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 (126.96.36.199), 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!
February 7, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 know what they’re doing.
It should be noted that the method is intended specifically for the United States WiFi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. So if that’s not what you’re packing, do not use this method as it could damage your device.
The method not only features and updated root method, but also an updated unroot method for those who need to get that Tab back to legit for whatever reason they need it that way. It also includes downloads and tools in case the user doesn’t have them.
For those who’s U.S. Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi people who could use an updated root method, you can find the download links, full tutorial for both root and unroot methods and even a full video tutorial in the original thread.
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:
– Market access
– AOSP lockscreen
– ADB access
– External SD
It’s not perfect, here’s what’s not working:
– Some settings panes (keyboard selecter)
– Rotation is blurry and pixelated
– HTC Apps not correctly sized for display
– Cannot take notes using the Pen
In order to install this ROM, you need to be Honeycomb S-OFF, after that just place the ROM on the root of your SD card and good to go. Remember always to do a nandroid backup and to wipe data and Dalvik just to be on the safe side. Here you can see a video of how it looks.
Much work need to be done before we have a fully daily operational ROM but it´s a good start, so if you are using it please report back to developer with your feed back so future versions can improve.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted by AidenM
You must have followed this guide first.
Then simply place the file on your external sd card (the one you can take out) and flash it. Reboot, it will take some time but it will.
Stuff you may or may not care about (read anyways)
When selecting a book in the Reader app it is not sized correctly but the book itself takes up the whole screen so it is usable
Root can be buggy, sometimes it denies permissions
Over 500 MB Free RAM
HW Keys are in testing but right now they crash the system.
Continue on to the ROM thread to find more
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 want to install on your device.
Developer states that chefs can easily add or remove apps using with winrar and if you customize AROMA Installer you can even make your ROM multi device compatible just in one ROM File.
You can find on the original thread additional resources like the source code, a way to customize your KeyCode, custom fonts and even a way to create your own fonts. Be sure to read all the content before starting, and please leave your feedback.
Originally posted by amarullz
What is AROMA Installer
“AROMA” was taken from Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language) and it’s mean “Scent”, but also abbreviation of “AMARULLZ ANDROID ROM MANIFESTATION”. It was advance update-binary for Android that contains many features like Wizard Installation, Touch User Interface (AROMA UI), Customizable Packages, System Inspecting, Themeable, and User Interactive. All release version will had “Scent Things” codename, example in 1st version it has codename “Anggrek” which mean “Orchid”.
How AROMA Installer Works
When user select the zip file to install it, the recovery will extract the update-binary and runs it with few arguments, all process and stuff was simply handled by update-binary, the recovery only show the information passed by update-binary via custom pipe. The great things is that update-binary can do anything if we can code it in C/C++, but not all people can easily playing with C/C++, and Its not effective and not fun at all to compiled it every time we need to change the process. That’s why the custom script also used in AROMA Installer, it was simply edify script that used in normal updater-script but with expanded functions available.
Continue on to the installer thread to find more.
Thanks for reading.
January 16, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 proprietary CyanogenMod App Store. It’s an easy concept; developers upload their apps to the proprietary store and the CM Team takes a small cut to help pay for server and hardware maintenance. Of course, this is not to be any regular app store and would be targeted for specific niches. As Koush explains:
Apps removed from the Market includes, one click root apps, emulators, tether apps, Visual Voicemail apps, and more. These are all completely legal (Nintendo emulators are fine, ROMs are NOT, there is a distinction).
So, developers would have another app store to upload their apps to and those with pulled apps could possibly give them a second chance at life. Based on threads like this one, a place like that for pulled apps is something some people would definitely love to see.
How do you feel about this? Is this a way to unify apps that are stricken from the Android Market by Google, or just a bad plan in general? Sound off in the comments!
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. You download the exploit, push it via ADB, install the Superuser app from the market and, as always, the final step is profit.
You can find the downloads, the full instructions, a nifty how-to video, shout outs and all the other goodies in the original thread.
The thread itself is also being used a support thread, as jcase says:
This is the support thread, feel free to ask questions here. Please do not redistribute my exploit.
So any issues, questions or anything else that needs discussed will be in the thread too and it’s always a good idea to read through the whole thread to see what others are having problems with (and the fixes for them) just in case you run into some problems. As always, especially with root, there’s a chance that things can go horribly wrong so make sure you exercise caution as well!