Earlier this week, we posted an article letting everyone know that a Motorola Droid 2 update was released by Verizon Wireless. However, D2 users who have rooted their phones SHOULD NOT update their devices, as this could break your root and maybe even brick your phone.
The problem with this update was that rooted users would not be able to flash their Droid 2′s back to normal if they were bricked because the SBF files for that update version were not available yet.
Well, that problem has been solved! The folks over at MyDroidWorld have SBF files (version 2.3.20) that will take your device back to stock settings if indeed it becomes bricked.
Check out the available downloads from MDW here.
Thanks to my friend Brendan Hatlee for sending this in!
Everybody grab your geek hats, put in your night vision contact lenses, and bust out with the geek lisp – CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 is now out and available for download. The geniuses behind CyanogenMod, Team Douche, have released the latest iteration of CyanogenMod, and us rooters and hackers have been clamoring for awhile on this one. I, for one, am super excited to see it out.
It should be noted that the release candidate is for:
- Nexus One
- HTC Evo 4G
- MT3G Slide
4G and HDMI on the Evo do not work yet, but are said to be in the works.
According to the CyanogenMod website:
We’ve just released the latest iteration of CM, 6.1.0-RC1! This is a release candidate, but it’s definitely capable of being your daily driver and we are very focused on fixing bugs quickly.
You’ll find some really great features in this release like Pedlar’s notification powerbar, insane performance boosts on all platforms (install SetCPU if you want to take it further), powerful new features in the camera app, new email features, FM radio support (contributed by the MIUI team, and a whole lot of other great stuff!
As always, this was a great collaboration between a lot of people and we are only as good as the community. This is your ROM, so help make it the best it can be!
You can get the latest via ROM Manager, or head over to the forums for full installation info. New RC builds will be available in the experimental forum for each device as it hits the mirrors.
With the new updates coming to most Android phones, those of us that have rooted our handhelds may be disappointed afterward as the update is said to correct the root. Thankfully, there’s an app to help get us back in the dirt. The app is called SuperOneClick and you can get it by registering with XDA-Developers forums to download. It’s also free.
SuperOneClick is actually a windows program (linux in development, mac on a wishlist) that will root any Android device (minus the ones listed below) by connecting your device with a USB data cable to your PC.
- Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
- Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
- HTC Desire GSM
- HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
- HTC Aria
- Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
- HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)
While there has been a rooting solution out for the Samsung Captivate for some time now, the method has only worked for Android 2.1 – until now. Over at xda-developers, hacker / modder CLShortFuse has created a new one-click solution for rooting Android 2.2 on the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S device.
The program, dubbed “RageAgainstTheCage”, is relatively simple to use, and also works on the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, and other Samsung Galaxy S devices. The instructions are quite simple, and if you want to try it out for yourself, or for support, be sure to hit up the source link below, and let us know the results in the comments below
Note: Talk Android cannot be held responsible for any damage to your device
Just like a stubborn weed, the damn thing grows back if you don’t kill the roots. In the case of Android devices, roots never say die! Universal Androot is back and ready to unlock your phone with their easy one-click solution. The install is simple – grab the app in the market which provides you with a download link. Open it and download the apk install file, run it, and root away!
It’s available to most phones out there, but it should be noted that it won’t work if you are on build number FRG22D of Froyo. Hit the jump to see if your device is on the supported list and grab it via the QR code if it is!
If you haven’t heard the news yet, the G2 comes pre-loaded with an anti-rooting mechanism which essentially resets the phone and restores the stock software when any changes are made to the phone’s OS.
T-Mobile has issued the following statement regarding their decision to prevent modifying the stock software:
Code-Level Modifications to the G2
As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support innovation. The T-Mobile G2 is a powerful and highly customizable Android-powered smartphone, which customers can personalize and make their own, from the look of their home screen to adding their favorite applications and more.
The HTC software implementation on the G2 stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted and rendering the device inoperable. There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level, known as “rooting,” but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary and cannot be saved to permanent memory. As a result the original code is restored.
It’s a little early to tell if developers are going to be able to get past this security measure, but when there’s a will, there’s a way.
So you want to attempt rooting your new G2 huh? As much as it’ll give you street cred, we have an obligation to warn you of the possible side effects of a bad root job, as it may brick your Android.
That said, it looks like xda-developers have been putting together a “temporary” G2 Rooting guide for those willing to attempt it.
You can click here to follow the instructions.
Android beanies, weird handles and inside joke nicknames, netbooks and chargers. That’s right: the modders roundtable discussion at the Big TX Android BBQ has just finished, and we’ve got some Q&A to share with you, the readers.
We were able to attend a conference with Team Douche, creators of CyanogenMod, and we got some great insight into the minds of these Android hacking masters.
You’ve probably heard recently that the quickboot feature on the HTC Desire HD has been ported, along with a full ROM, to a couple other devices. It looks like this feature caught the eye of the CyanogenMod team, as a tweet came out this morning from @cyanogen, which simply stated:
Yeah, CM6 “does” too :)
Included in the tweet was a link to a YouTube video showing off the fastboot option on a CM6.1 device. For those who don’t know, the quickboot option works by actually hibernating the device instead of doing a complete shutdown. Video below. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desks, hunched over some gadget when suddenly, you have the “Oh sh*t” moment. You might know what went wrong, you might not… but all you know is you borked your device. At this point, you can either rage-quit and smash your device to smithereens, or you can consult the all-knowing-internets for a solution.
Nilay Patel from engadget recently had his own little “oh sh*t” moment when he bricked his Droid X while trying to downgrade from a leaked Froyo build to Android 2.1, all so he could just grab the official Froyo build OTA. What he didn’t know was that while in the bootloader, the phone doesn’t charge, so mid-upgrade… POOF the phone shuts off and that, my friends is a textbook way to brick your phone.
Nilay, feeling that his nerd-fu was strong, decided to take matters into his own hands, did a little internet reading, and produced what you see in the picture above. Stripping a USB cable, he tricked the phone to thinking it was charging and then, using some more h4ck3d goodies, got his phone back to default 2.1 and grabbed the 2.2 update. Bravo Nilay, bravo.
For the full story with more details, hit up his editorial at engadget