It has only been a few days since the T-Mobile G2 started shipping and the handset has already been rooted. The G2 comes with stock version of Android 2.2 i.e. without the popular Sense UI. Rooting an Android phone brings with it a lot of advantage. It allows you to overclock or underclock your phone’s CPU for better performance or better battery life and enable Mobile tethering etcetera.
Users who are interested in rooting their G2 should get adb on their PC and install Terminal Emulator on their handset. The steps to root the G2 can be found here. The only downside of this root is that its temporary in nature. It means that as soon as a user restarts his phone the root will vanish and he will have to re-do the rooting process again.
However, I am pretty sure the folks at XDA-Developers forum will find a workaround for this soon enough.
HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC also fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.
Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.
Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.
The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.
Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.
Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.
Yesterday, A hacker at XDA Developers, dagentooboy discovered that the unlock codes for all Samsung Galaxy S devices, including the T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate, are stored on the phone itself.
The unlock codes for Galaxy S devices are stored in a .BAK file on the device itself, which you can read using a HEX editor. You can then obtain the code, key it in and unlock the device to use any SIM card of your choice.
There are many ways to get unlock codes online, but all of them cost between $10 – $20. This method is free to use and involves only a few easy steps. You don’t even need to root your phone and can always lock your phone back using the same code in case of any warranty issues. It can’t get better (or easier) than this.
To know how you can Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate) for free, check out this Galaxy S Unlock tutorial by XDA Developers.
Motorola released the Froyo update for the Droid a couple of weeks ago. Next in line for the Froyo update is the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X ships with Android 2.1 on board, and is expected to get the Froyo update by early September. However, users who can’t wait until early-September should rejoice! A leaked version of Android 2.2 for the Droid X has surfaced on the Internet.
Users who are interested in trying this leaked Android 2.2 update should make sure that their phone is rooted. If your Droid X is already rooted, then the method is a relatively simple one. Droid X owners should also keep in mind that this is not the final Android 2.2 version and so bugs and performance issues will be present.
Keep in mind that going back to Android 2.1 after this update is a pretty complex method. Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Droid X to Android 2.2.
Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_Gunnman commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.
The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.
TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.
The Samsung Galaxy S is one heck of an Android phone. For me, it is without a doubt the best Android phone in the market right now. However, the phone has one irritating problem. If you guys had read our Samsung Galaxy S review, you would have read about the stallingissue the phone suffers from. However, the stallingissue was considerably reduced in the latest firmwares. Nevertheless, the modding community started working like crazy to fix this stalling issue. Mimocan’s lag fix solution was quite a popular one until now. His lag fix uses a modified kernel to move the /data files into the ext3/ext4 partition on an external microSD card. Without his lag fix, the Galaxy S scores anywhere between 800-900 points in Quadrant benchmark. With his benchmark, this scores jumps to 17xx points!
Nevertheless, the modding community was still not satisfied with this solution. Now a new lag fix solution has come up which pushes the Quadrant benchmark score to a whopping 22xx points! This new lag fix does not even require an external microSD card to work with. This new lag fix is pretty complicated to work with, so folks like Chainfire and RyanZA came up with one click lag fix applications. In fact, Galaxy S owners can now root and fix this stalling issue in just one simple step. Here are the two is the link to the different lag fix applications.
After releasing one-click-root methods for the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Galaxy S, the XDA developers community has now released a new app which allows you to root your Nexus One with just one click. The method used is the same as the one used to root the Droid X.
It also doesn’t unlock the bootloader, keeping your warranty intact. You can download it from here: 1-Click-Root for Nexus One – XDA
The best thing about the UniversalAndRoot app is that it works with many Android phones. Here is a list of the phones it supports
Google Nexus One (2.2)
HTC Hero (2.1)
HTC Magic (1.5)
Dell Streak (2.1)
Motorola Milestone (2.1)
Motorola XT800 (2.1)
Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
Acer Liquid (2.1)
Vibo A688 (1.6)
It doesn’t work with the Galaxy S, Droid X or the HTC Desire, but the devs are working on it.
Sony Ericsson’s flagship device, the Xperia X10, got rooted a couple of months back. While the root procedure described in our original post isn’t complicated, it definitely involves more effort than most iPhone/iPad jailbreak solutions. The good news is that a much simpler technique is now available.
The new root procedure exploits the Exploid bug that has already been used to root the X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro. In order to gain super user (root) privileges all you have to do is install the Universal Androot APK and press a button.
If you have been putting off rooting your phone because you found the entire process to be too time consuming, go ahead and give the new method a spin. The app also comes with the option of “unrooting” your phone.
Universal Androot is known to work with multiple handsets including Motorola Milestone, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Dell Streak and Acer Liquid. However, there is a major known issue with this approach. Multiple users have reported that ADB (Android Debug Bridge) doesn’t work after using the Universal Androot app. Stick to the old method, if you need the debug bridge.
P.S. If the above links don’t work, you can download Universal Androot from here.
Last week we told you about an application which lets you root the Motorola Droid X in just a single click. Now, TGA_gunnman over at XDA-Developers has developed an application which allows Samsung Captivate users to root their handset in a single click. The application offers the ability to both root and un-root the phone in just a single clock.
The Samsung Captivate is the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The application will work on any firmware for the Captivate, but only on an Android 2.1 based ROM. Here is the link to the thread. Another version of the application is also available for the Samsung Vibrant. However, none of the application will work for the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Fascinate.
Hopefully, the developer will soon release an updated version of the application which will allow users to root the Fascinate and the Galaxy S in just a single click.