How to Root Your Nexus, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4

Android offers a wide variety of advanced customization options, but that’s only scratching the surface of everything you can do with Google’s open source operating system. With root access you can get down to the system level and tweak things to your liking, even going so far as completely replacing the OS. » 8/03/13 11:00am 8/03/13 11:00am

9 Reasons to Root Your Android Device

To root or not to root? That is the question. Rooting your Android device definitely pushes you up a level or two in your geekdom. It requires a certain level of commitment, at least a little savvy, and even a modicum of risk. So, why would you want to bother? » 2/13/13 11:08am 2/13/13 11:08am

How to Root the Kindle Fire HD (Already!)

The crafty hackers from the XDA Developers forum have already figured out how to root the new Kindle Fire HD. Initially, some developers suggested that the new Kindles would be hack-reistant, but as the video above demonstrates, it's already been done. Head over to RootzWiki for full instructions on how to execute the … » 9/18/12 12:28pm 9/18/12 12:28pm

Verizon's Galaxy S III Is Still Crap, But You Can Pay $600 to Fix It

So Verizon made its Galaxy S III inferior by locking its bootloader. This made it harder for users to load custom ROMs—the main reason you'd root your phone. People were upset by this, understandably. Verizon's answer to the mess? Offer up a $600 Developer Edition. Ugh. » 7/16/12 10:10am 7/16/12 10:10am

New Kindle Fire Update Unleashes Full-Screen Web Browsing

Amazon rolled out the second update to its Kindle Fire 6.2.2 firmware today. In addition to a few minor bug fixes and performance tweaks, this update grants Amazon's Silk browser access the Fire's entire seven-inch screen. It does also bork rooted devices like November's update did, so get ready to re-root if you need. … » 1/18/12 8:50pm 1/18/12 8:50pm

T-Mobile G2 Auto-Reinstalls Stock Android After a Jailbreak

If you were hoping to make any modifications to your T-Mobile G2, my apologies. Because the phone apparently ships with a rootkit that will override any changes you make to Android and reinstall the original firmware. That ain't right. UPDATED: » 10/06/10 9:00am 10/06/10 9:00am

Cyanogen Custom Android Builds Will Live On, Sans Google Apps

When Google started hurling lawyerisms at the maker of the souped-up, stripped-down Cyanogen custom Android ROMs, the outlook was pretty grim. Luckily for Android hackers, Cyanogen and Google have reached an agreeable, albeit still stupid, compromise. » 9/28/09 7:52pm 9/28/09 7:52pm

MyTouch 3G Rooted, Ready For Your Custom ROMs

It was only a matter of time before this happened, but the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G has been rooted, i.e. cracked wide open, meaning that it's ready for all kinds of customization that the stock Android installation keeps out of reach, including cooked ROMs. » 8/12/09 2:59pm 8/12/09 2:59pm