PhotoSphere Installer available in Google Play Store for rooted devices

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One of the features from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that consistently scores interest from consumers is the camera app and specifically, the PhotoSphere function.  Although Google has made some pieces of Android 4.2 available as standalone apps that can be installed on 4.1 devices, the camera has not been one of them. This means users that really want the new camera, including PhotoSphere, have to root their device and go through some manual steps to get the camera running on their 4.1 Jelly Bean powered devices. Developer Matthias Bosc has developed an app to make installation of the Android 4.2 camera app much easier and it is now available in the Google Play Store.
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FCC Investigation Ensues After Cell Phone Unlocking Ban

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By now we’re sure you’re all well aware that it’s now illegal to unlock a device for use on another network. Well, enter the FCC into the fray. They have stepped up to look out for our best interests, so it appears. The FCC will begin their investigation on whether this law is actually harmful to market competitiveness and thus hindering innovation.

Prior to the ban that went into effect on January 26, users were free to unlock their devices for whatever reason they wished. Now that same act will result in legal ramifications. FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, mentioned that he’s not quite sure of his authority in this situation, but he did say that he will try to use his platform to reverse the decision. Let’s hope Mr. Genachowski chalks one up for the good guys.

source:  TechCrunch

Root achieved for Sony Xperia Z before most of world has access to it

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You may not be able to get your hands on a Sony Xperia Z quite yet as it is just starting to trickle out to some international markets, but when you do, instructions are already available for those who want to root their new device before doing anything else. Gaining root access has been accomplished by XDA forum member DoomLoRD using a modified root file he had for a Google Nexus 4. After some modifications, and with the assistance of some other developers, the new file for the Xperia Z is ready. If you hit the source link for access to the necessary files and instructions, you might note that DoomLoRD achieved this remotely as he does not yet have the device himself.

If you do get an Xperia Z and want to go down the root path, keep in mind you are taking some risks in unlocking the bootloader and flashing a new kernel on your device.

source: XDA Developers Forum

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Nexus 4 now available to download and manually install

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Monday night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to various Nexus devices, but the Nexus 4 wasn’t one of them. We already posted download links and instructions for the takju Galaxy Nexus, yakju Galaxy Nexusnakasi Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The Nexus 4 update is now rolling and we have the download link for those that can’t wait for the over-the-air update.

In order to do the update your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:


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Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for yakju Galaxy Nexus now available to download and manually install

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Monday night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to various Nexus devices. We already posted download links and instructions for the takju Galaxy Nexus, nakasi Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Finally, we now have the download link for the yakju Galaxy Nexus, which is the international version.

In order to do the update your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:


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Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for mantaray Nexus 10 now available to download and manually install

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We already posted the download link and instructions to install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) on the takju Galaxy Nexus and the nakasi WiFi-only Nexus 7, and now it’s time for the mantaray Nexus 10 (All Nexus 10s).

In order to do the update, your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:

You will need the latest version of adb in order to proceed. Just download the latest Android SDK to make sure you’re up to date.

  1. Power off your mantaray Nexus 10, and power back on by holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while it boots.
  2. The fastboot menu should appear and you should see “Start” in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to “Recovery.” Press the Power button to select it.
  3. You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button at the same time.
  4. You will get a new menu and you can navigate to “apply update from adb.”
  5. Now it’s time to connect your mantaray Nexus 10 to your computer via a USB cable
  6. Open the command prompt in Windows (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) and navigate to the directory that the Zip file is located in.
  7. Type: adb sideload eaef14432ff5.signed-mantaray-JDQ39-from-JOP40D.eaef1443.zip
  8. The update will install and reach 100%.
  9. Reboot and enjoy Android 4.2.2

 

Download mantaray build JDQ39 for the Nexus 10 from Google’s servers. **This is ONLY for the the Nexus10!!

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for nakasi WiFi-only Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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We already posted the download link and instructions to install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) on the takju Galaxy Nexus, and now we have the same for the nakasi Nexus 7, which is the WiFi-only version.

In order to do the update, your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:


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Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for takju Galaxy Nexus now available to download and manually install

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Last night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Unfortunately a lot of people are still waiting for the update to hit their devices, but if you have the takju Galaxy Nexus (The one bought from the Play Store), then you can download the Zip file and update it yourself. Again, we don’t have the changelog, but we are pretty sure that this update will at least fix the known Bluetooth streaming bug, among other things.


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Framaroot brings one-click root to several Samsung and some OMAP-based devices

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One of the main reasons people choose to go with Android is because of the customization of the OS. With features like custom app launchers and widgets, Android is widely regarded as the favorable OS for anyone looking to make their smartphone or tablet exactly the way they want to. Due to the open-source nature of Android, many users look to do what is known as “rooting”. “Rooting” is essentially getting to the bare system of the device and unlocking the potential of your smartphone or tablet by use of super-user permissions.

Depending on your phone, carrier and manufacturer, the process of rooting your phone could be either extremely easy or extremely tiresome. Luckily there are developers who’s mission is to create a seamless and user-friendly ways of rooting devices and bringing custom ROMs, or custom user interfaces to your device. 
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45 Bucks To Get Your S-OFF For The HTC Droid DNA

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The guys over at Mobile Tech Videos have a service that will grant you S-OFF status for the HTC Droid DNA. S-OFF is required to write to certain partitions on the device and achieve true-root privileges. The S-OFF granting service is similar to the process, called JTAG, they use to unbrick phones. It’s $45 bucks plus shipping and you’ll have to do without your phone for a few days. Check out the video below of the not-so-simple process.

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Via: Droid Life
Source: Mobile Tech Videos