Posts Tagged ‘Android’

HTC Super Tool Unlocks & Roots Many Popular HTC Devices

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Owners of popular HTC phones like an Evo, myTouch, G2, and others can now root their phone in just a few simple steps with the HTC Super Tool for Windows.

The tool uses the popular zergRush exploit, which works on a number of HTC phones and can be found in other tools like previously mentioned Revolutionary. With just a few clicks, you can root your phone, get S-OFF, unlock the bootloader, get rid of Sense, and more. You can even unroot by re-running the program. Right now, the device has been tested on the Evo Design 4G, Evo 4G, Evo 3D, Evo Shift, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 3G and 4G, Inspire, Sensation, Incredible, Wildfire S, and Amaze, though it should work on a number more. If you test it with your phone and find that it works, let the developer know over at XDA, and email me at whitson+rootingguide@lifehacker.com so I can add it to the list. We’ll be adding this method to our always up-to-date rooting guide as well very soon. Hit the link to check it out.

Link: LifeHacker

BlueStacks Runs Android Apps On Your Windows PC

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Windows/Android: If you’ve ever wished you could test out Android apps before installing them on your device or just want to use the same apps on both your Android device and your computer, check out the free BlueStacks App Player.

Link: LifeHacker

The Start To Finish Guide To Rooting Your Android Phone

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Rooting your Android device is much like jailbreaking an iPhone. Once rooted, you can make your phone run faster, tether it to your computer, tweak hidden settings to your liking, and more. Here’s how to do it on your Motorola Droid.

Rooting methods are always changing, especially with all the Android phones out there. Check out our always up-to-date rooting guide for the most recent information on rooting your particular device.

Rooting essentially means giving yourself root permissions on your phone. It’s the equivalent of running programs as administrators in Windows, or running a command with “sudo” in Linux. There are a number of great reasons to root your Android phone, highest among them being speed (through custom ROMs and through overclocking), tethering, and installing apps and widgets from other builds.

Rooting methods are always changing, especially with all the Android phones out there. Check out our always up to date rooting guide for the most recent information on rooting your particular device.

Sure, all Android users are looking forward to a big performance boost and tethering features in Android 2.2 Froyo, but that doesn’t mean rooting will become obsolete. In my opinion, it’s the little things that make it. There are tweaked versions of the Android OS out there, also known as custom ROMs, which fix some small annoyances with the stock version of the OS. For example, some ROMs turn the “sound off” slide on the lock screen to a “vibrate only” slider, or allow the phone to go into landscape mode just by turning it on its side. If you’re unhappy with the way Android looks, you’ve also got a large number of custom themes you can install, not to mention the numerous other Android marketplace apps that require root access.

This particular guide is for the Motorola Droid, which is still the most popular Android device at the moment. The rooting process is going to be different for every phone, so you’ll have to look up specific instructions if you don’t have the Droid. They shouldn’t be too hard to find—we’ve already posted about the Nexus One. The second half of the guide, on installing your ROM installer/backup utility, ROM Manager, should be compatible with a few other Android phones (such as the Dream, Sapphire, and Nexus One, to name a few), but not all of them. If you aren’t sure whether your device is supported, run a quick search on the available ROMs for your device and see if ROM Manager has them in its database.

The Start to Finish Guide to Rooting Your Android Phone

Photo by Dave Bleasdale.

One warning: The first step, downgrading your phone from 2.1 to 2.0, can be dangerous. If any part of this process has the ability to brick your phone, it’s this step. I can say that I have done this to two Droids without any phones getting bricked, but as always, your mileage may vary. Know that the software is a little bit finicky, and sometimes fails at re-flashing the stock ROM. If it does, you can just run it again to make it work. I had to run it three times on my friend’s Droid before it flashed, and at one point in the middle his phone was stuck on the bootloader. If this happens to you, don’t panic. We just ran through the process a third time and everything succeeded. If you are not comfortable doing this, then don’t do it—again, I have had great results (despite finicky software), and so have many other people, but your mileage may vary. You have been warned.

What You’ll Need

  • An Android-based phone, specifically the Motorola Droid. Like I said, certain parts of the process may be similar for other phones, but this how-to is specific to the Motorola Droid, so your mileage will vary if you have something different.
  • A Windows machine. Unfortunately, we will be using Motorola’s tool to re-flash Android 2.0.1 onto your phone, which is a Windows-only tool. So if you aren’t running Windows already, power up Boot Camp or find a friend with a Windows machine that you can borrow. XP, Vista, and 7 should all be fine.
  • Our Lifehacker Droid Rooting Pack, downloadable with BitTorrent. If you don’t have BitTorrent or are having trouble downloading the pack, there are links to the files within the how-to.

Link: LifeHacker

Android Timeline: 2003 – 2011

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

To the uninitiated, it must seem that Android came into the world fully formed and ready to give Apple the fight of its life. Not so. The Rise of the Robots has been a long haul. Now with market data revealing that it’s the number one OS in both market share and mind share, we take at the milestones that marked its march to the top of the smartphone tree.

Link: Top10