How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Other Android Devices Using Towelroot

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:47 -- Marshall Walker

Geohot, who is well known for iOS jailbreaking and hacking the PS3, has released a simple rooting tool for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other Android devices such as the Galaxy S4 Active, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T and Verizon). The tool called, Towelroot is very simple to use and great for Verizon and AT&T users who can't access their device's locked bootloader. Here's how to use Towelroot to root your GS5 or the other Android devices listed above:

Towelroot1. Navigate to on your GS5 browser.

2. Tap the Towelroot icon in the center of your display and hit "OK" when you receive the "this file can harm your device" warning.

3. Swipe down to open the Notifications list when you see the "Starting Download" message. Tap the "tr.apk" file to launch.

Developer Warns Not to Upgrade Verizon Moto X if You Want to Root

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:24 -- Marshall Walker

The Verizon Wireless Moto X model has been rooted only a few days after Motorola added the US Cellular and Sprints versions to its Bootloader Unlock Program. Developer jcase (@TeamAndIRC) tweeted on Tuesday that he successfully achieved root on a Verizon Moto X belonging to @davekover.

Moto X Press ShotDave Kover told RootxWiki "that the root was disabled while the phone was still on, so there is still work to be done before permanent root can be achieved."

Case sent a second tweet warning Moto X owners not to accept any OTA updates if they want to root their devices in the future. It was also discovered that the root method will work on Verizon’s 2013 Droid lineup.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Root App Released

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 18:28 -- Alex Gardner

XDA users have been offering a $450 bounty to anyone who could root the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The $450 reward had remained unclaimed until today when the infamous hacker Geohot released an easy to use app that roots the device. I don't know if Geohot actually claimed the money, but Active owners reading this on their device can click here to sideload the app now. The app only grants access to the stock ROM for those who want to install custom ROMs and other tweaks to their S4 Active later.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active RootIt only took a few weeks for the Active to be rooted. AT&T released the handset on June 14. The Active is part of Samsung's 2013 S4 lineup, which also includes the Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy S4 mini and the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Google Play Edition ROM Now Available for HTC One

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 11:44 -- Sammy Snyder

HTC One owners can now have the closest thing to a Google Play edition by flashing a new rooted ROM. The ROM brings Google's stock Android 4.2.2 with Google Play apps, a new camera UI, and other features seen on Google's HTC One model. However, you will lose access to your data usage settings, but you can replace it with any of the third-party apps available in the Google Play store. You can learn more about the ROM by visiting the XDA forum, and learn how to root your HTC One by following this walkthrough.

Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC OneBoth the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google editions are currently available for pre-order through Google Play. The HTC One edition is $600, and the GS4 edition is $650. Both models are unlocked and contract free. The HTC One Google edition still features Beats Audio and its full stereo front facing speaker functionality, while the GS4 ships without its popular Sense 5 features.

Cydia Substrate Now Available on Android

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:28 -- Fred Straker

Android fans with rooted devices now have a whole new way to customize their software and operating system thanks to the release of Cydia Substrate on Google Play. Cydia is commonly known as the iOS jailbreak app store. Cydia Substrate, in contrast, is a tool for developers to help them modify any software running on Android devices.
Cydia Substrate logo
While installing Cydia Substrate at this time won't do much for end users, it's likely that developers will release a multitude of tweaks and other customizations to the proprietary software running on many Android phones and tablets. In fact, the popular iOS theming app WinterBoard has already been released on Google Play by Saurik. Custom ROMs or custom launchers are not needed to implement themes, because the modifications are all handled by Cydia Substrate.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rooted Before Launch

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 10:25 -- Sammy Snyder

A few developers have already rooted the Samsung Galaxy S4 before its official April launch. Early adopters can check out the video below for all the necessary information one will need to gain root access to the unreleased device. The root is only for the Exynos 5 Octa model, not devices sporting Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600. According to rumors, this eliminates 70% of the initial Galaxy S4 batch shipping in a few weeks. The "octa" units are being reserved for European countries with poor LTE availability.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Both AT&T and regional carrier US Cellular announced they will start accepting Galaxy S4 pre-orders on April 16th. T-Mobile will offer the GS4 contract free, but locked, starting sometime in May. The flagship handset from Samsung will cost $250 with a two year contract. It is unknown how much the unsubsidized T-Mobile model will cost.

Sony Reader PRS-T1 Runs Android Apps After Hack

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 19:37 -- Fred Straker

Another e-Ink Android reader has been modified to run Android apps and allow more access to the operating system. Much like how the Nook Touch was rooted now the Sony Reader PRS-T1 has been hacked. Although the project is a work in progress, the developer has already been successful at running several Android apps on the six-inch tablet.

Sony Reader T1 root Android

The Digital Reader reports that several e-reader apps, AWD.Launcher, Android Terminal, CoolReader, FBReader, and ReLaunch among others are already running on the Sony T1. Although the Nook was famously shown playing Angry Birds on its e-Ink screen, so far the Sony T1 has not been able to run the game.

Root Your Samsung Epic 4G Touch Safely With New Stock Kernel

Sat, 09/24/2011 - 11:46 -- Marshall Walker

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is being met with great reviews, but it can be even better with the recently released non-rooted stock kernel. The flashable kernel makes rooting your device safer because you can return it to its normal factory state if something goes wrong.

samsung epic 4g

GingerMaster Malware Threatens Android 2.3 Devices

Sun, 08/21/2011 - 13:41 -- Fred Straker

Android users are facing a new threat on their mobile devices as a potent variant of the DroidKungFu malware has been discovered. GingerMaster is especially worrisome, infecting Android 2.3 using a root exploit that gives the attacker complete control of the operating system. A seemingly innocent file named gbfm.png is the culprit.

This file is actually the virus, which ends up on unprotected Android devices through legitimate apps that have been compromised. As of yet, GingerMaster has not appeared on the Android Market, however the malware successfully evaded detection in tests with leading mobile anti-virus software according to the research team at NC State University that discovered the threat.


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