The Galaxy S III seems to be making some really fast progress in terms of third party support for software development for this device. Earlier, we had covered quite a few ways of rooting the device, including installation of ClockworkMod recovery as well. For those who fear flashing files via ODIN, XDA-Developers forum member mskip
has just released a Samsung Galaxy S3 Toolkit
, making life for inexperienced rooters who just got their hands on a brand new S3, very easy. If you thought the functionality is limited to just rooting, installing recoveries and kernels, the toolkit offers a plethora of functions ranging from installing APK files to pulling or pushing files onto the device. Read on for more information on this invaluable toolkit and how you can use it for your SGS III.
The Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 and I9300T can now be rooted by flashing the much popular CF-Root kernel, thanks to renowned developer Chainfire
, who was responsible for rooting the device in the first place earlier on. CF-Root has been responsible for rooting a huge a list of Android based Samsung devices and is actually meant for the rooting beginners
. To be used with stock Samsung firmwares (no, no custom ROMs, even if it’s Touchwiz), this root method will keep your SGS3 as close to stock as possible. More about it, and how you can root the SGS3 using CF-Root, after the break.
Now you can root your HTC EVO 4G LTE in a single click using the RegawMOD EVO 4G LTE Rooter
courtesy of regaw_leinad
over at XDA-Developers. The tool is entirely automated and will unlock your bootloader, let you flash custom recoveries, and of course, root the stock firmware on the device. The bootloader unlock is achieved through HTCdev.com, so you will require a stable internet connection. The tool has been successful in rooting all builds up to 1.13.651.1. Being automated, you will not have to go through the tiring and slow process to unlock the bootloader at the HTC Dev website itself. Even better the tool will install the TWRP recovery as well.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has been rooted, thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member weltwon
. The rooting method has worked on the P5113, P5100 and P5110 models. The method involved is actually very simple and if you’ve owned Samsung devices running Android before, you might find the method quite familiar. Unfortunately this method will work through a Windows PC only, and Mac or Linux are not supported as yet. When done rooting the device, you will also be able to install a much needed custom recovery as well allowing you to flash ROMs and basically any zip file package meant for the device. So if you own a Galaxy Tab 2 and are looking forward to some good old rooting to run apps that require root privileges or want to apply some mods, read on.
The Galaxy S III gets rooted before launch! Just a few days back, recognized developer Chainfire
over at XDA-Developers released the news to Android fans that he has managed to gain root access on the device, but since the insecure kernel being used to root the device was traceable back to the source of the leak, the kernel was not released. Not anymore! Chainfire
has finally released all that is required for eager users awaiting their Galaxy S IIIs, to root the device. The monster of a phone that defied all Apple lawsuits questioning Samsung’s hardware and OS design, is ready to make its mark in the world of Android, and this early root access,has positioned the device for making a major impact. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on an SGS III, read on for a detailed guide on how you can root the phone.
While installing an app on your Android device is as simple as searching for it in the Google Play Store and hitting install, or sideloading its APK on your phone, that always installs them as user apps (also referred to as data apps). At times certain apps need to be installed as system apps rather than user apps in order to utilize their full potential, and that’s where things get a little complicated. In this guide, we will show you how you can install any Android app as a system app on your Android device.
Tool kits for Android devices are a blessing literally. With the abilities to perform multiple functions from one app and mostly via a convenient one click method. XDA-Developers recognized member hasoon2000
has been hard at work developing a toolkit for the latest HTC devices out there, but best of all, he has released versions of the toolkit that are particular to the device at hand. The tool kit covers the recent HTC One X, One S, Vivid, Rezound and the likes of myTouch 4G Slide and the Amaze 4G as well. The tool kit lets you not only root the device, install a custom recovery, flash a custom kernel, but brings with a few very useful extra commands as well. We talk more about it, and how you can use this tool, in detail after the break.
The HTC One X from AT&T has been rooted! Earlier we covered a rooting guide for the retail version of the HTC One X here
, but the AT&T branded model was no where released back then. However, thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member kennethpenn
, not only do AT&T users have the ability to root their device in a one click fashion, but users on Rogers and other networks as well. Even better, this method will work for Windows, Linux and Mac.
The Xperia S, with it’s 342ppi pixel density, a 12mp camera packed in a beautifully crafted body, and upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS, certainly deserves to be rooted and it isn’t surprising that the device got rooted pretty quickly. This comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Bin4ry
, who has uploaded custom firmware images for Xperia S running the 63 firmware or the 67. Not exactly the most convenient and preferred method of rooting, but this is all that is available for now at least. The good thing about this root, is that you don’t really need to do much in terms of commands or moving around files.
HTC One S has now been rooted thanks to XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien
. The One S can be said to be the younger brother to the HTC One X, with still specs impressive enough to challenge most modern day Android devices. The best part, you get to run Ice Cream Sandwich on a handsomely large 4.3” Super AMOLED screen. Like the rooting guide we covered earlier for the HTC One X
, the rooting procedure is more or less the same, using the superboot
image which is basically a modified boot.img
The Blaze 4G from T-Mobile gets rooted! Released in January 2012, so let’s just say it was about time. Thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member k0nane
you can now root your device in no time at all through ODIN (more on that later) as is customary with most Samsung Android devices, but that’s not all. Renowned developer shabbypenguin
has also managed to make the famous ClockworkMod Recovery 184.108.40.206 available for the Blaze 4G as well, paving the way for users to flash custom ROMs and and kernels that will soon be made available. So if you had been using the Blaze 4G for a while now and had lost all hope concerning root access, you have it now!
If you own a Windows Phone 7 device and are interested in getting the most out of it, then surely you know about the three root access levels in WP7, namely developer unlock, interop unlock and full unlock (which is accessible only via custom Mango ROMs). You can run a lot of XAP files if you have a device with interop unlock, but some of the most juiciest homebrews could only be used on custom ROMs. Until now that is! WP7 Root Tools
have been released, and the homebrew brings full root access to devices which only have interop unlock so far. Previously it was possible to flash any XAP file to an interop unlocked device, but if it was intended for custom ROMs, the app did not do anything. With Root Tools, this is no longer the case, as you just have to install the homebrew to get all homebrews running.
SuperSU by Chainfire is a free app for rooted Android devices that lets you easily and efficiently manage root / superuser access permissions for all the apps on your Android phone or tablet. It takes over the SuperUser app on rooted devices, basically replacing it for a better and more feature-rich alternative. For users of rooted Android phones, managing which apps get root access can be a tough call when it comes to security, since any app with root access has administrator-level control over your device. For this reason, rooting a phone also involves installing an app for the very purpose of managing these permissions. This app is called SuperUser and whenever you see a SuperUser permission request on your phone when attempting to run an app that requires root, it’s the SuperUser app in action. Read More
The HTC One X gets rooted, even before being released. We’ve seen devices getting rooted in no time at all earlier, but rooting a device before the official release in down right wicked. The One X is shaping up to be HTC’s flagship device, running the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and sporting the second generation of SLCD with an HD resolution at 1280 x 720 on a 4.7” screen. Best of all, the device will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The root for this monster of a device comes in from PaulOBrien over at Modaco, who has released a modified boot.img called Superboot for the device. More on it and how you can root your HTC One X, after the break. Read More
Rooting the Sony Tablet S just got very easy, thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developers forum member condi
. While credit for coming up with the original root method goes to djrbliss
has managed to mod it up a bit and eliminate problems like com.pwn.me
error or MTP enabling and disabling issues on the device. The root script has been modded to run on both 32bit and 64bit Windows, while it has actually been tested and confirmed to be working on Windows XP 32bit and Windows 7 64bit.
The LG Esteem gets rooted once again! Once again? Well, apparently LG patched up an existing vulnerability via an OTA update, thereby rendering the existing root exploit pretty much useless. This is not the first time we’ve seen manufacturers do that, and certainly this would not be that last, but for an OS that was built upon the whole appeal of being open source, such moves are now hardly amusing. So not to drift away from the issue at hand, those who updated their LG Esteem can now root their device thanks to Dan Rosenberg
. The method is pretty easy and more or less a one click solution, making it a no sweat deal for even the most novice Android user.
Aptly named Droid 4 Utility Pre-Release for Windows, the tool has been developed for the Motorola Droid 4 and released by XDA-Developers forum member mattlgroff which, as the title suggests, includes more than just your one click root. Earlier we covered a guide on rooting the Droid 4, a solution that was out just as soon as the device was released, leaving Motorola wondering where the lacked in locking down their devices bootloader. While we leave Motorola to worry about that, we’re glad they let their guard down, or for that matter, kudos to Dan Rosenberg for his motofail exploit that rooted the device. Coming back to the multipurpose tool, it also brings along a one click root for the Droid 4 on ICS 4.0.3 even though an update is not here as yet. More on the functions and how you can use this tool, after the break! Read More
Motorola Droid 4 owners waiting to get root access on your device, we've got great news for you. Your wait is over, as the Droid 4 has finally been rooted! Motorola may have been trying hard to lock down their handsets lately but this is a serious blow to all that effort. As ever, we've brought you the full method of rooting your Droid 4, so read on after the jump for more information, the download link and the installation instructions.
The worlds first Android based wrist watch gets rooted! Sporting a tiny 1.6” screen, you’d wonder why would anyone need to root the MOTOACTV or for that matter, might be a bit surprised seeing a wrist watch running Android. Well, it’s simple, because it can be done, and if you own this one of a kind device, you will definitely want to root it. Intended as a fitness device with an mp3 player and GPS to track your jogs, the device runs a highly customized UI atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Once rooted, you also have the ClockworkMod recovery available as well, but that’s another thing. For now we focus on rooting the device. It’s not your One Click solution so be very careful, but we know there's no stopping anyone who owns this device.
The QWERTY keypad equipped Samsung Captivate Glide gets rooted! The root method comes in from XDA-Developers forum member CarpeNoctem
along with lambgx02
who provided the Carrier IQ free kernel (by Rogers) and the insecure kernel and the Rogers rooted ROM, and ardatdat
who provided the rooted ROM and the overclocked kernel. The root will work for both the AT&T Captivate Glide and for Rogers as well. Read on for instructions and more on how you can root your Samsung Captivate Glide.