Just yesterday, we gave the HTC One X a home in our forums. While some of us are desperately waiting for the April 5th release date, we are glad to see that a Superboot root tool has been released by XDA Forum Member paulobrien.
Running the root tool is as simple as executing a batch file on Windows or a script on Linux and Mac. In the words of the developer:
Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you’re done!
Superboot image is also ‘insecure’, allowing you to use ‘adb remount’ as well as having full ADB root access to your device until such time as you reboot after running this process (it’s a non permanent ADB root as it’s a ‘fastboot boot’ and not a ‘fastboot flash’).
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!