Verizon HTC One bootloader unlockable, custom recovery already available

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In unexpected news, Verizon’s brand new HTC One actually has an unlockable bootloader. No, we aren’t joking. the HTC Dev bootloader unlock process works on Big Red’s version of the phone, and even though that means it isn’t a full S-Off unlock, it’s still going to give you enough room to flash custom ROMs and the like. As a cherry on top, there are already easy root files available and a version of CWM recovery has already been ported.

Knowing Verizon, this was probably not intentional and it could very easily be patched up relatively quickly. If you have a new HTC One, you may want to consider following the links below to go ahead and get your device unlocked before Verizon patches anything up.

source: XDA

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via: Droid Life

Root Explorer application updated by Koush, adds SuperUser compatibility, multi-file handling

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Koush, from CyanogenMod, has updated his Root Explorer app to version 3.1, which adds ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission for compatibility with latest Superuser version. (Users of Superuser will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission.) Koush also added the ability to change permissions and owners of multiple files at once. All the user has to do is select each file using the check-boxes, and use the action overflow/menu button to change the owner. This certainly makes in-app use more time-efficient for users.

Check out the link to the application in the Play Store after the break.

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Chromecasting any app that uses video or audio could be coming to CyanogenMod soon

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This is why I love Android. The simple fact that developers can take their stake in a product and customize tools to fit their own (and other users’) needs is a beautiful thing, and is perfectly displayed in what Koush from CyanogenMod has been doing for quite a while now (here, here, here, here, etc.).

Today, Koush announced that he has successfully built Chromecast into the CyonagenMod framework, now allowing any app with audio or video to cast directly to your TV. Yep, that’s right. You don’t have to wait for your favorite application to come out with Chromecast support anymore. So if you were holding off getting Chromecast until that glorious day finally came, it is no longer an acceptable excuse— unless of course you don’t want to load up CyanogenMod onto your phone, which is obviously a huge barrier for many of us that don’t want to deal with the rooting process.

Koush is pretty much breaking records right now considering the amount of stuff he’s developed for Chomecast so far, including streaming local videos/pictures to Chromecast, Dropbox support, RSS video support, and now showing Cast support built into the CM framework. Crazy stuff.

Check out the video after the break of Koush demonstrating it all for you, himself. Let’s hope this becomes available very soon!!

Curious as to what Sony’s upcoming Honami device UI is like? Then take a look!

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Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the Honami, is said to have some amazing specs along with a revamped UI. Thanks to some hard working people over on XDA, a port of the UI has been made readily available for rooted Xperia Z users. Obviously there’s quirks in it and certain things probably don’t work, but nonetheless it’s still great to see what the new Honami has to offer. Check out the video below after the break!

Also, what do you guys think about the route Sony has taken with its upcoming Honami phone?

Latest leaked road map shows Verizon Wireless will have a busy August, which includes the release of the HTC One on August 29th

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Those of you Verizon customers out there looking for a new smartphone in the immediate future will probably be excited at this tidbit of news we’re about to share. The gang at Phone Arena obtained a leaked road map of Big Red’s August lineup and boy it’s certainly a doozy. Verizon intends to launch smartphones that will cater to all sorts of customers, starting with the imminent release of the Motorola DROID and DROID MAXX smartphones which will arrive on August 20th, followed by highly anticipated unveiling of the Motorola X smartphone (August 23rd), LG Exalt, Motorola DROID mini, the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite (online-only) and Samsung Convoy 3 (all on August 29th). As exciting as those (almost) concrete dates are, the one that will carry the most weight will be the August 29th release of the HTC One smartphone… a phone that we thought we’d never see the light of day for Verizon customers.

So yeah… it looks like you Verizon customers will probably need to start scraping up those extra dollars since it may be well, an expensive month for you all.

source: Phone Arena

Android 4.3 support added by Nexus Root Toolkit, allows for easy root with low ‘bricking risk’

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The Nexus Root Toolkit is a really nice piece of software which will help you with pretty much all of your rooting needs for your Nexus device. Yesterday, the software added support for Android 4.3 as well as the new Nexus 7 tablet which is really good news for anyone looking to root their new device. The software will automatically download all the necessary files to carry out the operation, has the ability to bring your device back into stock form, features a backup tool which will backup all of your data in case of  a problem during the process, and can flash ZIM files, install applications, modify permissions, and more. Go grab it for free in the source link— donations are appreciated!

Source: WugFresh

CyanogenMod official blog post reveals security bug fix in latest version, CM 10.1.1

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Once again, the CyanogenMod team seems to be on top of things, as they just released version 10.1.1 of their famed firmware. A post on their blog today issued a follow-up to the general release. They pointed out that the CM 10.1.1 build is simply a security bug-fix release on top of their previous release, the 10.1.0.x code-base. Check out the full blog post after the break for more details.

XDA user Schoolsux introduces TrulyClean script to remove bloatware from the Galaxy S 4

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If you own a rooted Galaxy S 4 and you’ve decided to stick to the stock ROM, then you are without a doubt tired of the dozens of useless apps cluttering your drawer. Lucky for you, XDA Senior Member schoolsux, has developed the TrulyClean script that safely removes over 98 apps that aren’t crucial to the system. Not only does this method save a lot of time and energy, it will also bring you a noticeable boost in performance, and free up about 600-megabytes of storage.

TrulyClean removes everything from S Voice and Samsung Hub to more standard Google apps such as Gmail and Google+. While the standard script removes the stock browser, there is an alternate version that leaves it intact. Their is also a simple tutorial on editing the script to keep certain apps.

For anyone who has spent a minute in recovery mode, the TrulyClean script is very easy to install as it comes in a prepackaged flashable .zip folder. The developer recommends doing a full wipe before flashing, but its not a requirement. Just make sure to secure any vital data via your preferred backup method.

TrulyClean is available at the source below and is compatible with the i9500 and i9505 S 4. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA Developers

 

Redbox Instant now working on rooted devices

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Redbox Instant was quietly updated with a very important feature if you are rooted. You can now stream to your heart’s content, even if you’re rooted. This update brings it to version 1.2 and among the usual bug fixes, the changelog states, “We changed the way we handle rooted devices”.  So if you’re rooted and have been wanting to try Redbox, now is your chance. Hit the break for download links.

CyanogenMod developer starts work on Secure Device-to-Device Messaging

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While it is rare for Android users to envy anything related to iOS, CyanogenMod developer Koush openly expressed his love for iMessage in a Google+ post, also revealing that he plans to build a plugin somewhat similar into future builds of CyanogenMod. The plugin will be built into the framework, working with any SMS app to send encrypted messages to compatible devices running CyanogenMod (7 million users and counting) and falling back to standard SMS when necessary.

Not much else is known about this feature but its another step in the right direction for the CM team, who’ve been hard at working making their ROM more and more secure. For now we can only ponder possible features of this plugin, but Koush is looking for feedback so hit the source to let him know what you want to see.

Source: CyanogenMod Google+

 

CyanogenMod 10.1 rolls out to devices with stable builds

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CyanogenMod 10.1 is now officially in stable build status after its initial release announcement last fall. Up to this point, the CM team has released updated builds every month or so, and more recently, RC builds. Now we finally have CyanogenMod 10.1, Android 4.2.2, and stable builds have been hitting their build servers. Now that this is all finalized, go ahead and grab a stable build for your device. Check get.cm to see if your phone is supported.

Source: CyanogenMod

‘Easy Rooting Toolkit’ Version 11 released, Xperia Z, Xperia SP, Xperia S supported

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DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break.

Sony now allowing 3rd party firmware for their SmartWatch platform

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Lately Sony has been very “developer friendly” with their Android devices such as the Xperia Z, and that trend won’t stop as Sony recently fully opened up their SmartWatch platform to all developers. Per Sony:

We are now taking the next step to open up SmartWatch. Previously, you’ve been able to create apps for SmartWatch with the Sony Add-on SDK, but now we hope to see even more innovation as we’re making it possible for advanced developers to create and flash alternative firmware, by sharing technical details and instructions.

Doing so does come with some limitations as you will no longer be able to use SmartConnect or any compatible SmartWatch app that’s available in the Google Play Store. So keep that in mind. For more info, hit the source link!

source: Sony

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.