If you’ve got yourself a Motorola DROID 2, and are itching for some root user action, look no further. Sebastian Krahmer has come up with a method that will get you the # you desire on your shiny, new D2. The process doesn’t look like one of the easiest we’ve ever seen, but should be doable by those that are worthy of a rooted device. The full instruction set is sitting over at XDA. Hit up the read link and let us know if you have any luck. More →
The folks over at alldroid.org have posted a note in their forums claiming that Android tweaker extraordinaire “Birdman” has successfully booted a stock DROID X into a custom recovery state. The post reads:
Using a hack discovered by the folks who’ve done all the work on the Milestone, birdman has booted a custom recovery on his handset. The process is labor-intensive and dangerous if you’re not prepared to recover from a bricked device (and technically this bricks the device since you can’t reboot into Android at this moment), but it’s a sucessful proof of concept.
Right now he’s working on getting ADB up so we can further investigate what it will take to get a fully functional recovery working (that will also allow reboot back into Android).
From there the focus will move to a more robust recovery and discovery if/how we can do Nandroids and/or write a new /System image (like Froyo).
You may recognize Birdman’s name, as his handy work helped pioneer the original DROID X root. We’ll keep our eyes glued to this one and report back when more progress is made. Godspeed Birdman. More →
Owners of a Sony Ericsson X10 Mini or a Mini Pro will be happy to know that the folks at xda-developers have been able to achieve root on these two Android devices. The root requires some familiarity with adb and terminal commands and apparently takes advantage of the same exploit used to root the DROID X, Devour, and other Android handsets. Hit the read link for the detailed instructions and head over toe xda-devs to link up with other SE owners. Happy Rooting!
Want to root your DROID X? Find yourself confused by all these references to this mysterious adb program and its cryptic commands? If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you need to point your browser to the forums at Alldroid where member Sil3ntKi113 has packaged up a simple and easy rooting tool for Windows users. The application installs all the files and drivers necessary for rooting the DROID X, and launches with two simple buttons — “root me” and “unroot me”. Initial feedback suggests that the program roots the DROID X as well as the manual method of typing terminal commands. Purists may turn up their noses at the ease of rooting that is provided by this application, but for those who are new to Android, this application is a life saver.
All that hoopla about Motorola using e-fuse to brick DROID Xs seems like a thing of the past doesn’t it? Thanks to some serious Android noodling by a user named Birdman, the DROID X has been successfully rooted! In order to acquire root you have to follow a relatively simple twelve step process which is detailed in full over at droidxforums.com. Hit up the read link to give it a shot, and do let us know how you make out!
Yesterday, the folks over at unrEVOked released their “painless root and re-flash” kit for the HTC DROID Incredible. If you have an itching for the #, or just want to otherwise dominate your Incredible, hit up the read link to download the unrevoked^3 root kit.
Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
It’s not like we didn’t expect this, but Apple’s latest handset has been jailbroken and root access has been achieved. This early stage jailbreak utilizes the userland jailbreak method and exploits a hole that has not been closed yet by Apple. Before you start dreaming of all the Cydia apps you can now install, the current jailbreezy contains remnants of Apple’s code and can not be released to the public. Also, Apple’s impending iOS 4.0.1 update may close the hole that is being used to gain root access. In the grand scheme of things, this achievement is really just a preliminary step in a several step process. Everyone will have to sit tight and wait while the devs behind the scenes work their magic on this latest OS from Apple, but we’re obviously thrilled at what’s to come. More →
Good news for all of the HTC Droid Incredible owners out there, as over the weekend the Android community finally managed to bring root access for the Incredible within reach of the masses. Although it was first rooted last week, the process was rather complicated and time consuming. But now everything has been refined to the point where it’s safe for just about anyone so long as they properly follow the instructions. If you fancy yourself more of a visual learner we’ve got a video tutorial waiting for you after the jump, but everyone else can just go straight to the Read link to grab all the necessary files and instructions.
Hear ye, hear ye. HTC DROID Incredible owners with a hankering for the “#” rejoice, as the good folks over at Unrevoked have added Verizon’s latest Android offering to their rooting lineup. The Unrevoked site does warn:
“This hack is for power users only right now, and is not as simple as unrevoked is. We are working on expanding the race window.”
So be careful, and if you do decide to give your Incredible a good old fashion rootin’, do let us know how it goes in the comments.
Sprint’s announcement that it was going to charge customers $30 per month to turn their EVO 4G into a Wi-Fi hotspot was met with a lot of criticism, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. A weekend update made the popular android-wifi-tether app now allows EVO owners to tether over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to your heart’s content. To use the app you’ll first need to root your EVO, but thanks to unrevoked, anyone can root their EVO in a matter of seconds. After you’ve obtained root access, simply download 2.0.2.pre14 and up. One major drawback of the app is that it does not include support for WPA/WAP2 encryption, but so long as you’re willing to place your trust in WEP you’re good to go. That is provided your EVOs Wi-Fi isn’t on the fritz.
Remember how jubilant we all were the first time the EVO 4G was successfully rooted? Well we’re not smiling anymore. According to Matt Mastracci, one of the men responsible for the first successful root, customizations made to the UI at the request of Sprint have made the phone an easy target to a “whole suite of vulnerabilities” which “are so bad that an Android application could get access to [a user’s personal] data with very little work.” As a temporary workaround, Mastracci suggests that EVO 4G owners root their device and is planning to release on Friday a “painless root” too dubbed unrevoked. Mastracci also said that if “Sprint gave users root access to their phone, he and the two hackers he is working with would “be sending these vulnerabilities straight to Sprint.” But until Sprint abandons its “anti-user approach”, Mastracci said he and his team would “hold the exploits close to our chest.”
With one day to go before it hits stores shelves, the much talked about root for the HTC EVO 4G has been released to the public. All of the files needed to get the job done, along with a detailed tutorial, have been posted to the xda-developers forum, and by all accounts this works pretty darn well. Anyone planning to bring a laptop when you go shopping for your EVO? Just imagine the nerd cred you’d get for rooting your phone while walking out of the store!
Just days after Google handed out an EVO 4G to every attendee of I/O 2010, a team of three hackers have managed to successfully root the phone with 11 days to spare. Details about how the root was achieved are being withheld, out of fear of a last minute patch, but that doesn’t mean that ranking members of the Android Army can’t get their freak on watching a YouTube video of the root at work. Click on through for the video.
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