Wednesday Poll: Is Your Phone Rooted?

We have asked this question before, but as time has gone by, it’s safe to say that rooted users have become the minority. That wasn’t always the case, but with phones and the Android OS performing and behaving much better, the needs for rooting aren’t as dire.

Back in the day, you’d need to run custom kernel for overclocking just to make the OG DROID not be such a sloth. Sure, it killed your battery, but damn it, it was awesome having that much control over our hardware.

So, are you still running root still or are you over it?

Is your phone rooted?

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Root Achieved for Snapdragon-Powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Devices

Root has been achieved for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, appearing to be stable on all carrier variants. Just to be clear, if you own a Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) or Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935) featuring a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, and not the Samsung Exynos processor, you may proceed.

The letters that follow the model number, such as A (AT&T), T (T-Mobile), or V (Verizon) indicate which carrier variant is being referred to. At this time, root is achievable for what appears to be all carrier models, which is a big time win for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who love complete system access.  (more…)

Unlocked HTC 10 Now Working on Verizon, But There are Prerequisites

We have attempted to throw an active Verizon SIM into the unlocked model of the HTC 10, but it doesn’t work. This really shouldn’t shock anyone, even though the device features the necessary radios to run on Big Red’s network. However, with S-OFF and root achieved for the HTC 10, the good folks at XDA have released a fix for this issue, meaning anyone with an unlocked HTC 10 can now get their device working on Verizon. After all, in our opinion, this is truly what unlocked should mean.  (more…)

You Can Now Root Almost All Galaxy S6 Variants With This 1-Click Method, KNOX Not Tripped

Over the weekend, the Keen team released PingPong Root, which is a 1-click root app for a number of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants. Even AT&T and Verizon models are included. But maybe more importantly, this root method doesn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX, so things like Samsung Pay (once it goes live) and other security-related features should still work afterwards.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20

The DROID Turbo root method that was first teased a couple of weeks ago is now available for purchase. Yes, I said “available for purchase.” The root game is difficult these days and it takes an awful lot of time to find exploits, so if you feel like rooting, you need to pay for the opportunity. “MOFOROOT” is the name of the Turbo’s root method and it runs $20 per device.  (more…)

CF-Auto-Root is Already Ready for the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

If you buy (or at least plan to) a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge through T-Mobile and want to hole up in your parent’s basement with a case of 22oz Mountain Dew Kickstart and a Costco-sized plastic bin of cheese poofs with Skrillex playing in the background root and begin tinkering straight out of the box, we have good news for you! Chainfire, creator/keeper/hax0r of the root, posted on his Google+ page today that his CF-Auto-Root tool is primed for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge under model numbers SM-G920T and SM-G925T.  (more…)

Root Achieved for DROID Turbo, But Don’t go Rushing to the Forums Quite Yet

According to various posts on XDA and videos on YouTube confirming the news, root appears to have been achieved for the DROID Turbo on Verizon.

So, what does it mean for average Turbo owners? At this point, not much at all. Down the road, if files and instructions are released by developers, root can be used for apps such as Titanium Backup and possibly even Xposed tweaks, but we are not there yet.  (more…)