This morning, the publishers of Root Explorer posted an update to the app through Google Play, bringing a few customization options for users. Starting with version 3.1.2, rooted Android 4.0+ device owners can select from three different preset themes, as well as apply third party custom icon packs. With this addition, you can make the app very personal feeling and keep to your device’s overall look. This update is clearly for the OCD person inside all of us. (more…)
After receiving root last week, the LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T now have TWRP custom recoveries. So yes, that means custom ROMs will most certainly arrive in the near future, helping push this beastly device into territories the tinkerer in you was quietly dreaming. This also means you should be able to create backups, you know, to give you something to fall back on should you tinker too much. (more…)
Well, the wait for root on the new LG G2 was not long at all. According to users on XDA, an easy rooting method for the new device on either AT&T or Verizon has been released. As a tip, you will need some simple ADB knowledge to get yourself started. If you can set that up, and after you have downloaded the proper drivers and one-click software, your device will then be rooted. After playing around with a Titanium backup process, then making sure a custom recovery is installed, users should be able to have a lot of fun with this phone in terms of hacking. (more…)
If you own a Moto X on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular (Rogers too), you can root your device with a simple app created by Justin Case, called MotoRoot. If you don’t own a Moto X, and instead decided upon the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, or Mini, you too can root your device with a simple 1-click app. (more…)
Some carriers in the US are nice enough to allow companies to unlock bootloaders of their flagship devices when they launch on their networks. Unfortunately for most of us here, Verizon is not one of those nice carriers. Locked bootloaders and the struggle to get root is nothing new for Verizon customers, but there is now a ray of hope for fans who enjoy rooting their phones. Temporary root has been achieved on the Moto X, and the better news is that this exploit should work on the 2013 DROID line as well. (more…)
With the T-Mobile version of the Moto X going up for sale this morning, Motorola has gone ahead and added it to their bootloader unlock program. We knew it would be a part of it, but are still surprised to see it happen so quickly. Good job, Motorola.
The T-Mo version joins Sprint and US Cellular models in terms of the U.S. contingent. We’ll still see developer editions on this list as well, assuming they ever arrive. Remember, their arrival in “days” has already turned into weeks. (more…)
The Sprint Moto X is available as of, well, today. If for some reason you decide to leave your carry and join Sprint, you can pick it up for as little as $99 on-contract. If you are already a Sprint customer, you aren’t quite as important and will have to pay the typical $199. Either way, if you picked up (or plan to) a Moto X from Sprint, understand that your model comes equipped with an unlockable bootloader. Like the T-Mobile version (whenever it becomes available) and the developer editions (who have already moved out of the “days” away category and are now on 2 weeks), you can unlock to your heart’s desire with Motorola’s bootloader unlock process.
Motorola added the device to their supported devices list this morning, along with the Latin American variant. All you need to do to unlock is hit up the link below, and follow the few easy steps which include an adb command or two to find your device ID. It’s pretty simple, assuming you have the Android SDK and adb all setup.
Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader of your device will void its warranty.
While we were happy to see the HTC One on Verizon compatible with HTCdev’s bootloader unlock tool at launch, we also knew that the party would be a short one. Early adopters of the phone (read: those who purchased it early on day 1) were able to take advantage of the tool before Verizon and HTC eventually shut it down. It was indeed a brief window of opportunity. And since it was such a brief window, there are more than a handful of owners of the One who want the same freedoms that those early adopters enjoy. That want has led to a bounty. (more…)