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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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Former Writer · Jan 16, 2012

CyanogenMod Team Considers Deploying Proprietary App Store for Root Apps?

CyanogenMod is, at least statistically speaking, one of the most-used aftermarket ROMs of all time and has recently breached an impressive milestone of 1 million active users. There are inherent things that come with having that many unique users. As XDA-Developers Recognized Developer, and CyanogenMod Team Recovery Guru, Koush has posted on his Google+: As the project grows, so do our server requirements, hardware requirements, etc. So, while kicking some ideas around camp, a really cool idea came up: a...

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Former Writer · Jan 3, 2012

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Gets Root

All hail root! It was only a matter of time before someone got Superuser on the latest and greatest of the Asus Transformer series and that time is right now. XDA Recognized Developer jcase has successfully found an exploit that will get your Asus Transformer Prime rooted with Superuser so those lucky enough to be toting one can experience all the greatness of Superuser access. It's a pretty standard root process for those who are familiar with non-one click solutions....

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Jase Glenn · Dec 23, 2011

HTC Super Tool: The Latest All-in-One for Your HTC Device

Do you own a new HTC device? Is your device bootloader locked? For most of us to obtain root, using the HTC method of unlocking is tiresome. Go here, input this command, copy this, push that, and all to let HTC know that you want to void your warranty. Until now that is. Say hello to the latest creation from XDA developer: frigid. Known as HTC Super Tool v2, this bad boy roots a number of devices according to frigid,...

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Jase Glenn · Dec 22, 2011

HTC EVO 3D GSM, HBOOT Downgrade!

S-OFF. Those five characters represent the world to power users. They represent the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without the OEM holding you down. For many a GSM EVO 3D user, those few characters seemed unattainable. HTC had locked the HBOOT and downgrading seemed impossible. As the months passed, hope seemed lost... Fortunately for them, a clever chap by the name of navrasis refused to give in. After much research he cracked the code, err...blocks in this...

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