XDA News Articles

Chris Gilliam · Mar 10, 2015

[ROOT] Restore KitKat’s “Recents” View on Lollipop

Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Chainfire is well known here on the XDA Forums for his outstanding work on SuperSu, CF.Lumen, StickMount, 500 Firepaper, and more. Today, he brings us an answer to another Android annoyance - Lollipop's overly-inclusive Overview that has replaced the subdued Recent menu with a rolodex of every app and webpage ever opened by your device. The new Recently app from Chainfire restores Overview to its previous glory, and bolsters the feature with the ability to customize the number of "recent apps" on display. The app...

Jimmy McGee · Feb 3, 2015

USB OTG on Nexus w/ StickMount – XDA App Review

Smartphones are revolutionary. You can have apps that do just about anything you can think of. You can get email, text messages, browse the internet and more. However, storing all this data can leave you with a problem, no more storage space. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire offers up an app that allows you to use USB storage with your phone’s USB OTG capabilites. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews StickMount.  TK shows off the application, its uses,...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2014

Chainfire Turns Your Bootanimation into a Logging Center

Having a nice boot animation certainly adds a little bit of aesthetic polish to your ROM. But other than its purely aesthetic value, boot animations don't really provide any useful information. When your device is boot looping or one of your services is constantly crashing, ADB is still the most reliable option to get information. There are plenty applications able to get logs straight from device, but not many can access logs while booting. XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior...

Pulser_G2 · Nov 20, 2014

SuperSU BETA: Root Android Lollipop on Stock Kernel

Up until now, if you wanted to get root on Android 5.0, you needed to flash a modified kernel onto your device to work around some SELinux restrictions. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently released the previously-necessary CF-Auto-Root package, which made the necessary kernel ramdisk modifications to remove SELinux restriction from the install-recovery.sh script on AOSP. This morning, however, Chainfire brought smiles to many faces, as he announced on Twitter that this would no longer be necessary going forward. (more…)

Faiz Malkani · Nov 18, 2014

SuperSU Beta 2.23 Increases Root App Support

You may recall that back when Android 4.4 KitKat was the cool kids' Android version and Android 5.0 was just a name floating on everybody's lips, we spoke about the next Android version bringing root headaches. Fast forward to the present, Lollipop is rolling out quickly to Nexus devices and most of this year's flagships, and we already have root access on it thanks to CF-Auto Root being patched accordingly. But due to the aforementioned hurdles and subsequent exploits, some root...

jerdog · Nov 15, 2014

Chainfire Releases CF-Auto-Roots For Nexus Line

Benjamin Franklin, the US Statesman from simpler times, gave the famous quote in 1789 that "...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I can't fault him for not having the forethought to identify that there would be a few more certainties in life, and those would be "Chainfire releasing root for Nexus devices and providing analysis of the state of root on a new Google release." For those not familiar, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire...

Will Verduzco · Nov 5, 2014

Chainfire Roots Lollipop on the Nexus 9!

Just a few hours ago, we talked about how the Android 5.0 Lollipop-powered factory images were released for Google's latest flagship tablet, the Nexus 9. Naturally, this meant that it would not be too long before someone stepped up to the plate and rooted the device. This someone happened to be none other than XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, who not only rooted the device, but also created a 64-bit build of the SuperSU binary in the process. Achieving root on...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 31, 2014

More Android 5.0 Details Revealed, Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker – XDA TV

Google talks more about Android 5.0 Lollipop! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the new Mircosoft Band, a fitness tracker and be sure the check out the article talking about sideloading apps to Android TV thanks to Chainfire. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV....

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire

Android TV played quite a major roles at this year's Google I/O's keynote. We didn't have to wait long to see the first Android devices designed specifically to work with TVs. One of the most exciting Android TV devices is the recently launched Google Nexus Player, which was introduced alongside Lollipop and other Nexus devices. Google added a requirement that every existing application that is to work on Android TV must be declared as compatible by the app's developer(s). Such...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 12, 2014

SuperSU 2.13 Begins Preparations for Android L Release

After a few quiet months since the last major release and several minor beta revisions, SuperSU finally receives a major update in its stable branch. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire added a vast number of bug fixes, compatibility additions, and under-the-hood changes that only tech savvy users will notice. SuperSU is now fully ready for Android L, which should be released sometime soon. Chainfire put a lot of efforts into making this application compatible with AOSP. As a result, SuperSU is now...

Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2014

CF-Auto-Root Gains Note 4 and S5 Prime Support!

We've talked quite a bit about CF-Auto-Root by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire in the past--all with good reason. For the few who don't know, CF-Auto-Root is essentially the easiest and most efficient way for new users to root their devices while keeping them as close to stock as possible. Essentially everything is automated, and once all is said and done, you end up with a practically stock device, but with the SuperSU binary and APK installed. Not too long ago,...

Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

SuperSU 2.01 Lets You Root the Android L Developer Preview the Right Way

Last week during the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote, Google unveiled the much anticipated and radically different Android L release. The very next day, Google made an early developer preview available for users to get an early taste of what L will eventually be like. Many end users rocking the Google Nexus 5 or 7 ended up flashing this update, and this in turn lead users to want to root the update. But unfortunately, SuperSU was not yet compatible with Android...

Will Verduzco · May 30, 2014

Next Version of Android to Bring Even More Root Headaches

About a week and a half ago, we took a look at a few recent AOSP merges initially spotted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that severely impact root app developers due to changes in SELinux, default runtime compiler, and the requirement of PIE (Position-Independent Executable) for non-statically built executables. These changes compounded previous headaches caused by commits that prevent SU from executing files stored on the /data partition. Luckily, potential workarounds for the above changes were quickly publicized by Chainfire when he updated his How to SU guide. Now,...

Will Verduzco · May 19, 2014

Next Version of Android to Cause Even More Issues for Root App Developers

You may recall that a few months back, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire analyzed some upcoming changes to AOSP that will likely appear in the next publicly available version of Android. As a quick refresher, the two commits in question at the time made life a little more difficult for root app developers by preventing the SU binary from executing files stored on the /data partition. Because of this change, root-enabled applications that extract and execute files from app-specific directories in the /data partition will have...

Will Verduzco · May 2, 2014

Mobile ODIN 4.20 Brings Support for Several Galaxy S5 Variants

We last talked about XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Mobile ODIN back in January with the launch of version 4. For those who don't recall, v4 brought quite a few new features such as the ability to flash modem images and support for several new Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 variants. Now, version 4.20 is here, and it packs a few goodies--no, not THAT. Mobile ODIN v4.20, which went live yesterday afternoon, packs two new features. First off, the injected SuperSU has been updated to version...

Tomek Kondrat · Apr 29, 2014

500 Firepaper Update to V2 Brings Major Overhaul

It's been a while since we talked about 500 Firepaper. For those who don't remember, it's an innovative application that downloads high quality wallpapers of various genres from the popular service 500px. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently announced a major overhaul to version 2.0. What's new in 500 Firepaper v2? The changelog is quite long and is covered on his Google+. These new features include a brand new option to pin a wallpaper for 7 days. Additionally, wallpaper history browsing has been refined, and it now supports swiping....

Jimmy McGee · Apr 14, 2014

Nokia X Camera Ported, Easily Flash Between Dalvik and ART, CF.lumen Released by Chainfire! – XDA Developer TV

You can now easily switch between Dalvik and ART if you're experiencing ART-related bootloops! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that the Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer has been ported to all Xperia Devices and the story about what to do now that you have a Samsung Galaxy S5! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

Will Verduzco · Apr 11, 2014

Here’s What You Can Do with Your New Samsung Galaxy S5!

Well folks, today is Galaxy S5 day and Samsung's "Next Big Thing" is officially here. And although certain South Korean carriers decided to jump the gun and sell the device a bit early, today marks the device's official worldwide launch date. So now that you've either gotten your grubby little paws on an S5 or you're eagerly awaiting delivery from your friendly postal courier, you may be wondering what to do with the device. Well, since you're reading this, there is...

Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2014

CF.lumen Resurrected as New App, Brings KitKat Support

Way back in 2011, we talked about the interesting Chainfire3D plugin CF.lumen. For those of you who don't remember, the plugin intelligently modified the color temperature of your device's display based on the time of day and relative solar position. In other words, a customizable color filter would be added after sundown in the hopes of reducing eyestrain. Unfortunately, however, the old CF.lumen plugin only worked with devices running Android 2.x. Now let's fast forward to today, as XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's has brought...

Will Verduzco · Mar 27, 2014

Chainfire Roots the Samsung Galaxy S 5 SM-G900F Ahead of Release!

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 isn't even officially available yet, but that hasn't stopped development for the device. Earlier, we talked about how a system dump appeared, enabling users to begin work porting Samsung's latest proprietary applications to older devices. Now, the International SM-G900F variant of the device has been rooted, courtesy of none other than XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. Root comes in the form of Chainfire's popular CF-Auto-Root, which is essentially the easiest entry point to root access for those looking...