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
Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.
Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.
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 international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has already been rooted by Chainfire, and that was before the device was even launched. Well now it looks like seven more versions of the device have been added to that list, as announced by the developer today.
The versions included are as follows: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS), SM-G900W8 (Canada) and SM-G900P (Sprint). To root the devices you’ll need to use the CF-Auto-Root tool, and as Chainfire noted on his Google+ post, rooting the device will break Knox warranty and increase the flash counter. Users may also have issues with Private mode.
New HTC One (M8) owners who had to go the subsidized or payment plan route with their carrier instead of plunking down $700 for a Google Play Edition(GPE) version now have an option to get the GPE experience on their new device. XDA Forum moderator graffixnyc has posted up instructions, with links to the necessary files, to replace the HTC Sense version of the software that comes on non-GPE devices with rooted GPE software.
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.
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!
A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.
If the price of $180 wasn’t enough of an enticement to make you grab a Moto G, maybe its ease of being rooted might. Thanks to the famed Android developer Modaco, you can now root the popular budget device using any computer, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux.
To carry out this process, your bootloader does need to be unlocked. Also, doing any of this may invalidate your warranty so do this under your own precaution. Otherwise, hit up the source link for download links and instructions on how to achieve this process!
Verizon sent out soak test invites about a week ago, and the first users are reporting that they’re finally receiving that elusive camera update for their Moto X phones. Verizon didn’t manage to get this one out in a timely manner, but hey, better late than never, right? The update adds in camera improvements as well as touchless control improvements and a fix for choppy audio on calls that some users were experiencing.
A pretty major part of this update is the fact that it’s not breaking root for all users. When signing up for the soak test, Motorola and Verizon stated the users would have to be okay with losing root access, but for users that rooted their X with MotoRoot, it looks like you’ll be able to keep. Other root methods are seeing mixed success, so your mileage may vary.
Update: We have no idea how, but the soak test is already over and everyone will be getting the update soon. Full changelog after the break.