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.
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.
Yesterday we reported that an early build of CyanogenMod 10 was released for several US Samsung Galaxy S III variants. The T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S III all got a taste of Jelly Bean and now it seems as if the international I-9300 S III has received the same treatment. So far WiFi tethering and the FM radio are quite buggy and still need some time to be worked on. While the camera works, it’s quite unstable and FC’s on occasion.
Keep in mind that these are just “preview” builds and aren’t meant for daily use just yet. One thing I have learned in my experience of rooting is that you never doubt these developers. In due time I’m sure they will iron out the remaining kinks and continue to refine the ROM. If you have an international Galaxy S III and interested in giving this a shot, then head over to the source link for instructions. Enjoy!
Good news for Sony Xperia Ion users today, the wizards over at XDA have discovered a root method that’s pretty simple to use.
It looks like once you’ve got your bootloader unlocked, all you’ll need to do is flash an insecure kernel which will allow you to run a root script. That’s it. A quick download of busybox and superuser from the Play Store will let you take advantage of your newly acquired freedom. » Read the rest
Those of you that pre-ordered your Nexus 7 should be receiving it in the next week or so. If you plan on unlocking and rooting it, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the instructions and download links to get your Nexus 7 primed and ready for customizing it to your delight. Just hit the break to get started
The fun part of unlocking and rooting your Android phone is trying out all the cool third-party ROMs out there. But in many cases, these ROMs are missing some of the manufacturer specific features of some devices, such as S-Pen support or camera burst mode. Well fear no more, young rootmeisters, for OpenDESIGN is born.
Headed by XpLoDWilD from TeamHacksung, a subgroup of CyanogenMod, OpenDESIGN’s goal is to essentially reverse-engineer manufacturer features and build them into CM9. These features are written from the ground up and open-sourced early on to give developers a chance to keep improving the code.
This is a great project that should help make AOSP-based ROMs even more attractive to geeks enthusiasts. The site is pretty new but has a bunch of information on features that are being worked on. Developers can join them and help the cause by contributing to the project. Hit the source link for more info.
Time Warner customers who have been making use of the TWC TV app in the past will now be happy to hear that its latest update brings live TV streaming to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices, however there is a catch. The update will only work on phones that have not been rooted. For the Android community, this is a little bit of a shocker as a good bit of Android users take full advantage of Google’s software and root like there’s no tomorrow. It’s unclear whether this lack of support was a decision made by Time Warner themselves or if it’s just a bump in the road that will soon be remedied with a future update or some fancy handy work from the dev community. Only “Time” will tell. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.
Well that didn’t take long! XDA member Boosted has already released an .apk for rooted users and can be sideloaded like any other third party app. Simply download the .apk below and install. Before you do, be sure you allow the installation of “unknown sources” under your device’s security settings. Hit up the XDA link below if you want to get in on the thread conversation or make a donation to the awesome developer who brought you this mod. Nice work Boosted!!
As Android continues to become more and more popular, coupled with the open-source nature of the software, the need for higher security is on everyone’s mind. In the past, flashing a custom ROM, such as CyanogenMod 7, would automatically enable root access to your phone, leaving your phone immediately vulnerable to potential security threats. Along with the risks came the freedom to customize your phone like no other mobile software could offer. Now with the most recent CyanogenMod 9, CM has merged 3 patches into their latest ROM that will disable automatic root access as default. Users will now have the following root options:
- Enabled for ADB only
- Enabled for apps only
- Enabled for both
So will this be a welcome change in the root community? In what situations would you make use of this new function? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.
Jason Tyler, author of Google App Inventor for Android, has a new book on its way and you can pre-order it today. It’s titled, XDA’s Android Hacker’s Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Rooting, ROMs and Theming. For those of you ready to start hacking, but aren’t sure where to start, the XDA developer’s forum has long been a great resource. Tyler’s book presents it in a more easily approached manner, beginning with the basics. » Read the rest