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If you are having trouble rooting your Galaxy S5 no worries, developer "Sharpie603" has released an all in one toolkit that will make rooting among other mods super easy. This toolkit will install usb drivers, root device, install busybox, install safestrap, install supersu, de-bloat and re-bloat the device, enable/ disable call recording, backup pictures/video/music, boot animation, and more. There will also be more options added to the toolkit soon. Running the tookit is as easy as clicking "toolkit.exe". One of the most valuable uses of this toolkit is the ability to add and remove bloat since you will need to replace bloat before installing any OTA update. Head to the link below for the download.
We have had the BUMP bootloader unlock method along with custom recovery for the Verizon variant of the LG G3 for several weeks now. So far the only roms to come out have been a stock based Jasmine Rom and a plain stock rooted Rom. Developer "Invisiblek" posted a screenshot of his LG G3 running Cyanogen Mod. He also stated that while it is booting he still has a bit of work to do to make this Rom releasable. He is working on fixing the camera, GPS, and IR. it seems as if he is shooting to release a daily driver rather than just going ahead and releasing a rom full of bugs. I feel it is worth the wait. Once CM is released there should be a good base for any other developers that would like to build an AOSP rom.
Developer "Bunchies" also posted an image of the Liquid Smooth rom running on an LG G3! We should be seeing some AOSP roms releasing very soon.
It may come as a surprise to you but a manufacturer that you have probably never heard of is now the number 3 largest phone manufacturer in the world! Xiaomi, a company that is popular for producing the Mi 3 phone which runs a forked version of Android (MIUI). The Mi 3 saw huge demands in India thanks to its low price and high end hardware. It features a 5" full HD screen, 2.3 GHz snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera, and large 3,050 mah battery. With all those specs it cost only $220. Xiaomi shipped 18million handsets in the 3rd Quarter of 2014. They owned 5.2 percent of the market share. Samsung was the king of the market with 79 million handsets shipped giving the a market share of 24.7 percent. Apple was second with 9.3 million units shipped and 12 percent of the market share. Third overall is quite impressive for a smaller company whose handsets are running a custom rom. Cyanogen Mod on the Oneplus One can't say the same.
Just a few weeks into the release of the Galaxy Note 4 and we already have a bounty thread for the Verizon and AT&T variants of the Galaxy Note 4. Bounty threads have been huge in attracting talented security experts to take a shot at cracking our devices. If you remember Geohot of Iphone and PS3 jailbreaking fame decided to take a look at the Galaxy S5 after the bounty surpassed @20k and pretty much instantly developed TowelRoot. Since then we have been able to maintain root through updates on this device. Hopefully this new bounty thread will be enough to get the right eyes focused on our fresh new device. So far this bounty has already reached $4240!
It is crazy to think the bounty for this device is already this high. The bounty for the LG G3 reached $5k after a few months, before it finally received root. This device has knox built in and is a pretty secure device that should be difficult to crack. Only time will tell.
Well that was fast! The Nexus 6 went up for pre-order on Google Play only briefly today. It's not that the pre-order was rescinded... it's just that it sold out too quickly. Of course, part of that is probably that Google and Motorola needed to limit the number of Nexus 6 devices on pre-order in order to make sure they have enough stock for the final retail launch.
Sound off if you were one of the lucky folks able to snag a pre-order for the phone.
Devs, modders and tinkerers have a new toy to play with on Verizon. Samsung's online storefront now has the Verizon Developer Edition version of the Galaxy Note 4 available. It's a whopping $699.99, but it's probably unsurprising it has a hefty price-tag.
The specs are the same as any other Galaxy Note 4, so it's really up to you whether it's worth the extra dough to have greater access to the phone's software innards. Here's a link below to the Sammy retail shop.
Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC isn't too popular right now because of his head-scratching proposal of an "internet fast lane" in regards to Net Neutrality. However, he just released a new proposed rules change for the FCC which may just provide him a bit of redemption and be great thing for consumers in the long run.
The specifics of his proposal is that he wants revise the rule-making procedures to modernize the FCC's interpretation of the term “multichannel video programming distributor” (MVPD) by making it "technology-neutral." Wheeler basically wants to be able to have the FCC classify the over-the-top Internet streaming services in the same way as cable companies and satellite television companies.
This would would allow online video providers to negotiate fair licensing deals with content providers, and it would keep broadcasters from stopping online video providers from carrying their content.There is actually precedent for this policy shift as well, and Wheeler cites this as an example in his proposal. In 1992, Congress did this with the burgeoning satellite industry in order to keep the cable companies from forcing them out of the market by blocking access to content.
What's most intriguing about his idea is that it could open up an important door for tech companies that are already aiming at becoming TV content providers. Companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and others would basically be able to negotiate deals to get the same cable...
The above is an artist's concept render of the HTC One M9 found randomly on the web.
There's a new rumor floating around the web that HTC might be toying with the idea of dropping the M9 moniker from their next HTC One flagship. So far, they have had good luck with the HTC One M7 and M8, so we aren't sure why they would consider changing it. Still, the M series was originally just their internal codename anyway. It was probably only because of repeated leaks that HTC ended up using the M8 in the final retail name at all.
No specifics were given as to what HTC might change the name to, so this doesn't really count as a big leak. Somehow we don't think a simple name change will be what is required to help HTC regain a stronger marketshare. What do you think?
Here's another head-scratching James Franco, Motorola Droid Turbo commercial. This one makes even less sense than the previous one. Furthermore, you can barely see the phone in his hand, so we aren't sure this even qualifies as a Droid Turbo commercial.
Will these commercials lead to something that makes more sense? We'll post more as they arrive and let you guys speculate as to what they are aiming for.