We might have spent a few hours toying with Samsung’s new mobile hardware, but tinkerers over at XDA-Developers have had enough time to root the Galaxy S 4, already. This means those (very) early adopters can start perusing the inner workings as soon as it arrives on store shelves. There’s a proof video after the break and you can pick up all the necessary files (and warnings of not to meddle with what you do not understand) at the source. There is one tiny caveat to the news, however, as the rooting magic is focused squarely on the Exynos 5 Octa model for now. According to SAM Mobile, several batches of the new Galaxy phone are rumored to be packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 instead of Samsung’s homemade chip series. An official spokesperson from the UK branch has confirmed that it’ll arrive in the there with the Snapdragon processor.
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Samsung‘s much-touted GALAXY S 4 flagship handset, which was launched with quite the fanfare early last month, isn’t available to the public yet, only going up for pre-order in certain markets. That hasn’t stopped the handset from being rooted, however. Specifically, the folks over at XDA have rooted the Exynos 5 Octa 8-core variety of
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An anonymous reader writes “Google’s Nexus 4 sold out around the world very quickly this week, and while there was talk of very limited supply, apparently some key people managed to get their hands on it. That’s right: the Nexus 4 has already been rooted.”
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There’s no doubt that Barnes & Noble in love with the paper-like interface of the Nook HD+. Not all of its new owners are quite so taken with the retro chic, with the proof being XDA-Developers member verygreen’s early root for the Android tablet (and possibly its HD cousin). The preliminary code is enough to offer a glimpse of a more digital interface as well as teasers of a CyanogenMod port and booting from SD cards. Before racing to use the instructions at the source, be aware that the root’s usefulness may vary wildly in the near future — as of this writing, a familiar defense mechanism dating back to the Nook Color has kicked in that rejects the root and restores itself to factory stock after eight failed boot attempts. That there’s a root at all will nonetheless be a comfort in the long run to those who like the idea of a budget tablet without the enforced nostalgia for dead trees.
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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ tentatively rooted for the paper UI-phobic (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Based on Samsung’s hacker-friendly track record, you’d generally expect one of it smartphones to come with an unlocked bootloader, making it easy to update or tweak with unofficial ROMs. That’s not the case with Verizon’s imminent version of the Galaxy S III, however. As the folk at XDA know only too well, this particular iteration of Sammy’s flagship comes with a sealed bootloader, which makes it resistant (though not impervious) to hackery.
Of course, Sammy has nothing to gain from snubbing the modding community in this way, so it stands to reason that VZW pushed the Korean manufacturer to supply them with a locked bootloader — despite the fact that all other variants have been left open. We’ve reached out to Big Red for comment, but in the meantime a clever soul over at Rootzwiki claims they’ve already found a workaround for root access. (At this point, though, we’d better provide our usual disclaimer: be very careful before you poke around in there, because going up against a locked bootloader can be risky. The apparent safety of modern life is just a shallow skin atop an ocean of blood, guts and bricked devices.)
Verizon Galaxy S III has locked bootloader (but it’s been rooted anyway) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 Jul 2012 08:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s basically a tradition at this point with giant phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III that they get hacked and rooted before they’re released into the wild with final software – and it’s no different today. Developer and hacker Chainfire has posted information on how he and his colleagues have achieved root on
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MikeatWired writes “Now here’s a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS! The theme is a fully functioning replica of Windows 8 that allows you to create your own tiles, and organize them however you want.”
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Google Wallet has some significant issues with security already this year. A potential hack was discovered in February that could have exposed credit cards. However, no evidence of credit card abuse or theft was noted. The security flaw was only exploitable on rooted Android devices. It seems Google is taking a different route with potential [...]
Jealous of that root-ready Kindle Fire, but not ready to trudge through the Amazon to get it? Don’t worry, you can stay huddled up with your Nook Tablet and get all the device rooting you want — with a few caveats. Although the good folks on the XDA Forums haven’t unlocked the slab’s bootloader just yet, they’ve managed to root the tablet all the same. Jumping through a few technical hoops (or stumbling across forum user Indirect’s one-click Windows utility) will score you access to the Android market and another way to sideload apps on the souped up slate. Custom ROMs? Not yet; in addition to killing the root with every device reboot, the locked bootloader is keeping the Nook’s tweaked build of Android 2.3 front and center. Hit up the source link below to get started.
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Nook Tablet gets rooted, bootloader stays under lock and key originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 18:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Yesterday, we saw the Kindle Fire get ripped apart. Today, it’s been rooted. The solution comes courtesy of a user lovingly known as “death2all11o,” who posted the “1-click’ recipe to Android Forums earlier today. The procedure seems relatively straightforward, requiring only a copy of SuperOneClick 2.2, an Android SDK, and a bit of hacktastic know-how. For a more detailed guide, hit up the source links below.
Kindle Fire gets rooted with ‘one click,’ paves the way for Amazonian adventures originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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First it was the Kevlar-coated hardware, and now Android enthusiasts have cracked open the software edges of Motorola’s latest Android baby. Yes, that dual-core slice of smartphone that is the Droid RAZR can now be rooted, but there is a catch. The Windows-only program won’t let you reverse the deal once you’ve taken the hack-friendly plunge, even if you’re unfortunate enough to hit a soft brick wall. You can check out the directions in the source link below, but we’re wagging our finger of caution right now — you’ve been warned.
Motorola Droid RAZR rooted — watch out for rough edges originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Everyone’s favorite skinny phone is popping up all over. Here’s the new Razr rundown.
To root or not to root — that’s never really been a question for Nexus owners. Google’s purebred Android phones are by nature developer-friendly and ship with a painless ability to unlock their bootloaders. So, it comes as no great surprise that well-known modder Modaco has achieved this very feat on the Galaxy Nexus, although it is nice to this Ice Cream Sandwich flagship upholding tradition. Whatever your personal computing OS choice, the superboot image file provided at the source will work for you, pushing the superuser APK to your handset and granting you administrator privileges. Retail versions of the phone will likely come locked, so be prepared to wipe your data if you choose to go down this route (pun definitely intended). As always, tinkering with high-end mobile toys comes with the usual associated risks, so proceed with caution. And remember the cardinal rule — friends don’t let friends root their phones.
Galaxy Nexus gets rooted, forums burst into applause originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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