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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.

source: mofo

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DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20

Posted by Kellex March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The DROID Turbo root method that was first teased a couple of weeks ago is now available for purchase. Yes, I said “available for purchase.” The root game is difficult these days and it takes an awful lot of time to find exploits, so if you feel like rooting, you need to pay for the opportunity. “MOFOROOT” is the name of the Turbo’s root method and it runs $20 per device. 

You can find out all of the details (including purchase info) about MOFOROOT at this dedicated page. The official XDA thread for it can be found here. Instructions are provided at the MOFOROOT page, but if it makes little sense, a lengthy video of the root method in action has been included above.

It sounds like hell. Enjoy!

Cheers Nate!

DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20 is a post from: Droid Life

Root script for LG G3, other LG models, Lollipop and KitKat

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Holla! This is great news for those of you… err, those of us (this writer is a rabid LG fan) who are having problems getting root access to Lollipop versions of the LG G3 and other older LG models like the G2. As you know, root access is the gateway to tweaking your device, so for those who want to squeeze every last feature out of their phones “no root access” just won’t cut it. Well, rejoice with me all of you – the Android gods of XDA have just delivered an “all LG” rooting script.

Caveats for everybody – this script only works for any LG G3 official firmware, whether 4.x or 5.x. The script’s developer, XDA member “avicohh”, says that the script also works on other LG models such as the LG G2 (yay!), LG G Pro 2, LG F60, LG L90, and the LG Tribute.


Pretty simple, this one. Install all your ADB drivers, and install all LG drivers. For good measure, make sure that you have the latest Visual C++ Redistributable from Microsoft installed as well (yep, this will only work on Windows). Connect your phone to the PC, run the script, and you should be good to go, if all goes well.


As always, make a backup of your phone so that you don’t come crying if you suddenly brick your phone while trying to gain root. If you would like to try this, check out the official XDA thread (see source link below) and look for the files that need to be downloaded. Cheers!


Chainfire announces root access to T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Well that was quick. Chainfire, probably considered an Android coding legend at this point in time, has announced that his team has achieved root access to Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. The new flagship smartphone was launched recently at the MWC 2015, and it’s a bit of a surprise – well, the good kind – that root access has been achieved so quickly.

Chainfire announced that root access was achieved through the team’s patented CF-Auto-Root process, but this is basically only for the SM-G920T and SM-G925T models, which are the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge respectively. Chainfire also announced that applying the CF-Auto-Root will most likely trip Samsung’s KNOX in-phone security system. The significance of this is that you might not be able to use your Galaxy S6 for wireless payment processes if the KNOX security has been tripped.

So, that’s something for you to think about, especially if you plan to use your device for wireless/cashless/cardless payments. That being said, root access serves as the door to many wonderful tweaks for the new Samsung device, if you can live without the KNOX security.

If you plan to do this, the CF-Auto-Root flashable files are available where they usually are, at Chainfire’s repository. Check the source link below for the download links.

SOURCE: +Chainfire

Chainfire releases root for some Galaxy S6 variants

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Despite a lot of talk about the waning relevancy of rooting Android devices, having root access is still an important feature for many users. If you plan to buy a Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile (and possibly Sprint) and you prefer your devices rooted, you’ll be happy to hear that Chainfire has already got you covered.

First off, let’s clarify that this only applies to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices that ship with unlockable bootloaders. In the US, that means SM-G920T and SM-G925T, both for T-Mobile, although Sprint has shipped devices with unlockable bootloaders in the past. Users of AT&T and Verizon versions are out of luck for now, and judging from the fact that the Verizon Note 4 is still unrooted, the wait may extend indefinitely.

Chainfire has now updated his CF-Auto-Root tool with support for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge versions mentioned above. The tool has been tested on a real device, so you shouldn’t have any problems running it. Do note however that rooting your device could trip the phone’s KNOX security suite, which in turn may disable the phone’s ability to use Samsung Pay.

Once again, Chainfire is releasing a root method for devices that aren’t actually available in the market yet. So when exactly will you be able to get your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? For now, the second week of March is our best guess.

Chainfire roots T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge prior to official release

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_flat_whiteIt’s pretty rare to see an Android device that doesn’t get rooted at some point in it’s life cycle, and it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 isn’t going to escape that fate. Chainfire’s famous root method has already been confirmed to work on T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and its Edge variant, and those devices aren’t publicly available yet.

Apparently there weren’t many changes that needed to be made, so T-Mobile isn’t going to be locking this one down like some other carriers inevitably will be. Chainfire does mention that rooting the device is very likely to trip Samsung’s KNOX security measures, and an untripped KNOX will probably be required for phone based payments. If you root the device, say goodbye to one of the biggest selling points of the GS6.

Either way, we’ve got at least a month to go before the S6 hits T-Mobile’s network officially, so you’ve got some time to think it over.

source: Chainfire

via: 9 to 5 Google

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