Phandroid » Rooting Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Full S-OFF for HTC One M8 released (and how to turn your GSM variant into a GPe device) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:40:44 +0000 HTC-One-M8-BlinkFeed

Last week, it was root. This week, it’s full-on S-OFF, baby. A team named Firewater did the deed on opening up the HTC One M8, giving us a solid S-OFF method that will allow folks to tinker with the inner workings of the HTC One M8′s software.

Said tinkering has already resulted in someone posting a method for turning GSM HTC One M8s into Google Play Edition devices (meaning they swapped out the Sixth Sense-coated software for stock Android). Remember that this is NOT compatible with CDMA versions, so those on Sprint or Verizon will have to wait for other developments. Find the instructions for that in the thread linked above if you’re already up and running with root and S-OFF.

If you haven’t yet gotten S-OFF, you’ll be on track to get it by the time you’re finished reading this article. First of all, you’ll need the following prerequisites:

  • Working ADB (meaning you can perform this on Linux, Mac OS X or Windows)
  • A working internet connection on your device, whether that’s 3G, 4G or WiFi.
  • USB debugging (and likely a microUSB cable)
  • Device unlocked and rooted with HTCDEV or with a temporary root method
  • A supported device, natch. HTC One M8 and M7 are givens, with many other Qualcomm-based HTC devices from 2012 being compatible.

There are a couple of other things to note. For starters, those with the Verizon version of the HTC One M8 will specifically need to use WeakSauce by Jcase to root their device before performing the Firewater S-OFF. Those instructions were provided last week so hop to it if you haven’t already.

Once you’ve gotten all that squared away, you can find instructions and downloads for your specific method right here. Take care to read each step carefully, and make sure you know what you’re doing before you proceed.

[via XDAThanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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CyanogenMod reveals new branding that represents openness, security and customization Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:56:44 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 1

Well, folks, it looks like CyanogenMod, Inc. is starting to shape up to look like a real legit company. The company has already made big deals with phone manufacturers and successfully raised a good deal of money to help in their endeavors, and now they are making some changes to the way they present themselves.

Introducing the new CyanogenMOd branding. The logo sits above — clean, cool, calm, collected, and cyan. Oh, yes, lots of cyan. But the logo isn’t just a pretty collection of lines and pleasing colors. CyanogenMod designed it to be a symbol.

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We’ll start with the centerpiece, which is said to be the heart of the logo. It represents the user, and their ability to customize the experience to fit their needs. That is to say, the user is the most important aspect of everything CyanogenMod does, and there will always be a commitment to give you the flexibility to do what you want and need.

Tying into that flexiblity is openness, because nothing says customizable like being able to get your paws wet deep within the source code. CyanogenMod is always open source, so you can take a build, do what you’d like with it and build it for yourself. Of course, the company expects proper credit should you publicly distribute it for others to use, but they aren’t asking for much more than that.

Finally, the user should be able to do all of this with a platform that they can be sure is secure. No NSA backdoors, no snooping, no nothing — simply use it, and have peace of mind doing so. That’s the CyanogeMod way.

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What’s going to happen with Cid, the former mascot and logo? Well, he’s not going anywhere — he’ll be a staple of the vast community that surrounds CyanogenMod, and he’ll be along for the ride to see everyone through all the highs (and maybe some lows) in this exciting ride.

We like it. Nay, we love it, and everything that it stands for. Branding seems so simple from the outside looking in, but it’s these core values CyanogenMod were built on, and we’re glad to see that the company hasn’t lost sight of that even in their proudest moments. Be sure to read their take over at the CyanogenMod blog.

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How to root the Verizon HTC One M8 using WeakSauce by jcase Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:15:57 +0000 htc one m8 hands-on 1

Verizon’s HTC One M8 may not have enjoyed a day one root, but it didn’t take long for one developer to do the deed. Prominent developer jcase has dropped the first root method for the device, giving users a way to get advanced access to their phones for things like backing your firmware up or overclocking. It’s called WeakSauce, and it’s available for use right now.

Unfortunately this method does not give us S-OFF, but it’s a good first start to what should hopefully blossom into a very popular phone in the development community. So how do you get going with it? Here are the super simple instructions straight from XDA:

The exploit used in WeakSauce will gain root, and will mount a new xbin containing busybox and su. It’s not sticky in the sense that it can stick without an app, but as long as you have WeakSauce installed your device will automatically re-root on each boot.

And that’s it. Want to uninstall? Simply uninstall WeakSauce, then uninstall SuperSu. Couldn’t be any more simple than that. Head over to XDA for troubleshooting support and download links, and be sure to donate a couple of bucks to jcase if you’ve got it — wouldn’t want to see a developer like that not be rewarded for his hard work, would we?

[Thanks, Otis!]

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Sense 6.0 leaked and ported the HTC One, gets quickly taken down Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:53:35 +0000 Sense 6.0 HTC One

We’re less than 3 days away from the official reveal of the all new HTC One 2014 and if you’re anything like us, you’re already moist just thinking about the new software features set to be introduced in Sense 6.0. But before HTC could even do the honors of debuting Sense 6.0 on the all new HTC One, some users on XDA are leaking out all the goods (as they so often do).

The leaked Sense 6.0 ROM, which has been successfully ported to the original HTC One, is said to be running great. According to the developer — which released the ROM early because of other leaks — the only issues with the ROM are the new motion gestures which aren’t working due to an incompatible kernel. Well, that and Zoe captures. The good news? Both of these features should be working perfectly in a more final build scheduled to leak on the 25th (the day the One 2014 is revealed and probably available).

If you’re looking to try this on your HTC One (2013), unfortunately it looks like HTC was too quick to respond and the ROM has already been removed on XDA. Of course there are always mirrors, and with a little searching, you should be able to find it with no problem.

[XDA Developers]

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MIUI introduces new ROM built for tablets, beta available for Nexus 7 (2013) Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:22:18 +0000 MIUI for tablets 2

It was back in September of last year that the folks at Xiaomi introduced the (now sold out) Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone. During the event, they managed to throw everyone for a curve ball when they introduced their new 47-inch smart TV in lieu of a tablet. In an age where just about every Android OEM makes a tablet, it was a bit puzzling to find them glossing over the bigger form factor, especially given their custom Android UI (also known as MIUI) wasn’t well suited for tablets.

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Today, it looks like they’re finally covering their bases (at least somewhat) after introducing an all new version of MIUI fully optimized for tablets. This new version MIUI features new apps, animations, and UI elements — all built from the ground up to take advantage of the the extra screen real estate on tablets. While this still leaves out official Xiaomi-made tablet hardware, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun mentions in his blog that OEMs now have the option to ship their own hardware with MIUI pre-loaded, a first for the custom ROM.

The ROM is currently in open beta where it can be downloaded and installed on the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi-only). Anyone thinking about giving this a spin?

[MIUI | via Engadget]

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Developer taps into Snapdragon 800′s always-listening core, give Nexus 5 Moto X-like Touchless Controls Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:07:44 +0000

A post on Google+ blew up after the developer of a popular custom ROM showed off a proof of concept where his Nexus 5 effectively mimicked the always listening “Touchless Control” function found in the Motorola Moto X. How exactly was this done, you ask? No witchcraft, just a little Android knowledge.

Still in its early state, was able to tap into Qualcomm’s QDSP6V5 low-power DSP core found in the Snapdragon 800 processor. Because this is separate from the cores used for handling applications, in theory, this would have a minimal impact on battery life, keeping the main CPU in a sleep state as usual.

Although Qualcomm has yet to release any of the Snapdragon 800′s always listening APIs to developers (we could never figure out exactly why), they sure had no problem boasting about this specific feature of their SoC. It’s a shame we haven’t really seen it in action, until now.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU

Because this is still very much “unofficial,” and the developer is attempting to avoid drama with Qualcomm’s legal department, he’s holding back from releasing any details on how it was done. For now, we can find solace in knowing that it has been accomplished (however buggy), and that there’s still a glimmer of hope this feature may find itself in a future version of the OmniROM custom Android software.

Who knows, maybe Qualcomm is keeping their cards close to their chest for a future Nexus device, or even Android release. Why should the Moto X have all the fun?

Thanks, Derek!


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TWRP 2.7 brings extremely long list of new features and changes Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:57:22 +0000 twrp tablet

Rooters and ROMers beware: TWRP 2.7 is here, and it wants to eat your lunch. The custom touch-based recovery by TeamWin will do so with a multitude of new features, including new graphics rendering changes to make for a smoother user interface and experience, mouse support via USB OTG for folks whose displays might be broken, text wrap in the console output and more.

Here’s the full list of changes we’re to look forward to:

  • Faster graphics rendering by disabling alpha blending on fully opaque objects thanks to Tassadar
  • Allow sideloading from /tmp on encrypted devices
  • Check for a crypto footer before asking for a password to prevent user confusion
  • Additional checks for validity to auto generated backup names
  • Text wrap in the console output
  • Proper caps lock support in the keyboard
  • Mouse support via USB OTG for devices with a broken digitizer
  • Improve scanning of storage locations for OpenRecoveryScript
  • Haptic feedback for buttons, keyboard, and vibration at the end of longer running actions
  • Fixed ext4 wiping when no selinux contexts are defined for that partition (e.g. sd-ext)
  • Update SuperSU to 1.93 and improve installation process
  • Added selinux contexts restoration to fix permissions
  • Load RTC offset on Qualcomm devices to fix the date/time in recovery
  • USB Mass Storage fixes Add SELinux support checking
  • Add Disk Usage class to better handle excluded folders (e.g. Google Music cache)
  • Add 4.4 decrypt support
  • Add some toolbox utilities to TWRP (namely to support SELinux functions not supported in busybox)
  • Various SELinux fixes and bug fixes

Unfortunately, users of some older devices will find that their devices will no longer be fully supported. Namely, any device that can’t handle the newly-added SELinux support will be dropped from the team’s immediate radar. This is because SELinux support requires a phone that can handle an Android 4.1 or higher base to install any ROM built on Android 4.4 and higher.

That doesn’t mean your device will never be able to install Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs through TWRP 2.7, but the team will need someone with one of these devices to help them with proper development and testing. An easy way to check if your phone supports SELinux is to open the terminal console. Supported phones will show “Full SELinux support,” while those which don’t, won’t. Simple, right?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, be sure to head to TWRP’s website here and check to see if your device is on the list. If it is, download the appropriate files and follow the instructions closely. As always, you’re responsible for anything that happens to your device as a result of trying to install this custom recovery, and you also run the risk of voiding your warranty, so keep that in mind before proceeding.

[via TWRP]

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Samsung provides KitKat source for Sprint Galaxy Note 3, update just around the corner Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:18:27 +0000 galaxy-note-3-multiwindow

Last week, Sprint was once again first out the gate with a KitKat update, this time for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Call it birthing pangs or whatever you want, but right before the S4 received the update, Samsung was nice enough to upload the KitKat source code to their site.

Today, Samsung is now providing the KitKat source for the SM-N900P, better known as Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Unless you’re device is rooted and you’re active in the Android ROM/hacking/development scene, this likely wont mean much to you.

Of course, if you’re one of those that sees signs, you might take this as a hint that the Note 3′s KitKat update will soon begin rolling out on Sprint, in which case — you might want to keep an eye out.


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Barnes & Noble Nook tablets get Android 4.4 KitKat courtesy of N2A Cards Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:37:56 +0000 N2A Cards banner

Seems like it’s every other day we hear about a new Android device receiving their KitKat update, but would you believe Barnes & Noble’s line of Nook tablets can also partake in the latest Android confection? Okay, so not officially, but the fellas at N2A Cards might have the next best thing. Recently, they’ve updated their specialized plug-and-play SD card that gives the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, and Nook HD+ the ability to boot into stock Android 4.4 KitKat without all the bloat. Yum.

Of course, N2A Cards don’t come free. Preloaded micro SD cards with everything you need to get up and running with KitKat can be picked up on their site for $30. Given that most of us have a few SD card laying around, there’s also a downloadable version of their software offered at a discounted $20. Previous N2A customers get the best deal, with the update to KitKat setting them back a mere $10. Because it’s more or less like dual-booting, you can always return to the stock Barnes & Noble software where all the apps and media you’ve purchased will be waiting for you.

With access to a near stock Android 4.4 experience, KitKat might be exactly what the doctor ordered to breathe new life into the aging tablets. No reports on exactly how well KitKat runs on any of these tabs (technically, they’re running CyanogenMod), but with KitKat said to be lightest version of Android yet, we’re expecting good things. For a quick rundown of the painless installation process, check out the video below.

[N2A Cards | Nook HD 7-inch | Nook HD+ | via CNET]

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CyanogenMod Installer now available for Mac OSX in beta form Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:54:17 +0000 CyanogenMod Installer iPhone

Cyanogen Inc. changed the game when they announced the release of the user-friendly CyanogenMod Installer. A desktop application that allowed for the quick and easy installation of the CyanogenMod custom ROM, it was a godsend for those looking to root their Android devices but didn’t want to risk bricking said device because of lack of know-how, or otherwise.

For many, this easy to use installer was a privilege reserved only for those with Windows-based PCs but today, all of  that changes with the official beta release of CyanogenMod Installer for Mac OSX. Simply connect your compatible device (full list linked below) and the CM Installer handles the rest for you. Keep in mind that in most cases, this will void your Android device’s warranty, and in all case wipe all your data clean.

For more info on the CyanogenMod Installer, hit up their Wiki page here where you can find a FAQ, as well as a full list of compatible devices. Just be careful, it is still in beta after all.

[CyanogenMod Installer | Download: CyanogenMod Installer for Mac OSX]

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AOKP and Paranoid Android ROMs updated with early KitKat builds Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:02:30 +0000 AOKP Paranoid Android collage

Over the Christmas holiday, while you were sipping on eggnog and spending some time off with the family, popular custom ROMs AOKP and Paranoid Android saw the release of their first KitKat builds.

Paranoid Android was first out the gate, announcing the beta release of their ROM, packing only a bare bones KitKat experience. Don’t worry, PA promises the usual goodies (Hybrid Engine, HALO, PIE) will be making their way to the ROM eventually, so check up with them for future updates.

AOKP was very much the same, releasing nightlies of Android 4.4.2, again, without the usual customizations and enhancements that make their ROM so popular. Really, this is only for those that love fiddling around their devices and want the absolute latest version of Android possible, no matter the cost. For the adventurous flashers, download links provided below.


Paranoid Android device page

AOKP device page

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Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition now available for $600, source code in tow Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:54:40 +0000 Oppo N1 review | Discuss the Oppo N1 at’s Oppo N1 section!

CyanogenMod Inc has just announced that the CyanogenMod Edition of the Oppo N1 is now available for $599. The CyanogenMod edition of this phone is pretty much identical to the version we reviewed hardware-wise (keep reading for specs), but software will obviously differ as this puppy will come with CyanogenMod pre-installed.

More than that, though, you’ll also be getting a limited edition case with CM mascots Cid and Ollie, as well as stickers to lighten whatever you want up with the cute faces of the franchise. Here’s what you’ll find on the inside of this chassis:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core 1.7GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.9-inch 1080p HD display
  • 16GB / 32GB of internal storage
  • WiFi N
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • GPS
  • 3610 mAh battery

CyanogenMod is also making factory images for the N1 and CyanogenMod source code available for those who want to build the ROM on their own. All of the links for those goods can be found on the CyanogenMod blog, while the phone itself can be had at OppoStyle. Get over there and order it if this is something you were waiting on.


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CyangenMod hits 10 million active users Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:29:13 +0000 CyanogenMod thumb

To say that the CyanogenMod team has gained a ton of steam lately would be a huge understatement. It’s been a big year for the custom ROM developers, who got officially incorporated, raised tens of millions of dollars in funding, and are looking to strike up big hardware deals in the very near future. Now, another great milestone has been revealed.

Steve Kondik announced on Google+ that CyanogenMod has hit the 10 million user mark. And just in case you were unsure of the language, Kondik clarified to everyone that this is not total downloads, but actual active users reported based on the stats sent through the CyanogenMod statistics reporter. CyanogenMod statistics counts any device that has “checked in” within the last 90 days, so while these might not be true “up-to-the-minute” numbers, it’s still a good mark to measure.

Numbers like these are the reason why the company was able to incorporate and attract millions of dollars from investors, money that they hope will be used to bring the world’s first actual CyanogenMod phone (perhaps through Pete Lau’s OnePlus) and roll in millions more users in the years to come. You can find the full statistics over at CyanogenMod’s website.

[via Google+]

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OmniROM gets a delta-updates thanks to Chainfire’s OpenDelta system Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:25:40 +0000 This image has no alt text


I mentioned quite some time back that I’m sick and tired of putting ROMs on my device, and that I’m going to stick to Google and let them take care of me completely by buying only Nexus. The greatest benefit of the transition that I see is the simplicity and comfort of getting the updates that I want.

For those who do like to install custom ROMs, the process has never been the greatest. Personally, as someone who lives in a part of the World where the internet speeds aren’t the greatest and even broadband ISPs put a cap on your download limit, repeatedly updating to the latest version of what I was running wasn’t something I made sure to do religiously.

However, if you are on Omni ROM, we’ve got some good news for you. In a blog post, the Omni team have stated that they will now be using Chainfire’s OpenDelta system to provide updates for nightly builds. This means that instead of repeatedly downloading 100+ MBs, you would now be looking at much smaller “.delta” packets via an Android client (with support to chain multiple delta updates, in case you missed a few in a row). You can also set the Android client to automatically download the updates based on your preferences.


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CyanogenMod 10.2 (Android 4.3) hits stable status, KitKat work begins Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:52:55 +0000 504px-CyanogenMod_Cid.svg

The CyanogenMod team has announced that they have finally hit stable status for CyanogenMod 10.2, which is the release based on Android 4.3. While many of you have been enjoying release candidates and milestone releases for quite some time, this stable release means the device is ready for public consumption, and the CM team will shift focus to the next major version of Android (Android 4.4 KitKat, in case you’ve been under a rock the past month or so).

The team says the stable release will come to all the devices officially supported in release candidate 1, though there’s a chance more could be added (whether officially or unofficially) down the line. Despite the team’s new focus on Android 4.4 KitKat and CyanogenMod 11, they have reassured us that security patches and bug fixes for major issues in CM 10.2 will be on the way.

With that, we’re being told that folks will have something to flash “very soon,” whether you’re a fan of super stable work or bleeding edge experiments. That’s as close as we’re going to get to an ETA until the team is ready to announce the first bits of release information, so don’t clog their inbox up with questions asking for a release date. Be sure to grab the latest GAPPs package while you’re downloading your stable CM 10.2, and always remember to back your data up before flashing — it never hurts to be too safe.

[Download via CyanogenMod]

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