DEVELOPMENTS

Location Security Exploit on Samsung Devices

XDA Recognized Developer pedrodh recently identified an exploit in Samsung devices running AccuWeather, and developed an app for demonstration.  The app can poll your location without granting any permissions--not even Superuser permissions--using two lines of code. As a system app, AccuWeather is automatically granted access to your GPS settings.  There are two ways to avoid giving...

Explaining and Advancing the UnBrickable Mod

The UnBrickable Mod team are still at it, bringing our devices to a level of submission that would impress even the kinkiest dominatrix.  XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler posted a guide to reverse engineering hardware, and a new UnBrickable Resurrector.  Also, the UnBrickable Mod is now available to the 7” Galaxy Tab P1000.  If that isn’t enough...

Ice Cream Sandwich Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Ice Cream Sandwich is taking the limelight in development. Recently ported to the Nexus S, many are curious and excited to know which device is next. ASUS said their “aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series.”  Motorola’s Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and XOOM are definitely getting the update, and...

It is Illegal for Verizon to Lock Some Bootloaders (Updated)

Verizon Wireless breaks the law if the bootloaders are locked on some phones.  By the end of this article, you’ll know why. As I was recording my show for XDA TV this week, I had a moment.  You can see it for yourself.  I was recapping my article about Motorola and Verizon not unlocking the bootloader...

First CM7 Touchpad Alpha Released, and More on HP’s GPL Violation

Today is turning out to be a rollercoaster of news for the HP Touchpad.  Shortly after last night’s article on how HP installed Android on every Touchpad in order to load the component manufacturers' drivers for testing hardware, the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team announced the first public release of their CM7 alpha.  It was over a...

HP’s Big Mistake

Rumors are flying about HP and their potential GPL violation by not releasing the source code of the Android kernel sold on three Touchpads so far.  Many of them are speculation, much of it over-hyped, but the fact that we speculate points to how many questions go unanswered and how much interest there is in...

New Fully Featured Recovery For G2 – 4EXT Now Available

One of the most important tools that any Android flashing addict must have is a reliable, good, and feature rich recovery image on their devices. This wonderful creation allows you to perform things like flashing, cleaning, partitioning of your card, more flashing, connect via USB to the pc, and so much more. Having the best...

Runnymede+Rhyme Android 2.3.5 Sense 3.5 ROM For HD2

HTC HD2 is still being the device with most operating systems running on it. Even with all the dual core processor devices popping up, the Leo is still a strong contender. This time, XDA member boxmax shows a freshly created ROM based on a Runnymede Build booting on HD2 -SD Version- with modding MixTheme by...

Want Themes for WidgetLocker? Look Here!

Are you a WidgetLocker fan? If so, you may have noticed several themes for the popular lock screen replacement floating around XDA. However with so many themes to choose from, finding and getting a quick look at all of the available options has become quite difficult. Luckily XDA forum member zHk3R has stepped in to create a screenshot-laden...

Breaking – First HTC Sense 3.5 ROM Running On Desire HD and Desire S

This has been a very busy week in terms of HTC news and to finish it, lucky owners of HTC Desire HD and Inspire can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5. XDA Recognized Developer capychimp, responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, amazes us again with...

Porting Puccini To The Transformer

Elegant and useful. That is my personal view on Sense roms. The version of Sense found in the HTC Flyer and its variants is certainly not the exception to this rule and ever since the release of the leaked system dump from the Puccini (AT&T's version of the tablet), people throughout the site have been...

Motorola XOOM Now Rocking 4G-Capable Rooted 3.2.2!

The development world never sleeps, at least not on XDA. Immediately after receiving the 3.2.2 OTA yesterday, XDA forum member AceXMachine promptly provided the stock images to fellow XDA forum member solarnz. Does that name sound familiar to you? It should. The Tiamat team member has plenty of ROM, kernel, and recovery work under his belt. Now, the...