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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

The new SuperSU beta from Chainfire is open for testing, working to fix root apps in Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

android 5 lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a massive number of improvements to the table, and this goes equally for security, in large part due to its tweaked implementation of SELinux. Of course, the downside is that getting root and using root apps with Lollipop is much more challenging than past versions of Android.

In particular, there are quite a few rooted apps that are broken with Android 5.0. Thankfully the newest version of SuperSU from Chainfire looks to fix many of these issues. If you’re feeling brave, you can download SuperSU v.2.23 directly from Chainfire’s site, though it’s currently just a beta version. Testers are of course welcome, as it speeds up the bug-fixing process.

If you decide to try it out, feedback is a must, especially when it comes to previously broken apps that now work with the new update. If you have any feedback you particularly want to make known, you can post it on the dedicated XDA thread. Remember to proceed with caution when it comes to these things. Unstable software/rooting procedures aren’t usually the easiest modifications to deal with, but the payoff can be awesome in the long run.

Chainfire is working to get the update to the Play Store within the next few days as well, so stay tuned!

Titanium Backup gets updated for Android 5.0

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

When we post about certain third party ROMs for devices, or processes and tweaks on your devices, we usually end it with a reminder to keep a usable backup of your device. Titanium Backup is one of those apps that have made our lives easier and much more secure over years of tweaking Android devices.

Titanium Backup may be one of the main reasons we feel secure in rooting and tweaking our devices – it’s just that the app gives you a secure foundation to come back to when the crap hits the fan. The app allows users to backup and restore all apps on their phones or tablets, along with all the needed associated data. Pretty nifty, eh? Of course, Titanium backup does require root for it to function, so it’s kind of a given that you need to root your phone before you can use this.

Just recently, the developers released a test beta version that worked with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but not all features worked well. Now we’re pleased to announce that Titanium Backup 6.2 is now rated for Lollipop processes, a very welcome update for those who are now using Lolliop versions of Android in their devices.

The update for the app is now available online via the Google Play Store. If you haven’t tried this app, well, you should – but that means rooting your device. Don’t worry, it’s all worth it.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Chainfire releases new CF-Auto-Roots for Nexus line on Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you haven’t heard of Chainfire, then you probably haven’t been near any rooting tools, or are not interested in getting root access to your Android device. If you have been, then Chainfire is usually one of the names that you will hear – he’s a certified Android rockstar, an XDA developer with enough cred make him easily one of the most recognizable names in Android development.

He’s back again, and boy, he works fast. He’s just announced on his Google+ page that his renowned CF-Auto-Root files and tools are now updated to work with Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus line of devices – specifically, the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 9, and the Nexus 10.

Remember, Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root files need the Fastboot tool – not your regular flashable ZIP files – to be used. That said, some devices may need an unlocked bootloader for this to work.

These new variants CF-Auto-Root are right out of the oven, and they have the SuperSU ZIP embedded. This version of SuperSU – version 2.20 – isn’t available anywhere else yet, just on these files. A second ZIP file (if on Lollipop or newer) patches the current kernel to run SuperSU at boot. So if you have Android 5.0 on your Nexus device, follow it up with a nice root access fix – check for the download links at the source links.

SOURCE: XDA / Google+

Chainfire successfully roots Android Lollipop for 6 more Nexus devices

Posted by wicked November - 16 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off



Speed and efficiency are two words that come to mind when I hear the name Chainfire, as the XDA root guru often has devices rooted before they are even released. Just one week ago, he successfully managed to root the newly arrived Lollipop powered Nexus 9 tablet, demonstrating how quickly he was able to achieve root on Android 5.0. And now just 7 days later, Chainfire has struck again, and has successfully achieved Android L root for 6 more Nexus devices.

The man is fast folks. As stated on his Google+ page, his famous CF Auto Root files have now been updated to work with Android Lollipop on the following devices:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012
  • Nexus 7 2013
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 10

Remember that the files (as of now) that you will use to achieve root are all image files that require using Fastboot, not flashable recovery zips. After using Fastboot, a special boot image will load that will install SuperUser and nothing more. It’s also worth noting that for certain devices you may need an OEM bootloader unlock tool to successfully unlock the bootloader.

Chainfire also made a few key changes for this release, a few of which are:

  • The new variants of CFAR have the SuperSU ZIP embedded
  • A second included ZIP (if on Lollipop or newer) patches the current kernel to run SuperSU at boot
  • Current CFARs have SuperSU v2.20 which is not currently available elsewhere and only has CFAR compatibility

If you’re interested in how Chainfire is achieving root, and to read up on a lot of interesting changes that he has noticed within Android over the years, be sure to hit up his Google+ page in the source link below. If you want to jump straight to downloading the image file needed to achieve root on your device, you can find them on the Chainfire CF root page via the link below.

CF-Auto Root updated for Android Lollipop on Nexus devices

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?

In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.

But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:

The included devices are as follows:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2012)
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 10

Here’s an official changelog of sorts:

  • The new variants of CFAR have the SuperSU ZIP embedded
  • A second included ZIP (if on Lollipop or newer) patches the current kernel to run SuperSU at boot
  • Current CFARs have SuperSU v2.20 which is not currently available elsewhere and only has CFAR compatibility

For more, hit the source link.

Source: XDA Developers




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