Customer Support now available for Rooted Devices at Sprint

The news we have today will definitely cause many to give a second thought to rooting their Sprint device. From the image above you’ll see that Sprint has a policy in place for handling rooted devices! We all know that the norm for carriers is to look down on you in shame if you root your Android device and not provide any support whatsoever. Many loyal Sprint customers, myself included, that love to tinker can take a collective sigh of relief, and no longer worry that you’ll be without support if you ever need to exchange that rooted device. They will take note that you’ve rooted your android device as it states, but they’ll do what they can to help and if a fix isn’t found, per standard procedure they will start the process of getting you an exchange.

Just note that although this policy is in place, it could be likely they won’t replace it if the problem was caused by rooting the device. So keep that in mind. I for one am glad to see this. I’ve been a customer of Sprint for a long while, and my complaints have been minimal. If you are a Sprint customer and have been on the fence about rooting your device, does this news give you that extra push to go ahead and do it? Let us know in the comments.

source: androdianrevolution 

RIM Stopping The Android Market “Cesspool” On The PlayBook

Reasearch In Motion has decided to drop the major bombshell and stop the ability to sideload Android apps on the Blackberry PlayBook. It’s reasoning? RIM highlights 53 percent of surveyed Android developers believe app piracy is either somewhat of a problem or a huge problem. This seems to fall in line with recent findings showing apps being published without (Android) developer consent. Here’s Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations summing it up best:

“[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.”

While it seems like it’s a direct attack on the Android platform, there’s actually some reasoning to his statement. The Android Market Play Store has a number of quality apps available, but every now and then users will have to search through a multitude of poorly developed apps in order to find the real jewels. RIM wants to keep the integrity of its own app store by keeping its app ecosystem full of quality apps— even if the number is dwarfed by what is found in the Play Store. That means reducing the number of unofficially ported apps to the PlayBook in favor of a smaller number of apps that were developed, tested and certified by developers and RIM.

Thoughts?

source: GigaOM

Lucky Owner Of AT&T HTC One X Prototype May Open Floodgates To Additional “Access” Of The Device

 

The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!

source: XDA

How to change boot animations quickly using Boot Animation Manager

One of the primary benefits of the Android Operating System that keeps the true tech-geeks hooked is the the near infinite customisation available. From day one, as soon as you switch your Android device on for the very first time you’re presented with wallpapers, live wallpapers, widgets, icons, folders, menus, custom launchers, all of which you can tinker and tweak until your heart’s content. For the average consumer that’s more than enough to keep them going, but over at XDA Developers, they’re far from average, and like to customize every nook and cranny available… and some that aren’t.

There are thousands of boot animations out there in cyberspace ranging from the dull, carrier branded logos to the mesmerising and colourful Nexus splash variations. So here’s a question, why should you be stuck with whichever boot animation your phone comes pre-loaded with? The answer, you don’t have to be. D4rKn3sSyS from XDA Developers created a Boot Animation Manager tool for Windows that makes the process as easy as pie. Follow the instructions below to get started.

  • Ensure your phone has root access
  • Fire up any computer running Windows with Java installed
  • Download Boot Animation Manager from here
  • Connect your phone via USB
  • Drag and drop the animation that you’d like to install
  • Preview it
  • Backup your original boot animation
  • Push your chosen animation to you device
  • Restart your device and marvel at your new boot animation!

So what are you waiting for folks? Get searching for an animation that floats your boat or perhaps it’s time to get really creative and design your own.

source : XDA

Rock Some WiFi Tethering Without Root Thanks to FoxFi

I’ve always been a fan of WiFi tethering as I am sure most of you folks that have used it are too. However the one issue that we’ve had with WiFi tethering is that those of us who wanted this capability needed to either drop extra money a month for a tethering plan or we would have to root our devices to bypass that. Well that’s a thing of the past as the FoxFi brings wireless tethering capabilities to devices everywhere with no root required. That’s right folks those non-rooted folks who had to be tethered via USB cable can now enjoy the freedom of wireless tethering.

This can be done either through WiFi or Bluetooth. However while Bluetooth mode works on all devices WiFi mode only works on most Motorola and Samsung devices. I say most as the original Droid, Triumph, Samsung Admire as well as any HTC phone will have to tether through Bluetooth.

Hit the break below to find the Google Play Store Link or QR Code. As of right now the Atrix 2/4G isn’t supported and there is a bug with the Triumph that causes the app to crash but they are working on an update for that. HTC has a lock on WiFi hotspots so all you’ll get is Bluetooth mode. However that shouldn’t affect you folks too greatly. I recommend getting this app now before your respective carriers take it out of the store! Enjoy!


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Guide: How to flash Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC Rezound

Hungry for a portion of Ice Cream Sandwich? Aren’t we all? Well they do say good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who make it happen! The team over at Android Police got their hands on a freshly leaked, stable build of Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6 and it’s available right now. We must point out that this is not a final build, however early feedback has been positive so far. If you’re in possession of a Rezound then we suggest you strap yourself in while we talk you through the process.

HTC Rezound 4.0.3 ICS stock (note – will break root)Download Link
HTZ Rezound 4.0.3 ICS Rooted version – Download Link

  • Download the appropriate file and rename it to “PH98IMG.zip” (remove quotes)
  • Place the renamed file onto the root of the SD Card
  • Turn off the phone
  • Reboot into the bootloader by holding the Volume Down + Power buttons together
  • Sit back and watch as your phone updates
  • The device will reboot and you’ll be sporting some Ice Cream Sandwich
Check out the full changelog below and let us know your thoughts on the build in the comments. Happy flashing!
Features / Enhancements
  • Android 4.0.3 ICS
  • CMAS support added
  • IPv6 over eHRPD support
  • UI updated to Sense 3.6
  • Caller name ID application added
  • VMM/BUA plus updated
  • New storage UI (in settings menu)
Issues Resolved
  • Changing pin causes EULA to be displayed
  • Incorrect time displayed in Phoenix, AZ
  • EAS message – “Client/Server Conversion Error”
  • EAS message – “Exchange policies have changed”
  • EAS message – “Certificate Error”
  • Home screen view blocked with black bar
  • Hotspot data stalls
  • Removed power mode settings
  • Group messages not showing originating MDN
  • Call button not disabled when using voice commands
  • People widget displaying multiple birthdays
  • Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life
  • SSO authentication fails for VCAST tones
  • “to” field deleted when device is rotated
  • Google Talk app formatting

source : Android Police

Titanium Backup Update Includes Bug Fixes & Box.net Support

Titanium Backup, one of the best Android tools for rooted devices has gotten a major update. The software update called version 4.8.4, brings numerous bug fixes, here’s a complete changelog of what the new update brings.

  • Improved app freezer to be ICS-friendly by default. This resolves the problem where apps couldn’t be defrosted on Samsung ICS devices. The freezing method can be changed in Preferences -> Troubleshooting settings.
  • Improved “Power defrost” which is fully compatible with ICS now. This allows Samsung ICS users to defrost anything, including apps that were frozen by previous TB versions.
  • Fixed incorrect display of apps that were disabled by ICS.
  • Fixed FC in case of connectivity problems while uploading backups to Box.
  • Minor bugfixes.
  • [PRO] Added support for syncing backups to Box (Box.net) cloud storage.

Full Box.net support is something that’s sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. While Box.net support is more than enough reason for you to use the latest Titanium Backup update, but keep in mind— it’s only for the paid version at this time. The update is available in the Play Store, in both free and paid flavors. So if you’re on a rooted device, go grab it today by hitting on the link below or scanning that QR code below.

 

Play Store

 

 

source: Titanium Track
via: Android Police

HTC One S Gets Root With MoDaCo’s Superboot

First, the HTC One X gets root before launch, and now the HTC One S follows suit using MoDaCo’s Superboot. Superboot is a script that you run on your computer when the device is connected via the USB cable that pushes all the necessary files to your phone to attain root.

The one caveat is that for this method to work, the phone needs to have S-OFF (which means the NAND portion of the device is writable) or needs an unlocked bootloader. As of this moment, none of the HTC One series of phones are available in the HTC bootloader unlock tool, but we’re hoping for that to change soon after launch. Once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, just run Superboot and you’ll be riding the root train!

source: modaco

Galaxy S II ICS Update Rooted, Instructions Now Available Online

Well it’s been long in coming.While it’s had its fair share of yeas and neighs, the Ice Cream Sandwich update is finally coming to one of the most popular Android phones, the Galaxy S II. Hitting Europe and South Korea yesterday it didn’t take long for the amazing development community to gain root access on the newly pushed update. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve also come out with the official European OTA in ROM form for your flashing pleasure. The update comes to us thanks to XDA member Faryaab. Again it’s the European update so if you’re on this side of the world I would hold off on flashing it. The official build is I9100XXLPQ (Official Final Build).

So if you can’t wait to get your hands on the official build and are rooted you can hit the break below to find the download instructions and files for your flashing pleasure. Honestly though I recommend hitting the XDA source to read the full instructions on doing so. As always rooting (if you haven’t already) voids your warranty. You can also check out some of the screenshots from the official build. Personally I don’t see much of a visual difference with TouchWiz installed but hey it’s ICS nonetheless. Here’s hoping the U.S. version hits us in the next few days!
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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s SuperSU!

The devs over at XDA are always up to something… and it’s usually something good. Developer Chainfire decided to take the most basic of root access management tools, Superuser (SU), and make it, well… truly super.

If you have rooted your device, you have access to apps that require superuser permissions, and the typical SU gets the job done. But SuperSU adds more functionality, including per-app notifications and temporary unroot.

SuperSU is now available in the Play Store in two flavors, free and pro. Check out the full feature list after the break for the differences.


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