So, you opened up that present on Christmas, and found a brand new, shiny Android phone inside. Sure, you kissed them on the cheek and told them it’s everything you’ve ever wanted, but now what? Fortunately, we’re here to help you out in getting started with your awesome new smartphone.
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.
Tim Bray posted an article on the Android Developers Blog which was written by Nick Kralevich, an engineer on the Android Security Team. Kralevich seems to make an argument that rooting your device is in fact a form of openness. A commenter on the blog attempted to point to the fact that the only reason users are able to root their phones is because of the lack of sufficient security by the Android team. Kralevich disagrees:
“Legitimately gaining root access to your device is a far cry from most rooting exploits. Traditional rooting attacks are typically performed by exploiting an unpatched security hole on the device. Rooting is not a feature of a device; rather, it is the active exploitation of a known security hole”.
Kralevich goes on to say “Android has a strong security strategy, backed by a solid implementation”. He reiterates the features set in place so applications do not conflict with one another, eliminating possible malicious attacks. Furthermore, he states:
“And yes, we aggressively fix known security holes, including those that can be used for rooting”
Kralevich hopes that in the near future carriers, manufacturers, developers and security teams can just all get along. We hope so too. He ends his thought with a glimpse of Utopia:
“It’s possible to design unlocking techniques that protect the integrity of the mobile network, the rights of content providers, and the rights of application developers, while at the same time giving users choice”
After all, isn’t that what Android is all about? Giving the user choice? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
[via Android Developers Blog]
Here’s a question for you Droid owners: how often have you thought to yourself, “I want to put this phone down on the table and use ALL TEN fingers in some kind of multitouch gesture”? If you’ve ever find yourself thinking that, I have 2 suggestions:
- Find a better use of your ten finger (just get creative)
- Go check out the source link of this article
That’s right, folks. XDA member tchebb has created a new kernel for the Droid Inc that creates ten points of simultaneous multitouch goodness at the same time. He admits that things tend to get a little wonky after 5 points, but still… wow.
Of course, you’ll need to be rooted to flash this kernel. If you try it out, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!
One of the main foundation columns of good root development is a good recovery system. ClockworkMod Recovery has long been a favorite of devs and root users, myself included. So, you can imagine my excitement at the article I just came across, saying that ClockworkMod has been ported to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. There’s a good, lengthy set of instructions to get it working, but seems well worth the hassle for one of the best recoveries out there.
We should also mention that the recovery is currently only working on the T-Mobile version of the Tab, but the other carriers seem to be in development. As always, TalkAndroid cannot be held liable for any damage done to your device during this process.
Ready to don your geek glasses and get your lisp on? Be sure to hit up the source link for full set of instructions, as well as necessary download files. What’s your favorite recovery? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
Been dying to try out the new Android Market, announced last week? If so, we’ve got a package here you might like. Available for download is the new Android Market version 2.2.6, and we’re going to tell you how to install it, as well as how to get rid of it if it causes you problems. As always, TalkAndroid cannot be held liable for any damage you may do to your device, as you will be messing with some base system files, but if you’re ready to don your geek hat, hit the break for a full set of instructions.
Requirements: You will need your device to be rooted, as well as running a ROM that is based on 2.2 or above. You will also need root access to the file system. We will be showing you how to do this with Root Explorer, which is a $2.50 app, but well worth the cost. I use it just about every day. » Read the rest
Towards the end of last month, we saw something pretty cool; the Nookcolor had gotten rooted, essentially turning it into a competitive, on the cheap Android tablet. Now, it looks like some hackers and developers have taken the time to make the rooting even more worth our time. There is now an update available that will give your rooted Nookcolor Android 2.2.
We should warn you that this is no simple task. No downloading zip files and flashing through recovery to be found here. Instead, you’ll actually have to compile the kernel yourself, as well as do things like disable the battery temperature monitor, which is not exactly a factory-approved task. We should also mention that things like wifi and bluetooth have yet to be ported.
Be sure to hit the break to see a video of the rooted Nookcolor in action and the instructions at the source link, and – if you’re brave enough to don your geek hat and give this a shot for yourself, let us know your results in the comments below.
Want to check out some new Gingerbread goodness, like… now? Well you’re in luck, as Peter Alfonso, creator and maintainer of the infamous custom ROM, “Bugless Beast”, has gotten it all tucked away in a nice, flashable zip file – the keyboard, that is. Thanks to Peter, you can now install the Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted Android device through recovery, and it’s very easy to do. Just hit the break to find out how!
If you have an HTC Incredible and want to get root access back on your phone, you’re in luck. The devs over at Unrevoked now have an updated release that will come OTA and add the following features to your HTC Incredible;
- Fix for latest Incredible OTA.
- New Mac OS X build infrastructure; let us know if it broke for you.
- Switched to in-house reimplementation of rageagainstthecage for better reliability.
The version updates to v3.2.2, and is available now right here.
When T-Mobile announced the G2, there were a lot of mixed feelings. On the one hand, the G1 has been heralded as the trendsetting Android device, given that it has been kept “pure” as a device, and has served as the standard by which other phones were measured. Due to being developed by Google themselves, it was a very untouched platform, and developers loved it. So, the G2 announcement was great news.
But then came the bad news…the G2 firmware had locks in place to prevent hacking. It was said that if the firmware detected any foreign kernels or tampering with the system, it would shut down and brick. Anger and sadness followed in the wake of this news.
But a few weeks back, we discovered that the G2 had been rooted, and we knew that meant great things lay ahead.
over at XDA-Developers, Scotty2 has managed to advance the cause. He has broken both the lock on the firmware AND the security system that checks to make sure that the firmware is “valid”. He then unlocked the SIM slot so that it can accept other SIM cards. Might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?
The process is tricky, and a lot of phones are still being bricked, so proceed at your own risk. One thing is for sure, though…the mod community took a huge step today. Scotty2, we salute you.