The Android platform is known for its innumerable amount of functions and the users’ ability to further customize it according to his/her liking. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of customizing our Android device is custom ROMs. The likes of CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android etc are some of the prominent ROM development teams out there that offer all the features that stock Android doesn’t.
The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.
Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.
With a new version of Android ready to start rolling out on a large scale before too long, including to the AOSP, some changes in the system will likely create some new challenges and require some additional work on the part of developers who create apps that rely on a rooted device. The first of these changes involves SELinux and some adjustments to make it even more secure. The tighter settings mean developers will have to invoke more complicated context switching for their apps. It also appears Google is switching the default runtim compiler for Android to ART which will create some challenges. Finally, it looks like Google is going to require PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables.
Mad Catz’s Android-powered MOJO gaming console has been successfully rooted, and as a result, users will be able to access the Google Play Store, as well as thousands of other applications.
It obviously involves flashing a custom boot image using your computer (no overwriting the existing ROM), so be careful if you don’t have any rooting experience.
The Nexus Root Toolkit is a really nice piece of software which will help you with pretty much all of your rooting needs for your Nexus device. Yesterday, the software added support for Android 4.3 as well as the new Nexus 7 tablet which is really good news for anyone looking to root their new device. The software will automatically download all the necessary files to carry out the operation, has the ability to bring your device back into stock form, features a backup tool which will backup all of your data in case of a problem during the process, and can flash ZIM files, install applications, modify permissions, and more. Go grab it for free in the source link— donations are appreciated!
Just last week we saw a root method surface for the Chromecast, and just like that, Google is closing the door. Google released build 12840 as an over-the-air update a few days ago, and one of the enhancements is to close the root method. Of course, you might not see that as an enhancement if you were looking to root your Chromecast.
Now it might not be all doom and gloom as XDA member tchebb has posted a couple of methods you can try to stop the OTA from hitting your device. The first thing you need to do is check to see if you’re device has been updated. Just open the Chromecast app on your phone or tablet and tap on the specific Chromecast device. The current build number will be listed at the bottom. If your Chromecast didn’t get the update, then hit the break for instructions.
If you own a rooted Galaxy S 4 and you’ve decided to stick to the stock ROM, then you are without a doubt tired of the dozens of useless apps cluttering your drawer. Lucky for you, XDA Senior Member schoolsux, has developed the TrulyClean script that safely removes over 98 apps that aren’t crucial to the system. Not only does this method save a lot of time and energy, it will also bring you a noticeable boost in performance, and free up about 600-megabytes of storage.
TrulyClean removes everything from S Voice and Samsung Hub to more standard Google apps such as Gmail and Google+. While the standard script removes the stock browser, there is an alternate version that leaves it intact. Their is also a simple tutorial on editing the script to keep certain apps.
For anyone who has spent a minute in recovery mode, the TrulyClean script is very easy to install as it comes in a prepackaged flashable .zip folder. The developer recommends doing a full wipe before flashing, but its not a requirement. Just make sure to secure any vital data via your preferred backup method.
TrulyClean is available at the source below and is compatible with the i9500 and i9505 S 4. Happy flashing!
Source: XDA Developers
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000’s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
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XDA member Bin4ry recently posted his new root method that should be compatible with most ICS and Jelly Bean devices. He said in his post:
I made a small script which is able to root ICS/JB phones. It uses a remount timing issue in Androids “adb restore” service.
So normally it should work on nearly all ICS/JB devices, for some it won’t but the idea may work in a slightly modded version
It has been tested on the Nexus 7 as well as newer Sony Xperia devices.
- Download file and extract it
- Double click the RunMe.bat and follow instructions
As always, if you want more information or to jump in on the conversation, hit up the source link.
I am a huge fan of rooting my devices, it allows deep customization and the ability to load any ROM I want to. I own a GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus and while I wasn’t planning on rooting it, 2 hours after delivery I was punching fastboot commands into terminal to do just that.
Well XDA recognized contributor, varun.chitre15, is working hard to make this easy to do for ALL devices and with one program none-the-less. It’s called “AndroPlatina” and is a toolkit to make hacking and modifying your Android device easy with just a few clicks.