Android Newbie’s Guide to Rooting

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Newbie’s Guide to Rooting

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re either already rooted or thinking about rooting your device. The thing with rooting is that instead of folks falling into two different camps, I believe there are three camps. In my opinion, we’re either rooted, don’t even want to think about rooting, or we’re kind of intrigued by the idea but don’t want to go through the hassle or risk of rooting our device. This guide is more for the latter. My intent is not to sway anyone one way or the other. This is simply to try to keep things simple, while providing resources and knowledge from first-hand experience, and enabling you to make your own informed decision. While I’m not going to walk you step-by-step on how to root your specific device (we’ll be here forever going through each device); I will introduce you to the concept of rooting, reliable sources for reading, things to do before rooting, the benefits of rooting, and what to do after you’re rooted.  » Read the rest

Nexus 4 gets its first taste of CM 10.1 nightly builds

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Proud owner of a Nexus 4? Tired of waiting for Cyanogenmod? Good news! The CM team has rolled out their first nightly build based on Android 4.2. You’ll have to be rooted to install it, of course, and it’s important to remember that nightly builds may not always be perfectly stable, but it’s great to see the next generation of CM taking shape. Hit the download link below to get started.

source: Cyanogenmod

Nexus 10 toolkit now available for all your rooting needs

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The Nexus 10 may not be selling as well as LG’s Nexus 4, but that hasn’t detracted from its surmountable capabilities. A little more than a week after making its global debut, the Nexus 10 has received a fully functional root toolkit.

This custom toolkit will allow users to easily root the Nexus 10, as well as perform various root-related functions like unlocking your bootloader, backing up system partitions and installing USB drivers, all without a need to touch that often-feared command line. It’s a fantastic tool for those who are new to rooting their device, or simply want to save valuable time.

Be sure to check out the full list of features, as well as the official download at the source link below. Before proceeding, ensure that you read the instructions at least twice before initiating the rooting process. Godspeed, friends. » Read the rest

Easy Nexus 4 Root Method Arrives via Toolkit

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What’s the first thing you’re going to do with your new Nexus 4? If you answered, “root that bad boy and unleashed the custom ROM hell hounds,” you’re in luck! XDA developer mskip posted the Nexus 4 Toolkit today to help get you there. If you’re so inclined, we highly recommend you follow our How to unlock and root the Nexus 4 Guide. Results tend to be more consistent with the so called “manual method” described in our guide, but the process is usually a bit tedious. If you’re looking for quick & easy, the Toolkit is for you.

Version 1.1.0, released today, will now let you flash a custom recover, which is essential in performing Nandroid backups and flashing a custom ROM. Hit the source for the full list of features and all important download link. Then you can take advantage of apps like Titanium Backup and One Power Guard for your newly rooted Nexus 4.

Source: XDA

With CM10 being released, more devices receive official CM10 builds; CM10.1 will be Android 4.2

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With stable builds of CyanogenMod 10 being released yesterday to a select devices, more devices should start seeing support as the days go on. Today the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note (1 and 2), HTC One X and S, and Sony Xperia T are now supported, among many others. If you’re curious about your device and if the CM team supports it, you can check out their website for further details.

In other news, with Android 4.2′s source code dropping yesterday, you can expect developers like CyanogenMod to quickly get their hands on that code and start working on their custom version of it. The CM team has revealed that it will be dubbed as CM10.1, rather than a whole new number such as CM11. Since Android 4.2 is still technically Jelly Bean, the team didn’t feel the need to bump the number up to 11. That will probably be saved for the next iteration of Android (Key Lime Pie perhaps?).

Check out CM’s official statement on the matter after the break!

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S-Memo Found To Save Google Passwords In Plain Text And Is Viewable When Device Is Rooted

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There are always pros and cons when it comes to rooting your Android devices. Among the major pros are being able to make your Android device much more flexible and slap on things like custom ROMs. On the flip side there are cons such as the potential of major security breaches, such as one that was recently found by XDA user graffixnyc. While going through his S-Memo SQLite files on his Galaxy S III, he found out S-Memo store his Google account password in plain text, instead of the password being encrypted. After posting his issue in an open forum thread, another XDA user named ViViDboarder highlighted rooted devices will be able to view internal contents like that of the SQLite files, though graffixnyc the records of the SQLite files should be encrypted, whether a device is rooted or not.

While this is incredibly troubling to hear, this is a good wake up call for all Android owners, especially owners of rooted devices to take extreme caution in ensuring their sensitive information is safe and secure. The last thing you want is your important information getting into the wrong hands and all.

source: XDA Forums

Sony Xperia T gets James Bond Skyfall theme

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Sony has been pretty determined in advertising the Xperia T as a James Bond phone, and I’d say they’ve succeeded. Xperia T owners can take it a step further now with a complete 007 theme pack, thanks to XDA forum member ruwsoft. The theme pack includes ringtones, images, and all kinds of small changes to really get that James Bond feel.

It’s a simple installation, but the phone must be rooted. Aside from that, it’s a painless installation; download file, unzip file, drop the .apk in the phone’s system/vendor/overlay/framework/ folder, and reboot. Quick and simple. Hit the source for download links and the post on XDA.

So who’s planning on flashing this and running around in a tuxedo for the rest of the night?

source: XDA

Titanium Backup Pro Gets Updated To Version 5.7.0

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Those of you who are constantly flashing ROMs onto your device, but fearful of losing those precious apps are in luck as Titanium Backup has just received a major update, making the best backup solution even better. The update brings the version to 5.7.0 and brings a host of nifty features like support for Android devices without touchscreen, removes unneeded permissions and finally gives users the option to create flashable .zip files of their backed up apps in the PRO version– making the restoration process just a little bit simpler. Oh and best of all— the new version is compatible with Android devices version 1.5+, so virtually all Android users will be able to take advantage of the cool app.

The latest version is available in the Play Store now but keep in mind– the PRO version is listed for $6.58, so it isn’t exactly cheap. Still, Android users will likely overlook that considering Titanium Backup gives them a solid peace of mind and all.

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Android 4.2 Camera app with Photo Sphere now available for Galaxy Nexus

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Introduced on Monday, Android 4.2 brings a slew of new enhancements and features that rectify the minor jump in the version number. One of the most–if not the most–heavily touted features is Google’s entirely redesigned Camera and Gallery interface. The new build brings with it an intuitive options ring that pops up wherever you place your finger, allowing you to easily control the focus and various user settings. Also new is Photo Sphere, which has the ability to capture 360-degree images, similar to Google Maps Street View.

You may be thinking, “all this is great, except I don’t have a Nexus 4.” This may be true, but if you have a Galaxy Nexus, the entire new app has been ripped from Android 4.2, and  packaged into a nice .apk for easy installation. Hit the break for download links.

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Source: Android Police