I’m a relatively new Android user, having gotten my HTC EVO 4G in early September of last year. However, before switching to Android from the iPhone (and let me say, thank GAWD I did), I did tons of research on the benefits on Android, and one thing that kept coming up was rooting. Rooting, if you’re unaware, basically gives you superuser access to your phone, removing certain protections put upon your phone by carriers or manufacturers. Some phones are easier to root than others, and I was pleased to see that the EVO could be rooted fairly easily (thanks to the wonderful folks on the Unrevoked team).
So you didn’t get a fancy new phone for Christmas, well that’s ok cause you still got your trusty Droid 2 and now you can make it feel fresh again with a new version of MotoBLUR – that is if you don’t mind doing a little tinkering. MotoBLUR 3.0, which runs on the Droid 2 Pro and Droid 2 Global, recently had an update leaked online giving the resourceful rom modders a chance to peak at the code.
As usual, it’s been deodexed, busyboxed, and given root, allowing original Droid 2 users to get the latest update for their Android phone early. If you want to take a stab at MotoBLUR 3.0, head on over to the MyDroidWorld forum and get your mod on.
Stop the presses! It looks like the Google Nexus S has just gotten a one-click root, and we’re here to give you the skinny. Paul O’Brien, Mr. MoDaCo himself, has released a new superboot that lets users flash the image, and – voila! – instant root access. We saw an adb-based root the day the Nexus S was released, but this makes it easier for those who have the Nexus S, but don’t want to get too technical.
For those who do enjoy the technical end of things, it’ll be nice to know that the single click method gives you full adb access to both files and folders, as well as adb remounting. Requirements for the Superboot are simple, only in that you need to check your “about” screen in the phone settings to see what version of Superboot you should be using.
According to some whisperings over at xda-developers, the new all-encompassing-Froyo-root app, “Z4Root”, seems to be working on the Motorola Droid Pro. According to Droid rooter “bigdinosaur”:
So I figured I’d at least get things started – Credit goes to whomever first tried z4root on their Droid Pro – and to mahst687 for the deodexing.
Motorola ADB Driver
You will also (obviously) need Z4Root, available through the Market or by clicking here.
The whole thing seems to be very “beta” at this point, but if you want to give it a shot, be sure to hit the thread at the source link below, as well as to get any kind of support for this. XDA does mention that “It looks like this will be more of a trial and error type of process”, but they say that the process seems to work after awhile. Let us know how it goes or what you think in the comments!
If you love rooting (or just do it because you feel it’s the right thing to do), then chances are you’re familiar with ClockworkMod Recovery tool. Good news for you myTouch 4G rooters and hackers: your device is now part of the ROM Manager family. The G2 also got the Clockwork treatment recently, and we knew the MT4G wouldn’t be far behind.
Installing is simple. Once rooted, simply head here to check out ROM Manager (free) and download it to your device for free, or check out the premium version here. And be on the lookout, as custome ROMs and kernels are sure to be headed your way very soon. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! Cheers, Koush!
Earlier today we told you that the supposedly unrootable G2 had finally been permanently rooted. Now, we’re happy to report that myTouch 4G customers are free to remote bloatware to their heart’s content using a technique very similar to the G2 root method.
The process is a bit technical right now, and you run a serious risk of bricking your phone if you do something wrong. If you’re feeling brave, however, hit up the source link below for download links and a full set of instructions. God speed.
Earlier this week, we posted an article letting everyone know that a Motorola Droid 2 update was released by Verizon Wireless. However, D2 users who have rooted their phones SHOULD NOT update their devices, as this could break your root and maybe even brick your phone.
The problem with this update was that rooted users would not be able to flash their Droid 2′s back to normal if they were bricked because the SBF files for that update version were not available yet.
Well, that problem has been solved! The folks over at MyDroidWorld have SBF files (version 2.3.20) that will take your device back to stock settings if indeed it becomes bricked.
Check out the available downloads from MDW here.
Thanks to my friend Brendan Hatlee for sending this in!
While there has been a rooting solution out for the Samsung Captivate for some time now, the method has only worked for Android 2.1 – until now. Over at xda-developers, hacker / modder CLShortFuse has created a new one-click solution for rooting Android 2.2 on the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S device.
The program, dubbed “RageAgainstTheCage”, is relatively simple to use, and also works on the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, and other Samsung Galaxy S devices. The instructions are quite simple, and if you want to try it out for yourself, or for support, be sure to hit up the source link below, and let us know the results in the comments below
Note: Talk Android cannot be held responsible for any damage to your device
If you have already updated your Droid X to Froyo today, you may be wondering now about rooting your device. Well, the folks over at XDA-Developers already have that one covered, and it’s (almost) a 1-click solution. Just follow the directions below and you’re good to go.
(Take them out of the folder they came zipped in and place in tools.)
3. Install Motorola Drivers: (32-bit or 64-bit)
4. Enable USB Debugging on your phone and plug it into your PC. (Settings>Applications>Development)
5. Double-click and run doroot.bat
6. Let it run.
7. It will let you know if it has finished completely.
8. Reboot your phone and you are rooted!
If these instructions don’t seem all that clear, follow the step-by-step guide which includes adb commands. Our instructional post can be found here.
The folks over at MyDroidWorld.com have a nice little guide up on their forums for getting the latest Froyo build onto your rooted Motorola Droid X. Yes, this is another early leak of the Froyo update, but hopefully this time it will not interfere with automatic future updates as this is an official OTA release, not a port or custom ROM. You can thank Team Black Hat for their work on this.
So go on, get your delicious Froyo and let us know how it tastes in the comments.
[thanks to everyone who sent this in]