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Android L developer preview now rooted on Nexus 5 and 7

Posted by wicked June - 28 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Well that was fast. The Android “L” test firmware – a developer preview for the Android version that was revealed at the Google I/O keynote and the one that we will all probably get the full version by later this year – was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices yesterday. And today, root access is delivered by the good folks at XDA (hooray!).

Brought to you by XDA Recognized Developer “savoca” just a few hours after its release, root access will now be available for your Android L Developer Preview. The Google keynote gave us a good view of what the “L” version would look like, and it’s mostly good. Our review will give you an idea of what it looks like, but it will not be that big of a departure from Android 4.4. The keynote hints at subtle changes and new features, not far removed from what Android 4.4 Kitkat users are used to today.

The procedure to gain root is fairly straightforward, but there are a few prerequisites. Your Nexus 5 or 7 needs to have a custom recovery installed. Then you flash, flash Chainfire’s SuperSU. The pick your device’s bootloader and fastboot from the list and flash the appropriate boot.img for your device. Easy, right?

Chainfire does warn that root access in the “L” version doesn’t work quite like as it did in the past. There will be apps that can write to /system and there will be others that cannot. Chainfire attributes this to previous root app breakage and the need for new security contexts. But other than this, root access will be available to you for Android L preview, which should be pretty useful moving forward. Grab the links from this XDA post.

SOURCE: XDA

Nokia X rooted, now has flashed ROM and proper Google apps

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

What’s the saying? Oh yeah: You can lead a Developer to a smartphone, but you can’t make them use the weird OS you put on it. That goes for any device, and the newest “Android” handset, the Nokia X, has already been rooted and flashed with a custom ROM.

Who’s got these things already, you ask? Developers, of course. The Developer-only (for now) Nokia X devices have already been shipped, and giving Developers a device means they’re going to tinker. Using Framaroot, one Developer has easily made the Nokia X their own. Sounds ho-hum, save for one thing: Google Services.

The Nokia X does not ship with Google services, meaning buyers lose out on all sorts of things that make Android great like Maps or Search. The current method of providing apps to the Nokia X is for Developers to submit their Android apps to the Nokia store, which Nokia says can usually be done without any rewriting of code. Third party apps are great, but some just can’t stack up to Google’s offerings.

While the Nokia X doesn’t pack much in the way of specs, we find a different reason to raise an eyebrow here. First, we love a good root story. More importantly, if KitKat is really meant to be optimized for lower-end devices, what better example than the Nokia X? We’re hoping a root/KitKat duo will show us just how low KitKat can really go. At 512MB memory and 4GB Memory with a 1GHz Snapdragon, the bar is set really low.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch gets rooted

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung has taken some criticism on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The reviews have been so-so and it seems many are still waiting and hoping to see the watch get a bit more in terms of functionality. We recently saw a hack that allowed the Galaxy Gear to run regular Android apps, and more recently, it looks like the watch has been rooted.

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The details of the root are coming by way of the xda-developers forums. User photonicgeek has shared the process, as well as the steps that would be needed to reverse the process. As we often say with these types of situations — this is something you should do at your own risk. Photonicgeek has the process broken down into just a few steps, which seems to be rather basic.

You need to install some official drivers from Samsung and also grab the Cydia Impactor from Saurik’s website. Otherwise, the process involves enabling ADB mode on your Gear and installing those drivers. From here, you can have root access. Of course, what we just listed is a much simpler version of the actual steps. Photonicgeek also mentions that once rooted, the device will still look as it did before.

With that, while root has been achieved, there is still a bit more to the process. After you have root access you will need to install a utility, such as SuperSU or Superuser. That all being said, while the process itself does involve some risk — your watch and what used to be your $299, there is another side to consider. The other side here is that it seems many are unsure of what to actually do now that the watch has been rooted.

The xda thread is basically in what we would consider discovery mode at the moment. Users seem to be working through the process and taking it to further places. Needless to say, unless you are experienced in rooting and playing with Android, we would likely suggest holding off at the moment. Still, this would be a good thread for Galaxy Gear users to keep an eye on.

GALAXY S 4 rooted with ease, available now for quad-core version

Posted by wicked April - 26 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung’s flagship smartphone the GALAXY S 4 is just starting to pick up speed and hit U.S. carrier shelves. While many wait for Verizon’s model to come late next month, AT&T’s arrives in 4 days, and others too. Just in time for the flood of owners getting their shiny new phone we now have a simple root method for the US quad-core Snapdragon version of the GS4.

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For those not paying full attention to root methods. Root was achieved for the 8-core Samsung Exynos version last month, but not for the quad-core flavor since it hadn’t quite hit the streets and wasn’t readily available. Now the same developer that cracked and unlocked all of Motorola’s bootloader is back doing the same for Samsung. High Five!

Apparently the same one-click “Motochopper” root method will quickly and safely root that shiny new 5-inch FHD GALAXY S 4, and have you ready for whatever you’d like to do. This is according to this XDA thread mind you, so proceed with caution. It’s pretty simple but here’s how to do it yourself.

Instructions:

Download the MotoChopper zip (click here)
• Extract the entire contents of the zip file.
• If you are using Windows, ensure you have installed the latest Samsung USB drivers available for your phone.
• Ensure USB Debugging mode is enabled on your device.
• Connect your device to your PC via USB.
• If you are using Windows, navigate to the extracted directory and execute “run.bat”. If you are using Linux or OS X, navigate to the extracted directory in a terminal and execute “./run.sh”.
• Approve the ADB connection from your PC on your device.

And that’s all she wrote. It should be a simple task for those familiar with these types of things. If you’re new to rooting when you get your GS4, you might want to wait for an even easier solution to arrive. Which one will shortly. This is just about as easy as it comes though. Extract the file and click the file, then you’re ready to rock. Head to the XDA link above if you need a few more tips.

As usual, proceed with caution and do this type of thing at your own risk. Are you getting the GALAXY S 4, and if so, will you be rooting? – Thanks to all who sent this in!

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S 4 (Qualcomm)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T T-Mobile
    Announced Date : March 14, 2013
    Release Date : April 24, 2013
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1080×1920
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.748 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 130 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
    CPU Clock Speed : 1900 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Jelly Bean on DROID Bionic Root Method Released, Instructions For Those Running Ubuntu

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 23 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

From the same man that unlocked some of Motorola’s heavily guarded bootloaders, a new root method for DROID Bionic owners running the new Jelly Bean firmware has been released. Unfortunately for most of you, it is for folks running Ubuntu because due to technical reasons, a Windows version is currently impossible.  Root is acquired by running [...]
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Facebook Home Compatible This is a guide being written up to get around compatibility problems with Facebook Home. Use at your own risk. This method was not discovered by us. It was discovered by Krzysztof Bryk and sent our way by Jaime Lefebvre. All credit for the find goes to them. We’re just publishing it here so people can find it!

So as you may have noticed, Facebook Home was released today. If you want to learn more about it, our review for Facebook Home is here. You may have also noticed that most phones aren’t supported. Yes, it’s silly, but for now the only a few devices can use Facebook Home including the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, and the HTC First, among others. So many people trying to install it, or even side load it, may be getting errors like the one found in the picture above. No worries, there may be a way to fix it today.

As mentioned above, a Mr Bryk found a method that allows devices to get around this compatibility problem. It should work on any device that sports a 720p or better display. Additionally, you’ll need root access and a file explorer. Of course, there are no guarantees here. Also, this is a build.prop mod, so it should be relatively easy to do. Shall we get started?

Modding your phone to work with Facebook Home

  1. Download the Facebook Home, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger APKs from here. These are the full and official versions of Facebook, Facebook Home, and Facebook Messenger.
  2. Install all three APK files (you may need to change your settings to allow for installation from Unknown Sources first).
  3. Once everything is installed, go ahead and open up Facebook Home once to make sure you get this error. It’s labeled as “Home” in your app drawer.
  4. Now comes the fun part. Open up your favorite file manager. Navigate to /system where you’ll find the build.prop file. Be sure you make a backup of your build.prop before proceeding. Very, very important.
  5. Not kidding, go make a back up of that build.prop please. Thank you.
  6. Open the build.prop by long clicking and selecting to open in a text editor.
  7. The next part is the hard part as you’ll be editing several of these lines. Edit only the lines we’ve written here and none of the others. One you’re ready, edit the followings lines:
  • Change ro.product.model to GT-N7100. It should look like this: ro.product.model=GT-N7100
  • Change ro.product.brand to samsung. It should look like this: ro.product.brand=samsung
  • Change ro.product.name to t03gxx. It should look like this: ro.product.name=t03gxx
  • Change ro.product.device to t03g.  It should look like this: ro.product.device=t03g
  • Change ro.product.manufacturer to samsung. It should look like this: ro.product.manufacturer=samsung
  • Change ro.com.google.clientbase to android-samsung. It should look like this: ro.com.google.clientbase=android-samsung

Once you’re finished making all of the edits, reboot your device. Once rebooted, open Facebook Home again and it should start working! This has been tested on the Nexus 4 so far. So it will definitely work on there. The list of devices this will work on is practically unknown so the only way right now to find out if it works for you is to give it a try. Once again, it should work on any rooted device with a 720p or better screen.  While Facebook Home isn’t the most wonderful app ever, people should be able to try it without waiting months for compatibility to change. If you’ve given it a try and it works, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what devices are working and which ones aren’t.

Update!

XDA user theos0o has modified the original APK to work with any device (or so the claim goes) without root. You can find more information in this XDA thread. Here’s how it works. You uninstall all Facebook apps from your device, then install the file you can download from the link. Nice and easy with no root required. Except those where Facebook is installed in /system/app (i.e. pre-installed). You folks will still need root. Enjoy!

DROID RAZR HD Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update receives root

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

Earlier this week a major milestone was reached in terms of unlocking and hacking Motorola smartphones. Motorola’s encrypted bootloaders finally were cracked and it represents a first for many of their latest devices. Nothing close to this has been achieved on a Motorola device yet. Sadly the process requires a rooted device, and for many that wasn’t available until now.

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The method achieved and later released to unlock the bootloader on our precious RAZR HD, MAXX HD, RAZR M, Atrix HD and more all require a rooted device. Rooting Moto phones isn’t very easy either, and until yesterday the latest OTA update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean was still locked down, and only 4.1.1 was rooted. This means only those who passed on the latest OTA were able to unlock their bootloader, but not anymore.

So if you accepted the OTA to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean in March for the RAZR and MAXX HD, the details released this week for rooting will have you covered. After you root your RAZR HD, then go back to this post to learn more about unlocking that bootloader.

Obviously rooting your device and unlocking the bootloader comes with a certain amount of risk. So proceed with caution. If you only want to root the latest OTA you’ll want to read up on all the details over at DroidRzr.com then enjoy that full root access. The developer responsible for all of this has recently stated he’s done with rooting and exploiting Motorola, so hopefully now that Google owns the company things ease up a bit.

[via Droid-Life]

GALAXY S 4 rooted before release, Octa-core only for now

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

While the Samsung GALAXY S 4 flagship smartphone is up for pre-order in a few select markets, it’s still not available to the public. However, that hasn’t stopped those awesome developers at XDA from already rooting the device. It appears that the GALAXY S 4 has already been rooted, but this is only for the Exynos 5 Octa 8-core version.

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According to reports by AndroidAuthority the Galaxy S 4 has been rooted before release, or at least a system and guide for rooting, and once it hits shelves users will be able to root their own smartphones. As stated above, this is only for the Exynos 5 Octa model, and not for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version.

Most markets in the UK and USA will be getting a quad-core Snapdragon 600 series GALAXY S 4, while other regions will be getting Samsung’s 8-core CPU. For those with the 8-core model, this should work, but for all other regions we’ll have to wait for an additional exploit to root the US flavor of the GALAXY S 4.

As usual, you’ll want to proceed with this type of activity at your own risk. Once you get the smartphone in your hands of course. We’ll be sure and update once we get more details or see a root exploit for the US and UK Qualcomm model, but for now this is only for the 8-core flavor. Get all the details and files from XDA linked to below.

[via XDA Developers]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S 4
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : March 14, 2013
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1080×1920
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.748 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 130 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos 5410
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 8
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Koush’s all-new Superuser app hits the Play Store – remains open source

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

The extremely popular Android developer Koush most notably known for ClockWorkMod, has just launched his own all-new Superuser app today in the Google Play Store. Following the success of his new Carbon Backup app, we have a feeling Superuser will be just as successful. He’s added tons of features that make it stand out from other options available, so read on to find out more.

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ChainsDD has his own, as I’m sure many of you know, and SuperSU is another awesome choice for your SU needs. However with Koush’s new version we have full multi-user support for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, user logs, and tons of other options that make it even more useful.

Not only is it completely open source for developers to use, tweak, and add into their ROMs, but it is and always will be absolutely free. There’s user logs, multi-user support, pin protection, and even notifications. You can set up per-app permissions and configurations too. It’s a pretty powerful yet secure option for Superuser apps.

Koush made sure to focus on an awesome user interface, and didn’t forget tablet support. Until today it’s only been available as a downloadable and flashable zip, but now everyone can get it right from the Google Play Store. We can expect updates and new features in a timely fashion so head to the link below to get it from the Play Store, or from the zip detailed in the Play Store description for those going that route. As a reminder you should probably be rooted and already have a SU app installed, or running a custom ROM before downloading. Keep up the good work Koush!

[via Play Store]

ClockworkMod Superuser app released as an open-source beta

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

Koushik Dutta has released his latest app. We suspect many will be familiar with that name, he is associated with ClockworkMod and also recently released Carbon. On Carbon, he is responsible for the backup app, not the Twitter app. We can put that bit aside though because this latest app deals with the ClockworkMod side. The app is called ClockworkMod Superuser and it has been released as beta 0.

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The app is available by way of his Google+ page and can be downloaded and used for free. In fact, one of the main points about the app is that he wanted it to be free. Another point mentioned includes that he released this app with the intent to have it available as an open-source app. For now we would say this is something that the more advanced user would look for as it is a bit more than installing a simple APK file.

On the flip side though, we suspect that if you knew and/or were excited about a new superuser app being released — you likely understand (or are willing to learn) what you will need to do in order to make it work. That said, lets get into the features of the app. Some of the main points include the app having proper support for multi-user, which was introduced in Android 4.2. The app brings features to include logging (including per app logging) and notifications with the ability to customize them.

Other features include PIN protection, the ability to adjust the request timeout times and the ability to handle concurrent su requests properly. This app will also go above in terms of making it clear when an app is root. The notes list the app as having a “pretty” user interface. More specifically, Dutta has said that Superuser will work on both a smartphone and tablet and that the tablet mode looks “fairly decent.” Finally, while no timeline was given as to when, it was said that “eventually there will be an installation/upgrade process in just the APK itself.”

[via Google+]