It’s no secret that Google’s Play Store is getting bigger and better— well for users in the U.S. that is. Those of us here Stateside have been able to enjoy different apps, games, books, music, movies, TV shows and of course our trusty mags— all in a cloud-based experience of course. However, those trying to use the awesome features outside of the U.S. are only held to the use of apps and games at this time. But you know that it was only a matter of time some crafty and ambitious individuals would jump in and make all those wonderful features available for all— regardless of where you are in the world. Thanks to XDA Senior member kishankpadiyar, users of Play Store worldwide will now be able to access all of the same wonderful features enjoyed here in the States— though users must have both a rooted device and Play Store version 3.7.11.
Jazzing up your personalized Play Store isn’t exactly rocket science for those of you who are a little concerned. You’ll need to install something called Market Enabler directly from the .apk and then install DROIDvpn from the Play Store. Hit the break in order to see the full instructions and source links. Read more
As we’ve seen over the last few days, folks are hard at work creating Jelly Bean ROMs for a variety of devices. Up to this point, work seems to be limited to smartphones or Nexus tablets. That appears to have changed with some work done by user randomblame over at XDA. He has succeeded in creating an SDK port of Jelly Bean for an Acer Iconia A500. It is not yet ready for daily use as several items are still not functioning, including audio, wifi, sdcard access, and usb mounting of flash drives. While work continues on those issues, users can at least get a taste of Jelly Bean if they are willing to root their device and install the ROM. Hit the source link for instructions and access to the files.
Since the Google Nexus 7 tablet was made available at Google I/O only a few days ago, some attendees (or others who have managed to get their hands on one) have been very busy. Over at the RootzWiki web site, user birdman has already posted a ClockworkMod and root method for Nexus 7 tablets.
Those who have the Nexus 7 on pre-order can now breathe a little easier knowing a root procedure will be ready for them as soon as they receive their device if they are inclined to root a brand new tablet. If you are among those interested in rooting your Nexus 7, just hit the source link for the details. Be sure you are familiar with the process and tools for rooting a device and remember, you are responsible for what happens if you attempt to root your device.
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE was finally released from customs jail, and it’s making its way into Sprint users’ hands. For those users who want to root right away, you’re in luck. XDA developer Zedomax has put together everything you need to root and unroot the Evo 4G LTE, including instructional videos. This method does not unlock the bootloader with S-OFF, but you still get root, and that opens up a lot of possibilities. This will give you full root with the SuperSU app and busybox.
We all know the benefits of rooting your smartphone. By rooting your device, you can unlock a world of potential benefits such as operating on custom ROMs as good or better than stock Android OSes and improved overall performance of your device for starters. While the Android community needs rooting, there are certain entities that have said no to rooting because of major security issues. You may recall that there was a certain Google Wallet saga that went like this: a clever mind sees a flaw in Google Wallet’s design and cracks it. Google responded and made it seem like everything is ok. Another set of clever minds hijacked Google Wallet— this time not needing any sort of root. Google responded again and issued a temporary fix. While the issue has since quieted down, a major development has surfaced— apparently Google Wallet is now requesting root access. Yes— you read that right: Google Wallet is now requesting root access. What gives?
There is an idea of why this may be. The app/service may be requesting root access to have an idea of if you’re actually rooted or not. That’s great and all except you know… Google Wallet was already warning users on rooted devices before the change. To top things off, the app/service seems to function without issue— whether you have root or not. Definitely unusual to say the least.
Google has yet to come out with a formal explanation of why this change has been done— but it can definitely bet it has more than a few people wondering why this is happening.
The fun part of unlocking and rooting your Android phone is trying out all the cool third-party ROMs out there. But in many cases, these ROMs are missing some of the manufacturer specific features of some devices, such as S-Pen support or camera burst mode. Well fear no more, young rootmeisters, for OpenDESIGN is born.
Headed by XpLoDWilD from TeamHacksung, a subgroup of CyanogenMod, OpenDESIGN’s goal is to essentially reverse-engineer manufacturer features and build them into CM9. These features are written from the ground up and open-sourced early on to give developers a chance to keep improving the code.
This is a great project that should help make AOSP-based ROMs even more attractive to geeks enthusiasts. The site is pretty new but has a bunch of information on features that are being worked on. Developers can join them and help the cause by contributing to the project. Hit the source link for more info.
An XDA forum member named rodrigojfuentes has come up with a method to root all Motorola phones that are currently running Gingerbread. If you have a computer running Linux, you’re ready to get started. PC and Mac users will need to run a Linux virtual machine to continue. From the command line, you just run a few commands, alter a few files, flash, and voilá… root attained! Ready to get started? Read the full directions very carefully at the source link below.
source: xda forums
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.
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.