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How to Root Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop Devices – XDA TV

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


The Lollipop update for Android Wear devices has hit the market and people are receiving the update. Here at XDA TV we make a lot of rooting videos. We show you how to root a bunch of devices. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and a device running Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop is no exception!

RootJunky presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Lollipop Android Wear device using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and pretty easy. This video shows you how to root the LG G Watch, but the process is the same for just about any Android Wear device. So if you wanted to root your Android Wear 5.0.1 Lollipop device, take a moment and check this video out.


  1. Unlocked bootloader
  2. Computer
  3. Files linked below

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Check out RootJunky’s (Tom’s) YouTube Channel.

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LiveBoot v1.00 available for rooted Android devices

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Chainfire has pulled the wraps off an all-new app for folks who like to root other devices called LiveBoot. The app is in version 1.00 right now and puts a logcat/dmesg boot animation on the screen of the device during boot to allow users to see what is going on with boot as it happens.

There are two versions of the app- the basic and the pro version. The pro version allows the boot information to be laid over the normal device boot screen as the smartphone boots. To use the app, the smartphone had to be rooted using SuperSU v2.40 or higher.

Chainfire says that Android 4.3 to 5.0 might work with the app, but it is mainly aimed at Android 5.0 users. The developer warns that users on Android 4.3 will likely run into issues and those issues will be fixed in “due time.”

The app is available on the Google Play store right now. It is a free download with a $2.49 in-app purchase option. Presumably, that is what it costs to update to the pro version. If you want to see exactly what the app does on a device, check out the video below.

SOURCE: +Chainfire

Tilt Scroll – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

What is Tilt Scroll?

Tilt Scroll is a root application that allows you to scroll things on your Android device without actually touching the screen. Think of it like a non-Touchwiz version of Smart Scroll on Samsung phones. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with an in app purchase that costs $1.79.

The app premise is fairly easy to understand. It allows you to scroll things on your screen without actually touching your phone. It does this by utilizing the gyroscope in your device. When you tilt it, it scrolls. It’s a function that can be turned on and off at will so you can scroll normally if need be. The free version comes with features like scrolling vertically and horizontally, the ability to select a scrolling area when multiple scroll areas are present on screen, and various activation methods. There are also no ads.

In the paid version you can adjust the speed of the scroll as well as the acceleration and deceleration of the scroll and you’ll get an automatic and manual mode which affect how the tilt behaves under certain situations. You can also scroll directly to the top or bottom of a page by using the volume buttons. About the only hangup is that you do need root for this app and, of course, an accelerometer in your device.

Tilt Scroll screenshot

A good substitute for Samsung’s Smart Scroll.

  • The app does what it says it does. It allows you to scroll by tilting your device.
  • Supports horizontal and vertical scrolling.
  • Tilt Scroll has a surprising amount of customization.
  • The free version isn’t bottlenecked like many free versions of paid apps.
  • There are some bugs and issues here and there, according to user reviews.
  • You have to have root. This is hardly the developer’s fault but non root users can’t use this at all.

Overall, it’s a fun and functional little app. It’s not totally game changing and there are some bugs and minor issues here and there but the developer has been good about responding to issues and releasing updates. If you’ve always wanted the Smart Scroll functionality that Samsung phones have and you’re rooted, then this is something to check out.

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Check out the prior indie app of the day: The Banner Saga
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

Chainfire updates SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root, How-to SU

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

It’s an early holiday for root developers and users as Chainfire let out a massive release of all his root-related goodies. He has pushed a major update to the SuperSU app on Google Play Store, jumping from version 2.01 to 2.35 and has updated his How-to SU guide for root app developers. He also gives a bit of insight into the journey from KitKat to Lollipop, as well as an announcement that might ruffle a few feathers.

SELinux, the very security feature that hardens Android also presents a stumbling block for root modders. There has been a lot of changes to Android’s security system and features during the development of Android L, as it was then called, and Chainfire was wise not to settle down on any single solution, since those solutions turned out to be futile later on. The good news is that everything now is working pretty much as they should and both users and developers can lean on the hard work that Chainfire has put into learning ways to root our favorite mobile platform.

On the end user side of things, the SuperSU app has a slightly new look. This one just barely adheres to the Material Design style now becoming en vogue. Why not go all out? For one, SuperSU has to support devices running on even older Android 2.x versions. Material Design would not only look out of place, but it will also add another set of layouts and design that Chainfire is just not interested in maintaining right now. There will, however, be visual changes along the way, and those interested in the app’s aesthetics might want to keep an eye out for it, or maybe even chime in.

The app also now has in-app purchases. No, this doesn’t mean that the free SuperSU app will no longer have access to Pro versions (which you could just enable with a checkbox before). The IAP is there simply as a donation option. Some users apparently like to donate to Chainfire regularly, in which case the one-time SuperSU Pro purchase won’t be enough. They also don’t like using PayPal, apparently, and asked for such an option. Chainfire does expect some fallout for introducing IAPs, but this is probably one of those cases where users wouldn’t mind a completely optional way to help fund a developer’s efforts.

Download: SuperSU from Google Play Store
SOURCE: +Chainfire

Update Overload: SuperSU Heavily Updated

Posted by egzthunder1 November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


There are apps and apps out there. Very few can reach the level of popularity required to stay at the top for long. Due to falling success, lack of support, or people getting overall bored with them, some very successful apps can fall from their pedestals quite easily only to become a smudge in the history of the Play Store. One key concept so this does not happen (and pretty much for everything in life) is that in order to stay on top, you must stay relevant and become irreplaceable. SuperSU by XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Moderator Chainfire is one such app. The need and desire for root level access on Android devices has allowed the app to stay on top of the Android world for a number of years, as one of the most prominent and widely downloaded/installed apps in Android. The latest update just goes to show why the aforementioned is true.

In the past few weeks, we have seen several SuperSU updates from Chainfire in various forms, ranging from small updates to the app itself to news regarding compatibility with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop and workarounds to things like SELinux restrictions. Earlier today, all the updates, technical chats, and discussions finally took the shape of a major update which was pushed to the Play Store. In a Google + post, Chainfire went on to explain in detail the changes to the new SuperSU. The biggest hurdle for this release is, of course, the new security restrictions and implementations on Lollipop. He goes on to explain the different work and options he went through in order to not only obtain root but also to ensure that the system was stable afterward.

Another point that Chainfire touches on is that of Google’s new Material design. He states that while SuperSU could indeed use a bit of an overhaul in terms of UI, there are a lot of incompatibilities between Material Design libraries and the ones he is currently using. Because of the different device layouts, screen sizes, and wide array of OS versions that this app supports, Chainfire decided to let it be for the time being. Having said that, if you are feeling creative or have suggestions on a better UI experience, you can always send in a mock up to the developer. It is also worth mentioning that the “How to SU” documentation as well as the CF Auto-Root software have also received updates to accompany this new SuperSU release.

Last but not least, the dev expects that there may be a couple of hiccups here and there, which is kinda inevitable based on how wide the user base is. So, if you happen to run into anything that may resemble a bug, feel free to leave your reports along with logs, of course.

It’s been a bumpy ride, and there have been a lot of changes along the way. Things initially solved one way, ended up getting scrapped and being solved other ways, as AOSP progressed and L preview releases came out.

You can find the full explanation from Chainfire in his Google+ page or in the original SuperSU thread.

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Enable double tap to wake on your Nexus 6 with this root app

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

nexus 6 first impressions (13 of 21)

After learning that the Nexus 6 is capable of running double tap to wake functionality, many of us went diving into the systems settings looking for how to turn it on. Sadly, the feature is not officially supported, and had been removed by Google before launch.

The good news is that the Android community wouldn’t stand for this, and a small number of apps and tools can now be found to re-enable the feature. The latest, called Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake, is a root only app, found for $0.99 in the Google Play Store.

Double tap to wake is a function that LG has made indispensable for many users, having employed it on phones like their LG G2 and the latest LG G3. Of course, they stepped up the game with Knock Code, allowing you to use a passcode strength custom tap pattern to not only unlock the device, but to dive into specific apps as well.

Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake app

Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake is a fairly simple app. It does require that you root your brand new Nexus 6 device, at your own leisure and risk, but once that is out of the way, the app offers little more than an on/off button for the feature.

As testament to Google’s decision to disable the feature, Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake offers up a warning that things are not perfect. They offer an apology, of sorts, in reminding you that long-term testing has not been done, and indeed how could it, the device has only really started shipping to consumers about two weeks ago. Primarily, at this point, the app is found to be unreliable if your Nexus 6 has been in the sleep state for a while.

If you are interested in a one-click solution to enabling/disabling the double tap to wake feature on your Nexus 6, head on over to the Google Play Store with $0.99 in hand and download the aptly named Nexus 6 Double Tap to Wake app today.

What do you say, is $0.99 worth the convenience of one click access to this hidden feature on your Nexus 6?

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

Posted by Kellex November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared? 

As a reminder, unlocking the bootloader of your phone allows you the opportunity to do things like flash a ROM, root it, or put on a custom recovery. It opens up your device to all sorts of access and power that you wouldn’t typically have in an out-of-the-box experience. It doesn’t immediately provide you with any new features, but with an unlocked bootloader, the opportunity is there.

The process does technically void your warranty, so please understand what that means before going forward.

Ready to unlock?


*Warning – Unlocking the bootloader of your phone (or tablet), “may” void your warranty.

*This will factory reset your phone. Thankfully, Lollipop has an awesome restore feature now, so you should have no trouble getting your phone set back up in no time.

*First things first, you need to setup the Android SDK so that you can use adb and fastboot commands. There are countless tutorials around for getting this setup, but it’s really not that difficult any longer to get this up and running. Simply download the latest Android SDK from Google, unzip the contents of the file, and head into the Platform-tools folder where adb and fastboot should be located. Open a command prompt from within there or navigate to that directory in a command prompt.

*These instructions include screenshots and images of the Nexus 6, but the process is the exact same for the Nexus 9.

1.  Enable “Developer options” by tapping 5 or 6 times on the Build number in Settings>About phone.
2.  Hit back once and choose Developer options; check the box for USB debugging.
3.  While in there, also check the box for “Enable OEM unlock.”
4.  Plug your phone into your computer.
5.  You’ll need to give it USB debugging access through a pop-up (don’t forget to check the box).

nexus 6 bootloader unlock

6.  Once you have given your computer debugging access, it’s time for commands.

*If you didn’t see the “Allow USB debugging” pop-up, you should when you type the first command below.

7.  Open a command prompt from within the Platform-tools SDK folder where your adb and fastboot files are.
8.  Type the following command:

adb reboot bootloader

(Note:  If using a Mac, it’s ./adb reboot bootloader or ./fastboot -insert command-)

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9.  Wait for your boot screen to appear on your phone. Once it does (it’s a big Android with START), type:

fastboot oem unlock

(Again, it’s ./fastboot oem unlock on a Mac)

10.  A bootloader unlock confirmation page will appear. Tap Volume Up to highlight “Yes,” and Power to select it.
11.  Your phone’s bootloader will now be unlocked. Shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.
12.  Once finished, you should be on the boot screen showing “Start.” Press Power to reboot your phone.
13.  During reboot, your phone will go through a factory reset.
14.  Once it boots back up, you are done. If everything went correctly, you should see an unlock icon during boot.

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How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too) is a post from: Droid Life

Nexus 6 has a Hidden RGB LED Under the Top Speaker Grill

Posted by Kellex November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Hey, look at that, an LED light on the Nexus 6! Thanks to some digging by owners of the device and the help of the developer behind Lightflow, it is possible to enable and use this hidden feature that Google and Motorola decided to disable out of the box. 

Why would you want to use an LED instead of the Nexus 6’s Ambient Display? Well, options are never a bad thing, first of all. But maybe you don’t want your entire screen lighting up with every notification. Maybe you just want to see a blinking light for missed calls, while the phone is charging, or if you receive a Gmail message. If that’s the case, then enabling this LED is something to look into.

So, how can you enable and use the LED in the Nexus 6? First, you will need to be rooted (instructions). After that, while the Lightflow guys work through this new discovery, you can follow a set of instructions posted by the Lightflow dev here to enable the light and adjust colors. Overall, the process shouldn’t be difficult once you are rooted.

Hopefully, a more user-friendly method will arrive, though I don’t know that non-rooted users will be able to enable this any time soon.

Via:  reddit | XDA
Cheers Bradley!

Nexus 6 has a Hidden RGB LED Under the Top Speaker Grill is a post from: Droid Life

Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-Rooted?

Posted by Kellex November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Throughout the day, thanks to topics like the Nexus 6 having encryption that can’t be turned off without taking matters into your own hands, we have seen the emergence of a healthy discussion around the topic of tinkering. When we say “tinkering,” we are talking about understanding adb commands, flashing recoveries or images or ROMs, and generally deciding that you can make your phone better than it is out of the box. As the conversation has grown, a number of readers have taken it back to what we used to consider to be the initial step in becoming a tinkerer, and that’s through rooting a phone. And that thought has revived this poll question, which we try to run at least once a year, but haven’t seen December of 2013. In other words, it’s time.

So, let’s do this. In the poll below, all you have to do is answer by choosing if you are “rooted” or “non-rooted.” From there, to continue this conversation, feel free to jump into the comments section and talk about the phone you own, if you are rooted or non-rooted, why you fall into either of those categories, etc.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-Rooted? is a post from: Droid Life

I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things

Posted by Kellex November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

If you were to ask me why I buy Nexus phones and tablets (outside of the fact that it is my job to own them), I would answer with the following in no particular order. I like stock Android better than manufacturer skins. I like swift updates to the newest versions of Android. I typically like the designs used in Nexus devices. I like to see what new technologies that Google has incorporated in the latest Nexus devices and Android platform, since Nexus devices almost always try to highlight something new in mobile. Before the Nexus 6, I was also a big fan of the low price tags that accompanied Nexus devices. And, well, that’s it. Those are the reasons.

You will notice I didn’t mention the words flash, ROM, root, recovery, bootloader, adb, SDK, boot.img, kernel, or forum. I didn’t mention those, because I buy Nexus devices for reasons that don’t involve tinkering, hacking, flashing, unlocking, and tweaking. I buy Nexus devices because I want to use them like someone would use a Galaxy S5 or Moto X or G3. I like the untouched, out of box experience. 

The reason I bring this up stems from a post we ran earlier that talked about Google forcing device encryption on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. In that post, we talked about how you can’t turn that encryption off and that most are stuck with it, unless you were to flash a tweaked boot.img or ROM or kernel over at your local forum. That post grabbed the attention of the tinkerers in the building who assume that Nexus devices are meant to be tinkered with. And while Nexus devices are certainly tinkerer-friendly, the Nexus platform is no longer just built to flash all the things. Google may make these devices open and ready for a tinkerer party, but they market these as consumer products first, because that’s what they are. There may have been a time when Nexus meant “developer first,” but we aren’t there anymore. In fact, we haven’t really been there for a few years.

Take a look at the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 pages on Google Play. Google doesn’t even mention the word “developer” (or the other list of words I ran through) at any point, which isn’t surprising. They talk about getting Android directly from the source, how awesome battery life is and the cameras they use, consuming entertainment on their big displays, listening to their BoomSound speakers, and how great their slim designs are. Google is even partnering with carriers this time around to sell their new Nexus phones, which is saying something.

And look, I know how to use adb and to flash images and recoveries and ROMs. I’ve been doing all of that since 2009. If I need to recover a phone, I can do it in a matter of minutes. My Android SDK is always current. I write adb tutorials for the site. I do like the fact that if I were to decide that I want to get wild with my Nexus phone, that I can. But it’s not one of the top reasons I’m buying one. And that’s not a bad thing!

The point is that the Nexus line isn’t (and maybe hasn’t been for years) built just for developers and tinkerers. Sure, these devices are the best phones and tablets around for those who are interested in that, but it’s time to give up the argument and idea that a majority of Nexus owners all have the Android SDK installed, are fluent in adb commands, and should know how to bypass Google’s forced encryption by flashing a boot.img file. Some of us actually like Nexus devices for what they are, and that’s a showcase of Google’s vision for Android.

I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things is a post from: Droid Life

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