Remember Easy Root? The simple one-click rooting application was launched on the Android marketplace last week and let users of Motorola Droid, Droid-X and Milestone root their Android phones. However, soon after, Google suspended the application. While the reason behind Google’s move is not clear as yet, it is being speculated that this is either because Google does not want a rooting application on their marketplace or because the app violates the Android EULA.
Eitherways, you should be happy to know that the Easy Root app is back. Not in the marketplace though. Unstable Apps – the developer behind the Easy Root application has announced that the application can now be purchased directly via Paypal at a price of $0.99.
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“Easy Root” – an easy one-click solution for users looking to root Android 2.2 on their Motorola Droid, Droid-X and Milestone has reportedly been removed from the Android Marketplace. While I have not been able to try the app out myself, the app presumably offers an easy way for non-techie users of these Android handsets to be able to root their Motorola phones. Unlike most other rooting applications, Easy Root does not require users to connect their handsets to a computer. Instead, they were required to download the $1 app from the Marketplace and tap ‘Root Me‘ to get started.
Interestingly though, it is Google and not the developer who has pulled the app from the marketplace. The reasoning is not exactly clear since rooting is now legal and hence Google – a company that extolls open source – should have no problem with letting a rooting application on their marketplace.
There are speculations though that the app may have been removed because it used Google’s open source for profit-making motives. A user on the Google support thread notes,
“I was told that the reason it was suspended is because it used googles source code and made a profit using the source code only which i actually think is against the EULA.”
While I cannot vouch for the credibility of the statements, that definitely appears to be a valid reason though. Will the developer relaunch this app as a free download? Possible. Let’s wait and watch.
Update: Apparently, the Android 2.2 manual update does not work on Motorola Milestone phones. So, please try the following only on your Motorola Droid handsets.
Motorola Droid users have started receiving over the air updates of the new Android 2.2 OS to their mobile phones. But if you are somehow not been able to update using the OTA link or would prefer to manually update your Droid to Android 2.2, the following steps may help.
Please do note that this will not work if you have rooted your Droid.
1. Click here to download the update file to your computer.
2. Rename the file to UPDATE.ZIP (If the .zip extension is not present, then rename the file simply as UPDATE. The extension should be automatically taken care of)
3. Move the file to the root of your SDCard
4. Switch off your phone
5. Boot your phone into recovery mode by holding power button and X simultaneously
6. You will now see a triangle with an exclamation point displayed. At this point, release both the buttons
7. Press the Volume-Up button and Camera button simultaneously
8. Use your D-Pad to select the “apply update.zip” option. Press the gold button on the D-Pad to continue
9. The update file will now be run. Once this is done, use the D-Pad to reboot your Motorola Droid
10. The phone will now reboot with the new Android OS
The manual update process is complete. Enjoy Froyo on your Motorola Droid.
Motorola has had an extremely successful outing with the Droid. Now the company is gearing itself up for the launch of the second generation of their Android smartphone – named Droid 2. According to sources, Verizon Droid 2 shall be launching in the American market on August 23.
Take this speculation with a grain of salt for the moment. August 23 happens to be a Monday and really not the ideal time to launch a phone. Nevertheless, an August launch of the new Motorola phone was always on the cards.
Motorola Droid 2 is expected to launch on Android 2.2. However, there is no confirmation on that. Motorola is learned to be fighting against time to bring Froyo to the next generation Droid phone. In the event that does not happen, users will have to wait for an OTA update to update from Android 2.1 to 2.2 at a later date.
When the iPhone first launched in 2007, there was a good six month gap between the unveil and launch. The phone still went on to become a hit. No longer. Such a gap between release and launch could burn a company today.
Six months after Motorola launched the Droid, the smartphone is already considered outdated. Consequently, we have been hearing that Motorola is planning to release a second version of Droid sometime in the next few months. So what will you get here? Here’s what we have heard
Display : 4.1″ TFT full-WVGA touchscreen display
Platform : Android 2.1 (upgradeable to Android 2.2)
Camera : 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording
Internal Memory : 2GB
1080p output via HDMI port
TI OMAP 3630 processor (probably at 720 MHz)
The launch, we hear, could be around July. That would be ideal because it could pit the Droid yet again against the iPhone which is expected to launch in June.
The iPhone jailbreakers are a well thriving community headed by experts like Geohot and the Dev team. While the availability of a more open ecosystem on the Android has meant that users looking to root their Android handsets are not in great numbers, there is still a demand for it since rooting your Android handset will help you install customized ROMs that will add speed and stability to your handset.
Step 1 : Download and extract the Superboot zip file to your computer
Step 2 : Put your handset in bootloader mode. To do so, turn off your phone, remove the battery, plug in the USB cable and reinsert the battery when the battery icon appears. Now switch on the power button while holding down the camera button. Alternately, if you have a trackball on your handset, simply turn off the phone and turn it back on while pressing and holding the trackball.
Note : This does not work for Nexus One users. These users may click here
Step 3 : If you are on Windows, double click “install-superboot-windows.bat” file.
Mac users need to open the terminal window to the folder containing the files and have to type
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
Linux users need to open the terminal window to the folder and type
chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh
The rooting is complete.
Operating System : Android 2.1 with Sense UI
Processor : 1GHz SnapDragon
RAM : 512 MB
Screen Size : 4.3 inch
Resolution : 800 x 480
Touchscreen : Capacitive Multitouch
Keyboard : Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
Internal Memory : 1GB (with external microSD)
External Camera : 8MP with Flash
Frontal Camera : 1.3 MP
Video Recording : 1280 x 720