February 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies.
The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, should work with dual-core devices like the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. You need to figure out which phones are which, as builds for other devices will simply not work properly or even can brick your device. So be sure to double check before flashing, and check your home forum here on XDA to get the necessary info.
A build for the Moto G is separate due to its internal hardware. And I can’t can’t write about official nightlies for device code named falcon without mentioning XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who did a terrific job bringing up the device tree for this phone.
Motorola devices aren’t the only receiving these new unified builds. A couple of Samsung devices will receive unified builds as well. The list of phones is quite long and includes following devices:
Builds include only Qualcomm-based devices, as Exynos devices are still using platform-specified builds.
As you can see, the CyanogenMod team are on fire and make things as easy as possible both for developers and end users. The builds are located over on the official CyanogenMod download page. You can also check out the source code by visiting team’s Github and typing the name of the device in the search box.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor herna for the tip!]
December 19, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, we commended Motorola on its efforts to work with the development community on the Moto X. Now, we’re going to congratulate them once again on a very expedient Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini devices.
The update bumps up the software version to 19.5.3, and packs all the expected Android 4.4 goods. Curiously, while the Droid Mini is explicitly named on Verizon’s official Twitter page, only the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx show up on their support docs. Unfortunately as we’ve seen from Verizon as of late, it also packs a little more bloatware. This comes in the form of a newly integrated NFL Mobile app, as well as the new “SSO client.”
The update is currently starting to roll out in the form of a staged OTA update, and the OTA has not yet been captured. But once it’s captured, we’ll update this post with the download link!
What are your thoughts on this update? Are you a fan of how fast Verizon and Motorola pushed this out, or are you more bummed that there is yet another piece of bloat? Let us know in the comments below, and share your thoughts in the update soak test thread!
September 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
When the Moto X was released, many were upset to learn that despite Google’s positive influence during development, the device was still not truly open. And let’s be honest, there were never any false pretenses about the state of Motorola’s state of developer friendliness. However, it looks like master hacker and XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase has done it again.
Not too long ago, jcase created MotoRoot for the Droid lineup. This used the previously covered Android bug 9695860 to gain system user. Then, a symlink attack created by jcase himself was used to obtain root access. Today, however, a better solution has appeared.
Courtesy of jcase once again, PwnMyMoto begins by using bug 9695860 (just like its predecessor) to gain system user. It also uses the symlink attack featured in MotoRoot to gain root access. New to PwnMyMoto, however, is what happens next: After gaining root, a bootloader vulnerability is exploited, allowing for write protection on the /system partition to be bypassed. And in the process, the stock recovery is removed, preventing unwanted future OTAs from interfering with the rooted state.
Naturally, any unauthorized modification carries with it an inherent risk. However, if you wish to root, you must take these risks in order to free your device. To get started, head over to the linked threads below. Congrats to jcase on the great work once again!
[Many thanks to jcase for the tip!]
Not too long ago we talked a little bit about the Moto X and gave it a place here on the forums. While Motorola’s first real post-Google flagship may not have what it takes to win over the specification-frenzied techno-elite, its innovative software features have won the favor quite a few. This has lead to apps that emulate much of the functionality on other devices. However, the Moto X isn’t Motorola’s only high end phone.
Launching exclusively on Verizon in the US, the Motorola Droid Ultra (as well as the Droid Maxx) shares much of its internals with the flagship Moto X. They both carry the Motorola X8 Computing System, which is essentially a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, along with two low-voltage companion cores for additional processing. The Moto X and the Droid Ultra also share 2 GB of RAM, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 10 MP rear-facing camrea.
The Droid Ultra breaks free from its cousin device by offering a 5-inch AMOLED panel running at 720p with 294 ppi. It also features 16 GB of internal storage and a 2130 mAh fixed battery, all in a splash-resistant 7.2 mm enclosure that weighs just 137 grams.
Is the Droid Ultra your next phone, or are you holding out for the Moto X or HTC One on Verizon? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the newly created Droid Ultra forum.