Famed hacker Geohot has released a tool called Towelroot that will allow you to root your Galaxy S5, along with a number of other prominent Android devices.
Can we all agree that rooting a phone is not for everyone? That's kind of important, because these days, Android actually is a platform for most people.
Though Google Glass runs Android, it's not exactly as wide open as your typical Android phone. And given its spot as the most futuristic tech available right now, you know hackers want to tinker with Google's specs. Legendary hacker Jay Freeman, famously known as Saurik who created the Cydia app store for iOS…
Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S 4 isn't even on the shelves yet, but a team of dedicated tinkerers over at XDA Developers has already managed to root the thing.
If you were banking on hacking a new Kindle Fire to take advantage of cheap hardware without Amazon's modded Android OS, you perhaps better think again. Developers over at XDA are speculating that they expect the new range of Fires to be too sophisticated to hack.
If you have a Sony device that runs Google TV, congratulations: you're very much an early adopter. You might also now want to try rooting your system, in order to bypass the content locks that many sites have for Google TV.
We've seen the Nook Tablet rooted before, but this has to be the easiest process out there. All you need is a 2GB SD card, a computer that runs Windows, and a Nook Tablet with tablet software version 1.4.1 or earlier.
If you're a member of the little green army, chances are you've either rooted your phone or tablet, have at least thought about it. If you're one of the latter? It's time to take the plunge. And here are ten good reasons why you should do it today.
Who would have predicted that Barnes and Noble's new Nook Tablet would be rooted? Oh, everyone? Well, it still happened, and that's good news for modders who are looking forward to hacking the bejeezus out of these low-cost tablets.
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the Android faithful have achieved root access to the Kindle Fire though a simple, one-click process, opening the doors to mucho customization. But just because you can, should you?
Best Buy had a six-foot Nexus S on display that caught the eye of a customer waiting for his phone to be repaired. Instead of merely exploring the giant phone, he decided to go one step further and root it.
HTC finally gets it. The Taiwanese company will no longer lock the bootloaders on its Android devices. Rooting and flashing will be available to all. This news comes straight from CEO Peter Chou who made the following statement,
CyanogenMod is one of the biggest hacks to ever hit the Android mobile platform. It's got an estimated 500,000 users. Many Android programmers use it as a starting point for their own coding projects. And according to the project's founder, a number of Google employees have it installed on their Android devices.
Well, phooey. Google is blocking users with rooted Android devices from renting movies via Android Market. Apparently, it's "due to requirements related to copyright protection". I guess Google thinks people who use rooted phones are pirates who steal movies.
Joining the proud lineage of rooted phones, Droid 2 has officially been compromised. What took you so long, guys? As always, please proceed with extreme caution. It's not the most complicated hack in the world, but a wrong move could do some serious damage to your phone. [XDA Developers Forum via Engadget]
Remember Clear's WiMax hotspot—the one allegedly "optimized" for Apple devices? And by optimized for, they meant restricted to? There's a fix for that! The iSpot is surprisingly easy to root, opening up a variety of tweaks.