Root – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Root Achieved for Snapdragon-Powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Devices https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/05/root-achieved-galaxy-s7-galaxy-s7-edge/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/05/root-achieved-galaxy-s7-galaxy-s7-edge/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:34:07 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188489

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 … Continued

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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. 

Since we don’t dive deep into root and custom ROMs like we used to, what we will say is this. Over on XDA, instructions and links for file downloads have been compiled, making the process as easy as possible. However, I would only suggest these actions to those who are comfortable working with the software on their devices. Flashing custom software and rooting can be tricky business, leaving some phones dead forever. So, if you are cool with that, read below and I will go over the basics of what is going to happen when you begin the process.

The seemingly simple process involves using Odin, flashing a rooted boot.img, and then gaining root access. Once all is said and done, your phone will be running stock Samsung software, but you will have gained root access. Most of the programming has been automated, so on the user side, only a few commands will need to be inputted for the process to be completed.

This is only the first step towards developers bringing custom ROMs and everything else to the devices, meaning this should be an exciting time for those interested.

If you are at all interested in rooting your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, follow the links below, then locate the proper instructions for your carrier variant. And please, be sure to follow the instructions very carefully, as we shall not be providing tech support to those who brick their phones. Those days are over for us.

Have fun, hackers!

Via: XDA [2]
Cheers Houston!

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Unlocked HTC 10 Now Working on Verizon, But There are Prerequisites https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/11/unlocked-htc-10-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/11/unlocked-htc-10-verizon/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 16:45:35 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=186187

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 … Continued

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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. 

In order to begin this process, you will need S-OFF and root on your HTC 10. To do so, look over the instructions here. Before you get started, though, please note that attempting these types of actions can cause your device to behave unexpectedly. If you feel comfortable doing this, proceed. As a refresher, S-OFF equates to security off, which allows HTC device owners to modify any partition on the device, and changes will not be reset once a reboot takes place. When a device is S-ON, changes are not permanent. For a deeper understanding of S-ON and S-OFF, read this.

Now, it is stated in the instructions that you will need S-OFF and keep S-OFF during your usage of this radio. If that works for you, then really, all that is needed is a single flash of a radio.img via adb. The file is available on XDA from the via link below. For those of you with experience in adb and flashing files, this process will be extremely straightforward. Once the flash is completed, you will select the “CDMA/EvDOGSM/WCDMA/LTE Auto” option from within the secret radio menu. This menu is accessed by inputting *#*#4636#*#* into your dialer and dialing.

At this time, advanced calling features are not yet available, but according to the team behind this, they can later be added once available for the device.

If you happen to have an unlocked HTC, and want it to work on Verizon’s LTE, this is your chance.

Via: XDA
Cheers Rashad!

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You Can Now Root Almost All Galaxy S6 Variants With This 1-Click Method, KNOX Not Tripped https://www.droid-life.com/2015/05/11/you-can-now-root-almost-all-galaxy-s6-variants-with-this-1-click-method-knox-not-tripped/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/05/11/you-can-now-root-almost-all-galaxy-s6-variants-with-this-1-click-method-knox-not-tripped/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 14:19:59 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=167073

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 … Continued

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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. 

If you are at all interested in rooting your Galaxy S6 or Edge, this method is probably your best option at the moment. All you need to do is follow a handful of simple steps, which basically involve downloading an .apk file, installing it, and then telling it to root your phone. There are another couple of simple steps in there that you will find in the video we included below.

To get to rooting, head over to this XDA thread.

Cheers Joey!

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DROID Turbo Root Method Now Available for $20 https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/25/droid-turbo-root-method-now-available/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/25/droid-turbo-root-method-now-available/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:28:20 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=164140

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 … Continued

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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. 

You can find out all of the details (including purchase info) about MOFOROOT at this dedicated page. The official XDA thread for it can be found here. Instructions are provided at the MOFOROOT page, but if it makes little sense, a lengthy video of the root method in action has been included above.

It sounds like hell. Enjoy!

Cheers Nate!

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CF-Auto-Root is Already Ready for the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/16/cf-auto-root-is-already-ready-for-the-t-mobile-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/16/cf-auto-root-is-already-ready-for-the-t-mobile-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:39:01 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=163532

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, … Continued

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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. 

According to his post, CF-Auto-Root was tested on a real device and it rooted it. That’s it!

Oh, he is worried that if you root, you may trigger Samsung KNOX which could cause problems with mobile payments. That’s not confirmed, but be warned that something could happen on that level.

Via:  +Chainfire

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Root Achieved for DROID Turbo, But Don’t go Rushing to the Forums Quite Yet https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/13/root-achieved-for-droid-turbo-but-dont-go-rushing-to-the-forums-quite-yet/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/03/13/root-achieved-for-droid-turbo-but-dont-go-rushing-to-the-forums-quite-yet/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:50:30 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=163411

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 … Continued

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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. 

For now, our guess is that developers will need to confirm a few times that this process is doable by the average Joe, then if deemed safe enough, will be released onto forums all across the place. This process could take quite some time as root achievement is confirmed by those within the rooting community.

As this progresses, we will be sure to keep all of our Turbo owners in the loop.

Via: XDA [2]

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Xposed for Rooted Lollipop Users Now Available https://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/13/xposed-for-rooted-lollipop-users-now-available/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/13/xposed-for-rooted-lollipop-users-now-available/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:17:04 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=161570

What a way to kick off the weekend for rooted users on Lollipop. Starting today, Xposed is officially available as an Alpha build for you to download, allowing to customize just about any aspect you would like of your device. It was only earlier this week in which the developer was teasing its release, but now, … Continued

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What a way to kick off the weekend for rooted users on Lollipop. Starting today, Xposed is officially available as an Alpha build for you to download, allowing to customize just about any aspect you would like of your device. It was only earlier this week in which the developer was teasing its release, but now, you can find it over on XDA

With Xposed, users are able to tweak certain (if not most of) device UI aesthetics, such as notification bars, action buttons, and much more. To install, you will need to be rooted, running a custom recovery.

As stated by the developer, this is an Alpha build, meaning that boot loops are possible. He continues on XDA, “Please install it only if you’re willing to take the risk of boot loops. Just because it’s working fine and stable for me doesn’t mean it will work for everyone the same way.”

Clear enough, right? Be careful when flashing.

Now, for everyone who has been waiting ever so patiently, go check it out.

Via: XDA
Cheers Michael!

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Xposed Developer Nears Release for Android 5.0+ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/10/xposed-developer-nears-release-for-android-5-0/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/10/xposed-developer-nears-release-for-android-5-0/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:04:48 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=161292

While our personal rooting and custom ROM days may be behind us, for now, there will always be a large group of folks who enjoy the tinkering side of Android. In big news today for these folks, we have learned that the developer behind Xposed is teasing a release for devices running Android 5.0+, aka devices … Continued

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While our personal rooting and custom ROM days may be behind us, for now, there will always be a large group of folks who enjoy the tinkering side of Android. In big news today for these folks, we have learned that the developer behind Xposed is teasing a release for devices running Android 5.0+, aka devices running ART.

Xposed is a powerful tool once placed on your device. While it does require root, it allows for soft modifications to be installed like applications, making it easy to change up your device’s look and how it runs. There is no more flashing of ROMs, which takes away a lot of the dangers and stress involved with rooting. 

For a few months now, Xposed was not supported on Lollipop devices, but if this tease ends up coming to fruition, then anyone wanting this powerful tool on an Android 5.0+ device is in for a huge treat.

Of course, we will keep you posted on when and if it is released. Hang tight, rooters.

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Via: XDA
Cheers Kevin!

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How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too) https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/21/how-to-unlock-the-nexus-6-bootloader/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/21/how-to-unlock-the-nexus-6-bootloader/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:42:24 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=156033

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so … Continued

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I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared? 

As a reminder, unlocking the bootloader of your phone allows you the opportunity to do things like flash a ROM, root it, or put on a custom recovery. It opens up your device to all sorts of access and power that you wouldn’t typically have in an out-of-the-box experience. It doesn’t immediately provide you with any new features, but with an unlocked bootloader, the opportunity is there.

The process does technically void your warranty, so please understand what that means before going forward.

Ready to unlock?

Instructions


*Warning – Unlocking the bootloader of your phone (or tablet), “may” void your warranty.

*This will factory reset your phone. Thankfully, Lollipop has an awesome restore feature now, so you should have no trouble getting your phone set back up in no time.

*First things first, you need to setup the Android SDK so that you can use adb and fastboot commands. There are countless tutorials around for getting this setup, but it’s really not that difficult any longer to get this up and running. Simply download the latest Android SDK from Google, unzip the contents of the file, and head into the Platform-tools folder where adb and fastboot should be located. Open a command prompt from within there or navigate to that directory in a command prompt.

*These instructions include screenshots and images of the Nexus 6, but the process is the exact same for the Nexus 9.

1.  Enable “Developer options” by tapping 5 or 6 times on the Build number in Settings>About phone.
2.  Hit back once and choose Developer options; check the box for USB debugging.
3.  While in there, also check the box for “Enable OEM unlock.”
4.  Plug your phone into your computer.
5.  You’ll need to give it USB debugging access through a pop-up (don’t forget to check the box).

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6.  Once you have given your computer debugging access, it’s time for commands.

*If you didn’t see the “Allow USB debugging” pop-up, you should when you type the first command below.

7.  Open a command prompt from within the Platform-tools SDK folder where your adb and fastboot files are.
8.  Type the following command:

adb reboot bootloader

(Note:  If using a Mac, it’s ./adb reboot bootloader or ./fastboot -insert command-)

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9.  Wait for your boot screen to appear on your phone. Once it does (it’s a big Android with START), type:

fastboot oem unlock

(Again, it’s ./fastboot oem unlock on a Mac)

10.  A bootloader unlock confirmation page will appear. Tap Volume Up to highlight “Yes,” and Power to select it.
11.  Your phone’s bootloader will now be unlocked. Shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.
12.  Once finished, you should be on the boot screen showing “Start.” Press Power to reboot your phone.
13.  During reboot, your phone will go through a factory reset.
14.  Once it boots back up, you are done. If everything went correctly, you should see an unlock icon during boot.

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Nexus 6 has a Hidden RGB LED Under the Top Speaker Grill https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/21/nexus-6-has-a-hidden-rgb-led-under-the-top-speaker-grill/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/21/nexus-6-has-a-hidden-rgb-led-under-the-top-speaker-grill/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:13:40 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=156025

Hey, look at that, an LED light on the Nexus 6! Thanks to some digging by owners of the device and the help of the developer behind Lightflow, it is possible to enable and use this hidden feature that Google and Motorola decided to disable out of the box.  Why would you want to use … Continued

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Hey, look at that, an LED light on the Nexus 6! Thanks to some digging by owners of the device and the help of the developer behind Lightflow, it is possible to enable and use this hidden feature that Google and Motorola decided to disable out of the box. 

Why would you want to use an LED instead of the Nexus 6’s Ambient Display? Well, options are never a bad thing, first of all. But maybe you don’t want your entire screen lighting up with every notification. Maybe you just want to see a blinking light for missed calls, while the phone is charging, or if you receive a Gmail message. If that’s the case, then enabling this LED is something to look into.

So, how can you enable and use the LED in the Nexus 6? First, you will need to be rooted (instructions). After that, while the Lightflow guys work through this new discovery, you can follow a set of instructions posted by the Lightflow dev here to enable the light and adjust colors. Overall, the process shouldn’t be difficult once you are rooted.

Hopefully, a more user-friendly method will arrive, though I don’t know that non-rooted users will be able to enable this any time soon.

Via:  reddit | XDA
Cheers Bradley!

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If you buy one of the new Nexus devices – the Nexus 9 or Nexus 6 – and plan to unlock its bootloader upon first boot, so that you can get to tinkering, understand that you may have to enable the “OEM unlock” command that would typically be used to accomplish that task. In Android 5.0 … Continued

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If you buy one of the new Nexus devices – the Nexus 9 or Nexus 6 – and plan to unlock its bootloader upon first boot, so that you can get to tinkering, understand that you may have to enable the “OEM unlock” command that would typically be used to accomplish that task. In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google has added a check box under Developer Options that enables the OEM unlock command to work. If that box isn’t checked, then I would imagine you will see an error during the bootloader unlock process. 

Both our Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 review units came with the “Enable OEM unlock” option checked out of the box, so you may not even have to worry about it. But, to save yourself an extra reboot, head in there to confirm.

And don’t forget that Developer Options are hidden by default, so you will need to make those appear as well in order to check. To get Developer Options to show, cruise into Settings>About phone, and tap on the “Build number” around 10 times until it confirms that you are now a “developer.” From there, jump back to the Settings list and you should see “Developer Options” listed.

For those new to “OEM unlock,” just know that this is a part of the command used to unlock a Nexus phone’s bootloader. After installing the Android SDK, plugging your phone into a computer, opening adb, and rebooting to the bootloader, a simple command in adb of “fastboot oem unlock” will start the process of phone freedom.

You can find a whole tutorial on unlocking a Nexus bootloader here.

Cheers Rod!

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LG G3 “Bump” Gives You Fully Working TWRP Recovery on All Variants https://www.droid-life.com/2014/10/10/lg-g3-bump-gives-you-fully-working-twrp-recovery-on-all-variants/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/10/10/lg-g3-bump-gives-you-fully-working-twrp-recovery-on-all-variants/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:48:09 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=152281

If you own an LG G3 – we are talking any variant – and are into custom recoveries, ROMs, that sort of thing, then you should probably have already installed Bump. Created by Team Codefire, Bump allows you to boot into a full TWRP custom recovery and flash ROMs as you please, sort of like … Continued

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If you own an LG G3 – we are talking any variant – and are into custom recoveries, ROMs, that sort of thing, then you should probably have already installed Bump. Created by Team Codefire, Bump allows you to boot into a full TWRP custom recovery and flash ROMs as you please, sort of like if you had a full bootloader unlock. As I just mentioned, this should work with all carrier variants (including Verizon’s), you just need to be rooted first (and work through a little adb with a recovery.img). 

According to the Bump thread over at XDA,  this unlock allows you to flash ROMs much more freely than before, meaning they only need to be compatible with your particular carrier. The particular ROM you are using also needs to have been “Bump’d,” but Team Codefire assures us that “most ROMs you’ll want to download will be pre-Bump’d.”

To get into the full instructions, warnings, etc., we will direct you to the source links below. Feel free to watch the video, though, to get a feel for how this works.

Via:  XDA [Verizon thread]
Cheers Phil, Justin, Matt and Matt!

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Stump Root Will Root the LG G3 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile https://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/18/stump-root-will-root-the-lg-g3-on-verizon-att-sprint-and-t-mobile/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/18/stump-root-will-root-the-lg-g3-on-verizon-att-sprint-and-t-mobile/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:44:10 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=147998

Own an LG G3? Want to root it with a 1-click app? Stump Root is for you. Put together by TeamAndIRC and friends, Stump Root can root your G3 with the touch of a button, followed by a reboot, and then the installation of SuperSU from Google Play. It seriously, is that simple.  Keep in … Continued

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Own an LG G3? Want to root it with a 1-click app? Stump Root is for you.

Put together by TeamAndIRC and friends, Stump Root can root your G3 with the touch of a button, followed by a reboot, and then the installation of SuperSU from Google Play. It seriously, is that simple. 

Keep in mind that this root method “makes low level changes to your device,” so you should proceed at your own risk. If you don’t know what it means to root your phone, then you should probably just move on to the next article. Well, either that or you could look into it and decide if rooting is for you. Like to tinker with your phone? Want to take that tinkering to another level? This may be something of interest.

To grab the .APK and root your G3, watch the video below and then hit up the source link.

Via:  XDA
Cheers Charlie!

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Dan Rosenberg Unlocks Moto X Bootloader, Says Almost All Snapdragon Devices are Vulnerable (Updated) https://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/07/moto-x-bootloader-unlock-qualcomm/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/07/moto-x-bootloader-unlock-qualcomm/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:33:33 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=147298

The Blackhat 2014 conference is taking place this week in Las Vegas, a conference which Dan Rosenberg, the man responsible for exposing numerous security exploits on Android devices, is speaking at. You may recall his previous work that unlocked the bootloader of a number of Motorola DROID devices, something that developers had attempted for years to try and … Continued

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The Blackhat 2014 conference is taking place this week in Las Vegas, a conference which Dan Rosenberg, the man responsible for exposing numerous security exploits on Android devices, is speaking at. You may recall his previous work that unlocked the bootloader of a number of Motorola DROID devices, something that developers had attempted for years to try and accomplish without success.

When Rosenberg (@djrbliss) first popped up on the list of Blackhat conference speakers with a topic that was to conclude by discussing an unpublished security exploit “including a live demonstration of using it to permanently unlock the bootloader of a major Android phone,” we were certainly interested. His talk happened last night, and according to those at the conference, he successfully unlocked the bootloader of the Moto X on stage. 

The security vulnerability was discovered in ARM’s TrustZone, which Qualcomm uses as a “system-wide approach to security” on devices using its Snapdragon processors. According to Rosenberg, this vulnerability exists in “all known Android devices that support TrustZone and utilize a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.” Well, except for the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), both of which have been patched. Rosenberg also notes in a written report about the exploit that many more devices may have been patched by now through software updates. He first wrote this report up on July 1, but is only now showing it off a month later.

As for the Moto X being used to demonstrate his findings, this could mean that Motorola has yet to patch it. Then again, we have seen a number of updates arrive for Motorola devices within the last few weeks, most of which involve security on some level.

Other vulnerable devices specifically noted in this report include the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, G2, and original HTC One (M7).

So what does this mean for the future of unlocking your current phone? Well, it could mean nothing. As mentioned above, Dan wrote up his report on July 1, so manufacturers could have (likely have) seen it already. Since devices like the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) have been patched, it could mean that others will be patched (if they haven’t been already) before long. We would also need to Dan to release the full exploit and method, which I do not believe he has done, other than with a description of how it works. I sort of doubt that he is going to put together a 1-click button for making this happen. Instead, it will be up to other developers to take his findings and make some magic happen.

His report has been posted here.

Update:  Qualcomm reached out to us with the following statement–

“Qualcomm Technologies takes the security of its products very seriously and invests to identify and address security vulnerabilities in our software before it’s made available to customers. We’re aware of this issue and have already made available software updates for our impacted customers to address the reported vulnerabilities.”

Via:  Blackhat | reddit
Cheers Tristan and Bryan!

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Root Method Released for LG G3 on Verizon and AT&T https://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/22/root-method-released-for-lg-g3-on-verizon-and-att/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/22/root-method-released-for-lg-g3-on-verizon-and-att/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:09 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=146053

The phone isn’t all that old here in the US, but already the LG G3 has been rooted on AT&T and Verizon. For anyone who is still keen on tweaking their phones and throwing on custom ROMs in the future (once a custom recovery is released), this is great news for you.  A few developers … Continued

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The phone isn’t all that old here in the US, but already the LG G3 has been rooted on AT&T and Verizon. For anyone who is still keen on tweaking their phones and throwing on custom ROMs in the future (once a custom recovery is released), this is great news for you. 

A few developers over on XDA have released a root method for the G3, which looks rather simple for those who are willing to give it a try. It appears you will need a Windows machine, a handful of drivers installed, and then a little bit of adb know-how.

Of course, once root access is gained, you can install root-only applications, perform additional system tweaks, and a whole lot more. This is how we all got into Android, remember?

Our buddy Shane aka DroidModderX has posted up a detailed walkthrough video for anyone hoping to perform this root process. If you are feeling gutsy, have at it.

Via: XDA

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