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Samsung Pay will not be accessible from rooted devices

Samsung Pay

As Samsung is gearing up for the release of its new wireless payment platform, word is coming out that the company will not let you use the service if you own a rooted device. Samsung Pay is limited to Samsung devices for now and if your device is found to be rooted or have a modified kernel, the app simply won’t work. While this may sound unreasonable to a few, Samsung has seemingly taken this step out of security concerns.

Samsung Pay

The screenshot above perfectly illustrates how the error message will appear if you try to access the service from a rooted handset. With Samsung Pay yet to go mainstream, there are quite a few things that we don’t know about this new wireless payment system yet, so expect more details to be shared during the announcement next month.

What we do know as of now is that Samsung will allow the service to be used by a wide range of payment systems, including the conventional magnetic stripe units. This is in addition to NFC based devices, of course. Samsung is heavily going to endorse this as its competitors do not offer support for magnetic stripe payment units and will need an NFC payment device to work.

Via: Sam Mobile

Nexus 9 already rooted courtesy of Chainfire

Nexus 9

With the Nexus 9 just beginning to reach customers’ hands, developers have already figured out a way to gain root access on the device. This particular mod comes from the reliable Chainfire who is renowned in the dev community for pulling off several such feats. Google made the Android 5.0 source code available not too long ago, so getting root access on your new Nexus 9 might not exactly be straight forward. But given the pace at which the developer community moves, it won’t be long till developers come up with an easier solution to gain root access on the Nexus 9.

Users will need some ADB and fastboot know how before beginning the rooting process. Make sure you’re aware of the risks before rooting your precious new Nexus 9. Chainfire is a reliable name in the developer community and has always been quick with finding root access for relatively new devices.

Do you own a Nexus 9? And more importantly, are you willing to try Chainfire’s new root method?

Source: XDA

Via: Phone Arena

Here’s how you can root an AT&T or Verizon branded LG G3 [Video]

LG G3 - AT&T

LG G3 - AT&T

If you own the AT&T or Verizon branded LG G3 and have been looking for an easy and convenient method to root the device, your wait is finally over thanks to XDA user DroidModderX. The renowned XDA developer has posted the complete root procedure on YouTube as well as XDA. This particular method requires a Windows running computer and the usual suite of device drivers to go through smoothly.

It is currently the easiest method we’ve come across and should barely take a few minutes to complete. The root method allows users to run “root only” apps, tweak around with the CPU clockspeed and do a whole lot more. So if you’re the adventurous kind, make sure you give it a try from the source link below. But before you do, make sure you go through the procedure to know how it’s done. It hasn’t been long since the LG G3 was launched in the U.S., so it’s quite commendable of the developers to have a root procedure this early in the day.

Source: XDA

Via: Droid-Life

Developers bring S-Off to the HTC One M8 for $25

HTC One M8

Some talented developers are bringing the S-Off exploit for the HTC One M8 with the name of SunShine. Unlike traditional S-Off hacks, the developers will charge users $25 to access the tool. This is understandable considering the amount of time put in to discovering this new exploit for HTC’s premium flagship. Users will need a stock Sense 6.0 running One M8, One Mini 2 or the One Remix along with root access to install SunShine.

The HTC One M8 received S-Off almost immediately after its launch, but HTC was quick to notice that and fixed it with a software update subsequently. Interestingly, HTC also has its own bootloader unlocking tool which is accessible through its website, but it has left out some variants of the handset. So SunShine is perfect for those who have wanted to test around custom ROMs on their One M8, without having to wait for HTC or the carrier to bring official support.

The developers suggest that the tool will work for other HTC devices as well, although only the One M8, One Mini 2 and the One Remix are mentioned in the official compatibility list. But other users don’t have to worry as the tool will prompt them if their device is compatible with SunShine when connected.

Source: SunShine

Via: Android Beat

The first developer to root the Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon will get a sizable reward

Galaxy S5 Bounty

Galaxy S5 Bounty

We all know that Android manufacturers don’t particularly like owners or developers tinkering around or rooting their devices. In a bid to avoid such occurrences, Samsung has decided to lock down the bootloader of the Galaxy S5 even deeper than its predecessor, thus making it difficult for developers to gain root access.

And a few members of the XDA Forums have now come together to offer a reward or bounty for a developer who is clever enough to gain root access on the Galaxy S5 running on the VRU1ANCG build. Collected from individual donations and pledges, the $18,000 will be offered to the developer who comes up with a working root for the device.

If you think the solution is with you, make sure you submit a post on XDA with a step-by-step guide on how to do it, so that other users can try it too. You will also need to provide legitimate proof that your procedure is functional by posting valid screenshots. The cash reward will then be wired to you via PM by each member who pledged to offer the reward.

Source: XDA

Via: Phone Arena

Sony Xperia Z2 gets root and custom recovery ahead of launch

Sony Xperia Z2 gets root and custom recovery ahead of launch

The Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to start shipping, and is even facing obstacles that could delay its launch in some markets, but that hasn’t deterred the developer community from getting down to business and rooting the handset. Popular Sony hacker DooMLoRD has managed to root the Xperia Z2 and also get ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery working on it, and has posted the necessary instructions.


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

Moto X comes with a notification LED: Here’s how you can enable it

Moto X LED

Moto X LED

Believe it or not, the Moto X actually has a notification LED inside, but due to the existence of Active Display, Motorola has not made it accessible to the users. The LED is visible only during battery low notifications, which to be honest isn’t using the LED to its full potential. However, users of the smartphone can now unlock this feature and access the notification LED to display notifications in colors of their choice according to a tutorial. In a detailed video posted by an XDA user, it is explained how the LED works and how it can be enabled on the Moto X.

To begin with, users will need root access on their Moto X smartphone, after which they will have to do a bit of playing around with the Tasker code. Users must thank XDA user carock for this workaround and while it might not be something for the rookies to try their hand with, it’s certainly worth a shot given what it brings to the table. Using the Tasker code basically allows users to control the LED according to their liking, which is what customization in this day and age is all about really. So if you know your way around Tasker and have a rooted Moto X, make sure you hit the video below to learn how it’s done.

Source: XDA

Via: Cult of Android

Moto G rooted, best budget phone can now be made even better


The Moto G, Motorola’s groudbreaking “mid-range specs on a low-end price” phone, can now be rooted, thanks to a hack released by popular Android developer and enthusiast PaulOBrien. Called Superboot, it’s a root method that has been used on plenty of devices before, and now it has been custom-fitted to work on the Moto G.

The rooting process is extremely simple, requiring a user to only put the phone in bootloader mode and then execute an automated script from a computer, though you’ll need to unlock the bootloader on your Moto G through Motorola’s official website beforehand. That, as always, will wipe all your data (including the content on your internal storage), so you’ll have to make the necessary backups before venturing into the promising land of root access.

It’s unclear if Superboot will work on carrier variants of the device, as those might come with unlockable bootloaders, but for those with the standard off-contract variant of the device (let’s face it: at a starting price of $179, there’s no reason you’d want one on contract from those evil carriers anyway, instead of just popping in a SIM of your choosing), the source link has all the details on how you can go about gaining root access.

Source: MoDaCo

RockMyMoto roots the Moto X after recent camera-improving update

We all love software updates, but when an update takes away the possibility to root a device, that’s when that love turns into hate and makes us wish we had never hit that update button in the first place. That’s exactly what happened with a recent Moto X update – it improved the camera quality like a boss, but it also made the only known root method for the device stop working.


But XDA developer jcase, creator of the original root method, is back with a vengeance with RockMyMoto, which allows for rooting the Moto X after the aforementioned update. However, the new method is a bit more complicated than the original, with requirements such as having ADB and Cydia Impactor installed, basic knowledge of command line usage, and having both devices connected to the same network, but it should still be a walk in the park if you go through the instructions carefully.

Hit up the source link to head to the RockMyMoto thread on XDA for more details. As always, take necessary backups before attempting anything, and keep in mind that your device’s warranty will be void after rooting (though a flash back to the official software should take care of that if needed.)

Source: XDA

LG Nexus 5 already has root access, courtesy of Chainfire

Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 only recently broke cover in the wild, but the developer community has been relatively quick in figuring out a way to get root access on the smartphone. This new root for the smartphone comes from XDA user Chainfire and is still relatively new in the scene. This uses the CF-Root method which is considered to be the easiest ones around. By default, this application on your computer will install the SuperSU binary file along with the apk on the Nexus 5. The process is as simple as downloading a zip file from the source and putting your Nexus 5 in recovery mode (power button+volume down+volume up) and connecting the smartphone to the computer.

As with any procedure, this one too could be a little risky, so proceed with caution. It’s certainly commendable that the developers have cracked into the device to find root access this early in the day, but considering the times we live in, it’s hardly a surprise.

Source: XDA, Autoroot

Via: Phone Arena

One click root available for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon LG G2


LG G2 root

Rooting an Android smartphone can be a tricky process, especially for a rookie without prior knowledge. But thanks to developers all over the world, this little tweak can be achieved from just the click of a button on our computers. And we now have such a tool for the recently launched LG G2 smartphones running on AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile’s networks. Interested users can check out the thread over at the XDA Forums which has detailed step-by-step instructions to make new users understand how things work. The procedure for the Verizon variant seems to be a little different compared to the method used by the AT&T and T-Mobile variant, so make sure you follow the instructions closely.

Tools like these basically makes the users job easy, as it only involves installation of a few files on your computer and clicking one button. Post the process, users will be able to download all root specific apps from the Play Store or sideload them manually. We’re not sure if users will want to flash a custom ROM this early for the LG G2, but with root access available (and an unlocked bootloader hopefully) users can do so if they wish.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: Talk Android

Verizon Moto X and Droid smartphones get partial root

Verizon Moto X Root

Verizon Moto X Root

The Verizon Moto X and the three new Droid smartphones (Ultra, Maxx and Mini) have now been rooted thanks to a developer named Justin Case from TeamAndIRC. Sadly, this only gives partial root access and not a permanent solution. Users have been advised to stay away from downloading any OTA updates sent by Verizon, as this trick might not work with a newer firmware. Users still can’t flash custom ROMs as the bootloader is still pretty much locked, so the functionality is fairly limited even with root access. There is hope that the team might come up with a solution to fix the root issue on these devices, but until then users will have to settle for these methods.

Verizon has traditionally been against users playing around with the kernels or bootloaders of the smartphone, which is why it began selling “Developer Edition” smartphones separately. There’s no sign of such a variant for the 2013 Motorola Droid lineup, so customers are heavily reliant on third party hackers/developers. Motorola however will be launching the Developer Edition Moto X fairly soon.

Source: RootzWiki

Via: Phandroid

Sony Xperia Z Rooted!!! Here’s how to do it.

Xperia ZThe celebrity of the smartphone town Sony Xperia Z has arrived and no doubt it is a head turner. Xperia Z is powered by Qualcomm Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Adreno 320 does the graphics job and 13.1 Megapixel camera will capture some amazing shots for you. Sony has come up with an amazing beauty which is so eye catchy; with its glass covered front and back panels this thing will give a tough time to Apple’s iPhone 5 in terms of design and build quality.  Above all this thing is dust and water resistant!! Yes you heard that right, it is  IP57-certified and can work even after putting it  in the water for more than 5 minutes!!

Folks over XDA developers have been working very hard to get root access to this beauty and it seems that they have now successfully managed to root the device and the interesting thing is that the exploit works even if your device’s bootloader is locked.

The developer who has successfully rooted the device has provided a 1-click rooting kit and the exploit is mainly designed for Japanese DoCoMo version of Sony Xperia Z smartphones. However others users have successfully rooted their device using this simple method.

The rooting method is posted by goroh_kun in Japanese on a blog. I have tried to translate it for you guys but before you start, you must know that this process involves some risk and would void your warrant so proceed at your own risk.

Xperia Z root


  • Sony XEPRIA Z SO-02E DoCoMo version
  • “USB debugging” is enabled
  • “Unknown sources” is checked in the security settings



~Verified Version

  • 10.1.D.0.317
  • 10.1.D.0.322




1. Download the rooting kit and extract it
2. Execute runme.bat from the extracted location

3. As soon as the device is detected, an app will start on the phone; press “Restore the data.”

4. When restoring is complete, press any key to continue

5. Dial *#*#7378423#*#* and press “Service tests.”

6. Now select “Display” from the settings menu, the screen will turn white

7. Toolkit will start working on the command prompt

8. Restart your phone while the tool kit will finish its work, press any key to exit.

9. The phone will restart and you will see Superuser installed on your phone.

10. Your Xperia Z is now rooted!!!


Some users are reporting that the NFC feature stops working, for that you need to remove the directory named /data/usf.


You can download the Toolkit from here:

Ver 1.0.1 EasyRootingToolkit_XPEIRAZ_SO-02E_v101