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Will Verduzco · Jan 20, 2014

Android 4.5 May Break Compatibility with Many Current Root Apps

There's often much speculation surrounding what may be seen in upcoming and updated devices and new versions of Android. Most of this talk unfortunately centers around leaked images of some sort, rather than any hard evidence. Once in a while, however, genuine clues are discovered that help paint a picture of what's to come. A little over a week ago, a pair of commits were made to the AOSP master tree that essentially prevent SU from executing files stored on the /data...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2014

Note 3 KitKat Kernel Source and Mobile ODIN 4 Released, Sony Social Camera Ported to Xperia Devices – XDA Developer TV

The kernel files have been released for the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the full Smart Social Camera Experience has been ported to Android 4.3 Xperia Devices and Mobile ODIN has been updated with more features and support for more devices! Be sure to check out the the other videos released...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 17, 2014

Mobile ODIN Updated to Version 4, New Features and Devices

We first featured XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's Mobile ODIN app a little over two years ago. Ever since the beginning, Mobile ODIN has allowed users to flash ODIN-flashable firmwares directly from the device itself, without the need to connect to a full computer. Over the course of the app's various updates, Mobile ODIN has evolved considerably---both adding support for new devices, as well as gaining new abilities. Now with an update to version 4, the app has gained even more...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 13, 2014

TriangleAway 3.25 Now Supports Android 4.4 on the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3!

Unless you've been living under a rock for quite some time, you're undoubtedly aware that many modern Samsung devices keep an internal flash counter that keeps track of how many times you flash custom firmware onto your device. Luckily, a fix for this has been available for quite some time thanks to Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's fantastic TriangleAway app. But ever since its release, it's been a bit of a cat and mouse game where a TriangleAway version would be released, followed by...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 8, 2013

Skip the Wait and Save Your Bandwidth: OmniROM Adds Incremental OTA System

Not everyone has supremely fast mobile data when on the go. And even those with many bars of LTE reception shouldn't have to waste their bandwidth downloading overly sized ROM updates. But let's face it: We all want the absolute bleeding edge ROM and featureset at all times. So what do we do when we're on the go and happen to see that our favorite developer issued a new version? We download a huge, often 100 MB or larger complete...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2013

Change the Look of Your Homescreen with 500 Firepaper

Modifying and tweaking the look of Android is one of the platform's most amazing features. Users can change almost every element on their home screens, hence countless number of themes, wallpapers, and mods available in Android Themes and Apps and Games sub forums. All this great work from thousands of members is aimed to make Android look even more pleasing. Not many of you folks know that XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, developer of many famous applications such as SuperSU or...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 6, 2013

How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Google Nexus 5. The Google Nexus 5 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the first device released with Android 4.4 KitKat, and that is a good thing. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Nexus 5 is no exception to that! Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access and unlock the bootloader on your Nexus...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Chainfire Roots the Google Nexus 5 with CF-Auto-Root

We all knew that the Google Nexus 5 would be rooted as soon as users and developers started getting their hands on the device. And now, that time has come. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire recently received his unit, and we can all guess what happened next. So if you're lucky enough to already have your own, or even if yours is simply on the way, good things are in store for you. In addition to simply rooting the device, Chainfire released CF-Auto-Root. As stated by...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 5, 2013

Chainfire Removes the Galaxy Note 3 N9005 Region Lock

Another day, another action taken by Samsung seemingly intended to earn the ire of its users. Those looking into the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may already be familiar with the device's region lock situation. While not the very latest scandal surrounding the device, region locking a device means that when you travel to a different region, you will be forced to use your native country's SIM, rather than a cheaper local SIM card. And despite the company's claims otherwise, many angry...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 4, 2013

Xposed Framework Backported to Gingerbread, Galaxy Note 3 Auto-Rooted by Chainfire – XDA Developer TV

Certain variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been rooted by none other than XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. 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 an article reporting on how Xposed Framework has been ported to Gingerbread devices and the announcement that XDA will be at this years Big Android BBQ. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2013

CF-Auto-Root for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

We've written about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root for various devices in the past. For those just now hearing about CF-Auto-Root for the first time, it's essentially the easiest and quickest way to achieve initial root for your Samsung device, while keeping your newly rooted device as close to stock as possible. And due to the ease at which this can be applied, it's essentially "root for rooting beginners," as Chainfire himself puts it. Already supporting over 80 devices and configurations,...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 12, 2013

Open Source GeoLog Brings Contextually-Aware Tracking

The problem with many geolocation tracker apps is that they either sacrifice battery life for accuracy or they sacrifice accuracy for battery life. Luckily, that's something that Google has taken care of with its new fused location provider. This location API allows developers to (among other things) specify high-level needs with regards to accuracy and power consumption, rather than having to worry about location providers. There is now a geolocation tracking app that makes use of Google's fused location provider. Brought to...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 3, 2013

Android 4.3 Rooted Courtesy of Chainfire

The recently released Google Edition Galaxy S4 has been generating a lot of excitement since being announced. What a lot of people did not see coming was Jelly Bean 4.3 leak. Despite containing only a few minor changes likely that would affect the average end user, there may well still be a few differences under the hood that we are yet to discover.  A recently leaked Samsung firmware based on Android 4.3 (JWR66N for those keeping track) has been found...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 11, 2013

Use Your Keyboard and Mouse on Android with USB On-The-Go – XDA Developer TV

Last time, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin explored DLNA. Today, he is continuing his exploration of often overlooked technologies that work with Android. To do this, Kevin talks about USB On-the-Go. All you need is an OTG cable, some accessories, and some time. The possibilities are endless. Kevin gives a demonstration of USB On-the-Go.  Kevin shows you five examples of how to use OTG on your device. From his Xbox controller, to his keyboard and mouse. He even shows you...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2013

Flash Galaxy S 4 Custom ROM and Recovery, Testing Android Apps with Robotium – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has worked around Samsung's attempt to block rooting your phone. Therefore, new devices have been added to CF-Auto-Root. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is a tutorial on testing your app with Robotium. And in related news, there is an article on how flash custom ROMs and Recovery to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Jordan talks about the other...

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jerdog · May 24, 2013

Chainfire Patches Samsung’s Attempts to Block Root, New Devices Added to CF-Auto-Root and ADBD Insecure

Samsung, Samsung, Samsung, you never cease to amaze. You love to say that you are friendly to the developer and user communities, and some have even bought that. There's an old saying that says, "Actions speak louder than words." There's another one that says, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Both apply here, as you stooped to another low when you started rolling out updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4 that disabled the ability to elevate...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 16, 2013

TWRP Reaches Version 2.5.0.0 and Sees Debut on the HTC One

We have had some rather long running projects on XDA over the years. Some involve simple, yet elegant things like theming engines (UCCW, VR Theme, etc), while others focus a bit more on the functionality side of things. The case for recovery images is one such area that needs to be constantly evolving due to the evolution of the devices and their inner workings. Pushing an insecure recovery into a device is not always easy. Or rather, it is not...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 5, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rooted and XDA April Fools Day Pranks – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted the Samsung Galaxy S 4 successfully and variably. That story and more are covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is a discussion of XDA's April fools pranks, like us teaming up with Google to track iPhones and the Job Board shutting down. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gives...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 20, 2013

Sony Xperia Z Rooted Before Release!

Just because a device hasn’t been released, is in limited release, or isn’t in the hand of a developer doesn’t mean that developers cannot root the device. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted a pre-release device a few times, such as when he remotely rooted the Samsung Galaxy S III. Today, we are talking about Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root in a roundabout way. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD took the Nexus 4 version of CF-Auto-Root, modified it a bit, did a dance...

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jerdog · Jan 29, 2013

Chainfire Announces SuperSU Icon Winners with v1.0 of SuperSU

We talk a lot about the importance of developers here at XDA because the reality is XDA was born for developers and exists for developers. So when one of our own consistently puts out significant and useful applications, we make sure to talk about it. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire is one of those. His work with CF-Root, Triangle Away, ExynosAbuse, PerfMon, FAAPT, adbd Insecure, and more is second to none. With SuperSU, he introduced an icon competition to pick the...

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