Verizon and AT&T did an excellent job of locking down their version of the Galaxy S 5, preventing any type of root exploit on the device for several months after release. Tons of people put up money for a bounty to get their Galaxy S 5 unlocked, topping out at around $18,000, and today developer Geohot from XDA gets to claim that bounty.
Geohot, known for tons of jailbreak exploits on Apple devices and the PS3, found a vulnerability in the Linux kernel that Android is based on to achieve root access on the GS 5. As a side effect to that exploit, the root method should work on most newer Android devices, including the previously unrootable Galaxy Note 3 and plenty of other devices.
If you’ve got a Galaxy S 5 (or other device you need to root) hit the link to test out the Towelroot app. Let us know how it goes in the comments.
source: XDA Developers
With a new version of Android ready to start rolling out on a large scale before too long, including to the AOSP, some changes in the system will likely create some new challenges and require some additional work on the part of developers who create apps that rely on a rooted device. The first of these changes involves SELinux and some adjustments to make it even more secure. The tighter settings mean developers will have to invoke more complicated context switching for their apps. It also appears Google is switching the default runtim compiler for Android to ART which will create some challenges. Finally, it looks like Google is going to require PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. Read more
The Moto E ships with close to stock Android and an unlockable bootloader, so it was pretty obvious it wouldn’t take long before the device was rooted and ready for custom ROMs. Thanks to XDA, you can now root the device and install an unofficial TWRP recovery on the device.
The root process is pretty simple and uses Chainfire’s SuperSU updater and can be done with the stock recovery or TWRP. Flashing the recovery takes a bit longer, but it’s still relatively painless thanks to Motorola keeping the Moto E an open device. However, Motorola hasn’t released the source code for the Moto E kernel, so touch screen support is a bit weird in recovery, but that’s a small price to pay.
You can get the complete (and short) instructions at the link below.
source: XDA Developers
The Paranoid Android team have always been in the forefront when it comes to adding some awesome features into their AOSP based ROM’s. With previous features like Halo, you can expect the team to always come up with interesting features. Today they’ve released their newly developed feature, dubbed as “Hover,” into their beta builds, and so far I think it looks amazing and very practical. The video below can give you a much better idea of what it is than me explaining it, so check it out after the break and let us know what you think about it! Just remember that it’s still in beta so don’t be surprised to find some bugs if you decide t give it a shot.
With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8’s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.
Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!
via: Cult of Droid
Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.
According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.
The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.
Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.
The All New HTC One (M8) was announced just last week and now, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase and Recognized Developer beaups have already rooted Verizon’s variant.
The root uses a new exploit which they call HTC WeakSauce which is a pre-packaged vulnerability version developed by jcase. Since both the developers don’t own a Verizon HTC One M8 yet, the exploit just allows you to gain root access to the device though we can expect jcase and beaups to release a complete hack once they get to own the device. Read more
Just a few days ago, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 was rooted and the method was made available to the public, thanks to XDA developer, Chainfire. Now, the HTC One M8 is next in line as developers at Team Win Recovery Project have already created the TWRP for the Sprint, AT&T and International variant of the HTC One M8.
The custom recovery for the Sprint variant is already available on Team Win’s webpage, however the International version hasn’t been posted over there. So to get it, you’ll have to head to the XDA developer page linked at the end of this article. If you’ve rooted before, the method is pretty similar. Read more
Thanks to a system dump leak, the new Samsung Galaxy S5 (international version) has been rooted well before its official release. Thanks to a well known developer on XDA by the name of Chainfire, you can use his CF-Auto-Root tool to root your S5 once you have it. Will you root your S5 once you get your hands on it? Hit up the source link for more information!
If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.
However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.