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    You've read the headlines and heard the rhetoric: 97% of mobile malware is on Android, Android malware threat rears its head again, Android malware spies on you even after phone is shut down, and more. Based on those headlines, you'd think that Android is a cesspool of filth and simply having a phone powered by the OS opens you to a host of problems - problems that might be solved by switching to another platform from another company. Unfortunately, the headlines are fantastical, and the "problem" with Android malware doesn't really exist - and never has. "But Joe, Google says it just cut ...

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    Yesterday I talked about why I rooted my Nexus 6. No, it wasn't to run a custom ROM (though that's a great reason to root your smartphone). No, it wasn't so I could run a custom kernel (although that's another wonderful reason to root as well). My reasons for rooting the Nexus 6 were much more basic: so I can run tools and utilities, and make configuration changes that I wouldn't otherwise be able to do. Many of you mirrored my sentiment, and even listed off a lot of apps and utilities that you use thanks to rooting your own phones (thank you for that, by the way, I've got a whole lot more ...

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    There was a time (not that long ago) when Power Users needed to root their Android-powered smartphones to do anything really powerful with them. Primary among those reason was to flash a custom ROM. These days stock Android includes many of the features and functionality that were previously the exclusive realm of custom ROMs. Sure, there are still ample reasons to flash a custom ROM, but for an increasing number of us Power Users, "stock plus root" is good enough. Here's why I went with a Nexus 6 root, but kept the stock ROM. Tethering I'm one of those people who doesn't tether a lot, ...

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    When we talk about root or "rooting" your smartphone or tablet, we're talking about bypassing the built-in securities and permissions that come prepackaged on your device so you can obtain "privileged control" or "root access". Our Apple-toting friends often call this "jailbreaking", which, in a manner of speaking, it is. OEMs lock our devices down "for our own good", to keep us from breaking them or allowing malicious software to get inside and do damage. A secondary objective is to make sure that we can't do anything that the OEM, carrier, or OS vendor don't want us to do - which makes ...

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    There are many reasons why you'd want to root your phone, but  an LG G Watch root via a custom ROM? Yup. And it's awesome! Smartwatches powered by Google's Android Wear operating system are starting to show up on wrists across the world. Right now people are starting to get used to the idea of notifications showing up on their watch, and beginning to see the utility of talking back to it to get things done -- even though it still looks a little weird. With a relatively limited number of apps in the Play Store, Power Users everywhere are itching to see what the hardware can do. As such, ...

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    Android L is still very much a developer preview, but there's one thing power users have been missing more than anything else: Root. With Chainfire away at Google I/O, development on this front slowed to a crawl. Lucky for all of us, Chainfire is back and has updated SuperSU to version 2.01. If you'd like more information about this version of SuperSU, head over to Chainfire's post. Some have claimed that this new version of SuperSU contains the ability to auto-root your Nexus 5 or 2013 Nexus 7. Unfortunately, this is not the case. However, rooting your Android L-powered device isn't ...

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    Samsung's recent devices have been notoriously difficult to root, with bounties for rooting AT&T and Verizon-branded Galaxy S5 phones shooting past $15,000 in a matter of months. It's not just Samsung, too -- more and more OEMs, possibly spurred on by carrier policies from the likes of AT&T and Verizon, have been restricting their phones from customization. Most of that changes today, though, a new root method has been unveiled that's the closest thing to an end-all-be-all we've seen so far -- Towelroot. Towelroot comes to us from developer Geohot, of XDA-Developers fame. It should ...

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    Root and SuperUser access ("su") are two terms that are often used interchangeably. Essentially, if you have Root access, you can modify and replace system files. With this access level a user can run an app that will automatically sync the clock on their smartphone or tablet with the Atomic Clock, tweak the color settings of their display, or make a complete backup of their device. Users can replace radio firmware, or even swap out an entire ROM with something that's been customized by the community. It's just as easy for a malicious user to utilize Root as a vector for attack - running ...

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    Back in January, noted Android dev Chainfire raised some warning flags about changes Google was making to Android sources that threatened to disrupt the way root access works. While the changes seemed intended to help beef-up Android security, the side effect was that we needed a new superuser app, and that some apps taking advantage of root needed to be re-tooled. Over the weekend, Chainfire has posted an update, talking further about the ongoing efforts in the AOSP to enhance app security and the effect this all has on root. In what he describes as a consequence of moving to “SELinux ...

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    The Nokia X is a great little device, although it's a bit under-powered compared to what we've become accustomed to recently. It also has a very interesting launcher, and by "interesting" we mean "weird". What would happen if we could put a Google experience onto the Nokia X? Today we're going to do just that! To get started you'll need to root your little Nokia which brings with it a certain amount of risk. If you're the type who is down with that, go ahead and proceed. If you're one of those who values things like a "warranty", perhaps this is all just academic and something you might ...

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    Power users will likely recognize the name +Chainfire as one of the developers who brought superuser to Android and helped make rooting achievable for countless others. As you might expect, he's still very much into the "guts" of Android, and recently came across something a little troubling. When some power users pointed out a recent commit to the AOSP master tree, Chainfire found a significant amount of Android root changes -- which could break the majority of today's root apps. The change AOSP is the "core" Android code that developers use to create ROMs for their devices. Rooting is ...

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    Anyone who has ever rooted their Android-powered device should be familiar with two things: superuser and BusyBox. The former is a permissions management tool that lets you, the user, decide which apps get issued superuser permissions (and for how long), and which ones get rejected. BusyBox is something different, and it may be slated for replacement. What is BusyBox, and what do we know about the "new BusyBox" that may be replacing it? I'm glad you asked! What is BusyBox? BusyBox was originally written by Bruce Perens and "finished" in 1996. It originally was aimed at putting a complete ...

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    Rooting your Android-powered device used to be one of the only ways that you could make it do some relatively common stuff like take a screenshot or control your camera's LED. Luckily today, many of those are built into the stock Android experience. Root still has its place, and there are still some very helpful apps that require root to be able to make your life easier. Hit play and let's take a look at seven root apps that I can't live without, plus one utility that requires root, but isn't really an app. SuperSU According to its developer, SuperSU is the "Superuser access management ...

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    We all know that rooting your Android carries with it a certain level of risk. Once that door is opened, though, we try to mitigate any impact by using superuser apps that act as bouncers, only granting that high-clearance access to apps deemed necessary by us, the users. At least, that's how we expect them to work, but a number of vulnerabilities have recently been uncovered in some very popular superuser apps, potentially allowing malicious software to sidestep the protections they offer. Affected apps include the ChainsDD Superuser, the Koush Superuser, and older versions of Chainfire ...

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    Android 4.3 is still very new and some Nexus owners are probably still waiting to get their update OTA (you don't have to wait, by the way). Owners of other devices may have to wait a while before the latest flavor of Jelly Bean arrives on their handsets. In the meantime, some security methods have changed, and there may be some valid reasons why you don't want to root Android 4.3 -- not yet anyway. Android 4.3 introduces some new security features. Without getting into the technical details (of which there is a lot of misinformation floating around), put simply, the changes make your ...

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    When Samsung announced there would be a Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 after the Google I/O conference in May, many existing owners of Galaxy S 4s  were upset, and rightly so. They purchased what they thought they had been waiting for: one of the best smartphones ever created. It still is, don't get me wrong, but when it was revealed that there would be a "pure Android" version available soon, many were disappointed. I'd be frustrated, too. I've long been an advocate of stock Android. Fortunately, members of the development community have come to the rescue yet again!  Press play to ...

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    Changing the soft-buttons on your Android-powered device is one way to super-customize your smartphone or tablet. Some complain that soft buttons take up too much space on your screen and would be better served as physical or capacitive buttons. Others love that you can change, theme, configure, and even hide the soft buttons depending on what you're app you're in. One developer wanted to make customizing your soft buttons quick and easy -- as long as you have superuser permissions. At version 0.95, he's really close! His app, Ultimate Dynamic NavBar, lets you configure what buttons appear ...

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    The HTC One is just a few weeks old (officially), but there is a handful of developers hard at work on HTC's 2013 flagship. As expected, the ROM support is paltry at this point, and the mods are few and far between. But make no mistake, the development and support for this device is showing positive signs early-on. By rooting your HTC One, you can apply these much-needed mods to the interface, remove bloatware and make other changes. Make sure the mods you download and apply are for your device, however, because there are various models available (i.e.: Sprint HTC One) that differ. Well, ...

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    "Rooting" could mean causing a plant or cutting to grow roots, or when an animal turns up the ground with its snout in search of food. In this context, however, "rooting" is the process of allowing apps to attain "privileged control" or "root access" within the Android subsystem. Almost all smartphones and tablets come with root access disabled -- at least to you, the end-user. Ironically, the desktop or laptop computer that you use probably already has root access. When we're talking smartphones and tablets, "rooting" in Android is often compared to Jailbreaking in iOS. Though there are ...

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    At times when we're still debating what processor will launch with Samsung's Galaxy S 4, there are new details that confirm that the Exynos 5 Octa will make the scene. As it turns out, the leaked ROM that we talked about a couple of days ago has just begun to show its roots, or well, become rooted actually. As it turns out, the folks at XDA-Developers have already confirmed that this leaked ROM is rooted, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for everyone. This root is available only for a rare Galaxy S 4 model that runs the Exynos 5 Octa that we've been wondering about. We do know ...

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    Two terms you hear thrown around a lot in the Android community are "root" and "rooting". You always hear of all these advantages to having a "rooted" device. But what does it all mean? In short, "rooting" is gaining access to the root directory on the system partition of your device. In other words, it's similar to granting yourself administrative privileges to your own device. Superuser (or SuperSU) acts as the gateway between the root directory and applications that extend the capabilities of Android. For example, taking a screenshot used to require root access, as did tethering and ...

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    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is essentially the implementation of two treaties from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) into United States Law. In a nutshell, it criminalizes "production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures ... that control access to copyrighted works". So far it sounds pretty innocent, right? The DMCA also criminalizes not only circumventing "access control" but any "attempt" to circumvent those controls -- even if there isn't any actual infringement of copyright. To make matters worse, the ...

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    Root is one of those Android Power User things lets you do all kinds of cool things. Unfortunately it usually involves unlocking the bootloader and installing an SU hack. This can mean wiping your device in the process. If you've got a Galaxy Nexus, some attention to detail, and are willing to take the risk, you can root your smartphone without OEM unlocking it (and wiping it in the process). This comes to us from Efrant, Bin4ry, and some other talented folks at XDA Developers. Step-by-step: 0) Assume the risk that this could break things 1) Download the files from the XDA article to your ...

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    You're not going to find much of an argument from anyone that the Nexus 7 is one of the best tablets for your dollar that you can buy today. There's a fair amount of speed tucked away in it's relatively affordable innards, specifically a 1.2 GHz, quad core Tegra 3 CPU. In real-world use the Nexus 7 is quite competent. It's not terribly fast, but it's not "slow" by any stretch of the imagination... except when it comes to web browsing. The Chrome browser seems sluggish. It hesitates. It stutters. It gets the job done, but it's not the buttery smooth experience that we were expecting ...

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    If you own or have ever used an Android tablet, you know that the same app will run differently on the tablet than it will on the phone. This is because each app has its own DPI setting that dictates the app's behavior. In a lot of cases, tablet apps are better: they often present split-screened views, more controls, and more customization potential. What if you could run tablet apps on your phone? Better yet, what if you could selectively choose which apps run in tablet mode, and which apps in phone mode? Then you could have your email be shown in a super-productive split-column view, ...

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