Motorola Droid 3 Reaches Root Status

The Motorola Milestone 3, known stateside as the Droid 3, has been rooted!   The well-known kernel hacker and security researcher Dan Rosenberg, has posted the details of a simple vulnerability that provides superuser access to the device by using a configuration value that prevents the Android Debugging Bridge from de-escalating its root privileges.

The Droid 3 is the successor to the very popular Droid 2. It launched on Verizon back in July, with a locked bootloader preventing customized kernels and ROM cooking. The original Motorola Droid implemented security measures that required signed images for flashing. It took almost a year before it was rooted and Motorola stuck with their choice to alienate power users by enforcing signature checks on their Droid series of devices.

Featuring a spacious 5-row hardware QWERTY keyboard, qHD screen and all the methods of connectivity you can handle, the Droid 3 is a powerhouse of a device. Although none of the Droids are included in the guide to the Best Android Phones in India, the original Droid pushed Android launch sales over the iPhone and beat the Nexus One.

Now that Google and Motorola have joined forces, the Android community can expect more top-tier hardware built by Motorola and powered by unskinned, unmolested and bloatware-free Android, receiving timely updates directly from Google.

HTC Thunderbolt Easy Root App Released; Root’s Your Handset In Three Simple Steps

Less than a week ago, we reported that the recently released HTC Thunderbolt has got root access, along with its first custom ROM.

The problem with the root method was that it was pretty complex and newbies could get easily confused. Now, an XDA member dbzfanatic has released an easyroot application for the Thunderbolt. The rooting app will only work with firmware version 1.12.605.9 or lower.

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As of now, the application is available only for Windows based PCs. The application does have a few bugs, which should be hopefully sorted out soon. Users should keep in mind, that the one-click root app weighs in over 800MB!

The app will also take some time to root your phone since it has to push’ some heavy files to your phone’s memory card, which takes time. Thunderbolt owners can find more information about the Easyroot application from here.

Also, quite a few custom ROMs have popped up for the Thunderbolt including an un-official CM7 port and some custom kernels. Thunderbolt owners need to root their phone before flashing a custom ROM on their handset. Users can check out the various ROMs available for the Thunderbolt here.

Via – AndroidPolice

HTC Thunderbolt Gets Root Access; First Custom ROM Released As Well

One of the most awaited Android phone the HTC Thunderbolt was released to the public in the United States last week.

As soon as the phone was released, developers started getting their act together so as to find a way to root the device. They met with success in less than 24 hours! Yes, root access to Thunderbolt’s system partition was gained by the developers in less than a day of its release.

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The handset rooting method is pretty similar to the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and the Desire HD rooting method. Thunderbolt owners should proceed with caution because there is a small possibility of bricking their handset, if they make any mistakes.   The steps to root the HTC Thunderbolt can be found here.

Soon after the rooting method was released, another developer, adrynalyne, released the first Custom ROM for the Thunderbolt. The ROM is a pretty basic one, and mainly aims at improving the performance of the handset by zip-aligning and de-odexing system files.

It also removes all those pre-installed Verizon bloat and includes a new boot animation. Other changes include an increase in the Dalvik heap size and change in the Wi-Fi polling interval. The ROM can be downloaded and steps to flash it can be found here.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung Galaxy S owners who frequently visit the Galaxy S sub-forum on XDA know that firmware leaks are a pretty common thing. Up until now, we have only had firmware leaks based on Android 2.2 or 2.2.1.

Today, an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S has leaked on the Internet. Samsung proprietary TouchWIZ UI (v3.0) also runs on top of it. The new firmware (XWJV1) is not an official one and is an early beta firmware.

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Galaxy S owners who flashed this firmware on their handset report that the browser is super smooth and super quick. Like in Android 2.2 based firmware, the browser rendering is hardware accelerated. Sadly, the awesome screen-off animation as seen on the Nexus S is not present in this firmware.

The firmware has already been rooted by the awesome developers at XDA. However, one major disappointment with this firmware is that it still uses the RFS file system. The RFS FS is the major culprit behind all the lags and stalling issues which majority of the Galaxy S owners face.

Users should keep in mind that since this is a beta firmware bugs and crashes are to be expected.

Via SamFirmware

Motorola XOOM Rooted; Custom Recovery Working As Well!

In less than 4 hours of being released to the general public, the Motorola XOOM has been rooted. Along with full root access, a custom clockwork recovery has also been successfully installed on the device. The credit of all this hard work goes to Koush the developer of ROM Manager.

ROM Manager is one of the most popular ROM managing apps available for the Android OS. According to koush, rooting the XOOM was easy since the tablet is Google experience device, and thus ships with fastboot support (limited though!).

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The steps to root the Motorola XOOM can be found here. Koush has not made the custom recovery available to the public since the SD card slot on the XOOM does not work.

He will release the custom recovery once Google releases an update which will enable the microSD card slot, or once the developers somehow manage to get it working! Once the microSD card slot gets working, koush will update his app ROM Manager to support the tablet as well.

HTC Thunderbolt Rooted Before Launch

It is a known fact that the developers at XDA forums root an Android phone within days and sometimes within hours of it being released to the public. Well, now some developers have set a new benchmark by rooting the HTC Thunderbolt before it has been released to the public!

The developers Jamzelle and TheEndGame7 used a pre-production Thunderbolt to achieve this feat. They even managed to install a custom recovery on the phone ClockworkMod Recovery. Apparently, the bootloader on the phone had S-OFF which made the task a bit easier. Even the system partition of the handset was totally unprotected. However, in all probability the final version of the Thunderbolt will ship with S-ON and the system partition protected.

Below is a video of Root Checker’ checking the root access on the HTC Thunderbolt :

According to the developers, the phone software has multiple exploits via which root access to the system partition can be gained. Hopefully, HTC will leave some of these exploits unpatched so that developers can easily get root access to the phone.

The rooting method has not been made public at the moment. The developers will make the rooting method public once the phone nears its release date.

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Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Best Mobile Apps of the Week For iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of BMATW (Best Mobile Apps of the Week), we will be introducing our readers to a very useful Backup’ application for Android, a barcode and a QR code scanner for Symbian and a very popular remote access application for iOS.

Below are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

TeamViewer (iOS)

I don’t think I need to introduce our readers to TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a very popular multi-platform Remote Access application. It allows users to remotely control their computer from any part of the world. The best part of TeamViewer is that it’s available for free! TeamViewer is available for iPod Touch/iPhone as well as for the iPad.

The app also makes use of multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. A Pro version of TeamViewer is also available which provides unlimited access to any remote computers.

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The Pro version of TeamViewer for the iPod Touch/iPhone costs a whopping $99.99 while the iPad version will set you back by $139.99. To remotely access their computer, users need to make sure that they have the TeamViewer client installed on their PC as well. iOS device owners can download TeamViewer from here.

UpCode (Symbian)

UpCode is a barcode and a QR code reader for the Symbian platform as well as for Java based Nokia handsets. Barcodes are optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products’ as defined on Wikipedia. A QR Code is similar to a barcode except that it is basically a matrix code or a two-dimensional bar code.

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To scan a barcode or a QR code for data, users need to fire up UpCode on their Symbian handset and point the camera towards the QR code/barcode. The app will then decode the data and present the information on the screen. UpCode also supports some Nokia handsets like the Nokia 6020 which don’t have a camera. In this case, users are presented with a field where they enter the number or the word of the code to get the data.

Users can check here whether their Symbian or Java powered handset is supported or not.

Titanium Backup (Android)

Titanium Backup is a very handy application for Android users who love to flash Custom ROMs on their handset. Usually, flashing a custom ROM on your Android handset means that all the user related data and installed applications will be wiped out.

This is where Titanium Backup comes to the rescue. The app allows users to make a backup of all their installed application as well as their system data.

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The application also features other useful options like encrypting your apps backup, scheduling backups, Dalvik cache cleaner and integrating system application updates into the ROM. A free as well as a paid version of the Titanium Backup ($5.30) is available on the Android Market. The application requires root access to your Android handset so make sure that your handset is rooted before purchasing the paid version of Titanium Backup.

Google Security Engineer Blogs About “Rooting”

Nick Kralveich, an Android Security Team engineer, has posted up (via Tim Bray, Android Developer Advocate) his thoughts and concerns about the current state of security on the Android platform. As the amount of Android handsets on the market increases, many users have been rootingtheir devices in order to install customizations, cooked ROMs and unlock third party software and repositories. Nick says that while Google does provide an easy modification to allowing personal boot images by unlocking the bootloader via simple commands (fastboot_oem_unlock), that it is not an indication of lax security. Google developers do aggressively fix known security holes, including those that can be used for rootingand Adobe has given credit to how Android uses a sandbox for application segregation. Google is also known for sending security of relevant patches back upstream to a project, yet many simply don’t know that rooting is an active exploitation of a known security holesays Nick. He says it is possible to design unlocking techniques that protect the integrity of the mobile network, the rights of the content providers, and the rights of the application developers, while at the same time giving users choice. Users should demand no less.and he is absolutely right.

Android straddles the fine line of providing users with a polished device with a booming application ecosystem and a highly customizable interface with open source software. With each iteration and release of Android, these lines are being blurred and Android is quickly climbing to the top.

How To Root The Google Nexus S

The Samsung-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus S has hit the retail stores of Best Buy across the United States and many people have already managed to get their hands on the device. Now, the crazy folks over at XDA have already started tinkering around with their Nexus S and have managed to gain root access to the handset.Google_Nexus_S

The steps to root your Nexus S handset are pretty simple. Users need to follow the steps listed below to root their device -:

1) Switch off your Nexus S. Then press the Volume up button and the Power button together. Your handset should now boot in the standard recovery mode.

2) I hope you guys know your way around ADB and Android 2.3 SDK. Extract the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK and go to that folder via Command Prompt. Then after starting the adb daemon, user need to enter fastboot devicesto make sure that their handset is properly recognized by adb. After this users need to enter adb reboot bootloader.

3) Once adb reboots your handsets bootloader, users need to enter fastboot oem unlockand press enter. Bingo! Your Nexus S is now rooted!

However, after unlocking the bootloader, the Nexus S will factory reset itself once.

Yes, you have successfully managed to root your Nexus S in three simple steps. Hopefully, a custom recovery like ClockworkMod Recovery for the Nexus S will soon be out to replace the stock recovery.

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T-Mobile G2 Gets Permanent Root

Finally! It was more than a month ago we had reported that the modding community had managed to get temporary’ root access on the T-Mobile G2. However, thanks to the eFuse’ technology as reported by many blogs or due to a software bug, it took the modding community quite a lot of time to get permanent root access on the G2.

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The good news is that the same rooting method works on the Desire Z and the Desire HD. Hopefully, getting permanent root means we will see more modding action over at the G2 forums on XDA. G2 owners can find the steps to root their handset here. The steps to root the G2 are pretty complex and lengthy though.

Hopefully, a simpler and more newbie-friendly version of this root will be out soon.