Your smartphone may be as powerful as a computer, but it's also hobbled. You can only install apps on it from the walled garden of the official app store. Your options are limited to the small, vetted collection of "approved" apps as opposed to the unlimited options available for PCs. That's where jailbreaking comes…
If you own a phone or a tablet, you should be able to run whatever software you want on it. It seems like a simple truth, but there are a surprising number of hurdles in the way.
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.
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.
We haven't even known about Google Chromecast for a week, and already, hackers have found a way to gain root access to the hardware. Now, it's time to poke around and see what's inside.
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?
Google's flagship phone, the Nexus 4, has already been rooted according to a post over at XDA Developers. But we're genuinely curious: why would anybody choose to root a phone that comes loaded with stock Android?
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…
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…
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.
Amazon rolled out its newest software update for the Kindle Fire—version 6.2—last night. Initial reports indicate that it both de-roots your jailbroken device and removes access to the Android Marketplace. But don't worry—the borking is reversible. Here's how.
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.
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:
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.
Let's face it, nobody was too upset by the opaqueness of the Nook's spec sheet—screens and software, not board-level componentry, are what make ereaders great. But with this teardown comes something glorious: the Nook's Android software has been hacked.