It was just yesterday that I told our readers about the upcoming Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid, and lo behold the update has been officially released. Verizon along with Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.2 OTA update to the Droid owners. Droid owners don’t necessarily need to wait for the OTA update to be available for them.
They can download the official Froyo build from the internet and flash it on their Droid. A Rooted version of the official Froyo ROM is also available for download. Here is the link to download the official Froyo update from Motorola and Verizon. The folks over at Droid-Life have posted a tutorial on how to flash the official rooted Froyo update on the Motorola Droid.
Update: It looks like an updated version of the Froyo build has leaked on the internet. We will update this post as soon as we get more information about the leaked ROM.
The Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July. Before its release, there was a lot of discussion about the eFuse technology which locked down its bootloader and bricked the phone if you tried to root it. However, soon after its launch, the Droid X was already rooted by birdman of the Droid X Forums. It was an easy method but had too many steps which involved using and setting up ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) and running a lot of commands in the ADB console which scared off newbies.
For those who still haven’t rooted their Droid X, Sil3ntKi113 of the All Droid forums has released a free GUI tool which roots your Droid X with just one click.
Just download the DroidXRoot GUI tool from GUI DroidXRoot and extract all the files to your desktop.
Connect your Droid X to your PC and enable USB Debugging from System > Applications > Development on your phone.
Click on the “Root Me :)” button to root your Droid X.
Note: The tool requires .NET Framework 3.5 which comes with Windows 7 and Vista by default. If youa re using Windows XP, download .NET Framework 3.5 here
Source: All Droid Forums
The Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July to the general public. After its launch, there was a lot of issue about its locked down bootloader and the eFuse technology used. The locked down bootloader meant that custom ROMs are a no go until someone manages to unlock the bootloader. However, six (seven for some countries) days after its launch the Droid X has been rooted.
The credit for rooting the Droid X goes to birdman. The steps to rooting the phone are pretty simple. Rooting will allow users to access applications which require root access like adfree, take screenshots etcetera. It will also allow users to remove the bloat ware that the phone comes pre-installed with.
Now the only thing left is to unlock that tricky bootloader. Hopefully, that should happen soon as well. Here are the steps to root your Droid X.
The HTC Droid Incredible is one of the most popular Android phones in the U.S. The phone is available exclusively on the Verizon network and features an 8MP camera at its back. The Droid Incredible was one of the few Android phones which was still un-rooted, until last month. The problem with the rooting process was that it was pretty complicated and so many people preferred not to try it.
Now the folks behind unrevokedhave released an updated version of their application. The latest version allows users to root the Droid Incredible in just a single click. Keep in mind that there is no confirmation whether this rooting method is still compatible with the Droid Incredible OTA software update which is being rolled out to various users.
Users who have already rooted their handset using unrevoked are advised not to download the software update for now.
Bad news for all those people who have pre-ordered the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X uses the same bootloader as the one in Motorola Milestone which basically means no Custom ROM and recovery images. Motorola locks the bootloader on the Milestone by using a proprietary encrypted private key. This literally makes it impossible to unlock the bootloader without access to the encryption technology from Motorola.
The only way possible to bypass this encryption method is to find an exploit in the encryption process. As of now, an exploit with the name kexechas the highest chances of meeting with success. Modders have been working hard over the last few months to unlock the bootloader, but have not met with any major success. Even though the bootloader is not unlocked, the Motorola Milestone can still be rooted.
This surely is bad news for future Droid X owners. The Motorola Droid success rate can also be attributed to the high level of modding possible with the phone. Hopefully, the Droid X bootloader will be unlocked within a short span of time.
The HTC Wildfire is a low-end Android handset. The phone has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, with 240×320 resolution display. The phone is powered by a 528Mhz Qualacomm processor and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone also has 512MB of ROM. The phone runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. A 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at the back of the device is also present.
The phone hit the retail market just a few weeks ago. Now PaulOBrien – the guy behind rooting quite a few Android handsets has managed to root the Wildfire as well. The bootloader of the handset should be 0.80 or below. The ROM version should be also 1.14.xxxx.x or below. Users need to have a microSD card to be able to root their phones.
It is recommended that users should use either Windows 7 32-bit, or Mac OS X or any of the available linux distro’s. Here are the steps to root your HTC Wildfire.
It was just a few days ago that HTC had released an Over-The-Air (OTA) update for the EVO 4G. The OTA software update enabled the Wi-Fi n feature on the device, and improved the performance of the device. Along with this, the update also fixed the vulnerability via which the EVO 4G was hacked.
Soon after this update was released, the modders over at XDA forums got back to work and started finding ways to root the EVO 4G. Thankfully, an anonymous modder has been able to find a hack to root the EVO 4G again. This new rooting method uses vulnerability present in Adobe’s Flash Lite Config to do its job.
The method is a bit complex, so only experienced users should try this. Here is the link to the thread with full instructions.
Finally, the wait for the Xperia X10 users is over. As we reported earlier, that Jerpelea, biktor_gj and Bin4ry from xda-developers have been successful in getting access to the root of X10. Yesterday, they posted the guide for others to Root their X10s.
After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:
Model number- SO-01B
Baseband ver.- 1.0.24
Build number- R1EA025
After rooting you will lose the Mediascape application along with Play Now, but they can be manually added later. All Xperia X10 users, root you X10 at your own risk. I would suggest you to go through the entire thread before Rooting, so as to avoid bricking your X10. Here is the link.
Update: It seems that there is some problem in getting back Mediascape after rooting. I suggest to go through that entire thread and there is an option posted by a member by which you can avoid losing Mediascape.
Few weeks ago, a news broke out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been rooted, which unfortunately turned out to be fake and disappointed the fellow users. Now the developers have claimed along with a proof that the X10 has been finally rooted. The image shows the first production unit which has been rooted.
The Xperia X10 users can now unleash the full capabilities of X10, which was hidden beneath the preloaded Android 1.6. The possibilities of loading Android 2.2 on X10 can also be possible(have to wait for it), but Android 2.1 will definitely come on the X10 before Q3. The root has not been publically released yet. But the developers have said that, they will release it when they are sure it is ready to roll out.
When a new Android device is released, a bounty is set by the developers for the first person to get access to the root. The bounty amount on the X10 rose up to $1650 last month, which is finally achieved by jerpelea, biktor_gj and bin4ry of the xda forums. Now, all the X10 users have a reason to cheer because they will not be bound with the outdated Android 1.6 on their device anymore.
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Looks like HTC is turning to become another Apple. Following in their footsteps, HTC is threatening legal action against cooks/rooters who distribute ROMs.
Distributing ROMs is nothing new and has been happening for quite sometime now, however, the problem does not lie with the users who distribute it, the problem lies with the device manufacturers themselves who delay releasing those ROMs to general public for months at times.
No doubt that HTC is coming up with a Android 2.2 Froyo update in the next two weeks, but would users wait? It would be interesting to see how HTC goes after these users, since it is highly impossible that they would get hold of them, and yes of course, if you curb free speech you get underground.
(Mobile Crunch via XDA)