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

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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 XDA Forums. First, Kevin shows you how to unlock the device. Then, he shows you how to install TWRP custom recovery, and finally gain root access. So take a moment and check this video out.. . . READ ON »

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Android 4.3 Rooted Courtesy of Chainfire

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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 to work pretty darn well on the original TouchWiz-laden Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4. However it was not rootable until today, and therefore somewhat less viable of an option for those who can’t live without their root applications. Cue XDA Elite Recogn. . . READ ON »

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

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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 many advantages.

At XDA:DevCon 2013, we are talking all about app development. Scheduled to present is XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson. Also known as Stephen Erickson, Stericson has been involved in the Android community since the p. . . READ ON »

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Expand Your Screen Size with Ultimate Dynamic Navbar

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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 one solution that many have been waiting for. Instead of drastically changing the way we navigate our devices with a different UI and position, it retains the navigation bar in its form and shape, with one subtle twist: It can hi. . . READ ON »

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Active Development for the Motorola MotoACTV

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“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 root method for the MotoACTV, crowning it the title of the first rooted smartwatch. With ClearD’s Root Tool recently updated to version 2.0.1, users of this device can not only root t. . . READ ON »

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

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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 user permissions (effectively what “su” does) via a kernel configuration.

With the update of SuperSU to v1.30, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has patched the attempt by Samsung to . . . READ ON »

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

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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 Developer Ralekdev‘s exploits themselves has been continually providing Verizon Note 2 owners with the ability to free their device through each OTA. The pair have once again managed t. . . READ ON »

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Xperia Tablet S Jelly Bean Update Finally Rooted

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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 ‘run.bat‘ file while the tab is connected in USB debugging mode, very much the same as the Asus Transformer.

If you do find yourself with an unsuccessful root, Forum Member jappaj has posted sim. . . READ ON »

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Root for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Works Across Multiple Carriers

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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 .bat (Windows) or .sh (the other OSes) file get your root on.

This was just released yesterday, and there are a few things to consider before giving it a spin. . . READ ON »

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