Phandroid » Rooting Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:54:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CyanogenMod 11.0 M11 begins rolling out, here’s the changelog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:53:57 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

CyanogenMod faithful be joyous, for a big new update is headed to your phone and/or tablet. CyanogenMod has announced the M11 release for CyanogenMod 11, which is to be seen as a major milestone release that brings a lot of changes and fixes. Folks brave enough to be on the nightlies track may have already been enjoying these features, but this is a rather important release for folks who prefer to stick with stable goods. Changelog? Thought you’d never ask:

  • New Devices: Galaxy S4 Active (jactivelte), Galaxy S4 SK I-9506 (ks01lte), Galaxy S5 GSM (klte), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (picassowifi), Galaxy Player 4.0 (ypg1)
  • Re-introduce Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G (apexqtmo) support
  • Fix signal strength showing ‘2147483647′ on certain devices
  • Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
  • Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates
  • Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support
  • Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click
  • Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options
  • Show devices connected to your WiFi (tethering) Hotspot
  • Fix bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recents view
  • Fix Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales
  • Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team
  • Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity)
  • APN Updates for various regions
  • Camera: Add support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button
  • Dialer/InCallUI: Fix smartcover always showing answer fragment
  • LG G2: Address GPS and NFC issues
  • Base support for HTC Desire 816 & HTC One Mini 2 (pending nightlies)
  • Various security updates
  • General bug fixes

At this point we most likely won’t be seeing a lot more exciting additions as we’re on the road to Android L, but it’s always nice to get such a wide breadth of changes that should benefit a great majority of the user base. Be sure to head here to find the download for your specific device, and don’t forget that you take full responsibility for anything that happens with your phone. Happy flashing!

[via CyanogenMod]

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Sony warns unlocking Xperia Z3 bootloader will kill the camera’s low-light performance Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:45:56 +0000 Sony Developer World Bootloader Unlock page

Unlocking your smartphone’s bootloader, for the most part, has traditionally yielded some pretty awesome advantages. Aside from voiding out your warranty (which, in most cases, can be reversed), you gain unfettered access to the wonderful world of custom ROMs, some would argue Android’s greatest benefit over rival platforms like iOS.

But it’s not all roses, specifically when dealing with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Now keep in mind Sony actually provides a bootloader unlock solution for their devices — so they’re hip to what’s going on. But after some users began reporting degraded camera performance after unlocking the bootloaders of their Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony responded.

In a small amendment to their official bootloader unlock page, Sony adds a disclaimer mentioning how DRM security on the phone can keep some of their specialty software from functioning properly, namely, the camera and how it handles low light and noise filtering. This also means you can’t download a few Sony apps as they’re also protected.

“Certain pre-loaded content on your device may also be inaccessible due to the removal of DRM security keys. For high-end devices running recent software versions, for instance Xperia Z3, the removal of DRM security keys may affect advanced camera functionality.

For example, noise reduction algorithms might be removed, and performance when taking photos in low-light conditions might be affected. The secure user data partition may also become inaccessible, and you will not be able to get any more official software upgrades if you unlock the boot loader.”

If you’re curious to see exactly what people are talking about (so you can judge for yourself if unlocking the bootloader is worth it), check out the same pics below.

Sony Xperia Z3 camera bootloader unlock performance

Top: unlocked bootloader, bottom: locked

XDA via Xperia Blog

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact receive root and custom recovery Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:54:50 +0000 Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact_2

It hasn’t been long since the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact’s debut, but the devices have already received root and a custom recovery for those looking to tinker with them. The former exploit can be applied to any handset with the official launch firmware and will enable you to use root apps and hacks. The custom recovery, which allows you to install custom after market ROMs once they start rolling in, requires an unlocked bootloader (though we hear that’s easy enough to obtain right now).

It’s not that surprising that the Z3 and Z3 Compact have gotten exploited so easily. Developers have had plenty of time to play round the the Xperia Z2, and we imagine Sony hasn’t changed much to the base framework of those devices for this new set of hardware.

Sony is also famously supportive of the development scene and they don’t tend to put the shackles on as tight as other companies might. XDA has all the goods for you here (Z3) and here (Z3 Compact) if you’re interested, but always know that you proceed at your own discretion and are responsible for what happens to your own device.

[via XperiaBlog]

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Bummer: Verizon won’t be getting a developer edition Moto X (2nd Gen) Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:24:29 +0000 moto-x-natural-leather-scratch-

When Motorola revealed the Moto X last week (be sure to see our early Moto X first impressions) we learned they’d be allowing folks to buy a customized developer edition / bootloader unlocked model through Moto Maker. Pretty big deal, that, considering you couldn’t customize last year’s model. Unfortunately one group of folks are already confirmed to be left out of the developer edition train.

In a casual response to a consumer question on Google+, Motorola VP of product management Punit Soni confirmed that there would be no developer edition Moto X for Verizon Wireless consumers. Soni didn’t go into grave detail about the whos, the whats and the whys, though he did cheekily confirm that it wasn’t their decision to snub Verizon customers. He responded to one angry soul saying he loved his profile photo:

verizon sickle and hammer

The hammer and sickle is a common symbol of communism, FYI. That makes it pretty clear who Soni is pointing the blame at, we’d say. So what does this all mean for folks on Verizon looking to buy the Moto X? For developers and rooters, it means getting custom ROMs loaded up onto this thing won’t be easy. In fact, it might not ever be possible.

Motorola bootloaders are notoriously difficult to crack and there’s no guarantee that even the most talented developers will be able to make any progress on a third-party unlocking solution. Root and ROMs based on the Motorola firmware might still be possible, but if the DROID phones from last year were anything to go by don’t expect much in the way of development.

Whether this is enough to drive you to another carrier for the new Moto X is obviously up to you to decide, but at least there won’t be any guesswork about the issue early on. Start preparing those exit strategies (we hear T-Mobile’s making it pretty easy these days). Will this be affecting your purchase decision when the device launches starting later this month?

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Stump Root is a 1-click root app for the LG G3 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon versions) Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:17:14 +0000 LG-G3-Software

We’ve noticed that with the growing number of high-performance Android devices equipped hexa-core processors and gobs of RAM, there’s an ever growing number of Android fans who feel they no longer NEED to root. This wasn’t always the case. Back during Android’s “early days,” rooting was almost necessity to keep underpowered Androids feeling new.

But even today, there’s no denying that with all the new tools available — Xposed, full featured custom ROMs, themes, etc. — root is still an appealing for those that want FULL control over their Android device. Of course, rooting an Android is rarely an easy processor, requiring at least some knowledge of ADB with the off chance that you could somehow turn your Android device into a very expensive paperweight. Enter Stump Root.

An app created by Android developer extraordinaire JCase over on XDA, Stump Root brings 1-click root access to the LG G3 on T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. Rooting doesn’t get any easier than this, with the instructions on XDA showing the following:

  1. Install Stump Root
  2. Run Stump Root
  3. Reboot after app tells you to
  4. Install SuperSU APK from market
  5. Uninstall Stump Root

To grab the app, head over to the original post here on XDA, but be careful. As easy as this app makes rooting, there’s always some level of risk involved when making system level changes to your device. Proceed with caution.


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MIUI version 6 is here, and it’s one of the most beautiful renditions of Android yet Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:04:52 +0000 miui v6 1

Folks who do their daily bidding with MIUI will love what the folks behind the Android ROM have come up with. MIUI 6 introduces sweeping changes in areas of functionality, user interface and more.

The biggest change you’ll notice immediately is the new flat user interface, giving it a modern look and feel that many designers have clung to as of late. Iconography is simple and colorful, apps are presented in minimalist fashion, and there’s not a single ounce of that god-awful bubble effect that became so prominent following the iPhone’s rise to popularity.  You’ll see the new user interface and design language throughout all aspects of MIUI.

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There’s a lot to look forward to on the features side of things, as well. Here’s a quick list highlighting some of the biggest changes:

  • New built-in virus scanning and protection, and a Permissions app for controlling which apps can use data.
  • Built-in Clean Master app to keep cache, temporary files and other clutter at a minimum.
  • Improved data usage control
  • Built-in functionality to identify, mark or block unwanted calls
  • Improved threaded email support and attachment support
  • Do not disturb mode
  • Sliding up on lock screen now takes you directly to your home screen.
  • Ability to switch between cards vs icons for multitasking

All of it will be featured by default on the Xiaomi Mi 4, natch, and we imagine the changes will be in tow for everyone else (whether you’re using a ROM on a phone or an older Xiaomi phone) in due time. Unfortunately MIUI had no exact details to share about availability, so we’re reaching out to see if they can share more. We’ll certainly deliver those details as soon as they become available so be sure to keep an eye on Phandroid. Head to the source link to check out the massive gallery!

[via MIUI 1, 2]

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 brings support for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and One M8, tons of new changes Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:30:00 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

The latest milestone for CyanogenMod 11.0 has been released, and a couple of big devices have been added to the list. The Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablet and HTC One M8 have all graduated from nightly status. An M release is a monthly snapshot of all the latest changes. It isn’t quite stable, but it’s far more stable than nightlies have been and you can rest assured knowing it won’t make your phone explode in your day-to-day.

So what’s new in M9? The list is quite large and includes changes and fixes from June 31st through July 27th. Here’s what you can expect once you get your device upgraded:


  • Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
  • Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
  • Torch – Improve performance
  • Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
  • Center clock support
  • Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
  • Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
  • Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
  • Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
  • Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
  • Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
  • Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
  • Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
  • Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
  • Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
  • Fix encryption on some LG Devices
  • Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer

Not all of it is mindblowingly amazing, but you can’t be mad at a more solid and stable experience overall. You can find downloads for the new version for your respective device at CyanogenMod’s download portal here. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t recommend flashing these on carrier variants without clarification from CyanogenMod. We’ll be reaching out to see if the  HTC One M8’s release is only for unlocked, unbranded versions. Hold off if you don’t have that version for now to avoid a massive headache.

Don’t forget to make a backup and charge your battery before you do anything, and always remember that whatever you flash to your device is your responsibility. That disclaimer aside, have at it!

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From the Forums: Yellow Screen of Death, ubiquitous wireless charging, and more Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:29 +0000 fromtheforums

If you haven’t checked out Android Forums this week, you’ve really been missing out. Below we give you just a small sampling of threads you absolutely have to take a look at, from more OnePlus One backlash to finding the perfect cheap phone for Android experimentation. Let’s get this started

OnePlus One Yellow Screen of Death

OnePlus One yellow band issue

The latest fiasco concerning the elusive OnePlus One revolves around the phone’s display. Perhaps you’ve heard of a nagging issue where those that have managed to get their hands on the device are disappointed to find a slight yellow tinge to certain areas of the phone’s screen. OnePlus hasn’t exactly handled the issue well, passing blame to the display manufacturer while taking a defensive approach when dealing with customers. As expect, the hot-button issue has become the source of much discussion at Android Forums.

The age-old question: why isn’t wireless charging a standard feature?

Nexus 4 wireless charging banner

Wireless charging is a nifty technology with numerous useful applications. It eliminates the fuss of messing with a flimsy microUSB cable and adds a layer of convenience to what is often considered one of the most annoying aspects of owning a smartphone: making sure its battery stays charged. With that in mind, user lkasdorf wonders aloud why the features hasn’t become ubiquitous. Sure, a handful of smartphones include it out of the box and most major handset releases offer wireless charging kits as aftermarket accessories, but isn’t it about time that this hassle-free method becomes the standard?

Finding a cheap phone to practice advanced Android techniques


One of the best aspects of being an Android user is the large and devout community of modders, hackers, and developers that dedicate their time to producing custom ROMs or otherwise pushing Android hardware to its limits. For unexperienced users, there is some hesitancy in diving into the root and ROM scene out of fear of bricking their daily driver device. It makes sense that a cheap Android phone could be acquired as a sandbox device for learning some of these advanced skills, but which to get? Our money is on an older Nexus device.

Reactions to MH17 tragedy


Following news of a second Malaysia Airlines crash only months after the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370, Android Forums users reacted in real time and continue to discuss the MH17 tragedy. Reports indicate the plane was shot down by an undetermined source while flying over a disputed region in eastern Ukraine.

And more…

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for your own account at Android Forums to become a part of the discussion. Who knows, your next thread might even have what it takes to end up in next week’s From the Forums. Until then, happy posting!

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HTC One M7 gets port of Android L developer preview Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:53:21 +0000 HTC One M7 thin case DSC01079

HTC One M7 users: want to test Android L ahead of its official launch and don’t mind putting up with a bug or 1,000? You’re in luck if that’s the case, because a team of talented developers over at XDA has an Android L port ready to go from HTC’s flagship of yesteryear.

Before you rush off to flash this thing, be warned: the Android Developer preview is the equivalent to an alpha build right now. A port of an alpha build probably won’t be the most stable and polished experience you’re going to find. Don’t believe me? This list of what’s not working should tell the story quite effectively:

  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Data
  • Sensors (except GPS)
  • Camera
  • Sound

Everything else should be good to go, but that list is by no means comforting. As such, you should only go through with flashing this thing if you’re interested in helping the developers test the firmware as they look to stabilize it over time.

Needless to say that if the HTC One M7 is your only phone or your primary phone, you shouldn’t be touching this file with a 10-foot pole. Understand those warnings and still interested in giving it a go? Everything you’ll need can be had in this XDA thread. Otherwise you can wait for HTC to bring what you’re looking for later this year.

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Chainfire SuperSU root app updated for Android L preview Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:23:40 +0000 Android L

The Android L preview is as easy to root as you’d expect, but for those who prefer one-click solutions it hasn’t been happy days. Thankfully Chainfire’s SuperSU app has quickly been updated to bring proper support for Android L. Not only does the app manage superuser access properly, it also has built-in autoroot functionality for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013.

The upgraded headed out to the Play Store yesterday, but if your installation is client-side you’ll want this flashable update file to apply within recovery. Chainfire isn’t rushing to make any sweeping changes right now considering things could change between now and the final release of Android L, but until that happens this is the holy grail. Let us know how it works out for you (and don’t blame anyone else but yourself if it doesn’t as anything you do to your device is your own responsibility).

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Rooted users can now get the Android L navigation bar with this Xposed module Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:45:44 +0000 android l nav bars stitched

Want the Android L soft navigation bar (on-screen buttons) for your device without Android L? You’re in luck… well, so long as you’re rooted and have a properly functioning installation of the Xposed Framework, anyway.

XDA user Prithvee has created a .APK file that will allow you to give your phone a bit of Android L flavor with a few simple clicks. Simply install the .APK file, enable the module inside Xposed Framework, and restart your phone for good measure. Voila — you have what you see above.

Many folks expressed distaste with the newly styled navigation buttons. I personally share that sentiment — I think it looks a bit toyish and takes away from that “grown-up” feel Android has developed. But we all have our own tastes, and if this is right up your alley then be sure to grab it ahead of getting the real deal itself.

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Download: 61 Android L apps, keyboard, wallpapers, bootanimation and more Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:23:53 +0000 Android L

The Android L developers’ preview may have been released yesterday, but unless you own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 you likely weren’t able to get in on the flashing fun. Thankfully not all hope is lost for everyone to get a bit of a taste of Android L goodness.

XDA member ivan123 decided to dig into his full system dump and pull out all of the juicy bits, including apps, wallpapers, and even the new Android boot animation. Some of these goods can only be installed using flashable .zip files, some are standard APKs, and some aren’t meant to be flashed at all. Here’s a full list of each:

Apps, APKs and flashables



wallpaper_15 wallpaper_16 wallpaper_17 wallpaper_19 wallpaper_20 wallpaper_22 wallpaper_50 wallpaper_51 wallpaper_52 wallpaper_53 Macro leave

Full System Dump (From Nexus 5)

And if you need everything that came from the images being flashed, here’s a big system dump file for you to traverse. Note that this file is not meant to be flashable in any way, so don’t try and do anything funky with it (unless, of course, you know exactly what you’re doing).

As always, you take full responsibility for anything that may happen to your device as of the result of any non-OEM approved modifications. It’s important that you proceed with caution knowing that you are taking a risk and that you are taking that risk alone. As long as you understand that, though, then you’re free to go wild. Have at it!

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Make it rain on tons of smartphones with Geohot’s new root tool [VIDEO] Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:16:24 +0000

George Hotz — the mastermind developer who made Sony so mad with his PS3 hacking antics that they pursued legal action — has returned to the scene with another huge development.

This is Towelroot, a root tool that targets a vulnerability found in older versions of the Linux kernel. The vulnerability is said to be in every kernel before the June 3rd patch, so many older phones (and even a ton of newer phones) that have yet to get the latest kernel update might be in for a treat.

The exploit has only been officially tested on a handful of devices so far, with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 being the main benefactor. That said, the exploit is also found to work with the AT&T Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (with KitKat) and more. Some users have even reported success with the Sony Xperia SP C5303.

Some devices it reportedly hasn’t worked for is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 with the latest KitKat update, as well as the Moto X with the latest KitKat update. Geohot (the hacker’s nickname) has invited folks to give it a try on their smartphone if they’ve exhausted all other avenues. It doesn’t hurt to try to give it a shot if you’ve been itching for root on your smartphone. The XDA thread with all the information and download link you need is right here. Fingers crossed that it works out for you!

[TowelRootThanks to DroidModderX!]

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HTC One M8, M7, and other Google Play editions receive Android 4.4.3 as HTC posts kernel source Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:26:44 +0000 HTC One Google Play Edition DSC01017

By now you know Android 4.4.3 is rolling out to a variety of “stock” Android devices. We already told you about the update hitting Motorola devices (X, G, and E) and have received reports of the update arriving for the both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, and HTC One (M7).

Without wasting any time, HTC is now posting the kernel source for, not only the HTC One (M7), but the HTC One M8 as well. This means the M8 should be joining the party any minute now (along with other GPe devices). You can find links to the source code via the link below.

Update: The Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is also receiving Android 4.4.3. It’s like Christmas in June!


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Android 4.4.3 factory images now available for Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 [DOWNLOAD] Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:41:11 +0000 Nexus 5 shortcuts DSC05736

After T-Mobile tipped us off that Android 4.4.3 wold be arriving today, Google has just released the new factory images for the Nexus 4 (build KTU84L), Nexus 5 (build KTU84M), Nexus 7 (2013 + 2012), and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries download page. You can either sit tight and wait for the update to hit your device over the air, or download and apply via fastboot if you have knowledge in that sorta stuff. Have at it!


[Google factory images | Drivers | AOSP]

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