Complete Guide to Rooting Nexus S

Earlier we had posted a guide on Rooting the Nexus S. While the guide works well on 32-bit Windows systems, the USB drivers for 64-bit OS are flaky and more often than not, putting the device in fastboot mode will result in a cryptic “waiting for device” error message.  The information for fixing this is available on the web, but scattered. So here’s a complete guide to help you root your Nexus S.


Before we start, you’ll need the below software

  • Android SDK Download the Android SDK From here. Don’t download the drivers, we’ll download them from the SDK
  • PDANet drivers these are required to detect the Nexus S in fast boot mode.
  • Clockwork Recovery Mod We’ll use this to install Superuser which provides root access
  • Superuser application This grants super user access ( aka root access) to the applications which require them.

Actual Steps

Enable USB debugging mode in your Nexus S. To do this tap on the grid icon > Settings > Applications >   Development. Now ensure checkbox against USB debugging is checked. Now, extract the compressed SDK files to a directory ( say, c:\android). Now, launch SDK Manager.exe from c:\android. Click on Available Packages and install Google USB driver package. Now connect the Nexus S to your computer. When prompted, do not Enable USB storage on your Nexus S. Right click on My computer,   then click on Manage & double click on Device Manager. The Nexus S should show up as an unidentified device

Right click on it , then click on   Update drivers and Browse My Computer

Now, point to the location of the USB drivers. It should be C:\android\google-usb_driver assuming that the Android SDK is installed at c:\android. Click Next, and proceed with installation of drivers. Now open a command prompt, type the following:


adb devices
adb devices should show a serial number indicating that the device has been identified.

Now, we’ll install PDANet drivers to ensure that Nexus S gets identified during fastboot mode. Follow along the instructions during PDANet installation. You’ll be warned about unverified drivers, ignore it and choose to install the drivers. Once installation is complete, head back to the command prompt.

Put the device in fastboot mode by typing in

adb reboot bootloader

Your Nexus S is now in fastboot mode. The PDANet drivers should get installed automatically now and Windows should identify the device ( instead of the waiting for deviceprompt).

Next, unlock the bootloader by typing

fastboot oem unlock

You should get feedback similar to the one in the below screenshot.

Next, we’ll install the Custom recovery which will setup up root access. Copy the clockwork image file to c:\android\tools. Flash the recovery mod by typing

fastboot.exe flash recovery <name-of-the-recovery-mod>

Now, move the superuser application to the phone by typing

adb push <>   /sdcard/

Replace <> with the actual location of the file.

Now, start your Nexus S in recovery mode by first switching it off, and then holding Volume up+Power key. The device will boot in fastboot mode, and choose the recovery mode. Once in recovery mode, navigate to Mounts & Storage menu & then choose mount /sdcard. Go back now,   and choose apply   /sdcard/ Choose Yes Install in the next menu. You should see install from sdcard complete! message. Choose reboot now.

Congratulations, your Nexus S is now rooted.


The steps are little bit verbose since I’m writing this from a Android newbie point-of-view ( I’m an Android newbie). Looking back it really isn’t that complicated I had to look at several sources and pester fellow Techie-Buzz author Rajesh to get it done. I hope this article will help you root your Nexus S without having to hunt & peck for information. Drop a comment if you have any questions.

Facebook For iPhone Updated With Bug Fixes And New Notifications UI

fb iphone

Facebook for iPhone is an amazing app which allows you to update your status on Facebook, chat with your friends, check out latest photos and so on. Facebook recently released a new version of the Facebook for iPhone app. The new version is numbered 3.3.3 and it comes with a new notification UI, bug fixes and other improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • Improved reliability in chat and messages
  • Improved notifications UI
  • Fixed memory usage
  • Fixed some crashes
  • Walls you cannot post on no longer show the text field at the top
  • Restore ability to post as a page that you admin
  • Fixed group photos
  • Various Places improvements

You can download the latest version of Facebook for iPhone from the App Store.

Need For Speed Shift And Spiderman Total Mayhem HD Games Hit The Android Market

It is a very well-known fact that the Gaming section on the Android Market hardly contains quality’ games. Yes, there are some quality games for Android like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja but that’s about it. Gameloft does offer some brilliant gaming titles for Android like Dungeon Hunter, Lets Golf HD and H.A.W.X etc. but sadly the company does not list its games on the Android Market. The company sells its games via its own store which is very very bad.

However, all this is soon going to change as EA has started releasing some quality’ games into the Android Market. Today, the company released the Need For Speed: Shift game into the Android Market for only $4.99. Earlier, NFS: Shift was available exclusively for a few Android handsets. EA also plans on bringing more high quality 3D games into the Android Market next year including NFL Madden 2011.

Here is a video of NFS: Shift in action on the Samsung Galaxy S -:

Need For Speed: Shift running on Samsung Galaxy S

Talking about Gameloft, the company has also released a brand new quality’ game for Android handsets Spider-man: Total Mayhem HD. Users can download the game from the Gameloft store for $4.99. However, looking at the pathetic state of the Gameloft store I would recommend users to stay away from purchasing this game.


Samsung Galaxy S Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

At the beginning of this month, Google unveiled the latest version of Android Gingerbread along with the Nexus S. When the Nexus One was launched, it featured blazing edge hardware and set the ‘benchmark’ for other Android phones to follow. However, the Nexus S is based on the popular Samsung Galaxy S hardware with a few subtle changes.

These changes include a NFC chip, Bluetooth 2.1, no microSD card slot, an LED flash and no FM radio. All Galaxy S owners hoped that since both the phones have a similar hardware, the Android modding community will soon cook an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM for the Galaxy S.

Today, one of the most popular developer/modder on the Galaxy S modding scene supercurio has managed to get Android 2.3 up and working on his Galaxy S. He has even uploaded a video of his Galaxy S running Android 2.3 :

Samsung Galaxy S Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

However, there are still some bugs with this ROM like the Wi-Fi is a no go and the capacitive touch keys need to be re-mapped as well. Nevertheless, the awesome guy that supercurio is, he has promised to fix all these small bugs and release an Android 2.3 ROM for the Galaxy S. Kudos to supercurio!

Samsung Intercept Gets The Android 2.2 Froyo Update On Sprint

samsung intercept

Sprint announced that it will begin rolling out the much awaited Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for its entry-level smartphone, Samsung Intercept. This handset is also available on the airwaves of Virgin Mobile in the US, but the Android 2.2 update is currently available only for Sprint customers. Check out the complete list of fixes and improvements below. Enhancements/Fixes:

  • Sprint Navigation
  • Dropped calls after unacknowledged call waiting
  • Force Close message when opening up contacts

Important Notes:

  • The software version is: S:M910.05.S.DL05
  • The build version is: Froyo.DL05

It also comes with the Sprint Navigation, for those who don’t want to use the Google Maps. This update is pushed by Google and being rolled out in phases, so it may even take few days for the update to be available on your handset. You can also open your dialer and type *#*#CHECKIN#*#* to register your device with Google’s servers.

Google Pushes Out Android 2.3 Source Code To Repositories

With the recent availability of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread on official Google handsets such as the Nexus S, Google has also gone ahead and pushed out the 2.3 source code to their repositories. Jean-Baptiste, one of the software engineers with the Android Open-Source Project, has stated that once the development branch that Google engineers use is mirrored, Gingerbread is going to merge with master and will be out there for the taking. Expect to see many more customizations and home-cooked ROMs that feature Android 2.3 and all the new updates and software, once developers pull down their copy and start hacking on it.

Microsoft’s Connector For Mac And Windows Phone 7 Gets An Update

Do you have a shiny new Windows Phone 7 device? How about an Apple computer? If you answered yes to those questions, you’re probably going to want to download the latest update to the Windows Phone 7 Mac Connector from Microsoft which is currently still in beta. It’s deemed criticaland includes numerous fixes and features, among them would be the ability to synchronize any music that you’ve purchased on your device and the ability to browse files stored on your device. Be sure to check for any available updates (if you’re not automatically prompted) or download and install it on your own from Microsoft’s official page.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #3

Welcome to our third edition of the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. This week we would like to introduce our readers to a very popular Twitter app for the iOS as well as for Android.  Along with that, we would introduce our readers to a very popular VOIP client for Symbian.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for , and :

Twitter (iOS)

for /  is the official twitter client from the company itself Twitter. The app has a very slick UI and I especially love the sliding panels’ UI feature in Twitter for iPad. The app also supports push notifications and inline media display. I have been using Twitter for iPad right on my iPad since the day it was launched. The app literally blows the competition away!


iOS owners can download Twitter For iPad/iPhone from the App Store for free.

Skype (Symbian)

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP services out there. The company also has an official Skype client for all the major mobile OS including Symbian. Skype for Symbian allows users to make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free via Wi-Fi or 3G. It also allows Skype owners to chat for free.


The company recently rolled out an updated version of Skype which supports the latest generation of Symbian phones like the Nokia N8, C7 and E5. The update also added SILK’ Skype’s own audio codec which helps improves voice quality on a low-bandwidth connection. Symbian owners can download Skype for their handset for free from here.

TweetDeck (Android)

is one of the most popular third party Twitter client for Windows. The app is also available for other major mobile platforms including Android. The Android version of TweetDeck has a great looking UI and functions really well. I personally switched to TweetDeck and have been using it ever since on my Galaxy S since the day it was released.


The application also supports other major social networking sites like Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare. The application however does lack some features like no support for creating lists, no auto-fill while entering @username and some totally useless widgets. However, I am pretty sure the folks behind TweetDeck for Android will fix all these issues sooner than later. Android owners can download TweetDeck for free from the Android Market.

Nokia E52 Firmware Updated To V52.003

clip_image001Nokia has released a firmware update for its business oriented handset the Nokia E52. The Nokia E52 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and is powered by a 600 MHz ARM11 processor.

Other key features of the phone includes a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 3G with HSDPA/HSUPA and stereo FM. The new firmware update for the handset is numbered version 52.003 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. Other than this, the firmware update does not include any other major changes.

Nokia E52 owners can update their handset either via OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Since the Nokia E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation) users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

The Great EA Christmas Sale: Get All iPhone / iPad Titles for $0.99

Electronic Arts is one of the biggest brand names on the iPhone App Store. It has a huge catalog of very impressive games which are priced in the range of $0.99 to $9.99.

For Christmas however, EA is offering all its iPhone and iPad games for just $0.99. That’s about 70 games for just $0.99 each.

It can’t get any better than this for holiday shoppers. So storm the App Store and buy all the EA games you want.

EA iPhone iPad Sale

It is a limited time offer which will end soon, probably by Christmas or New Year. Hurry!

PS: TouchArcade has a list of all the iPhone / iPad games on sale.

iPhone/iPod touch Games:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2, 99 ¢
Cause of Death: Can You Catch The Killer?, 99 ¢
Heroes Lore III, $1.99 → 99 ¢
High Caliber Hunting, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka!, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing, 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge, $4.99 → 99
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Undercover, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NBA Elite 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
MMA By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 10 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NCAA Football By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tiger Woods PGA Tour By EA Sports, 99 ¢
The Sims 3, $6.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 Ambitions, $4.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 World Adventures, $2.99 → 99 ¢
SimCity Deluxe, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Spore Creatures, 99 ¢
Spore Origins, 99 ¢
Lemonade Tycoon, 99 ¢
Monopoly, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Risk: The Official Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Battleship, 99 ¢
Connect 4, 99 ¢
Boggle, 99 ¢
The Game Of Life Classic Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Clue, 99 ¢
Trivial Pursuit, 99 ¢
Yahtzee Adventures, 99 ¢
Scrabble, $2.99 → 99 ¢
R Type, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Star Trek, 99 ¢
Skate It, 99 ¢
The Simpsons Arcade, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Dragon’s Lair, 99 ¢
Surviving High School, 99 ¢
Command & Conquer: Red Alert, 99 ¢
Zombies & Me, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Mass Effect Galaxy, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Wolfenstein RPG, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Anytime Pool, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Sudoku, 99 ¢
American Idol: The Game, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Littlest Pet Shop, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pandemonium, 99 ¢
Snood, 99 ¢
Mystery Mania, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Jewel Quest Mysteries, 99 ¢

iPad Games:

SimCity Deluxe for iPad, $6.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports for iPad, $12.99 → 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka! for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris for iPad, $7.99 → 99 ¢
Yahtzee HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Boggle for iPad, 99 ¢
Scrabble for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Clue: Secrets & Spies A Hidden Object Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Snood for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢

Source: EA