A little while back, we brought you news of a universal method that could root almost any ICS device. It was a great guide, and many users still use it, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only universal root method out there right now. Very recently another multi-device root method was released, but this time for any HTC device.
The tool was created by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection, and does more than just rooting. It gives options based on whether your phone is S-On or S-Off. For S-On devices, it provides a known universal exploit to get the phone rooted with Busybox and SuperSU. For S-Off devices, it provides the option to root using an insecure boot.img. The full list of features include:
Root Using Insecure ‘Boot.img’ (S-OFF Only) or Universal Exploit. (S-ON / S-OFF)
Option to Flash ‘HBOOT’ Image after Rooting, even if your device is ‘S-ON’!
Verify MD5 Checksum of ‘HBOOT’ Image after backing up and after flashing.
Unroot Device by Patching ‘adbd’ binary as Insecure.
Root Tools to Clear Battery Stats and Dalvik Cache.
Reboot device to any mode after Rooting.
Execute Reboot commands independantly.
Thorough Error Checking and Stable ADB Framework implementation.
Includes BusyBox v1.20.2 and SuperSU v0.96
There are some things to take note of. The boot.img and HBoot image flashing requires users to get their own files as those are device specific and aren’t included. Users are also requesting features, so this tool may get bigger as time passes. To learn more, check out the original thread.
September 2, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
As most of us already know, HTC started offering bootloader unlocking support on its HTCDev website mid last year. However, many users have been experiencing problems when trying to unlock their bootloaders using the HTCDev website. The issues include the site appearing to be down much of the time, seemingly due to server overload, or crashing in the middle of the unlocking process.
XDA Senior Member nicholaschum has posted a method that can potentially help with these issues, allowing you to easily unlock your HTC device bootloader. The method requires that fastboot, HTC Sync, and Java installed on your computer. It involves getting your device’s identifier token directly using fastboot and posting it to HTC’s unlocking website to proceed successfully, thus eliminating the need for the website’s script to perform this step.
For more information and the complete instructions, head over to the original thread. Because this method still relies on HTCDev servers, it is not guaranteed to work all of the time. However, it should increase your chances since fewer steps are being done with the site.
July 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan is back today to talk about some exciting and important news from the XDA Portal. A while back, there was an announcement that Adobe Flash would not be supported on Jelly Bean. Jordan covers news on how the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean devices can get flash. Jordan talks about the petition to get Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD, after HTC announced this device would not be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. Jordan mentions XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler‘s Nexus 7 unboxing video.
In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the preview for the International Galaxy S II. Also, getting a preview is the Galaxy Note N7000. Finally, the ZTE Blade, Galaxy Ace and Gio get unofficial versions on CyanogenMod 10. So grab and handful of Jelly Beans and enjoy this video.
July 23, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan is back today to talk more about Jelly Bean news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers CyanogenMod 10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab. The HTC HD2 also gets an unofficial CM10 alpha release. Jordan talks about universal root for Ice Cream Sandwich phones.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean OTA for the Nexus S. Also mentioned are Jelly Bean ports for the Galaxy S II i9100, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus One, MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD and the Motorola Defy. Jordan wraps up the video with a mention of the Linux on Android Project. This is a video you cannot miss!
July 6, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
There have been many exciting stories appearing on the XDA Portal recently. Our good friend Jordan talks about the articles on the XDA Portal that you may have missed. One of the stories mentioned by Jordan is HTC winning against Apple in London in the patent wars. Jordan reminds you to check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s latest video on rooting and warranties.
Jordan then spends some more time talking about the latest news from Google. Jordan mentions that you can now access all Google Play service from anywhere in the world. Also mentioned is that Google Now is now available on AOSP-based Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs, and how to enable a full tablet UI on the Nexus 7. What are you waiting for? Check this video out!
July 5, 2012 By: egzthunder1
In these modern times, wars seemingly rage on a different scale and on different media. If you are into technology, gadgets, and all the wonderful things that we do, and unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you are likely aware that Apple has positioned themselves as an unofficial “enemy” of Android and really anything that is not branded “Apple”. The battlefields (legal ones) are scattered throughout the world, and the results of the clashes are somewhat random, meaning that outcomes in different parts of the world can widely vary.
Some of the most recent outcomes include the block on US imports for the new EVO 4G LTE and a victory against Samsung and Google by granting an injunction in the US over the Galaxy Nexus, which was said to infringe 4 of Apple’s patents. There are several other stories in this “carnage,” mostly between Samsung and Apple. The latter has accused Samsung of copying virtually everything they make, all the way down to the shape of a pad. Yes, the shape. As it turns out, Apple seems to have invented the rectangle with rounded corners.
As bleak as the future may seem for all Android manufacturers, particularly due to the US Patent System pulling stunts like this, where justice is not just blind but also seeminly has the IQ of a shoe box, other justice systems in the world seem to work the way they should. Earlier today, we saw an article on BBC News that brought amazing news for the entire Android world, particularly HTC and Google. The same patents that are being granted blindly to Apple in the US are being challenged in other countries, and it seems that the latest verdict coming from the UK high courts has revealed that some of these patents are not exactly innovations or new concepts. In the particular case for slide to unlock, the judge presiding over the case ruled that due to the existence of previous technology with the same concepts—such as the Neonode N1 from 2004 and certain Windows CE powered devices—this concept could not be considered an innovation, rendering Apple’s claim defunct. The remaining 3 patents included:
Each justice system has its peculiarities and things that people may not agree with, but to even remotely believe the fact that the above could be innovations by Apple is nothing short of laughable, and it seems that the UK courts agree. So, here’s a big heart felt “thank you” and “kudos” to the UK justice system for being able to see past the farce and see the obvious monopoly attempt by Apple, which they are disguising as intellectual property. And just to prove that they are shooting to kill rather than to protect “their” IP, it seems that they are going full force against the Galaxy Nexus by posting a US$96MM bond to stop the sales of Google’s flagship device. Google has had to take the GN out of the Play Store in the US, so if you were still thinking that you would go for the GN as your next device, you are (currently) out of luck. However, following HTC’s move of updating their SW to bypass the claims, Google will be updating the Galaxy Nexus’s firmware to remove or change the offending materials.
Now, all things considered, we know from our beloved site that there are more Android manufacturers out there than you can shake a stick at. Here is an idea considering that you are all in the same bag (since Apple is going after Google rather than each manufacturer in particular).
Dear Manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, et al):
One of Apple’s greatest advantage is the fact that they are big—really big. Using the bully approach, they are going against the smaller companies, as they are “easier” to beat. It is obvious that they are going against Google and Android, but due to Google being a much larger company and the fact that Apple still uses some of Google’s services to market their products (e.g. YouTube, which has been on the iPhone since release in 2007), they simply need to avoid direct confrontation. After all, remember that the OS is the biggest recipient of breach accusations rather than the hardware. The manufacturers are not the ones infringing IP, as they didn’t create the OS. If Apple was indeed concerned that their ideas are being copied, they would have to go against Google and not against Android handset manufacturers.
Having said that, why not join forces against Apple? Why not create a “strike force” or a team? There is an old saying: “the enemy of my enemy is my ally”. Make one giant “Android coalition group” composed of the largest manufacturers, and go full force against Apple’s claims. Mind you that I am far from naive. Considering that this would likely raise a monumental amount of bureaucracy, paperwork, and potential legal pitfalls; this idea could simply end up being laughed at. However, at this point in time, you are not having a healthy competitive market either. Think about this for a second, you are no longer able to compete with each other peacefully because you have someone, a third party, draining tons of resources and money—money that could otherwise be spent in R&D as opposed to legal fees. As a result, you have a gavel floating on top of your heads and your fair market at all times.
I think that the time has come to put away your differences and work together as one to bring an end to this ridiculous circus that Apple has createed. This is, believe it or not, affecting the world economy and the tech world due mainly to the fact that you guys cannot devote more time in what you are good at doing, which is making better tech. If enough people complain about the same thing and enough courts rule in a certain manner, I am sure that some decisions could (and should) be re-evaluated. But in order to make this happen, there has to be enough push. Doing it separately will not do the trick. You need to help each other so that the market can grow and your companies can prosper.
Thanks for reading and I sincerely hope that this idea can be taken into consideration.
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For today’s episode of This Week in Development, Jordan talks about a varied assortment of news from the XDA-Developers Portal. Jordan begins by talking about the range of items you can use with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan then talks about a very cool Nook Touch to Desktop conversion and the Interview with CyanogenMod Developer Ricardo Cerqueira.
Jordan finishes up by talking about the developments on the HTC One X and XDA’s relationship with the GPL. Lastly, Jordan reminds you to check out part four of our ongoing How to Build an Android App series.
June 11, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Returning for another Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan gives a run down on several stories of interest from the XDA Portal. Jordan talks about Samsung working towards their hard brick fix. And in some unfortunate news, Jordan talks about the HTC One X hardware issues.
In other news Jordan talks about AntiSpy Mobile, and how floating apps should be easier to create because StandOut released their libraries to developers. Jordan also mentions our most recent Pro Tip video on XDA TV.
June 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Apple’s influence over HTC EVO 4G LTE and One X availability in the US. What most people didn’t hear about, though, is how HTC got around it. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, HTC broke a patent owned by Apple and thus Apple was able to file an exclusion, preventing the HTC devices from being sold Stateside. XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 explained it the best:
One of the most common uses of this functionality is the phone number recognition, where if you select text containing a phone number and tap it, the browser will automatically launch the phone application with the number you are trying to call. It turns out that the judges at the ITC deemed this patent infringement and decided in their infinite wisdom to serve HTC an Exclusion (rather than a Cease and Desist order)
It was not long—a couple of weeks at most—that the ban was lifted, and HTC devices began pouring into the States. So, how did HTC get around these ridiculous patent infringements? The answer is HTCLinkify. HTCLinkify is an application developed by HTC in order to change how their devices handle the alphanumeric entries in question, thus avoiding Capertino’s copyrights. With HTCLinkify, the patent infringement was no longer an issue, and HTC was able to get their devices to their customers.
The story doesn’t end there, though. As the devices got rooted and custom ROMs starting hitting the forums, users began asking developers to remove HTCLinkify. This has sparked a number of comments from ROM developers. Says XDA Recognized Developer scrosler:
Some, handfull of users, are asking me to remove this work around from my ROM and violate apples patended “link” technoilogy. I state that if HTC and Google, Sprint and ATT can be sued so cant I. Maybe this is an unreliatic fear but none the less quite possible.
Echoing what we saw earlier with the Beats Audio fiasco, this is definitely something that deserves a second thought before proceeding. Developers do not want to touch something that could eventually come back and haunt them. However, devs actually have nothing to fear. Egzthunder1 explains:
He simply cannot and will not get sued for taking it out. Why? He is not making the product in question and even if he was, he its not selling it or making a profit or of it, it is for personal use, hence he is not breaching IP laws.
In other words, you really have nothing to worry about since you’re not stealing anything or making any money off of anything, and developers can include or exclude it at will. In some cases, development around HTCLinkify is already being explored as XDA Forum Member iconeo has opened a thread with the expressed idea of modifying HTCLinkify. The goal? Not to remove HTCLinkify, but to modify it so that it doesn’t work in certain apps, allowing the device to default to the original way of handling things and allowing users to get back to using their device how they want to use it. While not a bad idea for those who want it to work differently, removing HTCLinkify altogether is perfectly okay.
You can find more details in the HTCLinkify modification thread as well as scrosler’s full explanation of what HTCLinkify is and what it does in the discussion thread. While HTCLinkify is required for HTC phones to see the light of day in the United States, it’s not something we have to live with once they get here.
May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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April 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In This Week in Development, our friend Jordan is back to give you a quick run down of all the stories you need to know from this week’s XDA Portal articles. Jordan covers many different device freedom stories from, most HTC devices getting S-Off, as well as most HTC bootloaders being unlockable.
HTC is not the only OEM being freed for development; Jordan talks about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus getting a permanent SIM unlock. Also covered are the Phone Mods Section of The Galaxy Nexus toolkit being released and app editing software Virtuous Ten Studio going into public beta. Finally, Jordan covers the “Perfect” phone article by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, and SuperCID for the Amaze 4G and Rezound.
Check out the video below.
April 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A few days ago, we brought you news of an unlock method that unlocked the HTC Wildfire S bootloader without voiding the warranty. The reason why that’s so cool is because when users use HTCDev to unlock their bootloaders, it actually voids your warranty. As it turns out, the Wildfire S unlock method may be compatible with any HTC device. Now other users have had success testing XDA Senior Member simonsimons34‘s warranty-intact root method on their own HTC devices.
The process is identical as it was for the Wildfire S, but it can now be tested by anyone with an HTC phone and locked bootloader. As everyone knows, HTCDev’s method won’t give you full S-Off—and neither will this one. However, this is good for those who don’t yet need universal S-Off. Says simonsimons34:
I have been able to create a method of unlocking ANY unlockable hboot, on any device (as far as i can tell)
The method works on S-on, stock recovery devices. As of right now im linking to a specific device, however, if you only use the unlock youll be fine. I need testers from other HTC devices.
So while it’s not quite confirmed on all devices just yet, anyone who wants to test can feel free to do so, and see exactly how many phones this supposedly universal mod actually supports.
If you’re looking to test it out or just want to check it out, hit up the original thread for updates, testing results and download links.