Phandroid » Rooting Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confirmed: Samsung Pay won’t work if you root your device Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:40:04 +0000 samsung pay 1

For all the great benefits of Samsung Pay, including a great secure system for processing payments and the flexibility to be used with hundreds of millions of pre-existing payment terminals, there is bound to be a downside. One downside, according to folks who are currently trialing the service in South Korea, is that it cannot be used on rooted devices. We’d heard this would be the case before, but it’s nice to get some confirmation from those who have been fortunate enough to be using the service.


Before you throw your arms up and curse everything with Samsung’s name on it, you have to understand that security for wireless payments is a tricky and touchy thing. It was fine for NFC-only solutions to allow root because Google Wallet, and other wireless payment platforms, made use of secure elements to store information in a secure encrypted volume.

But Samsung Pay goes beyond simple NFC, with the company using technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST for short) to help move information to terminals which don’t support NFC.

Even though Samsung believes they have as secure a system for processing your payments as they can find — which doesn’t store any meaningful information on your device and makes use of unique encrypted tokens instead of transmitting actual credit card data — they would be doing their customers a disservice to allow Samsung Pay to be operational on a device with unrestricted access to system files.

And even if rooting your Samsung Galaxy S6 or Note 5 doesn’t fully expose your Samsung Pay information to any no-gooders, there’s still risk to be had by having your device rooted. For instance, a keylogger app could be secretly installed on your device, and it could still pick up your keystrokes when you’re putting your information into Samsung Pay for the first time.

That’s a bit of wild scenario as most malware apps have to be installed by a user before it can perform any meaningful action, but it’s still something Samsung has to consider. It would be unreasonable to expect them to compromise the integrity of their Knox security platform by putting such sensitive information at risk.

So, that leaves you with a sad choice: you can either root your device and give up Samsung Pay, or use the device as the manufacturer intended to access to its full suite of features. It’s possible Samsung’s stance could change by the time the service leaves trial status (which should be happening sometime soon) so feel free to let your voice be heard if this doesn’t sit well with you.

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LG G4 owners band together to raise $2,000+ for anyone who can root Verizon and/or AT&T variants Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:33:48 +0000 LG G4 back buttons

To say that diehard Android enthusiasts are serious about rooting their devices would be an understatement. Just take a look at LG G4 owners on XDA who together have raised more than $2,000 to anyone who can root the Verizon or AT&T variants of the device (easier said than done).

There’s actually 2 bounties, one that includes finding a bootloader unlock method, along with root and a custom recovery and another for just root/recovery. Step-by-step instructions on how others can do it will need to be provided, along with screenshots and all that jazz.

Keep in mind that in order to collect the bounty, the man or woman responsible will need to private message all of those who’ve pledged money for root via the thread on XDA (that’s around 50 members). No easy task, mind you. If you’re feeling up to the task, head over to the thread on XDA for more info.

[XDA Developers]

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CyanogenMod releases final CM11 and CM12 builds as they focus on CM12.1 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:30:10 +0000 2000px-CyanogenMod_Cid.svg

Although we admit, we don’t ROM as hard as we used to, we know many of you are still rooting and flashing like it was 2009. Those of you who are fans of CyanogenMod’s custom ROM are in luck. The Android developers announced last night that final builds for both CM11 and CM12 have been released. Also known as a snapshot, these stable builds will officially conclude CyanogenMod’s work on 11.0 and 12.0 as they shift focus on CM12.1 (based on Android 5.1) and look ahead to Android M.

So, why did CyanogenMod release another CM11 build which is based on KitKat? Apparently, CyanogenMod found that a good amount of their users were still running these KitKat builds although they’re not exactly sure why. We know not everyone has been a fan of Lollipop or nightly builds, so perhaps these users were just waiting for a nice stable Lollipop build before moving forward. That, or they just like really enjoy KitKat.

In either case, you can find the snapshots on CyanogenMod’s download page here. As usual, CyanogenMod wouldn’t commit to a specific date users can expect a CM12.1 (Android 5.1.1) release build, so you’ll just have to hang in there a little while longer.


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Android 5.1 for the HTC One M9 leaked, here’s a quick look at some of the changes Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:55:25 +0000 HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Sense 7

Lately, we’ve been seeing OEMs like Samsung make a big push to update their flagships devices to Android 5.1 — the latest version of Lollipop as it currently exists. Although we’ve yet to see the update from HTC, their recent track record leaves us optimistic.

If you’ve been curious to take a look at what HTC has been working on, Android developer and ROM modder LlabtooFeR is giving us a sneak peek inside an early Android 5.1 software build for the One M9 (2.7.401.1) and a few of the new changes therein.

We’re not sure where they got the idea from, but it looks like HTC will be giving users the ability to tweak the color temperature of their phone’s display. It’s something you’d typically only find on a TV or monitor, but a nice power user tweak that we think many users will appreciate. Also making its way to the One M9 as a part of Android 5.1 is multi-user support which you can find in the screenshots above. Smaller tweaks include new UI animations and improved sound controls that allow the user to enable Do Not Disturb mode but still allow alarms through.

Unless you have a carrier branded HTC One M9 in the US, we don’t think you’ll have to wait much longer before the update starts rolling out. In the meantime, you can either wait for the update to hit your HTC One M9 in the coming weeks/months or root your phone and flash LlabtooFeR’s latest ROM right now from the link down below.

[LlabtooFeR | via AndroidBeat]

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Improve the Samsung Galaxy S6 memory management with a simple build.prop tweak Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:20:55 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09364

Samsung is still searching for a solution to a memory leak issue that’s been plaguing the Samsung Galaxy S6, but some crafty XDA developers seem to have found a dirty fix in the meantime. Well, it’s less of a fix and more of an improvement, and it involves a simple edit of your device’s build.prop file.

If you’re not sure what it is, a build.prop file stores lots of information about device details and configurations. Changes in the document could do as little as modify your phone’s build name, or as much as tweaking flags for the kernel.

You do need to be rooted in order to edit your build.prop file, and we should also mention this is risky stuff and should only be done if you know what you’re doing and are willing to live with any unforeseen consequences that may surface as a result.

That said, if you’re clear of the dangers and capable of accepting responsibility for what you do on your device, you can make the following changes (use this app, or use a root file manager to edit the file yourself):

In your build.prop under #DHA Properties change these two lines:


Add these 4 lines:


Scroll down beyond the DHA properties where the other properties are stored and remove duplicate entires of


Finally this one will change your LMK values:


When all is said and done, you should have a device that takes it easy on guzzling your RAM, though the developer notes that users might still have problems when using apps that rely on WebView. That’s a small caveat to accept, though, so we’d give it a go anyway if you’re tired of waiting on Samsung to deliver the goods.

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You can now root almost every Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge without tripping the flash counter Mon, 11 May 2015 16:49:58 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09362

It’s been possible to root the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge since the day the devices were available, but the methods available would trip Samsung’s flash counter that lets their technicians know if the device has been modified. This would potentially void your warranty, which is not good if your device ever suffers an unfortunate fate and you need to get it fixed. It also disabled the use of some of Samsung’s applications such as Samsung Pay (which isn’t actually available yet).

But now there’s no need to worry — a trip counter-less method has arrived, and as long as you follow the instructions to a T you should come away with a rooted device whose flash counter is kept at 0. The best part is that the method — dubbed PingPongRoot — works for nearly every Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge model available, with only a few models having yet to be tested.

Be sure to confirm your exact model number is on the list before going through with it, and know that anything you do to your phone is your own responsibility. Downloads and instructions can be had at the original XDA thread right here, so have at it if this is something you’ve been waiting for.

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Sony gives developers an official path to bootloader access on select phones Mon, 04 May 2015 14:48:13 +0000 Sony Logo DSC08921

In Sony’s ongoing quest to make their phones more developer friendly, the company has opened up bootloader access for a handful of their current Android smartphones. FXP has found that Sony’s official Mobile Flash tool now offers up an “Open Devices” bootloader option alongside the standard consumer-shipped bootloader.

What will this enable? It’ll allow developers to install custom recoveries right to the devices’ recovery partition. This enables the use of custom ROMs and operating systems without the need to use tricky and clunky bootstrap solutions. In fact, it’s so open that it would be possible to flash recoveries and ROMs for non-Android operating systems such as Ubuntu and Firefox OS (if one has the wherewithal to figure that out, of course).

sony mobile flashtool

Sony has only rolled out support for devices with chipsets based on ARM Cortex-A7, so that effectively limits it to the Sony Xperia T3, Sony Xperia M2, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and the Sony Xperia E3.

That’s not to say more won’t come down the line, though, and we hope to hear something official from Sony soon. In the meantime, you can find the mobile flash tool right here. We wouldn’t recommend using it to do anything immediately, but you’ll likely want it on-hand once the development community takes proper advantage of this new level of access.

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Rooting the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge will break Samsung Pay mobile payments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:53:22 +0000 Samsung Pay 2

Rooting our Android devices has long been a way to unshackle our phones and tablets from the confines of OEM restrictions. Things like completely removing bloatware (not just disabling), or running custom ROMs are all made possible through the power of root. While most of the time rooting allows you add cool features and tweaks, it’s not always be the case. The Sony Xperia Z3, for instance, took a big hit to its camera quality thanks to missing DRM keys breaking Sony’s proprietary image processing (although a workaround was eventually found).

Those of you thinking about rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge take heed, doing so will break arguably one of the best features of the device: Samsung Pay. To be fair, Samsung Pay isn’t even available yet, but it wont be too much longer until it officially launches (sometime this summer). Once it does, you’ll be able to make mobile payments using your smartphone — not just at NFC-based terminals — but anywhere you can swipe a regular credit card using Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST).

Of course, that’s just something you could do, providing you don’t root. Because Samsung Pay is so heavily tied into the Galaxy S6’s security, rooting your Galaxy S6 compromises its security and consequently, breaks things like KNOX and mobile payments. Just a little something to consider before you run off to root the S6, only to find you are forced to use your physical credit card like an animal.


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TeamWin Recovery Project for the Samsung Galaxy S6 released Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:34:40 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC08448

In case you were wondering whether the best custom recovery in the land would come to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, wonder no more. TeamWin has released TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) for the Samsung Galaxy S6.

There are install methods that support both rooted (download this app from Google Play for a quick and easy install) and unrooted (flash a file through Odin) devices so if a custom recovery is what you desire there should be little in your way to get it.

TeamWin has download links and installation instructions right here, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested. Remember to read everything thoroughly, only use TeamWin’s recommended download links, and know that anything that happens as a result is no one’s fault but your own. Knowing all that, have at it!

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HTC One M9 has already had its bootloader unlocked Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:49:25 +0000 htc one m9 s-off

If your purchase decision for the HTC One M9 hinged on its ability to have its bootloader fully unlocked, you can scratch that prerequisite off your list. Jcase is back at it with his exceptional development skills to provide proof that he has successfully achieved S-OFF just under 24 hours after receiving it (which means a fully unlocked bootloader with no restrictions on your ability to write to the system partition).

And that’s where the story ends — the unlock method is not yet available. Jcase came right out and said there are no ETAs, and that it will likely be weeks before they’re able to release the method to everyone. They’re likely taking the time necessary to create the easiest and safest route possible, and also testing the method to make sure nothing can screw up tons of devices in the process.

The best thing you can do right now is follow Jcase’s Twitter account as he usually posts all updates there. It might not be a bad idea to bookmark this XDA thread as well. Fingers crossed that everything goes according to plan!

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How to root the Motorola Droid Turbo Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:06:29 +0000 If you’ve been scouring the Motorola Droid Turbo forums and looking for All Things Root you’ve likely been disappointed by the lack of content. Not anymore: there is now a Droid Turbo Root method available for the taking this very minute.

It’s called MOFOROOT and there are three important things you should know:

  1. It’ll cost you $20 at the MOFOROOT website
  2. Instructions are few and far between so watch the above video
  3. For further support, head on over to this thread on Android Forums

Plenty of conversations will inevitably be had on the topic and if you’ve got a specific question, you can start a new conversation. But be warned: if it’s about bricking your phone, we’re not responsible!

Happy Rooting!

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This is Cyanogen’s new boot animation, coming soon to Cyanogen OS 12 [VIDEO] Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:11:52 +0000 Cyanogen Inc new logo

Cyanogen is all grown up. When they’re not making bold statements about how they’d like to “take Android away from Google,” they’re en route to secure $110 million in funding, with a company valuation of somewhere around $500 million. That’s a lot of money. So much money, in fact, it was time to get a new logo because — let’s face it — that sassy pseudo Android mascot, Cid, just wasn’t going to cut if for investors.

CM 12 Cid new boot animation

CyanogenMod’s current “Cid” boot animation

That’s why Cyanogen introduced a new “brand identity” for commercial devices during Mobile World Congress with a new logo, website, and all-around different tone than the Cyanogen we’ve grown up with. And, after a new Cid boot animation (above) was just barely introduced in CM12 nightlies last month for 3rd party devices, Cyanogen is now giving us a sneak peek at their all new boot animation that will soon arrive in Cyanogen OS 12.  You can check out the new boot animation down below, lens flares abound. Be sure to tell us what you think.


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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have officially been rooted via CF Auto-Root Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:04:32 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC08970

Not so much surprising, as it simply is just nice to know. Android fans — who are also fans of rooting — looking to buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can sleep well tonight. Chainfire announced via his Google+ profile that root for the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T) and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) has now been achieved via CF Auto-Root.

Really, he didn’t have to modify much, only the existing CFAR script and voila: root. He also notes that rooting will probably kill Samsung KNOX’s mobile payments on the device (there’s still Google Wallet). That being said, the phone’s aren’t even available, but you can rest assured that when they are, root is now officially waiting for you.

[CF-Auto-Root repository]

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New CyanogenMod Theme Engine options allow users to customize status and nav bar colors separately Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:43:48 +0000 CM12 Theme Engine update satus nav colored nav bars

Being able to adjust even the smallest bits of the UI is one of the reasons Android fans turn to custom ROMs like CyanogenMod. Coming soon to CM12, developer Clark Scheff posted an updated Theme Engine screenshot showing new options to change both status and navigation bars independently from one another. While nothing groundbreaking, it’s yet another feather in the hat of an already full featured ROM brought to you by the boys ay Cyanogen Inc.

As for availability, Scheff mentions you should start seeing the new Theme Engine options arrive in February 19th nightly builds (and beyond), so be on the lookout. As for a little back story, Theme Engine had to be built from the ground up in order to play nice with Android Lollipop, only landing in CM12 nightlies about a month ago. Definitely nice to see further progress being made.

[CyanogenMod Nightly | Google+]

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Xposed for Lollipop is now available for root users [DOWNLOAD] Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:07:19 +0000 xposed

A few days ago we filled you in on the progress of the popular Android mod “Xposed” being developed for Android 5.0 Lollipop. All of those holding off on updating to Lollipop because of Xposed incompatibility, today is the day: Xposed for Lollipop is now officially available for download.

For those out of the loop, Xposed is a tool for root users that offers up countless ways of customizing an Android device’s software by use of “modules.” These modules provide users with software features normally only found in custom ROMs. Since Lollipop made the move away from Dalvik to ART, it broke compatibility Xposed and the developer was forced to rework everything to play nice with the new runtime in Android 5.0.

Before you get too excited, the developer notes that this is only an alpha version of Xposed and currently only works on ARMV7 devices running Lollipop. Should you fulfill those requirements, you can download the app from the XDA thread right here. Godspeed.

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