With the resurgence of HTC development around XDA due in no small part to S-Off being achieved, HTC devices are enjoying more freedom and users are having more fun than they have in a long time. With some devices already getting their rounds of SuperCID, it was only a matter of time before newer HTC devices got the same. And now for users of the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X, you can now share in the SuperCID glory.
For those who are unfamiliar, SuperCID gives you some pretty fun freedoms—not the smallest of which is being . . . READ ON »
December 3, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
SuperOneClick is a wonderful tool. With its help, millions of users (no embellishment—take a quick look at the download history) have been able to gain root access on hundreds of devices. In fact, only a few short weeks ago, we wrote about how it was used to crack open the newly released Amazon Kindle Fire.
Since SuperOneClick has been around for a while, you may be wondering why this update is worthy of front page news. Rather than a major feature set or UI change, it has undergone a significant revamp under the hood thanks to the incorporation of . . . READ ON »
XDA member CLShortFuse recently released a one stop shot kind of application to free your Android device from its chains. The app can do everything that you will ever need for several Android devices including root (partial or full depending on the device), will allow non-market apps to be installed, and even unroot your device if you ever need to take it in for warranty service or returns.
The dev points out that only partial root can be achieved for devices like the EVO, Desire, Aria, and others as they come NAND locked from manufacturer. In either case, the app . . . READ ON »
August 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Many users don’t see any particular reason to change out the stock firmware for AOSP-derived offerings. OEMs for the most part are now taking things much more seriously, and their firmwares are pretty much usable unlike a few years ago. Some of you might remember how “fluid” Eclair was on some devices, which illustrates the past problem with skinned ROM performance.
A pre-rooted stock ROM is still a good choice for many users, as it offers all the device-specific features along with the power-user friendly goodies of root. While copying the requisite files to make a ROM pre-rooted is easy as pie, extracting the stock image isn’t. If . . . READ ON »
July 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.4 roadmap from HTC for their device updates has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of SuperSU being updated to root Android L developer preview. Also be sure the check out the story talking about what the Android L developer preview really is and what it all means! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
One might say that there really aren’t many perks that the Moto G GPe can offer over its regular counterpart. Thanks to Moto G’s timely updates from the previously Google owned Motorola, the near stock Android platform its running, and the uninvasive and minimal additions (or tweaks) Motorola has included with the regular Moto G, this opinion may not be too far from the truth. But the GPe still does has its appeals, with the most obvious being its undisturbed, intact Android experience.
So if you are after the GPe experience but currently own a regular Moto G, . . . READ ON »
December 27, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Just in case you weren’t content with a single fancy infographic this morning, Samsung has shared one of its own. But rather than detailing the Android update process, Samsung’s dose of edutainment shows the evolution of cell phone display technology.
The infographic begins with the company’s first analog cell phone, the SH100 back in 1988. It then chronicles the journey over the years to the first color phone in 2002, the first touch screen in 2009, the original Galaxy S in 2010, all the way to today’s newest flagships and their fancy 1080p HD Super AMOLED displays.
While you are . . . READ ON »
February 19, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
We’re here live at HTC’s press event in the lovely (and frigid) Manhattan, where we anticipate many important flagship products will be launched. Much speculation has been made regarding the possible official appearance of a certain highly anticipated device. At this point, it seems all but certain.
Update: That’s a wrap. The new HTC One has seen the light of day. Those interested should visit our preliminary benchmarks article. Also, those looking to watch the entire presentation themselves can do so courtesy of a rebroadcast care of commenter/reader siemz.
Update 2: Pictures taken with a real camera added after . . . READ ON »
December 4, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Every year, it seems that we are inundated with a greater number of smartphone options. In fact, this choice is part of what makes Android great when compared to other alternatives. But at the same time, it can also be a bit overwhelming. So we’ll be breaking down the available options for this year’s Holiday season by carrier, as well as some carrier-independent options.
Big Red has one of the largest selections of Android devices in the industry. They also have not only been the most restrictive regarding bootloaders, but they also really want to see what you . . . READ ON »
Contrary to popular belief, there is a third player in the Global Smartphone Market. No, it is not BlackBerry. Sure BlackBerry is technically #3 in terms of market share, but their decline and eventual dismissal shows up on every fortune teller’s Tarot cards. Microsoft used to rule the marketplace prior to 2007, at which point they evidently chose to take a nap. Fast-forward to 2012 with version 8 of their mobile OS rolling out, and you’ll find Microsoft is waking up and deciding to join in the game once again. So with that, we present to you the Windows Phone . . . READ ON »
If you have a newer Samsung device, you’ve almost certainly heard of XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip and his toolkits. They’ve been released for a plethora of devices, including the international Samsung Galaxy Note II. Now, the popular toolkit has started making appearances on the US variants, starting with the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II.
The toolkit provides a gigantic number of services for users. Aside from root, custom recovery, and unroot tools, the toolkit also features:
. . . READ ON »
Install drivers automatically
Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
Backup your /data/media (virtual
If you’ve been a Samsung phone user over the last year or so, you’ve likely heard of XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip and his tool kits. We’ve brought you news of his tool kits, as they’re available for all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III and all variants of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, among others. Now, mskip is at it again with a release for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
As per the norm, there is quite a large features list that includes:
. . . READ ON »
Install drivers automatically
Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data
June 7, 2012 By: Former Writer
Unfortunately, Mac users sometimes don’t get the same amount of love as Windows and Linux fans when it comes to Android development. Tool kits, root methods, and other tweaks almost always start out as Windows- or Linux-based, leaving Mac users waiting, using virtual machines, or using their friends’ computers. Fortunately, the most important methods and tools eventually see Mac releases.
This is now the case for the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X, where the popular bootloader unlock and SuperCID script has been ported to Mac. Released by XDA Senior Member jnichols959, the script is identical to the Windows . . . READ ON »