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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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Jimmy McGee · Nov 19, 2012

Apple Settles with HTC, Nexus 4 Rooted, Galaxy S2 Jelly Bean Leak – XDA Developer TV

Jelly Bean Leak, Nexus device rooted, Windows 8 and wireless device manufacturers' agreements---all this and more covered on today's episode of XDA Developer TV. Android News specialist Jordan talks about the Jelly Bean leak for the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Also mentioned is the article talking about more and more Windows 8 apps being released. In rooting news, Jordan mentions the rooting guide for the Droid DNA device. Also, to the surprise of no one, the...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 16, 2012

Nexus 4 Rooted Already (No Surprise)

If you are one of those lucky enough to snag a Nexus 4 before the Play Store went into meltdown and all stock was depleted, congratulations. I dare say you'll be anxiously tracking that package and cursing the mailman for taking his sweet time. One thing you won't have to wait for however, when your device finally arrives, is root access. Thanks to XDA Senior Member and News Writer  HQRaja, there's now a thread with all the relevant information and files...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 18, 2012

All-in-One Toolkit for the Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is quickly becoming the most popular Android tablet. Unsurprisingly, it has amassed a large community of developers who have produced some great tools and utilities for the device. A common utility for popular devices is the 'one-click' root tool. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip has created such a tool for Nexus 7 users that contains one-click root functionality and much more. Some of the notable functions include: Install/Uninstall Google Nexus 7 Drivers Backup/Restore Tablet using...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 11, 2012

Meizu MX Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

Recently Portal Administrator Will Verduzco showed us how to root and install Ice Cream Sandwich on the dual-core Meizu MX. Meizu recently sent us their new quad-core version---the similarly named Meizu MX M032---and it sports the same Exynos 4412 chip found in the Samsung Galaxy S III. This time, we gave the device to our resident mobile deconstructionist. In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes the Meizu MX all the way down to the circuit board and...

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Former Writer · Mar 10, 2012

HTC Vivid All-In-One Toolkit Gives New Users a Running Start

Sometimes, users who are new to a device require a little more than even the most precisely worded How-To thread in order to get started with the basics such as rooting their phones, unlocking their bootloaders, and installing custom recoveries. XDA Senior Member hasoon2000 has solved this problem for HTC Vivid owners and want to get their phones rooted, unlocked, and ready to go. The HTC Vivid All-In-One Toolkit gives users a plethora of aids including permanent root, CIQ removal, ClockworkMod Recovery,...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 9, 2012

BreakDroid – Automated Rooting Tool and ADB Installer for Mac

Here at XDA, we are always pleased to bring you news of a new multi purpose utility or automated way of rooting your device via your computer. The majority of these though are for PCs running either Windows or a Linux based OS. Very seldom do we see a tool for Android devices specifically developed for Mac users but we have one for you today.  XDA Senior Member northmendo has developed a tool named BreakDroid which will not only take...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 3, 2012

Sony Xperia S – Tutorial for Unlocking/Relocking the Bootloader & Rooting

After having been released for less than a week, and with a forum added only a few days ago, the Sony Xperia S is the most recent device to find a home on XDA. Even so, we're already pleased to bring you information on how to unlock and relock the bootloader, as well as how to root your brand-spanking-new device. XDA senior member DooMLoRD put together a very comprehensive tutorial on dealing with the bootloaders, which is based on lollylost's similar...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 21, 2012

Sky Go Running On ICS, Unsupported Devices–Hide Your Root Though

If you read our previous story on Sky’s new on-the-go app, then you are already familiar with the issues many users are faced with. If not then here’s the tl:dr: Support for only seven phone (no tablets) No ICS compatibility Since the application was made available on the market a few days ago, yet another issue has arisen. Users with rooted devices are not able to access content either. The issue, according to Recognized Developer LennyUK, is as follows: Basically it needs to think...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 18, 2012

Transformer Prime Gets Battery Improvements with System Update 9.4.2.14

Early this morning XDA Junior Member Liferules reported in our forums that a new update had appeared for his Asus Transformer Prime. Since the previous update (9.4.2.13), intended to improve GPS performance, Prime users have experienced random restarts and decreased battery life. XDA Senior Member demandarin, shortly after the release of the update, posted this screenshot, showing the system using the previously disabled low-power CPU frequencies. Countless other posters confirmed improved battery life and several even claimed improved WiFi performance...

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Jase Glenn · Feb 15, 2012

Fireplace Market 2.0!

When it was first unveiled on the Portal a few weeks ago, Fireplace Market had started to turn some heads. Many feel that there is a need for an innovative, third-party marketplace for root users. All of the applications in Fireplace Market require root access, and are designed for advanced users. At the time of the original article, Fireplace was still in the initial stages of development. Not anymore! Fireplace Market 2.0 has hit beta phase and it's open for...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 13, 2012

Check Your Root Status With SU Checker

If you've ever attempted to root a device prone to difficulties or requiring a trial-and-error type exploit (the Motorola Droid X or T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide, for example) then you know how easily it can go wrong. Sometimes the operation fails and you end up with the superuser app installed but without actual root file system access. A quick search for "lost root" on our forums yields an astonishing 274,000 results. Almost all the visible results link to posts where forum members believe they have...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 11, 2012

Droid Bionic Owners Beware; 5.9.902 Update Breaks Root for Some Users

The Motorola Droid Bionic has been updated to 5.9.902 via an over the air update that started this week. 5.9.902 brings a host of new features, improvements and fixes. You can view the full changelog from Verizon here. Some of the more notable improvements include fixes for black screen lockups, dock lockups, idle resets and improvements to the camera and several system apps. While some users maintained root after the update, XDA users began reporting in this thread that  the...

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ElCondor · Feb 9, 2012

Galaxy Tab 7.7: All Things Are Set, ROM Development Has Started

Two years ago, who would've thought we'd be covering actual tablet development? In that time, we were astonished by the screen size of the HTC Touch HD - 3.7 inch almost seemed too big for our pockets. And see where we landed now: the tablet and smartphone industries are slowly blending together, especially thanks to Dell's Streak and Samsung's Galaxy Note. It is incredible to see how these industries change so rapidly. Fortunately, development is more active than ever before,...

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ElCondor · Feb 9, 2012

Another All-In-One Rooting & Hacking Utility, This Time For Motorola Droid RAZR Users

They hit the portal now and then: utilities that combine all major functions needed to hack a device. Though this news might not be of interest for you simply because you don't have a Droid Razr, it is definitely great news for proud owners of their, according to Motorola "impossibly thin", Droid Razr. XDA member mattlgroff has come up with a program which basically does everything that's needed to enjoy all of the goodness that comes from the XDA forums and around. Whether it...

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Former Writer · Feb 7, 2012

Updated Root/Unroot Method for Galaxy Tab 10.1 U.S. WiFi Version

The most exciting root is almost always the first root. Getting s-off, freeing your phone for the first time and sticking it to the proverbial man is exciting. However, that doesn't depreciate the effort to keep that root method updated and making it an easier, more stable method. XDA Senior Member S0ckM0nk3y of the Android Creative Syndicate has taken the prior root method for the, updated it and written up an easy to follow, detailed tutorial for those who don't...

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orb3000 · Feb 3, 2012

First ICS ROM For HTC Flyer

XDA member AidenM shows the first ever ROM for HTC Flyer loaded with the newest operating system from Android: Ice cream sandwich. The work is based on Sensation RCMix 3D Leak w/ Dexter_nlb's fixes for hardware and since it´s a beta version some bugs are present. So far the Developer has a green light on: - Wifi - Market access - AOSP lockscreen - Rotation - Touch - ADB access - External SD It's not perfect, here's what's not working:...

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orb3000 · Feb 3, 2012

Touch And Customizable ROM Installer AROMA

Have you ever think about making your own ROM? You may say it´s too complicated, but if you are willing to learn heres something for you. Whether you are a normal user, chef or developer you may find this installer useful for your future works, you should check this out. XDA member amarullz shows his open source work called AROMA Installer, which from a normal user view will be easy to learn how to choose which mods and apps you...

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