Got yourself an HTC Sensation XL and can't wait to take it to the next level of customization and tweaking? As most of us know already, that requires root access and often users have to wait to get that on the latest Android devices. Well guess what? The wait is over! We have confirmation that the HTC Sensation XL has finally been rooted and even better, it is a permanent root solution rather than a temporary one. This has been achieved via the same method employed for the HTC EVO 3D, but has known to stick on after a reboot on the Sensation XL. The root uses the famous ZergRush exploit and will easily root your Sensation XL in no time. More information and the complete guide after the break.
Looks like developers working on gaining root access on the HTC Vivid are seemingly close to a breakthrough. The device featuring the massive 4.5” S-LCD screen and some dual core goodness can now be temporarily rooted thanks to XDA-Developers forum member bjg222
for releasing the easiet possible root solution for the Vivid. However, further credit also goes to Revolutianry
for zergRush, ChainsDD/androidsu
com for SuperUser, stericson
for busybox, arunp44
, and cyber_pete
Earlier we covered a guide on rooting the At&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket via ODIN, but that can prove to be a bit scary for the beginners. This is why, Shabbypenguin
and the team at Android Creative Syndicate
have brought us the Easy Root
for the Skyrocket, which is in fact a one click root solution that will work not just over Windows, but caters to the Linux and Mac operation systems as well. Using this tool is a breeze and is safe, as long as you stick to the instructions.
If you were planning on buying the new HTC Rezound Android phone, or were lucky enough to get your hands this soon on this awesome device, you’d be psyched to know that root access has now been achieved on the Rezound. The best part is, the you wont have to go through some manual command input via ADB or any other complicated method. Instead you get to root your device using a one click solution, which is the same that rooted the HTC Amaze 4G. For more on the root and how to get started, read on after the break!
We have confirmation, that the Droid Razr running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread has been rooted, prior to its official launch date. This, is bound to make some Motorola fans excited enough to get one of these bad boys for sure. Easily the thinnest and sharpest looking Android phone around right now, the device just got a whole lot attractive. What one click root are we talking about? The very same one that worked on the likes of the Droid 3 and the Droid Bionic. According to our friends over at Droid Life, that very same tool, works on the Droid Razr and they even put up a picture up where the mobile terminal shows us the SU (#) symbol.
Do you know about Samsung Admire ? Well if you do, then you probably have one. Samsung Admire is a mid-tier Android phone that is meant for social media addicts. The phone launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board and comes packed with all social networking tools without any TouchWiz hindrance. The phone finally stands rooted with DJrBliss’s exploit. It is interesting that a similar exploit, which gained permanent root on Droid 3 and other Droid phones, is responsible for gaining root privileges on Samsung Admire as well.
There is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 as Hashcode, Rootzwiki Android developer, has managed to port the latest CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3 Gingerbread on this phone. This CyanogenMod build for the Droid 3 is an OMAP optimized AOSP ROM based on the latest CM sources. The ROM comes with plenty of features working, but as it is still a pre-alpha, so you can expect to see some force closures and other glitches. Folks have managed to port CM on Droid 3 before as well, but the tester and user response regarding this build has been highly favorable. Read More
For all of you who went for $99 HP TouchPad for the sake of getting Android are in luck! CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Alpha build, that was demoed extensively through videos on different streaming sites, is now available for public download and installation. Compared with an early Android installation method, the procedure to install CyanogenMod 7 on HP TouchPad is lesser complicated and is do-able by virtually everyone. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a custom Android based ROM that is available for select devices and is intended to enhance and optimize user experience. You can head to our detailed CyanogenMod guide and review posted here
to gather more information regarding this ROM.
Android is the fastest growing and widely adapted Smartphone OS that is gaining unmatched popularity throughout the globe. The main reason for this popularity is based on the fact that Android is perhaps the only Smartphone operating system that is completely customizable to the core. The customization span of Android ranges from utility apps to modifying internal system flies. Recently the Android Gingerbread keyboard gained immense appreciation due to the fact that it was easier to type and fancier to look-out. Some industrious Android themers have managed to roll out better looking fancier versions of the same keyboard.
CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread custom ROM stable build has been released and is now available for download. This CM 7.1 is the official build and is compatible with 68 select Android devices. Originally the stable release was planned for last week, but due to some glitches with automated compiling system, it was held back. Read More
Samsung Galaxy S II [S2] is the thinnest Android phone that comes with a 4.3 Inch screen and packs the power of 1.2 GHz Dual Core with 1.0 GB RAM. The phone, when launched, received an overwhelming response from Android fans and aspiring users. It's quite surprising that Samsung Galaxy S2 made it to US market after it was released in every nook and corner of the globe. Sprint was the first carrier to get a Galaxy S II variant by the name of Epic 4G Touch and AT&T closely followed suit. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II received some awesome root treatment right after its launch and a modified ODIN-Flashable kernel was produced for this purpose. The development community is already very active regarding this phone which means custom ROMs, kernels, hacks and tweaks are rapidly surfacing to enhance and optimize user experience.
HTC Hero is a legacy Android device that came packaged with 600 MHz Arm Processor with ancient Android Cupcake on board. However the phone was able to gain immense popularity at that time and we can easily say that Android development entered its renaissance period with extensive experiments on HTC Hero. Even today there are scores of Android fans who have this phone and apart from this, the phone still boasts of an undeterred developer support at various Android portals and forums. Recently HTC Sense 3.5 was extracted by some Android hackers from certain leaked RUUs of HTC Runnymede and Bliss. This new version of Sense from HTC is basically a revamped, thoroughly optimized and more stable Sense 3.0.
In case you are a Samsung Infuse 4G owner and were waiting for MIUI custom ROM for your device, then your wait is over now! MikeyMike01, XDA Recognized Developer, has managed to port Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread based MIUI Custom ROM on Samsung Infuse 4G. For those who don’t know, MIUI is a custom firmware / system for select Android devices with root. The main purpose of these custom ROMs is to enhance user experience and also to provide stability. MIUI ROMs have managed to gain a huge fan base due to the functionality it offers and greater aesthetic values. MIUI ROMs were initially criticized for their striking resemblance to iOS UI, but later extraordinary amount of themes and mods managed to silence the critics. Read More
Official Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update for Verizon HTC Thunderbolt is on the roll now as we reported earlier. The update is meant for phones without root and if you have accidently updated your rooted phone, then its likely you are in a boot loop right now. When its Android, there is a way and of course you can restore your phone to normal settings if you are stuck in a boot loop due to accidental application of the official update. Read More
Couple of weeks back we reported
regarding Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for Google Samsung Nexus S. Although the update did upgrade the OS version to 2.3.6, but one major flaw was broken Wi-Fi Tethering. Concerned Androiders and Nexus S owners debated this issue for quite some time
. Apparently an all new Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for the Google Nexus S is on the roll again but this time with fixed wireless tethering and a different build code. The build number of this update is GRK39F whereas previously it was GRK39C. As the update is pretty much similar to what rolled out previously, it is apparent that there is no changelog available for this one.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 as the first Android Gingerbread custom ROM for the phone has finally surfaced. Droid 3, until lately, proved to be a hard nut to crack when it came to rooting and flashing a custom Recovery. However with advent of an easier single click rooting method and Koush releasing the official Bootstrap recovery app for the phone, things got simpler for ROM developers. Read More
Finally there is some great news for Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners as Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update for this phone just got released unofficially. The credit for releasing this update for general public goes to SamFirmware. This Android portal is dedicated to releasing official Android firmware/ROMs for Samsung phones that are still to be made public by Samsung or the carrier. This firmware/ROM leak for Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G updates your phone to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread integrated with all the changes. Apparently Samsung Galaxy S 4G's Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update is meant for AT&T subscribers with Infuse 4G dedicated to T-Mobile only. We aren’t sure if you will be able to regain root access on your phone after upgrading to this build as there are no testimonies supporting re-root after upgrade. There is no clear or published changelog regarding Android 2.3.5 GB, so you will have to find the differences and fixes, if any, on your own.
MIUI custom ROMs have managed to gain huge popularity due to their rock stability and aesthetics. Although MIUI ROMs are great and offer huge user experience enhancement, but language has been a major pitfall for many flashers. MIUI is basically developed by Chinese Android developers and although there are English scripts available to enforce the language, but sometimes bits and pieces are left out. The US chapter of MIUI, basically responsible for rolling out MIUI builds for Android phones located in the US or which need English as the OS language, has released a MIUI Pure English build. This MIUI build is version 1.9.23 and is based on latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The claims regarding this build are that you don’t find Chinese characters while you use the ROM. Read More
In case you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone and want to get the new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread keyboard, then your wait is over. Senior XDA Member, Blackwatch89, is out with some modified keyboard files that let you port the all new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread keyboard on your Sony Ericsson Xperia x10. In order to get this new keyboard working on your Xperia X10, you will need to have root on your device along with xRecovery installed. Read More
Whether it’s Mobile Internet User Interface, or My iPhone User Interface, MIUI
ROMs and ports have managed to move from being just a Chinese initiation with Chinese language and locale, to one of the most downloaded and desirable ROMs and ports out there. Built upon the CyanogenMod ROM’s framework, MIUI fuses together elements from the Android OS such as Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and the iPhone’s iOS, bringing us something quite unique. Being heavily focused on the UI and graphics, the performance is exceptionally good as well with the ROM being almost bug free and very smooth and slick in operation on the officialy supported phones. Constant upgrades on a weekly basis are continually evolving the ROM to be better and more better. The latest version as we write this post right now, is the MIUI 1.9.16 ROM based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Paired with the Samsung Galaxy S I9000, we’ll walk you through the latest version starting with the key highlight features of the ROM.