Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S 4 rooted on launch day

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Not too long ago, an unlock tool was released for some Motorola devices that used Qualcomm processors. Well, it turns out that unlocking hack still works on newer Qualcomm devices, including the variant of the Galaxy S 4 with the Snapdragon 600 chip.  So if you’re planning on picking up a new Galaxy S 4 this weekend, you won’t have to wait for a root method.

The downside is that there are no stock images or custom recoveries available for the device yet, so if you brick the device in the root process, you’re completely out of luck. OTA updates will also likely mess up root. Fortunately, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is going to be a popular device, so it shouldn’t take long before some recoveries and ROMs start popping up. Until then, though, root at your own risk. » Read the rest

Google Glass already rooted and ready for primetime

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An enterprising and ambitious individual has already achieved root access for the Google Glass “eyeset” device. Cydia’s Jay Freeman recently took to Twitter and proclaimed his root success story, while also sharing a photo to the general public as proof for you non-believers out there. We’re surprised that this feat was achievable since you know… Google is pretty strict with the few developer versions that are out there and all. Then again, since the few Glass units out there are intended for the few elite individuals out there, it probably should have been expected that Google would be fairly lenient and allow for certain things to be accessible— at least for now.

There’s no word yet on what will come next now that root is enabled, but we’re certainly excited to hear— errr see any potential possibilities.

source: Jay Freeman Twitter
via: Phone Arena

Use a custom kernel to turn your HTC One’s logo into a functional extra button

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Are you the proud owner of a new HTC One? Is your only complaint the weird button layout? Developer tbalden at XDA may be able to solve your problem with his new kernel tweak which turns the HTC button into a sleep button (which also enables the home button to wake the device) or a menu button, depending on your preference.

This little tweak is possible since the digitizer of the HTC One extends a bit under the HTC button, which allows a different function to be assigned to it with a custom kernel. Currently, the hack isn’t 100% functional, and there’s been a tiny amount of weird behavior with it, but it’s definitely going to be a great mod as it’s further developed and tweaked. Hit the break below to check out the forum post to get the mod working on your shiny new phone.

source: XDA

AT&T HTC One Bootloader Unlocked via HTC Dev, Rooted, CWM Recovery Installed

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For those of you who like to hack and crack your phones, there is good news! Members of the XDA Developers forums have reported a successful Bootloader unlock on the AT&T version of the HTC One. According to sources, the same methods used on the International version to root and install ClockWorkMod will also work on the US version. » Read the rest

Facebook Home now available for everyone with patched APK [Updated]

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Facebook Home launched in Google Play earlier today, but it’s only available on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, HTC One, and HTC One X+. Later, an APK of Facebook home was made available for people outside the U.S., and most people assumed you could use it on any device. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case since the APK checks the device you’re installing it on. If you don’t own one of the above phones, it won’t work unless you are rooted, which gives you the ability to edit the build.prop file and add your current phone. Since most people aren’t rooted, it left a lot of folks out in the cold. Well it’s time to get back inside where it’s warm because Paul O’Brien at MoDaCo posted the patched version of Facebook Home, which removes the device check.

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HTC releases the DROID DNA and One source codes

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Sure HTC may be dealing with unprecedented shipping delays for its One smartphone, but that hasn’t stopped it from releasing the coveted source code for the anticipated device, as well as the DROID DNA smartphone to the general public. This means that all of you fiddlers and hooligans that like to “tweak” the device will finally have one of the major tools necessary to make the phone just a wee bit better. DROID DNA owners will no doubt be happy about this news, but here’s hoping that all One fans will be patient for just a little longer because hey— the wait will certainly be worth it.

source: HTC (Twitter)

Root method for Motorola RAZR HD and other devices running 4.1.2 released

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Dan Rosenberg’s bootloader unlocking tool for Motorola devices is a pretty fantastic hack. Unfortunately, it does a painful requirement that some Motorola devices can’t get; root access. Many Motorola devices upgraded to Android 4.1.2 simply can’t be rooted. Well, before today, anyway. Dan Rosenberg, once again, has released a little hack to get your Motorola device rooted and prepped for that unlocked bootloader. This method was designed with the Droid RAZR HD in mind, but it will work on many other Motorola devices running 4.1.2.

Like always, rooting your phone does come with upsides and downsides, so be sure to read up on it before you make any hasty decisions. When you’re ready, hit the break below to get the instructions. » Read the rest

Motorola unlock tool for RAZR HD, RAZR M and Atrix HD released

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Yesterday, the bootloader was unlocked on some major Motorola phones by Dan Rosenberg; the RAZR (MAXX) HD, RAZR M, and the Atrix HD. Motorola devices are notoriously difficult to unlock, so that was a pretty big deal. Today, that unlock tool was released to users. As a warning, it does void your warranty, and the tool cannot relock the bootloader, only unlock it. Motorola also will probably fix the exploit used in a future software update, so if you want to unlock your device, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later.

To get started, you’ll simply have to have a rooted, supported device, then follow the instructions below, and remember that as of right now, this is irreversible. » Read the rest

The Impossible has happened: Bootloaders now unlocked on Motorola DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD, DROID RAZR M, and Atrix HD

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We usually don’t get exciting news on Sunday nights, but get ready for this one. A method to unlock the bootloaders on a few popular Motorola phones has been achieved by Dan Rosenberg. If you own a DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), DROID RAZR M, or Atrix HD you are in luck. This method appears to be tied to Snapdragon processors only since it will not work on any devices with OMAP CPUs.

The instructions haven’t been posted yet, but the above image, as well as the one below, is proof enough. Word is the method will be posted tomorrow, and we will let you know as soon it’s posted. Hit the break for another image and a video of the Atrix HD unlocked.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets rooted… well the Exynos 5 Octa version at least

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Sure we’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hottest smartphone of the year, but that hasn’t stopped the gang at XDA from bringing the world glorious root capabilities. That’s why the gang has gone ahead and showcased its ROM is packaged with ROOT&Busybox into an image flashable via Odin. As exciting as it is to see the Galaxy S 4 being on its way to truly realizing its full potential, the gang at XDA highlights that the root method is only for the octa-core Exynos 5 variant of the smartphone, meaning the rest of us who will be on the Snapdragon version will be out of luck… for now at least.

Now if we can only get some certainty that we’ll get some custom goodies taking advantage of the Galaxy S 4′s root, we’ll be in business.

source:  XDA