Phandroid » Rooting Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:18:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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xda:devcon 2014 announced, get your early bird registration now Fri, 30 May 2014 17:36:00 +0000 xda-dev-con
If you’re familiar with rooting and flashing ROMs on your Android phone or tablet, chances are you’re familiar with XDA-Developers. The XDA community consists of some of the most popular Android enthusiasts, hackers, and developers from around the globe. XDA-Developers recently announced their second annual developers conference and are now accepting early bird registration for attendees and taking bids for conference speakers.

As XDA puts it, xda:devcon is a conference by developers for developers. The general idea of the XDA conference is to take what normally happens throughout the XDA community, but bring the community together to learn, have a great time, and collaborate with like minded folk in person.

Since XDA-Developers is a global community, this year they’ve opted to host their developer conference across the pond in the UK. xda:devcon 2014 takes place in Manchester, UK at the Radisson Park Inn, on September, 26th – 28th.

Tickets are on sale now for the 3 day event starting at £75 (about $125 USD). For the entire conference schedule and other available packages, you’ll want to check out the official xda:devcon site for more details.

As an added bonus for our Phandroid readers, the first 20 people to sign up using this link get 25% off all packages.

To sum up this entire post in XDA speak:

[CONFERENCE][xda:devcon][UK Release][Sept 26-28][£75][No Bugs]

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Warning: next Android update might break quite a few root apps Tue, 20 May 2014 12:45:26 +0000 broken roots

In way more words and technical explanations than I’m comfortable repeating here, Chainfire — the developer who creates one of the best SuperUser (root access) apps out there, as well as gems like 500 Firepaper — has given developers of root apps an ominous warning. According to him, the forthcoming upgrade to Android (whether that be 4.4.3 or some other number Google plans to use) changes things in a way that breaks functionality for a good deal of root apps.

Most of the changes have to do with SELinux and the ART runtime possibly being enabled by default, as well as other developer-centric changes. Long story short, Chainfire has come to the conclusion that the changes won’t necessarily break all root apps, but he’s seen enough to believe that the changes will undoubtedly affect enough of them that this big warning is needed.

He’s already gotten to work on his own SuperSU, and invites developers and advanced users to download the latest version (not yet being distributed via Google Play) and help knock out some of the kinks. He’s also urging developers to re-read the SELinux section of his How-to SU guide, as he’s made some important changes that detail some of the forthcoming changes in the next version of Android.

Chainfire takes special care to remind developers to test their apps against ART, as its possible future status as the default runtime for Android could make it more important than ever to pay attention to. If you’re a developer then be sure to head to the source link for all the detailed explanations and relevant links you can handle.

[via Google+]

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Moto E now supported by Motorola’s Bootloader Unlock program Mon, 19 May 2014 20:08:10 +0000 Moto E Motorola Bootloader Unlock Program

There’s no question the Motorola Moto E is one of the best values in mobile. Because of its rock-bottom low price tag, we’re certain a large development community will begin to gather around the affordable smartphone. Today, Motorola is kick starting this development by officially adding the Moto E — US, Canada, Europe, and Latin American variants — to their Bootloader Unlock program.

Really, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise and we’re excited to see where 3rd party development will take the phone. CM11, Paranoid Android and more coming soon to the Moto E in the future? You can bet on it.


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You can turn you Oppo Find 7a into a OnePlus One with CyanogenMod 11S Thu, 15 May 2014 00:06:09 +0000 Oppo Find 7a

We’ve known for a while now that the Oppo Find 7a and the OnePlus One were close cousins, sharing the same production facilities and even sharing a vast majority of the same internal hardware. Well, it seems you can make them share the same software too with a little bit of good ole fashioned Android tinkering.

During my review of the Find 7a, I mentioned that I was quite disappointed that the Find 7a shipped with Android 4.3 and I wasn’t a huge fan of Color OS either. I also mentioned that the Android community would most likely step, doing what they do best, bringing all sorts of goodies over to the Oppo’s latest. Well, it’s happened. You can now flash CyanogenMod 11s from the OnePlus One onto your Oppo Find 7a.

Oppo Find 7a OnePlus CM11S

What works and what doesn’t work? It’s still a bit too early to tell, seeing as I just figured out this feat was possible a few minutes ago on my Oppo Find 7a. I’m still in the midst of testing, but wanted to share with my fellow Android enthusiasts that this is entirely possible. I’ll update this post as we dig through the “OppoPlus One7A” to see what works and what doesn’t.

What works:
Front Camera / Video

What doesn’t work:
Rear Camera / Video are upside down
Voice Wake
Storage is only reporting 3GB

If you’d like to jump in feet first, you’ll first need to flash a custom recovery on your Oppo Find 7a, such as TWRP. Then, you’ll need this ROM which was pulled from the OnePlus One (which I modified to remove device checks). Be sure to make a backup first as uncharted buggy territory most likely lies ahead. Good luck!

Edit: There’s two additional OTA’s that you’ll need to get. If you’re not using a OnePlus One recovery, you’ll need to get these modified OTA files as well. OTA 1, OTA 2.

Thanks Patrick for the system dump!

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HTC One M8 receives CyanogenMod nightlies for nearly every version Wed, 07 May 2014 12:01:20 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

One of the main things folks with the HTC One M8 were looking for when S-OFF was achieved were fully custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android and the like. The first of that batch has finally arrived, with CyanogenMod announcing that nightlies will be available for owners of these devices as soon as tonight.

The good news is that this isn’t your typical hobbled launch that only caters to GSM users — there’s a version for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and the international GSM variants sitting on CyanogenMod’s servers.

There are a couple of important things to note. For starters, if you’re using a custom recovery (which you likely are if you’re looking to flash something like this), it will need to report as compatible with one of the following model numbers:

  • m8
  • m8wl
  • m8wlv
  • m8vzw
  • m8whl
  • m8spr

And it should be needless to say that nightlies are flashed at your own risk, as is anything that isn’t OEM-approved. Take special care for nightlies, though, because they represent the cutting edge of development, and there might be stuff breaking and freaking out left and right.

So long as you remember that you are the only one responsible for what you do with your device, then be sure to check CyanogenMod’s download center (m8 will be used to identify its code branch) later on tonight when the first files are expected to go live.

[via Google+]

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Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition now available for purchase Mon, 05 May 2014 19:12:44 +0000 Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition

Verizon Wireless subscribers who tend to tinker around with their Android handsets have a new option to consider: the Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition. We’ve known about Samsung’s plans to release the dev version of the phone — complete with unlockable bootloader — since the phone popped up on Samsung’s site earlier this month. Today, it’s now officially available from Samsung and retailing for $600 (same as the full priced “regular” model).

The GS5 Developer Edition comes with everything on display on Verizon Wireless store shelves (read: bloatware), only you wont have to jump through any hoops when it comes to rooting the phone for the easy installation of custom recoveries and/or ROMs. Keep in mind that the Developer Edition is only available in black, and is the 16GB version of the device. Those interested can buy direct from Samsung via the link below.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition $599.99

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CyanogenMod announces plans for CM11 stable; faster updates in the future Mon, 05 May 2014 01:23:09 +0000 CID-650x406

As time passes, CM fans around the community are often found pondering when a stable build of CyanogenMod will finally land for their favorite Android device. With the official announcement of CyanogenMod 11 M6, CM also announced major changes coming to their community distribution channel in the future (that’s ROMs to you and me). We won’t be seeing release candidate builds for devices in the future,  nor will we even see a build tagged as stable. The M-series builds have served as a “stable” release channel for some time now and are aimed at replacing it altogether.

According to CyanogenMod, labeling a build as stable was a bit of a misnomer as it doesn’t mean completely bug free and it doesn’t mean that new features won’t arise in the future – just like firmware released from the big boys Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc.

Like the ‘stables’ before it, ‘M’ releases are built off the ‘stable/CM-##.#’ branches – the only difference is now frequency and label. We could have chosen to remove ‘M’ releases and stick with the ‘stable’ tag instead for these monthlies, but the word ‘stable’ itself is a misnomer – it doesn’t mean bug free and it certainly never meant feature complete; but with the name ‘stable’ it gave the false impression that it did mean those things – especially to those risk-adverse that would only hop from ‘stable’ to ‘stable’.

cyanogenmod logo 4Currently, M-series releases tend to come about once a month. If waiting about four weeks is too long for you between milestone builds, CM has plans to get a more “stable” build out the door more frequently for users. Once CyanogenMod has all of the kinks worked out of their new plan, we should see quality releases come every two weeks. This type of release schedule allows bugs to be submitted, tracked, and fixed in an timely manner.

This type of rapid release schedule sounds like CyanogenMod is gearing up support for the upcoming OnePlus One with CyanogenMod 11S and they’re doing everything in their power to ensure a positive future of the CyanogenMod community ROM. This shouldn’t be surprising seeing as Cyanogen Inc. is an actual company with funding now. Cyanogen Inc. has the means to hire talented staff members to fill needs and close any gaps that might exist, taking away pain points for both users and their company.

Source: CyanogenMod

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