Not too long ago, we discovered that there was a solution for those wanting root but being unable to use it. There are several reasons why you may not be able to have root access on your Android device, such as applications that do not run if root access is detected. These apps can include anything from corporate apps to TV apps, and even communication-related apps as well (TV streaming, etc). The previously covered solution involves the Root Cloak Xposed Module developed by XDA Forum Member devadvance. This module essentially hides root shell from select applications, rather than disabling it. However for various reasons, not everyone can run Xposed framework.
Now, the same developer is at it again, and has released a new version of Root Cloak. For starters, this new version improves its (growing) compatibility list. However, the biggest difference between Root Cloak Plus and its predecessor is that this version runs on Cydia Substrate rather than Xposed framework. The developer also mentions that some new features are present, such as the ability to hide items in the build.prop such as test-keys.
Needless to say, you need to have Cydia Substrate installed on your device to be able to use this. And if you are on Kit Kat (4.4+), you will need to change the SELinux mode to “permissive.” This can be easily accomplished by swinging by the Play Store and downloading this app (or searching for “SELinux Mode Changer”). And of course, you also need to be rooted.
If you have been looking for an upgrade to Root Cloak, as well as a reason to try out Cydia Substrate, now is your chance. As always, any feedback, suggestions, and most importantly, bugs are welcomed by the dev. You can find more information in the original thread.
Here on the XDA Portal, we bring you news—sometimes big news, sometimes small news. But we believe this is BIG, and rather exciting news for Android lovers (and iPh*ne converts)!
Jay Freeman, better known as Saurik, is a developer well-known for his work on Jailbroken iDevices and the creation of Cydia, Winterboard and Mobile substrate. He has recently “seen the light” and released Cydia substrate for Android. Designed to work with any recent version of Android (2.3 and later), Cydia Substrate is a platform for easier customisation of software, when the source code is not available. Although Mobile Substrate doesn’t lead to any obvious visual changes on your phone, it paves the way to support for other exciting developments and applications through “substrate extensions,” which are installed in the same way as regular applications.
With Cydia Substrate, features previously only available through the installation of custom ROMs (until the advent of the Xposed Framework), will be as easy to install or remove as it would be to install or remove a regular app. This also opens the door to more generic tweaks heading our way, including the support of some already established iOS tweaks in the coming months. Cydia Substrate supports ARM and Intel CPUs already, and likely others. (MIPS, anyone?)
With the release of Cydia Substrate, Saurik also brings the much loved theme engine “Winterboard” to Android. This application requires both root permissions and Cydia Substrate, and opens many possibilities in line with theming. For example, it allows you to use CyanogenMod/TMobile Theme Engine themes on ROMs without this feature, activate several themes at once, and much more—all without having to install a whole new custom ROM. A more detailed article regarding Winterboard will follow.
It’s important to note that although Cydia Substrate has been thoroughly tested on different versions of Android and on many different devices, and although it includes a safety feature to disable modifications, Cydia Substrate is a work-in-progress. As such, caution is advised. And as always, backups should be taken. If you do have any issues when using Cydia Substrate, hold down the volume-up key on your device while booting the phone, and Safe Mode will be engaged, disabling any Cydia Substrate addons.
Developers or anybody interested in learning more about Cydia Substrate should go ahead and check out the documentation as well as its listing in the Google Play Store. Are you an iOS convert? Or have you been waiting on something like this to come along for some time? Let us know in the comments below.