Any Motorola with a rooted device can tell you about the importance of bootstrap applications on devices with locked bootloaders. They can allow you to make tweaks to your phone, install recoveries, and do a number of other fun things to rooted devices that would not be possible otherwise. With the system architecture of Motorola phones, bootstrap applications can be the only way users can get certain things to work.
Safestrap is a Bootstrap / Recovery for locked bootloader phones. The goal is to avoid touching your primary system (I’ll call this 1st system) and only flash or make large changes to another place on your phone that Safestrap treats as a “2nd system” (in this case it’s the /preinstall partition)
Naturally, other developers enjoy tweaking previously created work, and the Safestrap application is no exception. In this case, XDA Senior Member Rick#2 has released a modified version of Hashcode’s creation to add certain features not found in the original. As Rick#2 explains:
Those of you who came from the Droid 3 might remember my customized version of Hashcode’s Safestrap, which included a console, improved user-interface, non-safe flashing, etc. I’ve finally got it to the point where I think it would be okay to release out in the wild. That being said, I’m not responsible for anything dumb you do to your own device. …
I’ve included statically compiled versions of “bash” and “vim” so that there aren’t any dependencies on the libraries usually found in /system/lib. Thus, you can use all of these utilities without having either /system or /systemorig mounted. You’re free to add your own binaries in your home folder, which is located at /cache/.safestrap/home, or just pop them onto your sdcard.
Also, I have a battery monitor running so it will tell you what level your battery is at, and have put a lot of work into the visual appearance of the user-interface. There are so many things I’ve modified that it would be impossible for me to list them all here.
May 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
We’ve brought you coverage of their work to bring RSD Alternatives to the Droid RAZR, and now EternityProject is at it again. RSD has been known to have occasional issues, leading some to not trust it. This is especially true for Windows users, as the combination of Motorola Drivers, RSD, and flashing to AP Mode has proven troublesome.
Now, users of the Motorola Droid 4 can share similar freedom, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer kholk and crew. They have successfully brought the RSD alternative to the Droid 4. The method is pretty much exactly the same as it was on the Droid RAZR version. Says kholk:
1. Copy the FastBoot package into the ROM you’ve extracted
2. Boot in AP FastBoot Mode
3. Connect your Droid 4 to the PC
4. Execute “FlashME.bat” (Windows) or “FlashNIX.sh” (Linux)
Of course, the best tools are the ones that are also simple, and that’s something that EternityProject has tried to do here. Users will have a choice of downloads between Windows and Linux versions. And while Linux already has an RSD alternative, Windows users will be especially appreciative that there is now an alternative.
Those looking to bypass RSD should head over to the original thread for the instructions and downloads.
One of the most impressive things you can do with an Android device is loading an entirely different operating system. Being able to run something like Windows or Linux on a device not only looks cool, but can even bring some fun new features and functionality. Motorola Droid 4 owners now have the option to install some Ubuntu goodness as well. XDA Forum Member greekchampion04 has posted a method that will get the popular OS onto the Droid 4 using a VNC client.
The process is a little complicated, and involves pretty decent knowledge of command line and vi. You’ll also be required to install a bunch of free applications from the Android Market, and, of course, you’ll need a rooted Droid 4. After that, it’s just a matter of putting a few command lines in and tweaking some settings and you’re off to the races. Says the developer:
This is a fairly involved process… especially when it comes to editing the .sh file in vi things can get very frustrating and hard, but just take your time and you will get it.
You can check out the original thread for full instructions, some troubleshooting, and all the download links.
February 14, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Although it was released barely a week ago, the Motorola Droid 4 already has root. No doubt owners of this shiny new device are eager to start tinkering with it. Luckily for them XDA member mattlgroff has already put together a utility to allow Droid 4 owners to do just that.
It’s based around the exploit discovered by Dan Rosenberg, and as well as root it contains several other functions that you would expect to find in a handy all in one utility.
As of writing this, no fastboot files are currently available but the developer does state that the utility will be updated to a full version, including fastboot restore, as and when they become available. So if you are lucky enough to have a brand spanking new Droid 4 to play around with then head on over to the original release thread.
February 13, 2012 By: admin
Two new XDA forum additions to mention today: the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Motorola Droid 4. The Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone 7.5 phone with similar slick hardware to what is found on the Lumia 800. The 900 is nearly identical to the 800 except that is has a larger screen and AT&T LTE capability. The Droid 4, on the other hand, is the fourth-generation of one of the first Android phones ever, the Motorola Droid. It has an improved keyboard layout and design over the Droid 3, plus it adds a faster 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP CPU.