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Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013

Jcase Lets You Root Your Oppo N1 with Only an APK

Earlier today, we covered a relatively simple root method for the Oppo N1. Unfortunately, however, that root method wasn't exactly ideal, as it used the kingoroot root method to do the heavy lifting. And in addition to the potential hazards of that approach, it offered no real advantages over installing TWRP by Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and then flashing Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's SuperSU. Now, however, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase presents a simple exploit-based root method based on research conducted by Saurik and Giantpune. The tool lets you achieve...

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TK · Nov 23, 2013

UPDATED: Root the Oppo N1 Quickly and Easily

Update: To root your Oppo N1 simply and easily, please refer to this newer article. You really need to hold the Oppo N1 in your hands to fully understand the detail and design that Oppo crafted into this 5.9" device. Aside from the sheer size, the device features a unique camera system, as well as a very healthy corporate policy on aftermarket development. While obtaining the device in many countries is still somewhat of a challenge, XDA Senior Member Harfainx shared simple and easy tool...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013

Jcase Roots Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat Update with SlapMyMoto

After a fortuitous change of heart no doubt due to the influence of its new parent company, Motorola is now becoming one of the good guys. Along with their newly found acceptance of third-party developers, the company has also been pumping out KitKat updates for its flagship Moto X at an impressive pace. We were first shocked to see the Verizon model receive the first non-Nexus KitKat OTA update. Not too long after, we saw the T-Mobile and AT&T variants follow suit. One...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 14, 2013

OmniROM Announced, Galaxy Note 3 KNOX-Friendly Root Available – XDA Developer TV

At this years Big Android BBQ, a new player in the custom ROM world comes to life with the announcement of OmniROM. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article reporting online flashing with Universal Kernel Flash Tool and the announcement that you can now root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in a KNOX-friendly way. In other important news, Jordan talks about...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 10, 2013

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Odin and a PC.  TK just recently reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and it is the latest in Samsung’s phablet line. Many people say it’s a great device that is the current device to beat and is wonderful out of the box. But at XDA, we must root all the things. TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 30, 2013

Porting Sony Small Apps to CM 10.1, Sony Rooting Toolkit, Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 Released! – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 has been released, and it brings new APIs for the Sony SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z1. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about an easy rooting Toolkit makes rooting simple on Sony devices. In more Sony news, he talks about the guide on how to port the Sony small apps and task switcher to...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 24, 2013

Android Security Presentation Makes you Think Twice about Your Actions

We have talked about app development, Ubuntu Touch development, NFC and Firefox OS presentations from XDA:DevCon 2013. All of these presentations are of great value for developers and enthusiasts. However, there is a dark secret in your pocket: exploits. These exploits can be used for good, gaining root or unlocking. However, they can also be used for bad, such as stealing your chickens or texting curse words to your mother, or worse. This presentation has a simple title, but the...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 21, 2013

Stericson Presents the Root Tools Library for Root App Dev

We've already talked about four great app development presentations, including Ubuntu Touch development from XDA:DevCon 2013. However, the presentations from Mark Murphy, Daniel Nazer, Ariel Shimoni and Michael Hall were not the only app development presentation at XDA:DevCon 2013, and this one is especially close to XDA’s heart. The presentation was given by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson. Being involved in the Android community since the pre-release of the T-Mobile G1, He started out learning how to create themes for...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 4, 2013

How to Root and Bootloader Unlock the Nvidia SHIELD – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Nvidia Shield. The Nvidia Shield is a device that is in a class all of it's own. There is really nothing else like it, and that is a good thing. But as usual, here at XDA we must root all the things and the Shield is no exception to that! Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access and unlock the bootloader on your Nvidia...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 30, 2013

How to Root the New Nexus 7 (2013) – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to root your New Nexus 7 (2013). To go along with Android 4.3, Google announced that they had refreshed the Nexus 7. Ever since, the Internet has wet its pants in excitement. Everyone is excited about the new device. As usual at XDA, we must root all the things. Kevin presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your New Nexus 7 (2013) using tools from the...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 3, 2013

Android 4.3 Rooted Courtesy of Chainfire

The recently released Google Edition Galaxy S4 has been generating a lot of excitement since being announced. What a lot of people did not see coming was Jelly Bean 4.3 leak. Despite containing only a few minor changes likely that would affect the average end user, there may well still be a few differences under the hood that we are yet to discover.  A recently leaked Samsung firmware based on Android 4.3 (JWR66N for those keeping track) has been found...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 23, 2013

Elite Recognized Developer Stericson to Talk Root Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

The main benefit to rooting one's Android device is the ability to run applications that are developed for root users. These applications allow you to take control of your device and do a wide variety of actions not normally permitted or possible without root access. Some of these applications allow you to take entire system-wide backups, change your devices screen density, or even alter the look and feel of your device. There is no doubt that rooting a device has...

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Samantha · Jun 21, 2013

Expand Your Screen Size with Ultimate Dynamic Navbar

Ever since moving to a phone with virtual navigation buttons, I've been bugged by the screen space they use---a gripe held by many out there as well. However you minimize this issue, be it a mod that reduces the height of the navigation bar, using Pie control on Paranoid Android or CM10, or a third-party app such as Button Savior, there's now an alternative called the Ultimate Dynamic Navbar, developed by XDA Forum Member MrBIMC. Ultimate Dynamic Navbar is possibly the...

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Samantha · May 29, 2013

Active Development for the Motorola MotoACTV

"Wait, what is the Motorola MotoACTV? Doesn't sound very familiar." Unbeknownst to many, the MotoACTV is an interesting device released by Motorola all the way back in 2011 that acts as a part-time watch, and a part-time fitness tracker. With Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS support, it also interestingly came with Android Gingerbread, thus making it a standout device among its smartwatch peers, and even more so with the active development going on behind it. XDA Recognized Developer ClearD came up with a...

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jerdog · May 24, 2013

Chainfire Patches Samsung’s Attempts to Block Root, New Devices Added to CF-Auto-Root and ADBD Insecure

Samsung, Samsung, Samsung, you never cease to amaze. You love to say that you are friendly to the developer and user communities, and some have even bought that. There's an old saying that says, "Actions speak louder than words." There's another one that says, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Both apply here, as you stooped to another low when you started rolling out updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4 that disabled the ability to elevate...

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Conan Troutman · May 13, 2013

Dev Community vs Verizon: Another CASUAL Jailbreak Exploit for the Note 2

There has been a bit of a back and forth between the development community and Verizon lately, specifically relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It is perhaps best summed up by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler: "Well, this has been quite the saga thus far...  Us: Suck It Verizon (exploit) them: Suck it XDA-Developers (OTA patch) Us: Back Atcha Verizon (exploit) them: Stop it XDA (OTA Patch) Us: No You! (exploit)" The combination of Adam's CASUAL deployment system and Recognized...

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Samantha · May 11, 2013

Xperia Tablet S Jelly Bean Update Finally Rooted

Users of the Xperia Tablet S, rejoice! XDA Forum Member xxliftsupxx has discovered a sneaky method to root Android 4.1.1 on the sgpt12... finally. Soon after noticing that the the sgpt12 uses the exact same kernel as the Asus Transformer, which has a working root method, xxliftsupxx stumbled across Dan Rosenberg's Motochopper, the same tool used to root a variety of Motorola devices, as well as the Galaxy S4. The method is quite simple, requiring you to download Motochopper and run the...

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Mike Szczys · Apr 27, 2013

Root for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Works Across Multiple Carriers

If you're thinking about signing up for a carrier-subsidized Samsung Galaxy S4 here's a bit of good news: XDA Recognized Developer Djrbliss posted a rooting guide that is dead simple and works with all variations that use a Qualcomm processor (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.). The technique was originally developed for Motorola devices, and thus is called Motochopper. It will work for Windows, Linux, or OSX. Windows users will need to have the latest Samsung USB drivers. With that prerequisite satisfied, you need only run the...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 22, 2012

Root, Recovery, and ROM for the Acer E350

The Acer E350, otherwise known as the Liquid Gallant, is one of those devices that sits squarely in the middle of the road. While more than capable of running Android 4.0.3, its specs aren't really anything to write home about. This coupled with the fact that Acer's devices aren't particularly renowned for their developer support means that the E350 wasn't given it's own dedicated forum. That however has not stopped those with the device from providing it with that all...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 20, 2012

This is Why XDA-Developers.com Roots Android – XDA Developer TV

Recently, Jamie Condliffe of Gizmodo posted an article asking why anyone would want to root their stock Android device. Our recent news that we published regarding the Nexus 4 being rooted prompted the question. Condliffe asks, “What are the amazingly useful features you can only access by rooting a Nexus 4? And are they worth the effort, when you already have a great, clean install of Android on your handset in the first place? Tell us” Who better to answer...

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