Modders round table with Team Douche, makers of CyanogenMod

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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.

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CyanogenMod 6.1 does quickboot

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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!

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How to brick a Droid X & bring it back to life

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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

[via engadget]

How to root a Droid X running the official Android 2.2 update

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If you have already updated your Droid X to Froyo today, you may be wondering now about rooting your device. Well, the folks over at XDA-Developers already have that one covered, and it’s (almost) a 1-click solution. Just follow the directions below and you’re good to go.


1.  Extract and Update Android SDK package to your computer.  (Our instructions here.)
2.  Next, extract the files from the DORoot zip file to the tools folder of Android SDK.

(Take them out of the folder they came zipped in and place in tools.)

Ex:  C:\android-sdk-windows\tools

3.  Install Motorola Drivers:  (32-bit or 64-bit)
4.  Enable USB Debugging on your phone and plug it into your PC.  (Settings>Applications>Development)
5.  Double-click and run doroot.bat
6.  Let it run.
7.  It will let you know if it has finished completely.
8.  Reboot your phone and you are rooted!

If these instructions don’t seem all that clear, follow the step-by-step guide which includes adb commands.  Our instructional post can be found here.

[via Droid-Life]

Unrevoked 3.2 available now, plays nice with Android 2.2

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Update2: Well at least if you actually got 3.2 running then you’re free and clear and don’t have to worry

Update: This isn’t good news!!  ”We’re looking at some minor bugs that a very small number (two) EVO users have encountered and have taken the tool down for a short while until we’re satisfied that they have been resolved.” – unrevoked team

Android tweakers rejoice, the unrevoked team has just released  unrEVOked 3.2. Here’s the change log for the latest version:

  • Added support for Froyo builds on all supported devices
  • Added support for the CDMA Desire
  • Optionally disables security on supported CDMA devices

So those are the newest features, but what about supported devices? That list has grown to include the following list of Android phones:

If that wasn’t enough, unrevoked3 now will permanently unlock NAND write protection by default on the EVO 4G, Droid Incredible and HTC Desire CDMA.

Pretty sweet eh? Among other news with the release of 3.2, the unrevoked team has noticed that the basic workings behind unrevoked3 may apply to other rooted HTC phones running Froyo. So if you’re current phone isn’t on the “cool list” above, then be sure to contact the unrevoked team.

[via unrevoked]

Thanks Chuck for the heads up!

Galaxy Tab Prototype Rooted Already

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It’s not even a month away from even a European release and the Galaxy Tab has already been hacked to provide Root user access.

The guys over at a website called Sera-Apps got their hands on a prototype Galaxy Tab unit. The hacker notes that he is unsure if the final Galaxy Tab will be able to be Rooted in the same way, as “things can change”.

He also gave a recommendation about the product which reads

try it and buy it!

Very encouraging words about this highly anticipated device.

[via Sera-Apps]

Old bootstrap recovery method confirmed for DROID 2

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Have a DROID 2? Is it rooted? Do you find yourself sitting around thinking “well now what”? Well, you won’t be on your tookus for too much longer, as an old method for getting custom ROMS on your device via bootstrap has been confirmed to work for the DROID 2. This method gives you access to Clockwork Recovery for backups, ROM flashing, and just about anything else you could want to do with your phone. Be sure to hit up the source link below to check it out for yourself!

[via Koush]

Root has been achieved on the Samsung Epic 4G

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Yes, you read that title correctly.  The team over at SDX-Developers has achieved root on the Samsung Epic 4G, before the phone is even being sold. The process involves first establishing a temporary root, and then pushing a script that sets the root environment every time the phone is powered on.

It likely won’t take very long for a script-less version of the process to be released, but for now, those who are planning on buying an Epic 4G have an immediate root option.  All the details can be found in the source link below.

[via SDX-Developers]

Cyanogenmod 6 now at official, stable release

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Hey, all you hackers, devs, rooters, and other Android debaucher-izers, good news! CyanogenMod has officially hit 6.0, meaning it is now at the official stable release point. According to the site:

CyanogenMod-6.0 is hitting the mirrors right now! This is our first stable release based on Android 2.2, and we’ve hit our target list of devices. I’m completely amazed at what this project has become and the community that has developed around it, and it’s only just getting started.

CyanogenMod, for those who don’t know, is a rooted ROM for a plethora of devices, including the EVO, Nexus One, Hero, and much, much more. This writer is even running it on his HTC Hero, and is enjoying every second. I have full control over the user interface, performance tweaks, all the way down to a system-wide EQ function.

Want to check it out for yourself? Of course you do! For those of you already running CM6, you can update your copy through the built-in ROM Manager app. Remember, your device MUST be rooted in order to install CM6. Be sure to hit up the source link below to reach the official site, and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[via cyanogenmod]

Note: TalkAndroid is not held liable if you somehow damage your device

Instructions for rooting Android 2.2 on Evo 4G

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The fine folks over at XDA-Developers have compiled step by step instructions for rooting your newly Froyo’d Evo 4G.  The process is certainly not for the faint of heart, and many will prefer to wait for a simpler approach.  For all you brave souls out there that want to attempt this, check out the source link below for the how-to.

(note: rooting can brick your phone, so proceed with caution)

[via XDA-Developers]