CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightlies Now Up for Verizon’s LG G2

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Members of the rooted crowded running an LG G2 on Verizon can go grab the first nightly builds available of CyanogenMod 10.2. For those unfamiliar, CM 10.2 will bring a vanilla Android-like experience to your device, complete with a ton of customization options and tweaks to make sure you are getting the most out of your device. CM is basically the industry standard of custom ROMs for Android.  (more…)

Canonical Releases Ubuntu 13.10 for Smartphones, Its First “True Mobile” Release


This morning, Canonical announced the availability of Ubuntu 13.10, the first “true mobile release” of the OS. Inside the release, users can finally get a good picture of what the company is bringing to the smartphone game, with a fully-baked UI and core applications that have been developed by a highly experienced community of developers. There still isn’t much third party app support, but you will find the basics like a calendar, camera, phone, clock, and browser application.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S4 Already Rooted After VRUDMI1 Update

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Some of you were probably holding off from updating your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the latest VRUDMI1 build until someone had rooted it, am I right? Hold off no more. “Root de la Vega” by @OpenGears (ported to the GS4 by @BeansTown106is now available for download. It requires Odin and a set of very specific steps to accomplish the task, but I’d imagine you are up for it if keeping root is something of importance.

You can find the file and instructions below, but I’d highly recommend hitting up the XDA thread for support.  (more…)

JRummy Releases ROM Installer to Google Play – Quick ROM Flashing, 1-Click Recovery Installs, and More

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ROM and recovery flashers, a new tool from long-time site friend JRummy hit the Play store this weekend that you should consider checking out. It’s called ROM Installer, and it’s similar to the long-lost ROM Manager, but it has support and offers up the “most ROMs available in any app” along with 1-click recovery flashing of the latest recoveries.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Root at the Cost of Completely Wiping Your Device

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The Galaxy Note 3 is one heck of a device (our review). For most there is not much to would change about Samsung’s new overisized phone, but for others, the lack of Android tinkering thus far has been annoying. Thankfully, tinkerers no longer have to worry because a root method has been found for the Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon. Over at XDA, designgears took the work that noted developer Chainfire had done and prepared it for the Note 3, giving users a way to reliably root their device.  (more…)

XDA Finds a Way Around Samsung’s Pesky Galaxy Note 3 Region Lock

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The Samsung Galaxy Note line is something of a worldwide phenomenon. Here in the States we certainly have the Note cult, but overseas the phone and tablet hybrid enjoys very good sales. When the Note 3 launched last month, users were quick to find that once they activated their device in one country, it was SIM-locked to that region afterwards. They were understandably annoyed. Luckily the developers at XDA have our back with a workaround for rooted users. (more…)

S-OFF Method Released for Verizon’s HTC One

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Verizon’s HTC One now has S-OFF thanks to XDA members beaups and jduck. The method, called Rumrunner S-OFF, was released this morning and is available for both Windows and Linux users. Since Verizon and HTC shut down the HTCDev bootloader unlock party that One owners were participating in on launch day, this is quite exciting. This also should satisfy the massive multi-thousand bounty that was accruing by the day.  (more…)