Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
New Root Method Released for Xperia S Devices With Locked Bootloaders
As a device gets older, the development surrounding it evolves. Root methods come, root methods go, and new root methods are born. This also goes for ROMs, kernels, and pretty much any other type of development you can think of. It happens for various reasons, but typically it’s due to firmware updates that render old methods obsolete. In other cases, it’s to achieve root when stuck on a locked bootloader. The Sony Xperia S falls into that category.
With this newer root method, users have not one, but two different methods—the long way by XDA Forum Member sharaz22 or the short way by XDA Forum Member hk2006. Both root methods ultimately achieve the same goal, but there are reports of both methods having their issues.
In the longer method, users are directed to use a number of batch files and perform some operations on Flashtool. Once done, all that’s needed is to install Superuser from the Google Play Store. It will root devices with locked bootloaders, but this process will not install a custom recovery. The short version wraps the entire long version up into a single batch file and provides more of a one click solution. Users have reported needing to run the script a few times in order to get it to stick, and users who try it with ICS have reported having to do a factory reset afterward to fix some small lag issues. Neither version flashes a custom recovery, and users are encouraged to wait for a dedicated version.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...