Root myTouch 4G Permanently Using VISIONary

It was only yesterday that we wrote about a permanent rooting solution for T-Mobile G2 that was built with the already known VISIONary application. Now thanks to that, we now have a permanent root for T-Mobile myTouch 4G as well. Credit once again to the folks at XDA.

The procedure is not too different from what we saw for the G2 and you can check out the complete step-by-step instructions here. What this root means is that we are not very far away from having custom ROM builds releasing for myTouch. But having said that, please also note that the usual disclaimers apply here. More so, because this is a new root and there is a lot of chance for things to go wrong. That could mean, one misstep and your phone could be bricked. So proceed to the link above at your own risk.

Permanently Root T-Mobile G2 With VISIONary

It has finally been done. Folks at the XDA Developers have managed to find a way to permanently root a T-Mobile G2 – the Android handset that was launched just a few weeks back. The new procedure is an extension of the temporary tethered rooting solution that was achieved on the G2 last month.

The rooting solution makes use of the same VISIONary application and while you do have the complete instructions here, do note that going ahead with the process is not advised unless you have a throw-away G2 or a complete nerd who can take care of the eventualities.

Either way, any mistake on your part could potentially brick your G2 rendering your device useless. So, proceed at your own risk. Nevertheless, if you do decide to go ahead, don’t forget to let us know how it works in the comments.

Easy One-Click Root Solution For Android Phones

Rooting a phone is a risky thing. If you don’t do it the right way, you can end up bricking your phone with no warranty for the damage you just got made. However, a lot of users root their phones simply for the customizations that such a thing offers. If you are one of those non-technical guys who would like to explore a rooted phone, folks at XDA just got their new application – SuperOneClick – an easy one-click Android rooting application.

This new rooting application works on all Android phones including the latest FroYo version of the OS. Of course, the risk still stays and you are going to root the phone at your risk. But in case, you would like to try it out, click here for instructions as well as the download links.

Do note that SuperOneClick does not offer a permanent root on all devices. Some phones like HTC EVO, HTC Desire and Droid Incredible only support a Level 1 root with the software and users will need to use the solution at to proceed towards a permanent root. The instructions are on XDA.

Access With Droid Incredible

HTC launched their new online portal last month to give their users an easy way to manage their mobile phone data and security. You may be already aware that users may register with the website to access all of their messaging data, track their phone location as well as remotely wipe off data.

However, at the moment only Desire HD and Desire Z smartphones are supported while other users may not do much apart from downloading wallpapers and other media content. But if you have a rooted Droid Incredible, you can access HTCSense from your handset as well. All that you need to do once you have rooted your Incredible is to install this Desire HD ROM that will give you access to all of these features.

Of course there are risks with rooting your phone. But if you are really interested, get started on rooting and install the ROM linked above.

[via Droid Life]

Android 2.2 For Dell Streak Now Available

If you are one of those Dell Streak users who is desperately waiting for an Android 2.2 update to be available for your smartphone (or tablet, whatever you want to call it), here’s some good news. A full-build version of FroYo is now available for download on Dell Streak. As you guessed it right, this is not the official release, but is a hacked version that is pretty close. Of course, you will need a rooted Dell Streak to install this hacked FroYo, but if you have gotten over the potential risks that rooting your handset can bring and have actually managed to root your Streak, you can go ahead and install Android 2.2 as well.

There are a few bugs in the hacked version though. From what we hear, the 3G connectivity has been properly established; especially when migrating from a Wi-Fi network. Also, the device appears to be rebooting at random for some users. Nevertheless, if you are interested, you should give it a try.

But before you proceed, do note that the baseband of your Streak needs to be updated before doing the OS update. For instructions, click here to check them out.

How To Root T-Mobile G2 – Tethered Rooting Solution Revealed

T-Mobile G2 has just hit the market and a rooting guide for the device is already out. Folks at XDA Developers have once again brought about a step by step rooting instructions guide which will let new users of T-Mobile G2 to root their handsets. Why will you need this root? A big reason is that the new handset does not support mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and cannot do tethering. A rooted G2 will be able to acheive these tasks.

Do however note that this is a tethered root which means you will need to tether your device to a computer everytime you reboot your phone in order to retain the rooted device.

So here’s how you go about doing it. Do remember the usual disclaimers that this procedure can brick your device and can also void your warranty and hence this is entirely your own risk.

Step 1 : Install the latest Android SDK on your computer

Step 2 : Plug your T-Mobile G2 to a computer

Step 3 : Download this binary file and extract the tar file.

Step 4 : Open the Android ADK -> Tools folder and paste the binary file content here

Step 5 : On your Windows computer, go to Start -> Run and type cmd to enter the command prompt.

Step 6 : Here, navigate to the Android ADK -> Tools folder and enter the following commands

adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp
adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

Step 7 : Now, on the G2, launch the terminal emulator application and type these commands

cd /data/local/tmp

Step 8 : You will now see a message that reads, “Forked #### childs.“. Here press the enter key

Step 9 : If you are on the $ prompt, type ps and confirm that you see a message that says it cannot be forked

Step 10 : Use the back button to exit the terminal emulator app. Launch any application on your G2 and launch terminal emulator again. Hit ‘Force Close‘ when prompted

Step 11 : Launch terminal emulator one more time. You can now see the root shell.

The rooting process is complete.

[via BlogsDNA]

Port HTC Desire HD ROM To Droid Incredible & EVO – Instructions Available

Porting ROMs from one mobile phone to another is not exactly thrilling stuff. It requires you to root your mobile phone and go through a long list of thankless procedures. At the end, you may not even enjoy all the features that your smartphone was supposed to do. Nevertheless, running smartphones on ported ROMs have been a favorite pastime of the nerds and geeks.

If you are one, or are willing to be like one, here is the latest news of interest. The recently leaked HTC Desire HD ROM has now been ported to a few other Android handsets like HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and HTC Droid Incredible. Apparently, these ports are still in their beta stages and do not seem to support camera functions, Wi-Fi or for that matter, 4G on EVO. More sophisticated solutions are hopefully on the way. But if you can’t wait until then, hop over to one of these links to get started on the porting instructions.

Root Instructions For Samsung Fascinate Now Available

Samsung Fascinate users who are looking to root their Android phones can now rejoice. Folks at the XDA Developers forum have successfully rooted their Samsung Fascinate phones and the instructions for public consumption are now available. To get started, users will need to download the RageAgainstTheCage application and unzip the files. Users will also need to install the Android apps for ADB, Su and SuperUser.

The process involves mounting the application to the root shell, gaining super user status which is followed by changing the access permissions in order to completely gain the root status. You can follow the complete instructions by clicking here.

With this, the rooting solutions for all the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are now available to users. It is worth noting that the phones in the Galaxy S series, including Vibrant and Captivate have already been rooted.

Creating Full Nandroid Backup For Motorola Droid X

If you have a rooted Motorola Droid X, you are most likely to be interested in installing custom ROMs, themes, etc. However, since the procedure itself is quite fickle, it is a good idea to take a backup of Nandroid before you proceed. A Nandroid backup is primarily a giant snapshot of your Android phone that needs to be created on your SD card every time you switch ROMs or change themes.

Of course, before you proceed, you will need to root your Droid X. It goes without saying that rooting your handset is pretty risky and you can void your warranty or brick your phone or both. So proceed at your own peril.

Once you have rooted your phone, you need to perform a bootstrap recovery. We have already seen the bootstrap recovery process for Motorola Droid 2 and the procedure for Droid X is no different.

Basically, you download the bootstrap recovery software from hacker Koushik Datta to your rooted Droid X and once done, launch the application. You will be asked to initiate bootstrap recovery that you can choose by tapping “Bootstrap Recovery“. The process will begin.

Once this is complete, you will see a “Success” message. Tap on ‘OK‘ and follow it up with “Reboot Recovery“. The Droid 2 will reboot in the Clockwork mode. Using the Volume buttons, navigate to the “Backup and restore” option and hit the Camera button to select the option. If you are asked to select “Reboot” do so with the camera button. The process completes with a “Reboot System now” message. Tapping the camera button completes the process.

Motorola Droid X Recovery

[via Droid Life]

Custom ROM For Motorola Droid 2 Now Available For Download

If you have a rooted Motorola Droid 2, now is the time to go ahead and install custom ROMs. Matt4542, the developer who was responsible for the EPIC ROM for the original Motorola Droid has released an updated custom ROM for the new Motorola Droid 2. The stock Blur theme still exists; however, the script includes a lot of new scripts and is deodexed (allows theme customizations,etc.) and optimized.

For those who are yet to root their Droid 2, you can check out our earlier article on how to root your D2. Also, don’t forget to check out the new bootstrap recovery method. BUT, please do remember that rooting your handset is extremely risky and you stand to lose your warranty besides bricking your phone. So, please proceed at your own discretion.

Don’t forget to write down your experience though.