Upcoming releases of Android could break Root apps

Changes made to the Android Open Source Project master tree have revealed that there are upcoming changes to the Android security model, which means that a large number of root apps could be rendered unusable in future releases of Android, potentially as early as Android 4.4.3. Rather than an active attempt to break root apps, it appears that this change is the result of newly implemented security measures, but it could have (un)intended consequences. Well known Android hacker and developer Chainfire has taken to Google+ to share what he's found: https://plus.google.com/113517319477420052449/posts/Lyhjzu1z9s1 In essence, prior to this change, root apps had no impediment... Continue reading

The Cyanogen Mod Installer – A real experience

CyanogenMod are making a very big effort to commercialise their venture lately. Initially announcing that they were moving from the crowd-source code that has dozens of contributors to a more commercial model, then onto the CyanogenMod phone (the Oppon N1 CM Version) and the installer that makes installing CyanogenMod a breeze even if you don't know what "root" is, how to boot into recovery on your Android device or even what a custom ROM is. Having been a CyanogenMod (CM) user for some time... Continue reading

Australia Post refuses to talk to Ausdroid about its Parcel Send app

It was about a month ago now when we told you about Australia Post's new Parcel Send application, and one very worrying restriction that - in the circumstances - didn't make an awful lot of sense. For reasons that are unclear, Australia Post decided to block access to the app on handsets or tablets that have been rooted. Presumably with the goal of protecting users data against nefarious apps or things that would steal their data, Australia Post have ensured that installing this app on a rooted device will ensure, simply, that... Continue reading

Chromecast exploit found and exposed to gain remote root access

It's a Google Device so obviously the first thing that enthusiasts are looking for is ways to play with it. The team at GTVHacker has just announced the first exploit for the newest Google hardware release a little over three days after it went on-sale. Normally the GTVHacker team work with GoogleTV and it's this experience that has led them to be able to develop this specific exploit. When announced at the Breakfast with Sundar event, the Chromecast was said to be running a 'simplified version of ChromeOS', the GTVHacker team disagree with this description slightly, advising it's more... Continue reading

How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

After a few false starts the Foxtel Go app was released today for Android; but sadly not for all Android devices - only for 2 Samsung devices (Galaxy S III and Note II), and only if they're not rooted. Lucky for you we've consolidated information from a number of sources which will have you watching Foxtel Go on any Android device, rooted or not. It is worth noting that you still need a Foxtel or Austar subscription, this guide just allows you to use Foxtel Go on any Android device even if you're rooted. What you will need:... Continue reading

Ever rooted something and wished you hadn’t? Now you can undo it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_viwAMoIcJM We at Ausdroid have occasionally experienced this kind of remorse, and no, you dirty people out there, we're not talking about regretting our Saturday night exploits. Rather, we're talking about what happens if you've modified your phone and all of a sudden you need to rely on that precious warranty to get it fixed. If you've rooted your phone, there is a possibility that this will be blamed for whatever's gone wrong, and so if you are thinking of calling in a warranty service, you might want to consider this. Unrooting can be done by hand, and some of the... Continue reading

The Samsung leaks continue, S4 ROM already available with Root

While the phone is yet to be released, and we do know that the Octa-core Exynos 5 CPU powered version of the device will not be available via official channels or carriers within Australia it is of great interest to many to find out that a pre-rooted ROM is already available via the XDA Developers forums. Currently there's very few devices available outside of the Samsung hierarchy and preview devices at major carriers, so a ROM like this one ready to flash via ODIN and pre-rooted is a surprise to many and raises hope for others. When the... Continue reading

Koushik Dutta’s Superuser now available on the Play Store

Koushik Dutta, who you might remember from such popular root applications as ROM manager, Carbon Backup, as well as the ClockworkMod Recovery, has just today released his own, open-source superuser application to the Play Store. I can hear you asking now, 'Why would I want yet another superuser application on my Android device?' Well, let me give you Koush's response to that exact question: Superuser should be open source. It's the gateway to root on your device. It must be open for independent security analysis. Obscurity (closed source) is not security. Superuser should be NDK buildable. No internal Android references. Superuser... Continue reading

Samsung Exynos vulnerability fixed by XDA developer

Earlier today, we posted about a security vulnerability that affects certain Samsung devices. True to form, some of the guys at XDA have posted a fix already. It isn't perfect, but it's better than nothing. It doesn't require your phone to be rooted, and it's completely reversible, but it might screw up your phone's front-facing camera and HDMI output. Until Samsung releases an update, it's probably a good idea to install this. Click here to head over to Project Voodoo and download the application. Continue reading

Getting your Nexus 4? Here’s how to root it

Those of you who were fortunate enough to order your Nexus 4 before the Play Store sold out last week will probably be receiving your devices from today onwards — in fact, we've heard that some people received them on Friday last week! As is common with Nexus devices, the issue of rooting one's phone comes up, and as we all know, for a Nexus handset, this is always a fairly straight forward task. We thought we'd share... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Test Firmware Leaks

We heard a rumor a little while a go that the Galaxy S II would be getting a Jelly Bean Update around Q4 this year, well it seems as though you can download a near to perfect test release of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II. SamMobile have some instructions for how to go about flashing your Galaxy S II, with the test version of Android 4.1.2. You don't need to have a rooted handset to do this, but you do need to be comfortable with applying un-official firmware to... Continue reading

Google Play Movies app gets slammed for not allowing rooted devices to view movies

There's an uprising taking place in the Google Play Store and it's aimed at the Google Play Movies app. People (read: savvy users) are pissed at Google for not allowing them to rent or buy videos just because their device is rooted. I myself can see both sides of the story -- users want freedom; Google doesn't want videos to be recorded or downloaded illegally -- but it does beg the question of how Google will solve this issue if they do at all. The total amount of rooted users isn't likely to be that large, but they're... Continue reading

How to root the HTC One XL (generic / Telstra)

After reviewing the HTC One XL, I decided that I may as well root it seeing as though there's currently no way to unlock the bootloader officially and unofficially. It was actually one of the easiest phones to root -- at least it was for me. Just download the needed files, follow the instructions, and you're done! This process works for the One XL from MobiCity and should work perfectly for the Telstra variant once it launches. Download and install the HTC drivers. Download Download the needed rooting files. Download (onxr.zip) Extract the contents into a directory. Connect your... Continue reading