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For the most part, there aren’t too many Intel-powered Android smartphones on the market. There’s nothing inherently wrong with them, although things are a bit tricky for older NDK-produced apps that haven’t been cross-compiled. However, there is one relatively popular model that featured Intel’s Atom Z2460 chip, and that’s the .

Recently, we talked about how Motorola was doing the right thing and reinstating warranties on developer edition devices that have had their bootloaders unlocked via Motorola’s unlocking service. Unfortunately though, this only applies to developer edition devices. Standard Motorola devices that are unlocked will have their warranties void, just as before. And previously on the RAZR i, this was the only way to obtain root access.

Now thanks to XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase, you no longer have to unlock your bootloader in order to root your device. Jcase developed a seven-step root exploit method that will get you rooted without a bootloader unlock. The method involves a few adb push and adb shell commands, and they’re clearly laid out by the developer.

If you were holding off on rooting your RAZR i because you didn’t want to void your warranty, you may want to give Jcase’s method a shot. To get started, simply head over to the original thread and follow the seven easy steps. Developers interested in viewing the source code behind the exploit can do so by making your way over to Jcase’s GitHub.

[Many thanks to reader Dagonban for the tip!]

internal storage

Switching the internal storage and external storage is a topic we’ve discussed before. The practice is actually quite well known, as older devices had very little internal storage. Even though phones have much more abundant internal storage, the method remains. Now, Motorola RAZR i users can swap their external and internal cards.

The mod was posted by XDA Senior Member rickwyatt, and it’s actually a pretty simple process. This swaps the internal and external SD cards. So if you have a 64 GB SD card, you could essentially have 64 GB of internal storage. Additionally, this isn’t just for people who want to swap cards. It actually fixes an issue. As rickywatt explains:

i made this mod because as you no /data/media is linked to /sdcard so when you fill up your sdcard it also fill up your data

To pull it off, users will first need init.d support. If you don’t have it, rickywatt provides a link where users can go get it. Then it’s a simple matter of downloading the tool and running the .bat file. When the process is done, the swap will have been made and the storage areas will have been swapped.

For more details, check out the original thread.

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clockworkmod recovery

Not long after it’s release, the Moto RAZR i has not only gotten root, but also a set of fastboot images to flash. The next logical step would be a custom recovery, and this Intel powered device is no exception. Moto RAZR i users now have ClockworkMod Recovery.

XDA Senior Member turl1 initially released ClockworkMod for the RAZR i. However, the first attempt had its fair share of issues. However, after some debugging and bug fixing, turl1 released a second working version just a few days later. It comes in .img format, so you need to flash via fastboot to install it. While this version is working much better, it still has a few bugs. Here’s what the known issues are:

There’s still a couple of bugs to kill on it (like keys being a little.. slow to generate events) but it’s usable and mattlgroff was able to nandroid his phone with it.

At the very least, the core functions do work. Now users can make those ever important Nandroid backups and, eventually, flash ROMs. For more details, check out the original thread.

MotoFail2Go-Root

Spend any amount of time on the XDA Forums and you know that we hate Motorola’s locked bootloader policy. It’s a silly policy that Motorola should abandon. This policy simply encourages developers, or “evil hackers” in Motorola’s mind, to find and exploit security vulnerabilities on the device. We want root, plan and simple. Whether outright or with an obnoxious two-year commitment, we’ve paid for our devices and we should be allowed to use it as we see fit.

Well, even with a locked bootloader, XDA Forum Member djrbliss has released an exploit allowing root on the Motorola Atrix HD. The program called Motofail2Go should also work for the Motorola Droid RAZR M, Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, Motorola RAZR i, and the recently released Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Djrbliss has this to say about his release,

Despite my strong belief that people who are interested in rooting should buy devices with unlocked bootloaders instead of expecting the magical hackers in the sky to give out free exploits (which are in short supply), I’m once again continuing to encourage bad behavior by publishing another root exploit.

You can find instructions, learn more and join the discussion in the forum thread.

RAZRimore

The development efforts on the brand new, Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i keep on pouring in, seemingly non-stop. We have already gotten an unlocked bootloader courtesy of Motorola, and we also got a way to easily and seamlessly root the device, thanks to XDA Forum Member mattlgroff. Well, since the path to perfection is a never ending one, paving it with more and better ways to make daunting tasks a little bit easier seems to be the most logical choice. Because of this, mattlgroff has decided to once again, contribute his knowledge and tools to benefit other forum members.

This time around, the dev has released fastboot images for all your flashing pleasures. These quasi-automated images will allow you to quickly switch between builds and leaks of different kinds/countries thanks to the gift of fastboot. These tools will do everything for you, from flashing the device with your build of choice to rooting it and flashing an unsecured kernel, all in one fell swoop! This only works on Windows, but if you have other needs, such as a different OS loaded on your PC, you could easily just use the other tools provided by the dev and simply flash the images manually and root with RAZR i Root.

The dev mentions that “dirty flashing” has been ok in his own experience. However, since switching between builds could normally lead to weird bugs, it is recommended that you fully wipe your device prior to switching between images. Please let the dev know if you have questions, feedback, or some leaks so that he may produce a few more homemade goodies for all to enjoy!

What does it do? (Technical).

  1. Flashes system from the new firmware.
  2. Flashes insecured kernel.
  3. Roots the phone.
  4. Flashes kernel from the new firmware.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Jordan

This has been another great week at the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone development. Jordan mentions Perfmon, which allows you to measure your device’s performance and visualize it on-screen. Jordan mentions article about unlocking the bootloader on the Motorola RAZR i.

In Key Lime Pie news, Jordan mentions Gmail leak from Android version 4.2. Finally, Jordan talks about the device museum that will be at this year’s Big Android BBQ and how you can help. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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razriroot

So, you got your new shiny, slim, and Intel-loaded Motorola RAZR i, and could not be more grateful to Motorola for allowing you to unlock your bootloader simply simply handing them your soul warranty. Your device is now ready to flash anything that comes across your screen, be it a kernel or a ROM. However, not too many devs have purchased the device yet, and as a result, not too many ROMs are available. So, you are stuck with stock. However, thanks to having the bootloader unlocked, you can get your device rooted for all your root-requesting apps needs.

XDA Forum Member mattlgroff released a tool called RAZR i Root that allows users to root their devices in a seamless fashion, with little to no knowledge of adb. You have to have the proper drivers installed in Windows, but the tool takes care of everything for you once it is launched—everything from pushing an unsecured kernel, which was developed by XDA Forum Member meyskld, all the way to setting up permissions and pushing SuperSU to the device.

The tool works for any OS (Windows, Linux, and Mac). Please take this complete tool for a spin and enjoy your fully unlocked RAZR i. As usual any feedback for the dev is highly appreciated.

 Before you do anything, you must unlock the bootloader on your RAZR i.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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razri

The newly announced Motorola RAZR i is what many people looking for change have been waiting for. Well, maybe not looking for change, but rather looking forward to Intel’s entrance into the mobile handset market. Talk began regarding the Medfield platform, which is essentially an Intel Atom CPU and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, which actually brings devices one step closer to being full laptop replacements. For those who guessed that Google would be the first to take them for a spin, you were correct.

Shortly after being released, we noticed a thread started by XDA Forum Member pOOBAH1973 where it stated that the kernel sources for this device were already available from Moto/Google. The nano second that piece of information became available, Motorola devs jumped in head first to try and download this source. However, according to XDA Forum Member mattlgroff, the links, while valid through MD5 validation, seem to be yielding a corrupted download. Every mirror available has been tried by him as well as other devs, just to arrive at the same result.

The issue was already reported. However, if anyone from Motorola or Google happens to read this, please note that the sources being provided are corrupted. Thank you for the attention on this matter. We definitely look forward to seeing the complete sources and what our devs can do with them. Please leave some information if you happen to download the correct file from anywhere else, and share it in the thread linked below.

Source is finished… but the kernel source is corrupted upon download.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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motounlock

Earlier today, we announced the creation of a forum for the Intel Medfield-powered Motorola RAZR i. As exciting as a new device is, nothing beats the thrill experienced when development work begins. As an excellent first step, let’s get started and unlock the bootloader!

Motorola devs have always had it hard ever since Android came into existence. The company’s old policies virtually locked everyone out of being able to do anything at all with their devices. This was mainly due to impossibly hard to crack bootloaders, secretive documentation, and definitely no support from the carrier. People like XDA Forum Member mattlgroff have been fighting the good fight for quite some time by trying to make life easier for people who had these devices.

Times change, and so do stakes in companies it seems. Ever since the deal between Motorola and Google was finalized, we have seen a radical shift in mentality of the company’s management and approach to the openness of the platform. Because of that, and seemingly based on the same concept that HTC introduced last year with the HTC Dev-unlock program, Motorola will freely unlock your bootloader so that you can play with other ROMs, kernels, and all the good stuff that you are used to if you are an ORD stricken XDA regular. The procedure seems to be straight forward, but just in case, mattlgroff has created a guide in the development section of the forum, with videos and all, that will guide you step by step through the unlocking process.

Any and all downloads you may need (drivers for adb, etc) have been provided by the dev, so you can safely treat that thread as your one stop shop for any questions or explanations regarding the process. Please do keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader WILL void your warranty. Again, if you have been around XDA long enough, the term warranty is nothing but a word in a dictionary referring to something that we likely lost the moment we turned our devices on and started browsing the forums.

You can find more information in the original thread. Happy unlocking!

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s3mini_razri

The Motorola RAZR i may not exactly stand out at first glance. Sure, the 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced edge-to-edge display (PenTile) draws attention to itself thanks to its minuscule bezel. However, the real differences can be found in the internal architecture. The RAZR i is one of the first devices to be based on the Intel Medfield architecture, and it is the first Medfield device to clock in at 2 GHz. Backing up the processor is 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, an 8 MP camera, and a 2000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini also manages to set itself apart. Rather than distinguishing itself by its CPU instruction set, the S III Mini sets itself apart thanks to its relatively small size. Samsung’s new Galaxy S III Mini hopes to offer much of what makes the popular Galaxy S III great, but in a smaller package. Unlike its larger sibling, the S III Mini is powered by the relatively obscure dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8420 processor clocked at 1 GHz. The processor is backed up by 1 GB of RAM, up to 16 GB of storage, a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED (presumably PenTile) display, a 5 MP camera, and a 1500 mAh battery. Most importantly, the device ships stock with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Eager to get in on the action? Join the discussion by heading over to the newly created Galaxy S III Mini and RAZR i forums!

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