Posts tagged with: root
  • by | January 30, 2014 12:10 PM

    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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  • by | January 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    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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  • by | January 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    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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  • by | November 15, 2013 4:01 PM

    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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  • by | August 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    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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  • by | July 15, 2013 7:30 AM

    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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  • by | June 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    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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  • by | May 2, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | April 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    "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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  • by | April 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    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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  • by | March 27, 2013 2:22 PM

    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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  • by | November 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    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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  • by | October 10, 2012 2:43 PM

    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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  • by | August 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    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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  • by | August 16, 2012 12:11 PM

    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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