Universal one-click rooting solutions such as Z4Root
, Universal Androot
were quite popular for rooting all sorts of Android devices in the old days of Éclair, Froyo and Gingerbread. The late Gingerbread era saw a change in this pattern due to increased security by Google as well as device manufacturers, and the situation only got worse for such tools, as pretty much all of them used exploits that were patched in these versions of Android, and newer universal exploits were becoming increasingly harder to find. Recently, Framaroot
changed this by offering an on-device one-click universal rooting method for several devices, just the way Z4Root used to offer in the old days. We now have another universal one-click rooting tool in Kingo Android ROOT
that follows in the footsteps of SuperOneClick by working on Windows, and can be used to easily root several devices by manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola and Google. Furthermore, the tool can also unroot already rooted devices.
Power users prefer Android over pretty much any other smartphone platform out there because of the immense potential of the OS, which truly shines once you have rooted your device. That’s precisely why a lot of such users choose not to go for a device at all if its manufacturer has put restrictions on rooting or unlocking its bootloader that can’t be overridden. This is also one of the key factors behind the popularity of Google’s Nexus program, as well as official bootloader unlocking that many manufacturers have started to offer. While no manufacturers are directly offering an official one-click rooting solution, you’re in luck if you’ve got your hands on a Moto X, or Motorola Droid Ultra, Mini or Maxx. Our friend Justin Case (JCase)
has just released the MotoRoot
app that roots these devices in one click. Complete rooting instructions to follow right after the jump.
The MOTOACTV (F100) Android watch gets ClockworkMod recovery 5! The tiny 1.6” screen sized Android device is trying to compete with the big guns here, where it was rooted almost as soon as it came out, and a few weeks later, it gets an Alpha version of ClockworMod recovery 5. Does this spell future custom kernels and ROMs for this device? We wait and see, but for now, if you have the Actv rooted, here’s ClockworkMod recovery for you, courtesy of RootzWiki forum member utkanos
The Atrix 4G gets ClockworkMod Recovery Touch! The recovery is beginning to roll out for more devices now, and the Atrix 4G is one of the first few lucky devices that just got it’s share of the action. If you are an avid Android user with an already rooted device, this touch based recovery is something you seriously need to try out. Right now, the recovery can be downloaded and flashed flashed via ROM Manager from the market, but that however costs $1.99. A very minimal cost, considering the effort put into this thing, but you can always install it free of cost via ADB in two or three very quick commands.
A rooted Android device without a custom recovery, is like a battle tank with no turret. Motorola’s Droid devices have always been a tad bit hard to tackle when it comes to root and recoveries, or if not hard, they come with their own set of requirements. The Droid X for instance, once rooted, can be flashed with the latest ClockworkMod recovery, but you need the bootstrap app installed form the market, which essentially becomes a system app from that point onwards. So if you have a rooted Droid X and want to flash custom ROMs to it but do not have a custom recovery installed, no worries, we’ll show you how you can install the ClockworkMod recovery on the device in no time.
Rooting Motorola Android devices hasn’t exactly always been the easiest of tasks. Then there are OTA updates from one version of the OS to another. If you have a Droid X and updates from a rooted Froyo firmware to the latest Gingerbread OS, you would know what we’re talking about. One Click root solutions are sought out like crazy ,especially when theirs ADB commands involved. Lucky for Droid X users, Framework43, krazykrivda, and psouza4 over at RootzWiki have come out with a One Click root tool for the Droid X running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and as per P3Droid it should also work on the likes of Droid 3, Droid X2, Cliq and Cliq 2. This tool uses the exploit used for rooting the Droid 3 originally. Read More
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has found it’s way onto the Droid Bionic! Android devices have begun receiving ICS ROMs on a more increasing frequency lately, showing us just how crazed we Android fans are when it comes to major OS updates and Google goes on to imply that some devices may never get that, or for that matter, some devices will get the update soon, but when? RootzWiki
forum member and developer, dhacker29
has released an ICS based AOSP ROM for the Bionic which has now reached Alpha v6. Yes, the ROM isn’t fully perfected yet, but it’s almost there. More on the ROM and how you can install it on the Bionic, after the break.
Motorola Photon 4G is a high-tier Android phone that was the first phone with a fairly expensive initial rooting solution. When the phone was launched, the Dock method was the only rooting method available. However some developers were able to figure out a generic exploit that made rooting possible without pain and a single click. Since the phone got rooted, the development is rapidly taking place for this phones with multitude of Android hackers, modders, designers and themers participating in releasing custom kernels, tweaks, mods, hacks and full fledge ROM. The team ACS, guys behind producing the first rooting kernel for Sprint Epic 4G Touch, has released custom Photon Penguin Kernel for Photon 4G.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid 3 owners as ClockworkMod Recovery is officially available through ROM Manager. Koush, the developer of ClockworkMod and ROM Manager, added support for ClockworkMod Recovery today and you can get it through ROM Manager. Hashcode, XDA Member, also released a bootstrap ClockworkMod Recovery as an unofficial solution earlier. According to his, if you plan on getting the new official ClockworkMod Recovery from Koush, then remove the earlier version. Here is what he exactly has to say about this issue: Read More
There is some interesting news for Motorola Droid 2 Global owners, as some hackers and modders have managed to find a way to boost 3G connectivity on these phones. The tweak basically involves bridging 3G speed increase hack and also fixes the Droid 2 Global’s weak GSP Signal strength. XDA Member, Rotkaeqpchen, also deployed the same hack on his Motorola Droid 3, with some modifications, and was able to come up with favorable results on his phone. Read More
The recent Motorola Droid 3 system update was the best cure for blue tint while recording videos on the phone. However, as a “fee” for removing the tint, Motorola restricted video capture / recording capability for Motorola Droid 3 to 12 FPS in environments with low light. This means that if you were to record a party, you’ll probably end up with jittering video and low quality output. The Android development community realized this glitch and Senior XDA Member, Rotkaeqpchen, came out with a fix that restores fast FPS video capture of Droid 3 in low light conditions. The workaround discovered by above mentioned XDA member [Yes, the nick name is really hard to pronounce and spell twice] is basically a method to restore FPS settings back to what they were before you updated with phone.
Finally there is some great news for Motorola Droid Bionic Android phone users looking to unbrick their devices. We won’t really go into how you managed to brick your device, but you should be able to boot it in Fastboot mode to unbrick it. In case you phone isn’t booting in Fastboot mode, then the only solution is to take it to your carrier’s customer service and ask for repair or replacements. The method to unbrick your device involves action from RSD lite along with a custom FXZ file.
In case you have Motorola Atrix 4G and are unable to send text messages, then there is some great news for you. The problem of text messages not sent is being faced by many Atrix 4G users and DeadlyPsycho, XDA member, is out with a possible solution.
Finally there is some great news for all Motorola Triumph users looking to install / flash CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3 Gingerbread custom ROM on their device. An unofficial CM 7 port, in alpha stages, is now available for download. The credit for cooking this delicious bacon for Triumph goes to Genesis3 at XDA forums. Like all initial ROM ports, there are certain aspects that don’t work after you install this ROM on your phone. Read More
So the Photon 4G with it’s impressive hardware and and an equally impressive 540 x 960 pixels 4.3” screen, is surprisingly limited regarding multi touch input. 2 touch points aren’t exactly categorized as multi touch now. If you’re into Android games, such as Fruit Ninja, Cut The Rope or use emulators on your device that use on screen joysticks and buttons, chances are this 2 touch point system in the Photon 4G is going to give you some serious limitations. Even if you do manage it somehow, if a 3rd finger slides onto the screen while playing, consider things going wrong in a second, and that has already happened to a lot of us. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member michael0619 who originally brought out a multi touch mod for the Atrix 4G, the mod has evolved and found itself working for the Photon 4G, allowing 8 touch inputs on the device. Frankly, 8 points are a bit too much, but 2 were equally ridiculous. Read More
Motorola Triumph now has some real reason to be called Triumph as a Umph Custom Kernel for this phone manages an overclock up to 1.9 GHz! This is some serious awesomeness that has been brought to Triumph owners by Pwnyourace from Android Forums. As Moto Triumph specs are somewhat similar to high tier HTC devices like EVO and the EVO shift, so it was only a matter of time the overclocking took place. The kernel comes with smartass and scary governors on board and boasts of some memory tweaks that might give you optimum experience while triumphing with the Triumph.
The game changing exploit that rooted Droid 3 yesterday is now confirmed as working on virtually all Motorola Droid series phones running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Yesterday we discussed who this exploit rooted Droid 3 and Droid X2 and today it got even better. Motorola Photon 4G, that initially required a whooping $ 100 Dock to get rooted, is now rootable with the same super easy method that pwns Droid 3 and other handsets. Motorola Photon 4G ships with Android 2.3 on board so you can directly deploy the hack without tinkering with software up or downgrade. Read More
Motorola Droid Bionic is the new sensational Android phone that attracts loads of attention whenever there’s a picture leak, video or when a Motorola executive utters the word, Bionic! Coming beefed up with spectacular specs that one would drool over, the capability of this handset to seamlessly switch between CDMA and GSM networks is the unique selling proposition. Although there is lot of news and leaks circulating on the web regarding this device and it’s launch date, but at AddictiveTips we are dedicated to bring you actual goodies. Of course we aren’t launching this phone but we can give you a taste of what it feels to be Droid Bionic through a custom bootanimation, Read More
Today is the day of relief for majority Androiders who opted to go with Motorola Droid line. Apparently the exploit discovered by Drjbliss, senior XDA member and Android hacker, is capable to root any Motorola Droid line Android phone updated to Android 2.3.x Gingerbread. The exploit has been awesomely discovered and beautifully explained by the exploiter here. Recently Motorola Droid X2 owners started to receive Android Gingerbread update OTA. And for those who accidently updated to this official Gingerbread build, there wasn’t any rooting solution until now. According to navendrob at XDA forums, you can easily deploy the Droid 3 rooting procedure to acquire the root privileges on your officially updated Motorola Droid X2. Read More
We have been keeping a keen eye out regarding the rooting awesomeness that struck seemingly unconquerable Motorola Droid 3 today. We posted a complete and detailed Motorola Droid 3 ADB based rooting method, and now there is more good news. slow88Ix, Android developer at Rootz Wiki Forums, has managed to brew up a utility that actually roots your Droid 3 with a single click minus any ADB or command prompt hassles. Of course the exploit discovered by DJrbliss is the base of this method and all this utility does is making things simpler. Read More