Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?
What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?
Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?
Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.
By the way, the word ROM means R
emory, but has migrated in the modding community to mean an actual custom OS image that you install into the ROM area of your phone.
As promised earlier today, the HTC Legend rooting guide has been posted by PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com.
Paul, who rooted the HTC Desire earlier this week, is on a roll!
Here are the current instructions (29/Apr r1) from Paul himself:
Read this whole topic - it contains a ton of useful information as well as the instructions and downloads!
Remember that if you use this guide, you do so entirely at your own risk!
Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfully rooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.
The hack is coming ASAP but for now we can all admire the following beauty in tweet form:
Update: a new tweet from Paul:
Update: full instructions now available!
Of course, we will update you when the details of the root become public. Read More
Yesterday, we reported on an exciting announcement for all HTC Desire owners - @PaulOBrien managed to root the device and promised detailed instructions to be posted today.
Well, he's backed the promise up with action and as of this morning, full instructions have been posted.
Paul notes that HTC made it much harder to access key partitions and write any data to them, compared to, say, the Nexus One. This made the process of rooting extremely complicated and left it a quite crippled (he's still working on uncrippling it). Read More
HTC Desire didn't last long - it was rooted (see here for an explanation and benefits of having your Android phone rooted) today by @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com - a forum dedicated to rooting and customizing mobile devices, similar to xda-developers.com.
Paul, who had claimed he was confident he could root the Desire earlier this month, was away for about 2 weeks. His return today was accompanied by the following photo, clearly showing a program called Superuser Permissions present on his Desire:
While the root method is currently not yet available, Paul promised to post it by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th. Read More
2 weeks ago on April 14th we saw the newest e-reader - Alex by Spring Design - finally go on sale, and now 2 weeks later, it is finally rooted. If you are wondering what rooting means, head over here, and then come back and read the rest.
The hacker by the name of Bluebrain from AndroidForums.com posted a message on the forum on Sunday showing his Alex running a shell as root (via the su binary, as usual). Read More
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the easiest and most reliable way to fully and 100% back up and restore your Android phone.
By fully back up, I don't mean backing up just your address book or your emails, or your dog. I mean EVERYTHING that resides on your phone with the exception of the SD card - what we will create is essentially a full image of your phone's current state that you can restore to at any time as if nothing happened. Read More
In this article, I will discuss all kinds of aspects of rooting your Android phone and the benefits that come with it.
Maybe you've heard about "rooting" a phone from a friend or read about it somewhere on the Internet. Maybe you even *kind of* know what it is but aren't sure what you can do with it. Or maybe you are already running a rooted phone and looking for more ways you can utilize it. Read More
Only a few hours since we broke the news about a leaked Samsung Moment Android 2.1, another member of the same forum by the name of joeykrim that posted the original ROM announced that they have successfully rooted it.
Yes, that's right, Samsung Moment with Android 2.1 is now rooted.
So head over, no jet over, to the good old SDX-Developers forum and look at this post for detailed instructions which I will duplicate here. Read More
We just got word that the long awaited Samsung Moment 2.1 update ROM was leaked and is available for your flashing pleasures. Android Police seems to be the first Android blog to break the news.
Head over to this SDX-Developers.com forum post to download it. Here is the ROM download link, in case the forum goes down.
SDX forum members have tested the ROM out and found it working, with the exception of some of them not being able to log into the Market. Read More