It's never long before a phone is rooted, especially not if a member of xda-developers can help it.

Well, it looks like Samsung and Verizon's latest baby, the Fascinate, is no exception, as Dirrk, Junior Member of (you guessed it!) xda-developers has just hacked the device into running the Superuser app...aka rooting it. Don't take my word for it though, check out the guide below:

adb push su /sdcard/su
adb push rage.bin /data/local/tmp/rage.bin
adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox

adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rage.bin

when it brings you back to your original shell or windows cmd promt

adb shell

mount -t rfs -o remount,rw /dev/block/stl9 /system

cd /system/xbin
cat /sdcard/su > .
cat /sdcard/busybox > .
chmod 4755 su
chmod 4755 busybox


adb install Superuser.apk

It may not be the easiest rooting process in the world, but then again, it could be worse. Besides, if you're a Fascinate owner who was given a slap in the face by Verizon's decision to replace Google with Bing on your new toy, you're probably willing to do anything to sit down, flash a cooked ROM, and enjoy the wonders of stock, un-skinned and thus un-ruined, Android.

Source: xda-developers via Android Central

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://google.com David

    is there a way(with a little rooting, etc) to just uninstall the bing search and replace it with standard google? i dont mind the touchwiz, just the bing crapp can go away.

    • Jaroslav Stekl

      Two options (I think):
      1. Root and then flash a custom ROM (this one I'm sure of, though it will remove TouchWiz)
      2. Root and then remove Bing from the device just like you would any other app (this I'm not sure of since I'm not sure if Bing is set up as an app or something else on the Fascinate, if it's something else it might not be removeable).
      Of course, the easiest option is the first, and frankly, I'd flash stock FroYo on the thing if I were you anyway.

  • Brian

    Another article I just read says that Verizon will fix the lack of Google when the froyo update comes out for the Fascinate. I guess we have to wait to hear more about it and see. Here is that article... http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/09/09/verizon.says.fascinate.22.to.give.google.download/

  • http://www.pataltema.com Pat

    Jaro - I rooted my fascidroid but how to I flash froyo on it? Is that possible at this point? This is my first droid so I'm confused as to whether Roms only work on one intended phone or if they work across the board.

    • Jaroslav Stekl

      Hey Pat,
      Congrats on rooting your phone so soon (and with no previous experience, nonetheless!).
      To flash ROMs, all you need to do is download a .zip file that contains the ROM from somewhere on the Internet (probably xda-developers). Then, plug your phone into your computer and mount it as a USB drive. Then, move the .zip file you just downloaded onto the root of your SD card (the root is the main folder). When it's done copying, unplug your device and download ROM Manager from the Android Market. Select "Install ROM from SD Card" and find the file you downloaded and moved to your SD. It should work its magic by itself, so all you have to do is sit back and relax!
      As for finding a FroYo ROM, I'm sure there's one somewhere out there on xda or androidforums, if not, just wait a week or so and someone will make something! I don't have the time right now to find one for you, but then again, finding one yourself is half the fun!

  • pat

    Thanks a lot for making that so simple. Just so I'm clear tho a rom for one phone doesn't necessarily work on all rooted droids right