XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler is known for his wizardry opening up Samsung phones. However, this also extends to other manufacturers’ devices, such has how he recently dismembered the Oppo Find 5. And he’s not limited to phone devices, as he Poked at the JynxBox Network Streaming Android Device. However, it is often good to get back to your roots. That is why AdamOutler is taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
After tearing down and giving the Note 10.1 an Unboxing the XDA Way. He continues by giving a tour of the device’s components. AdamOuter demonstrates the device setup, as well as installing recovery and rooting the device. The device can be rooted easily, perhaps too easily, using CASUAL. So if you wanted the freedom to do what you want with a device you bought, check out this video. Also, check out the full Teardown Hangout and Jailbreak video.
February 20, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Not a long, long time ago and not in a galaxy far away—in this galaxy, in fact—Android only ran on smartphones. That’s not the case anymore; it runs on tablets, Raspberry Pis, televisions, and more. Today XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler gets his hands on a Jynxbox Android HD Network Media Streamer. What does AdamOutler do when he gets a device? He tears it down to its basic elements; he does an Unboxing the XDA Way.
After tearing it down and giving a tour of the device’s components, AdamOuter demonstrates the device setup, entering recovery, and rooting the device. The device can be rooted easily, perhaps too easily, so Adam shows you, how you can apply security. Finally, he demonstrates how to set the JynxBox up for debugging and loading software to it.
January 30, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Here at XDA, we love devices, and we love to see what we can do with them. We love playing with different devices so much that sometimes we import them from China, like the Meizu MX. In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes the Oppo Find 5. This device was just released for purchase yesterday in China. This device is quite fast, and the 1080p screen is something to be admired
AdamOutler starts by doing what he does best: tearing the device apart and examining the hardware components. However, there are some drawbacks to this device such as how GPL-compliant kernel source is not yet available. Furthermore, you have to use a special ADB binary to access the device. So check this video out, it is not to be missed.
November 22, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In this second part of our four-part series, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler tears down his recently delivered Samsung Galaxy Camera to its internal circuit boards. He goes on to point out and explain the various parts of the circuit board. Finally, AdamOutler talks about the device’s build quality.
If you missed it, check out part one of this series where AdamOutler unboxes the Galaxy Camera and shows of the basics. Stay tuned for part three where he shows you how to root the Android powered Galaxy Camera.
November 21, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Android powering phones and tablets is old hat. The dream of many is to have Android on as many devices in their house as possible. Android-powered refrigerators? Sure. Android microwaves? You bet. Android-powered thermostats? Cool! While some of these things exist only in the mind, Samsung has released a Jelly Bean-powered digital camera, called (unsurprisingly) the Galaxy Camera.
In this first part of a four part series, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler unboxes his recently delivered device. He then shows of some of the basic features. Stay tuned for part two, where AdamOutler does his typical hardware tear down, and part three where he shows you how to obtain root!
October 31, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes all the swag he got at this year’s Big Android BBQ. It was an average haul. Sony gave away 200 smart watches and several people walked away with multiple phones and tablets.
AdamOutler starts by showing off a Sony Smartwatch, then moves on to the XDA NFC key chains. He continues to go through and show you all the other stuff he got from the Big Android BBQ. Finally, AdamOutler shows off the Magic Box device he created for and demonstrated at the Big Android BBQ session, hosted by XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan and himself. So check this video out, it is not to be missed.
August 29, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes The Verizon Galaxy S3 The XDA Way. After demonstrating the activation bypass, he goes on to give a close-up of the motherboard, talks about the hardware, and follows up with a JTAG demonstration.
Now the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III is famous for having a locked bootloader. However, Adam shows that not even a locked up bootloader can stop him and the knowledgeable members at XDA. He shows a piece of software he wrote called CASUAL, which handles rooting, bootloader unlocking, and installing ClockworkMod Recovery—all of which are your basic required tools to install custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 10 and AOKP. Be sure to check this video out!
August 1, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
At this years Google I/O 2012, Google released the ADK 2012. XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler has one. In a past video, AdamOutler showed you the Accessory Development Kit and Arduino, showing some neat tricks that you can accomplish with these tools. With this second version, AdamOutler shows off some more cool developments with the Google Accessory Development Kit.
In this video AdamOutler unboxes his new Google ADK device. He then talks about all the pieces, parts, sensors, and design. The Accessory Development Kit 2012 features an independent main processing board, an alarm clock shield containing 64 RGB LEDs, a Type 2 read/write NFC tag that launches the ADK app, and a spattering of sensors including a colorimeter, thermometer, barometer, hygrometer, accelerometer, magnetometer, twelve capacitive buttons, and a capacitive slider.
Recently Google announced its new tablet and Google I/O 2012. Milliseconds after it was announced XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler had his ordered. When he received it, he did what you would expect from our resident mobile deconstructionist.
In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, Adam unboxes the Nexus 7 all the way down to the circuit board and talks about the build while doing so. Adam covers both the good and the bad design characteristics. Finally, like any XDA Forum Member would do, he unlocks the device and installs ClockworkMod recovery. This is a must watch video!
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.
Many people call the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone the ideal phone. When XDA management had an extra Galaxy Nexus phone laying around, they couldn’t think of anything better to do with it than send it to our resident mobile deconstructionist.
In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes his new Galaxy Nexus all the way down to the circuit board. He shows off his favorite tool of destruction and discusses the hardware’s points of interest. Adam talks a bit about CASUAL and plans for hacking an UnBrickable Mod from the device when it is powered off.
In this week’s XDA Unboxing, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler takes a look at the Motorola Droid RAZR. This week’s video deviates a bit from his usual unboxings by talking about hardware design and why user-serviceable design is important.
In the video, Adam also urges other manufacturers to not follow Motorola’s lead in order to avoid creating devices that are disposable, cannot be modified, and cannot be serviced. Thankfully for Droid RAZR owners, Adam is running a beta test of the CASUAL (Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Unified Android Loader) framework on the RAZR.
So pause what you’re doing and check out the video below! This video, and the rest of our XDA TV clips can be found on our YouTube channel.
March 29, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
By now, we’ve all become familiar with the term XDA Unboxing. Thanks to fantastic work from XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler, we have been made privy to deepest internals of various modern devices.
After an unfortunate affair involving your standard, everyday washing machine and the lovely HTC Titan, XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 found himself with a water damaged device. Turning pain into pleasure, egzthunder1 then created a guide on how to dismantle the device.
Well, due to an unfortunate incident between my Titan and a washing machine, I decided to take it apart to try and clean it (and to remove a constantly on vibrating motor). Since there is no guide for this device anywhere (quick google search yielded nothing), I decided to create one myself. So, if you are ready to roll, lets take this sucker apart…
While certainly not for the faint of heart, the guide walks users through the steps of opening the device and reaching its core components. Additionally, the guide highlights many of the dangers and pitfalls faced in the process, such as watching out for small and easy-to-tear ribbon cables. Tools for the job are a Torx T6 screwdriver and a pair of tweezers. However, a heat gun and case opening tool are also required if you intend on separating the screen from the plastic frame.
If you’re looking to dismantle your devices or simply have a morbid curiosity regarding the internals of a modern flagship device, you’ll find what you need in the original thread.