Google released the Android L developer preview factory images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) yesterday, and people who installed them quickly noticed that root access was no longer available. Thankfully, it seems rooting Android L isn’t as difficult as some might have thought, with a fix detailed by SuperSU developer Chainfire.
Google has just released the developer preview images of Android L for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), triggering a reaction from many clueless Android lovers on how they could install it on their device.
Since these preview images are essentially factory images, you need to flash them using ADB/Fastboot. Follow the steps below to find out how.
Thanks to KNOX, rooting Samsung devices released in the last one year or so has become an incredibly tough task. While rooting them is possible, it will end up triggering the KNOX hardware switch, which effectively voids the warranty of the device. Since this is a hardware level switch, there is no way to reverse this process or fix it later on.
Worse, carriers in the United States lock down the bootloader on their devices, which makes it near impossible for developers to unlock the device.
Some Android devices out there like the HTC One M8 and the Oppo Find 7 allow users to launch a certain app by simply drawing a gesture on the screen even when the device is sleeping. Now, thanks to an Xposed module and custom kernel, owners of other Android devices can enjoy this functionality on their device as well.
It has been a week since Samsung’s next big thing — the Galaxy S5 — hit the retail stores in majority of the markets across the globe. Compared to the S4, the Galaxy S5 is a modest upgrade with a better camera, performance, battery life and an IP67 certified rating. If you recently got your hands on the S5 and are looking to root it to remove bloat or use some root related apps, follow the guide below.
Last week, HTC unveiled the new One (M8) with exclusive in-store availability across all Verizon stores in the United States until April 9th. The One comes with a bootloader that can be unlocked using HTC’s official tool. Sadly, the tool does not support Verizon’s variant of the One because the carrier wants all handsets in its network to have a locked down bootloader.
While the LG G2 comes with a relatively decent camera with features like Optical Image Stabilization, it’s still far from perfect. And some developers over at the XDA Forums have decided to change that by cooking a new camera tweak which brings tons of changes to the default camera application. This mod requires the LG G2 to be running on Android 4.4.2 with root access, so keep that in mind before proceeding.
The Nokia X is the Finnish company’s first Android-running smartphone. However, the handset uses on an outdated version of Jelly Bean, instead of KitKat but since Nokia has themed the whole OS to behave like a Windows Phone device, the underlying version of Android does not really matter. On the flip side, using such an old version of Android means that there are quite a few security vulnerabilities and performance issues. The positive side is it makes rooting the Nokia X an extremely easy task via some of the older root-based exploits available for Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google introduced the concept of multiple users in Android. The company further refined this feature in Android 4.3 but has restricted it only to Android tablets. While some custom ROMs do bring multiple users support on phones, installing them is a very tedious process in itself.