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Samsung Galaxy S5 already rooted courtesy of Chainfire

Galaxy S5

Chainfire has a reputation of rooting all Samsung Galaxy S flagships before they even hit the markets. And the yet to be announced Galaxy S5 has received similar treatment using ODIN and CF-Auto-Root. This procedure is only applicable to the LTE-A model of the smartphone which goes by the model number SM-G900F, so not all variants are compatible. But that shouldn’t be much of a concern as international variants are still two weeks away from an official release.

We expect Chainfire to make this root method available for other variants of the Galaxy S5 just in time for the April 11 release. Rooting isn’t something which every Galaxy S5 owner would be looking to do, but it’s good to know that the option is available should the user choose to take that route. Hit the source link below to get detailed instructions on rooting your SM-G900F.

Source: XDA

Via: Android Beat

Chainfire Releases Pry-Fi Android App, Helps Prevent Wi-Fi Tracking

Privacy is one of the top concerns of mobile device owners today. All these news regarding location tracking is worrying most users. Just lately we heard news that the major spy agencies are able to get the location of an individual through the Angry Birds game. The good news is that there are tools available now to more or less make it difficult for anyone to track your location.

Pry-Fi

Chainfire has made available a proof of concept app called Pry-Fi which completely shuts down your device’s Wi-Fi service (which includes the background network scanning) making it difficult to track your location.

According to Chainfire

“Retailers, crooks, the government, and others shady individuals are tracking your movements. Even when your Wi-Fi is turned off, your phone may be broadcasting information to whomever is in range which can be used both to track repeated visits to as well as your exact movements in an area under surveillance.”

“It’s not a big step to couple this to personal information – a retailer for example, could track your trip to the register and correlate with your payment information. Now the tracking hardware and software vendors, the store (or chain) owner, their business partners, they can now all track where you are every time you come into range of one of their systems, and fully profile who you are, what you do, your financials, and your daily patterns!”

Pr-Fy works by preventing the broadcast of all the networks that it knows to the outside world however it can still allow background scanning and connects automatically to a wireless network. When a user is not connected to any wireless network the MAC address of the device is constantly pseudo-randomized, following a pattern that tricks trackers into thinking that you are a real person however your real MAC address will not appear again in their database.

Even if companies that do the tracking say that they will not use the data maliciously there is always the possibility that it may be abused in the wrong hands. There also does not seem to be any laws made against this practice which is why an app such as Pri-Fy is useful under these circumstances.

The app even has what is being called as the “Warmode” which once enabled makes your Android device appear like a dozen people. A few minutes in an area that has Wi-Fi surveillance enabled will definitely ruin the tracking data collected.

Pri-Fy is currently in version 1.20 at the Google Play Store and can be installed on a rooted device running on at least Android 4.2.

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OmniROM Announced At BABBQ , Coming Soon for Android Devices

The Big Android BBQ was recently held at the Hurst Convention Center in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. This is a mobile technology conference that gathers developers, enthusiasts and hackers. Several developers, namely Xplodwild, Chainfire & Dees_Troy, announced during this event that they will soon be releasing a new Android custom ROM called OmniROM.

omnirom

In case you didn’t know Xplodwild is the person behind the Focal camera app and was once a member of the CyanogenMod team. Chainfire is popularly known for his SuperSu app and rooting a lot of samsung devices. His latest work is RegionLockAway that removes the region lock on the European version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Dees-Troy is best known as the lead developer of TWRP Recovery.

These developers teamed up to create OmniROM. What is this ROM all about anyway? Here’s how they describe it as quoted from their website.

“Omni is what custom ROMs used to be about – innovation, new features, transparency, community, and freedom. While other ROMs may water down their distribution to ensure it passes Google approval, we offer you an alternative: an Android distribution which remains compatible, but which doesn’t compromise on your experience.”

“Omni is a chance to get involved, no matter who you are. Developers, whether you’ve been developing apps for a week, or ROM features for 3 years, you’re welcome. Users, we know you want to help out, and we know you’re frustrated when you are told “no bug reports on nightlies”. You want to help out more, and now you can – Omni actively encourages bug reports and feature requests, which can be added to our publicly accessible roadmap. What’s the point in giving you a ROM, and forcing you to not tell us about any bugs you find?”

“Talking of nightlies, we also recognise how people use Custom ROMs – we’re all custom ROM users and developers ourselves – the argument that “nightlies are not for end users” is over-used, and no longer valid. We’ve found that the vast majority of users want to get nightly updates to their ROM. For that reason, nightlies aren’t a playground – nightlies are for new features that are finished. You should be able to expect the same stability and reliability from a nightly as you would from a “release” ROM, and can report any bugs that prevent this from happening.”

“We know not everyone wants to update their ROM daily, and you are free to update as frequently or infrequently as you like. Omni is about flexibility and giving users what they expect, rather than forcing users to use unstable builds in order to run a recent version of Android, then be denied the ability to report bugs, or suggest features, or point out issues.”

Some of the key features of OmniROM include

  • Flippable Quick Settings
  • Roadrunner mode
  • Multi-window
  • Daydream enhancements
  • Integrated Performance Control
  • Multi-workspace
  • Color-changeable
  • 3D depth Phase Beam

The list of devices that are currently supported is as follows

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi and 3G)
  • Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi and 3G)
  • Nexus 10
  • Oppo Find 5
  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia Tablet Z

There’s still no information when this ROM will be released.

via omnirom