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 you’ll need to root your Nexus 4 straight out of the box. I’d imagine the vast majority of you are well aware of what root access is and why you might (or indeed might not) want it. However if you aren’t, I’d suggest it’s time for a spot of light reading.
The process for rooting the Nexus 4 is pretty straight forward (as it is on any Nexus device) and should pose no challenge for anyone who’s previously rooted a device. It basically boils down to unlocking the bootloader, flashing an insecure boot image then using ADB to push BusyBox and Chainfires SuperSU to the device. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.
Check out the original forum thread for the step by step instructions and links to the required files. Happy rooting.
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:
As impressive as the current function list is, mskip has also added capability to apply upcoming mods to the tablet (though there are none available as of yet). Both new and existing Nexus 7 users will surely find this toolkit to be extremely helpful. To download the utility, head to the release thread, and be sure to thank mskip for putting it together!
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 makes it beg for mercy. Adam runs into a End User License Agreement talking about rooting the device, which he promptly ignores. Adam finds that the exploits that we used last time to gain root have been patched. In the vein of his video on rooting, Adam continues and finds a UART exploit to root the Meizu MX.
Here on XDA, we try and squeeze out every ounce of goodness from our device. Sometimes that requires that we have full access to the device. While we can respect device makers who protect the system kernel from inexperienced users, we here at XDA are not inexperienced users. We give our selves root access because we don’t see why we should be shut off from a section of our phone—a phone that we own. That would be like the municipal government putting up a fence in the part of your yard that has underground sewer lines. It’s my yard; I should be able to access every part of it.
Device manufactures that prevent root access would be similar to Microsoft not allowing you to have an Administrator account on your Windows PC. It’s like Ubuntu blocking you from having a root account on your PC. It’s like Apple only allowing you to install approved apps from their app store on your iPhone—What? Oh right, they do that.
March 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
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, and a debloater that will remove the bloatware. The full list includes:
- Install HTC Drivers
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
-Flash Kernels provided
Stock Vivid Kernel
Holicakes OC Kernel
- CIQ Removal v1.1 (credit to 8125Omnimax)
- Link to this thread
- Link to the FAQ thread
- Link to the Vivid Development thread.
- Boot Into Recovery
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- Debloater and Debloater Remover (Credits to Bling)
The user interface is very plain and easy to understand, so there’s no real guess work involved. Just plug in your HTC Vivid and start going.
Check out the original thread for download links, screenshots, instructions, and everything else you’ll need to get started. Once you’re rooted with that custom recovery, make a full Nandroid backup—just in case.
March 9, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
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 advantage of previously established exploits and automatically root your device, it also has the ability to install the Android SDK and set up ADB for you. The developer states that it is still very much a work in progress with only four devices currently supported, however he intends to develop it to cater for as many devices as possible.
Currently Supported Devices:
Motorola Droid Razr (Should also work on other [ed: Motorola] Droid branded devices)
Galaxy Nexus (Testers needed)
Galaxy Note (Testers needed)
In order to enable BreakDroid to support as many devices as possible the developer needs people willing to test it out, so if you are a Mac user and would like to see your device supported by this tool or want to test it out or an already supported device then please check out the release thread for more information.
March 3, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
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 tutorial for the Xperia Arc. There are quite a few steps to achieving the end result, but they are clearly explained, with all the necessary links provided. The actual method for unlocking is via the official SonyMobile site, so it’s only fair that we also show some thanks for their developer friendly attitude. DooMLoRD continues in his second post, and explains how to relock your bootloader using FlashTool.
Meanwhile senior member Bin4ry makes sure you’re able to get root access by providing a pre-rooted system.img, which is to be flashed via fastboot. After a quick reboot you should have root. He goes on to say that a more convenient method is sure to follow.
If you are the proud owner of a shiny new Xperia S and can’t wait to start tinkering with your device, DooMLoRD’s tutorial and Bin4ry’s rooting thread are undoubtedly the first places you should visit.
February 21, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
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:
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 you are on a stock rom with a stock kernel of a supported device. The then you need to be on the correct os and hide root.
Thanks to a collaborative attempt from several XDA members, progress is being made. Currently, however, results are mixed. There probably won’t be an easy fix, but there are numerous reports of the app working as it should on several unsupported devices including the Galaxy Note, HTC Desire Z, HTC Flyer, and Galaxy Tab.
Although there is no sure fire solution yet, you can find the potential fixes in the original thread.
February 18, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
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 (18.104.22.168), 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 (not confirmed).
If you are a rooted Transformer Prime user out there make sure you use OTA Root Keeper to maintain root access after the OTA update. Please also note that you WILLl lose root even with Root Keeper if you install the update using anything but the official over-the-air update. Updating using extracted blob files will break root no matter what.
Most users that received the update already were in the United States with the exception of a few users in Mexico. European Prime owners, sit tight. Representatives from Asus have confirmed that the EU version of the device will get the update early next week. Already installed the update? Want to follow the progress as users report their findings? Be sure to heck out the original thread here.
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 public consumption. The developer, spxc and his team have taken this application to the next level, and have even opened up their submission page for applications to be added to the market here.
To enjoy this new market, you’ll need an Android device running 2.1+, with root access, and a network connection. So head on over to the thread here or to the developer’s website here and show your phone some love. Developers looking to submit an app, see the link above and take advantage of this exciting new distribution platform!
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 lost root access, usually due to updating a ROM or accepting an over-the-air update.
XDA Member android_owl has created an app to help out in these all-too-common situations. SU Checker searches for and identifies Superuser binaries on your device in a flash. It can help check for root if you suspect you may have lost permissions. This great little diagnostic tool and time saver can be found in the release thread or on the Android Market here. Give it a try the next time and let the developer know what you think!
February 11, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
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 update did, in fact, disable root access. Those that used the ’43V3R Root’ method have reported success preserving root after updating. All current root methods have been unsuccessful in rooting .902 after the update.
Is there any hope for those who already applied the update? Forum members have confirmed that it is possible to downgrade to .893 with RSD Lite, so take solace in the fact that you can flash to stock and start over. If you haven’t updated yet, XDA Senior Member tuckmobile has created a step by step guide to rooting, applying the permanent root script and updating to 5.9.902. You can check out his full guide here or just the instructions to apply the update here.
February 9, 2012 By: ElCondor
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, and even tablets are supported on XDA now.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 is their latest addition to the tablet range. Thanks to Chainfire’s efforts to include Galaxy Tab 7.7 support in his Mobile ODIN utility and the successful rooting development, the seven-point-seven will probably receive its very first custom ROM pretty soon. Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is probably not far from being displayed on a Super-AMOLED Plus tablet display for its very first time – for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the only tablet with that screen technology at this moment.
February 9, 2012 By: ElCondor
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 is a simple reboot, root for Ice Cream Sandwich or install Bootstrap Recovery app – this tool will have it for you. It also comes with a restore function, which normally takes a few manual steps.
Both GSM (XT910) and CDMA (XT912) Droid RAZR’s are supported and the packages come in two flavors: Full and Lite. Although mattlgrof released this tool for Windows operating systems only, XDA senior member sevenup30 was able to convert the script to work on Linux/Apple too. This script hasn’t been tested thouroughly, so any feedback would be welcome for the developer. Continue on to the RAZR utility thread to start downloading!