regularly, hence they’re now on version 7.2.0. This time around, they’re offering to get you Android M preview support, in case your device already works on that preview.

Apparently, before this update, it already had some support for the Android M preview but it was just “incidental”. But this time around, they are more intentional and they are trying to have the app work on devices that are already trying out the newest preview build for the upcoming newest Android version. The update has fixed the problems with detecting the problem where the backup has been placed and also having an occasional forced close, which is not unsurprising.

Other minor changes for the app include getting support for the external SD card on the HTC One Max, which is something not so popular except for the actual owners of that phone. The Titanium Backup server has also added the “copy IP address to clipboard” option and corrected the IPV6 URL display. The PRO version of the app has also been updated and now adding cloud storage authentication tokens for Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box is now easier.

The Android M Preview is only available for Nexus devices for now, and so Titanium Backup rooted to your device is crucial since getting the Android build requires you to wipe your entire device.

No, Root Is Not Coming To The LG G4 Just Yet

Posted by wicked June - 10 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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By now many of you will have heard that Senior Recognized Developer jcase in collaboration with autoprime and thecubed were successfully able to root the LG G4. Many of you understandably had questions regarding the break through, so we reached out to jcase to find out some of the details and the stage of development they are on.

 

What Exactly Happened?

As you may have seen on his Youtube page, he has indeed achieved root on the LG G4. If you haven’t had a chance yet, take a minute to check out the video below and get up to speed.

So Are We Getting Root, Or Not?

Yes and no. The first LG G4 he attempted this on unfortunately did not survive the attempt and whilst he was successful on his second device it remains unsafe. When we asked, he had this to say on the subject “I don’t believe this one will ever be released, it is not easy, not safe and I am unable to package it in a way to protect it. I do plan to release a safer option when possible however there is no ETA on that at the moment.” For the moment the current method will be used for further research. He also requests that users do not contact him regarding the status of the project until it is complete.

This is by no means the first time jcase has achieved root on a device, he has a long history on the subject. We do have to remember though that this is his career and not just a hobby, he may often have to hold off on releasing until he is completely ready, as was seen with his Motorola root last year.

What Happens Next?

We will keep you informed on the status of the root. If you are in the process of working on your own root method, by all means continue. We do not know when we will see a stable method. However, it is great to see that there is indeed some progress.

Are you waiting on root for your LG G4? Leave a comment below!

The post No, Root Is Not Coming To The LG G4 Just Yet appeared first on xda-developers.

The International LG G4 gets official TWRP Custom Recovery support

Posted by wicked June - 3 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s scarcely a day since LG released a tool that made it possible to unlock the International G4‘s bootloader, but that was obviously more than enough time for the developers at TeamWin who have announced that TWRP is officially supported on the handset (H815).

Installing the TWRP custom recovery on your international LG G4 handset will allow you make backups, install mods or flash custom ROM’s, among other things. I can’t emphasize enough the fact that the bootloader unlock tool as well as this newly available TWRP customer recovery is only compatible with the international G4 with model number H815. It’s also a pre-requisite that your G4 be rooted before installing the TWRP recovery.

As always, you should follow the installation guide to the letter. Skipping a step will probably end up with your device being bricked, which no one wants. If you are still keen on installing the TWRP custom recovery to your handset, click the source link below to access the installation guide and to download the recovery image.

If you aren’t sure what rooting is all about, and whether you should root your device or not, check out this handy guide before going any further.

Source: TWRP

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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.

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