Root – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:14:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rooted Android Device? No Netflix for You https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/15/netflix-root/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/15/netflix-root/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 17:34:02 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=200674

It appears that over the weekend, a few rooted Android users discovered Netflix is no longer allowing them to access the streaming service. In fact, they can’t download Netflix from Google Play, rendering the rooted phones useless if Netflix is involved. Naturally, rooted users are upset.  Root on Android is used for many things, not just … Continued

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It appears that over the weekend, a few rooted Android users discovered Netflix is no longer allowing them to access the streaming service. In fact, they can’t download Netflix from Google Play, rendering the rooted phones useless if Netflix is involved. Naturally, rooted users are upset. 

Root on Android is used for many things, not just piracy and wrongdoing. We know this. Unfortunately, companies don’t quite care about your perspective and must make a formidable effort to protect their property. By utilizing the Google-owned Widevine DRM platform, limitations can be placed on what hardware and software a particular service can run on. As we’re now finding out, a rooted Android device does not meet the criteria necessary, simply because it does open up the possibility to piracy.

This news should not surprise anyone, but I get where frustrated users are coming from. You’re probably a paying subscriber and just want to watch your House of Cards on a rooted device, but with the extent that publishers are going to protect their digital property, I don’t think you can expect Netflix to work on your device any time in the future. It’s crappy, but welcome to the world we live in.

This brings me to a question: If you are rooted, what do you use root for these days?

Via: TorrentFreak
Cheers Steve!

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Wednesday Poll: Is Your Phone Rooted? https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/08/poll-rooted/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/08/poll-rooted/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:42:37 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=197724

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 … Continued

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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?

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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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5 Things Android Enthusiasts Care About Today https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/09/5-things-android-enthusiasts-care-about-today/ https://www.droid-life.com/2015/01/09/5-things-android-enthusiasts-care-about-today/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:26:36 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=159124

Last week I had the chance to hang out with Kellen and Tim while I was visiting family in Portland. One of the things that we talked about was what it was like to be an Android enthusiast back in 2009 and on. Back then, Android was about rooting, installing custom ROMs and kernels, customizing … Continued

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Last week I had the chance to hang out with Kellen and Tim while I was visiting family in Portland. One of the things that we talked about was what it was like to be an Android enthusiast back in 2009 and on. Back then, Android was about rooting, installing custom ROMs and kernels, customizing your device, and pushing the limits of the hardware.

It was also about not using an iPhone; at the time the iPhone was considered the state of the art device, and it would arguably continue to be a superior overall package for several years. While the iPhone had more apps and a more established ecosystem, the Motorola Droid boasted both a physical and software keyboard, real multitasking (it’s hard to remember now, but the iPhone didn’t get real multitasking until iOS 4), a higher resolution camera with a flash, customizable home screens with widgets, expandable storage, and a user-replaceable battery. It was the antithesis of the iPhone in so many ways, and those of us that used it were proud to say we didn’t use iPhones.

As I was reflecting on this, I began to wonder what it means to be an Android enthusiast today. How much has changed and how much has stayed the same? Read on for my top five things Android enthusiasts care about in 2015.


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Software Updates

If you are an Android enthusiast in 2015, you definitely still care about software updates. Google maintains a relatively aggressive update schedule for Android, but almost every release has goodies that every Android enthusiast wants to try out. Sure, most new applications today have support for Android 4.0+, so you probably don’t need Android 5.0, but since when has the wall that separates need and want been a barrier to you?

This means Android enthusiasts tend to still favor Nexus devices over others unless an OEM offers something that a certain user wants more than updates (I know, I’m having a hard time thinking of what that would be, too).

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Customization

Customization used to be about what app icons you keep on your home screen. Remember when the dock wasn’t customizable without a third party launcher like Launcher Pro? How about whatever widgets you wanted to use? It also used to be about installing custom ROMs with specific themes.

Today, widgets are still very much a part of customization (I still find people who haven’t heard of UCCW) and some users still use ROMs, but I think most diehard Android users focus more on aesthetics than anything. I love that I can set up Nova with custom gestures and use SwiftKey with a Material theme, even though the 2013 Moto X is still on Kit Kat. Things like new wallpapers, gorgeous custom icon packs (Audax is still my favorite), custom home screen gestures, and custom hardware with devices like the Moto X are central to what Android enthusiasts care about today.

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Google Apps and Services

While non-Google Android apps and services are important in China and other markets, most people want to use Android with Google services. It’s not just that the Play Store has most of the apps users want, either. If you are an Android enthusiast, then you are excited by products like Hangouts, YouTube, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc. These are not just products that you like to use, either; you want everyone to use them because they are clearly better than most of the alternatives out there, especially on Android.

Wanting to have the latest and greatest versions of these products keeps you on Android and thankful for updates via Google Play services.

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SD Cards and Fast Charging or Replaceable Batteries

At this point in my list, I know we will have plenty of people on either side, but I think a lot of us still care about expandable storage and big, if not replaceable batteries. While I tend to feel neutral about the issue since I’ve been using iOS for the past four years, I have to admit that I like the idea of being able to throw an SD card plus an extra battery in my pocket when I know I might need it, just in case I will be taking a lot of pictures or I will be away from an outlet for a while. With replaceable batteries seemingly becoming more rare these days, I think Android enthusiasts are also excited about turbo charging. Being able to plug your phone in for a short period of time to gain several more hours of usage is an incredibly useful feature that Apple will surely “invent” in the coming years.

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Android Wear

Again, this point might be contentious, but I think it has merit. The only people who are using Android Wear right now are Android enthusiasts. Smart watches might eventually become more regular (with or without Apple’s help), but without the right story surrounding the product, smart watches will continue to be for enthusiasts only. Android enthusiasts might be on the fence about whether or not Wear is a viable product (like me), but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see it succeed. Others love it for what it is and more importantly, what it could be. Wear is still very young and needs more work, but like the Motorola Droid, it does more than the competition and it has the potential to change the way we live.

Those are my top five things that I think Android enthusiasts care about in 2015. I’d love to see what other things you think define the Droid Life in the comments below.

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Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-Rooted? https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/20/thursday-poll-rooted-or-non-rooted-2/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/20/thursday-poll-rooted-or-non-rooted-2/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:22:40 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=155992

Throughout the day, thanks to topics like the Nexus 6 having encryption that can’t be turned off without taking matters into your own hands, we have seen the emergence of a healthy discussion around the topic of tinkering. When we say “tinkering,” we are talking about understanding adb commands, flashing recoveries or images or ROMs, … Continued

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Throughout the day, thanks to topics like the Nexus 6 having encryption that can’t be turned off without taking matters into your own hands, we have seen the emergence of a healthy discussion around the topic of tinkering. When we say “tinkering,” we are talking about understanding adb commands, flashing recoveries or images or ROMs, and generally deciding that you can make your phone better than it is out of the box. As the conversation has grown, a number of readers have taken it back to what we used to consider to be the initial step in becoming a tinkerer, and that’s through rooting a phone. And that thought has revived this poll question, which we try to run at least once a year, but haven’t seen December of 2013. In other words, it’s time.

So, let’s do this. In the poll below, all you have to do is answer by choosing if you are “rooted” or “non-rooted.” From there, to continue this conversation, feel free to jump into the comments section and talk about the phone you own, if you are rooted or non-rooted, why you fall into either of those categories, etc.

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I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/20/i-didnt-buy-a-nexus-to-flash-all-the-things/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/20/i-didnt-buy-a-nexus-to-flash-all-the-things/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:44:46 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=155972

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If you were to ask me why I buy Nexus phones and tablets (outside of the fact that it is my job to own them), I would answer with the following in no particular order. I like stock Android better than manufacturer skins. I like swift updates to the newest versions of Android. I typically like the designs used in Nexus devices. I like to see what new technologies that Google has incorporated in the latest Nexus devices and Android platform, since Nexus devices almost always try to highlight something new in mobile. Before the Nexus 6, I was also a big fan of the low price tags that accompanied Nexus devices. And, well, that’s it. Those are the reasons.

You will notice I didn’t mention the words flash, ROM, root, recovery, bootloader, adb, SDK, boot.img, kernel, or forum. I didn’t mention those, because I buy Nexus devices for reasons that don’t involve tinkering, hacking, flashing, unlocking, and tweaking. I buy Nexus devices because I want to use them like someone would use a Galaxy S5 or Moto X or G3. I like the untouched, out of box experience. 

The reason I bring this up stems from a post we ran earlier that talked about Google forcing device encryption on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. In that post, we talked about how you can’t turn that encryption off and that most are stuck with it, unless you were to flash a tweaked boot.img or ROM or kernel over at your local forum. That post grabbed the attention of the tinkerers in the building who assume that Nexus devices are meant to be tinkered with. And while Nexus devices are certainly tinkerer-friendly, the Nexus platform is no longer just built to flash all the things. Google may make these devices open and ready for a tinkerer party, but they market these as consumer products first, because that’s what they are. There may have been a time when Nexus meant “developer first,” but we aren’t there anymore. In fact, we haven’t really been there for a few years.

Take a look at the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 pages on Google Play. Google doesn’t even mention the word “developer” (or the other list of words I ran through) at any point, which isn’t surprising. They talk about getting Android directly from the source, how awesome battery life is and the cameras they use, consuming entertainment on their big displays, listening to their BoomSound speakers, and how great their slim designs are. Google is even partnering with carriers this time around to sell their new Nexus phones, which is saying something.

And look, I know how to use adb and to flash images and recoveries and ROMs. I’ve been doing all of that since 2009. If I need to recover a phone, I can do it in a matter of minutes. My Android SDK is always current. I write adb tutorials for the site. I do like the fact that if I were to decide that I want to get wild with my Nexus phone, that I can. But it’s not one of the top reasons I’m buying one. And that’s not a bad thing!

The point is that the Nexus line isn’t (and maybe hasn’t been for years) built just for developers and tinkerers. Sure, these devices are the best phones and tablets around for those who are interested in that, but it’s time to give up the argument and idea that a majority of Nexus owners all have the Android SDK installed, are fluent in adb commands, and should know how to bypass Google’s forced encryption by flashing a boot.img file. Some of us actually like Nexus devices for what they are, and that’s a showcase of Google’s vision for Android.

I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things is a post from: Droid Life

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FYI: Android 5.0 Introduces “Enable OEM Unlock” Option in Developer Options https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/04/fyi-android-5-0-introduces-enable-oem-unlock-option-in-developer-options/ https://www.droid-life.com/2014/11/04/fyi-android-5-0-introduces-enable-oem-unlock-option-in-developer-options/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:19:28 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=154487

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

LG G3 “Bump” Gives You Fully Working TWRP Recovery on All Variants is a post from: Droid Life

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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!

LG G3 “Bump” Gives You Fully Working TWRP Recovery on All Variants is a post from: Droid Life

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