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  • Modder Gains Root Access to the Droid


    Despite widespread inferences to the contrary, obtaining root access to the Droid is, indeed, possible. Just this week, Cyanogen, a famous Android modder, confirmed the speculation on Twitter, saying that, yes, the “Droid does … ROOT.”

    Zinx Verituse, the clever hacker who mined the exploit, isn't hoarding the details and links necessary to prevent other modders from doing the same. You can follow the guide yourself by clicking here.

    In a nutshell, gaining root access bestows the opportunities one might expect - for example, the ability to customize the device with multitouch features lke the pinch-to-zoom functionality conspicuously absent in the Android 2.0. Additionally, a successful hack also means you can gain access to widgets and skins that would ordinarily be "off-limits" to the Droid.

    According to coverage from eWeek:

    Root access means users gain full rights to control the phone, taking the power away from the phone maker—Motorola—and its carrier Verizon Wireless. Android is open source, so it is expected that geeks play with the code and find ways to jailbreak the devices running it to do whatever they want. Modders did this for the Apple iPhone, bringing a source of perverse pride to the hacker community because Apple modus operandi is closed and controlling.
    Of course, jailbreaking an iPhone is somewhat different from tinkering with the "complex and "feature-rich" Droid. For this reason, even some well-known, die-hard hackers are urging great caution to those willing and supposedly able to harness the power behind the root access unearthed.

    The people at Wired put it this way:

    "While today marks a great feat in the Android community, rooting a phone does involve risks. If you have no idea what you're doing or what unlocking is, you might run the risk of bricking your phone (making it useless) or disabling essential features. Needless to say, unlocking will probably void your warranty and might put you in violation of the carrier's terms of service agreement."
    All in, this is pretty cool stuff and a great discovery for our growing community of modders. With the Droid now officially busted into, keep your eyes and ears peeled for new discoveries and modifications related to the device on a regular basis.

    Image via Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Modder Gains Root Access to the Droid started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Pandora is great, does having 6 billion half assed copy cats of it make the phone better?

      I can do without the apps of pornstars in bikinis and imitations of T-pain clogging up the App store. You're right having some apps is great, but more isn't always better.
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Im done arguing. Take the two side by side and compare how much you can do with each and come to your own conclusion.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      haha that was quick! Lol at DROID
    1. Tunerfreak's Avatar
      Tunerfreak -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      The bold statement means you agree the iPhone is better.

      Does the droid have a music player as good as the iPhone's IPT?
      Does the droid have half the apps the iPhone does?
      Does the droid have a cydia store on TOP of the app store?
      The droid has an actual keyboard, but its so ******* flimsy.

      The droids advertising claims that it isnt as attractive as the iPhone, but it's fast. The 3GS is just as fast.. so what does that leave the droid with? Being ugly.

      The droid is comparable to a BlackBerry. Only I'd take the BBTour over the droid any day.

      Can you sync the droid to iTunes? I'm not sure, but I highly doubt it.
      lol thank you for a long laugh cause that was great

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      The bold statement means you agree the iPhone is better.
      far from what i said, because you fail to see what the droid does apparently i will explain what i meant

      it does widgets (cant have that on the iphone unless you jailbreak), the OS is open source, i can change my background to something other than black, screen is 10x better, dont need to jailbreak to do just about everything, how about the ability to change my battery if it dies huh? cant do that without taking the iphone apart and sacrificing a chicken in the process

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Does the droid have a music player as good as the iPhone's IPT?
      oh yay the iphone has better music player GUI what would i do without that

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Does the droid have half the apps the iPhone does?
      again you bring up the apps so let me educate you a bit, the iphone has been out for a little over 2 years now with you "100,000" apps, where android has only been out a little over a year now and they have "10,000" apps plus most of the good apps that are available in the app store are already available in the android market. you can keep your 300+ flashlight apps and 300+ farting apps

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Does the droid have a cydia store on TOP of the app store?
      why would we need one? google is not like apple and restricts good apps. you can get themes right from the android market. but even if one wanted to make a cydia like market you can easily get it without jailbreaking just look at Mikandi its a seperate market with all "adult" stuff that you can install if you are into that sort of thing and you dont even have to root/jailbreak to get it. what do you have to do to get cydia? oh yeah get around apples restrictions with a jailbreak.

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Can you sync the droid to iTunes? I'm not sure, but I highly doubt it.
      that is the dumbest statement i ever heard, why would it sync its not an apple product genius. thats like saying does does the zune sync with itunes, of course it wont and why would you even want to?

      now what the iphone does have over the droid is better GUI, wider support of products, sleeker design, virtual keyboard is better IMO, multi-touch which is on the droid but disabled except for overseas and certain apps because motorola is afraid apple will sue them because they claim to have come out with it first or something.

      the droid is definitely not an iphone killer, in fact i doubt there will ever be an iphone killer. the only thing that will kill the iphone is apple
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      "DUDE my LG Chocolate 1 has PACMAN and a camera. It's better than the iPhone!!!!!"
      "Dude, I have a choice of 16 To Do apps that all do the same thing, which should I buy for 2 dollars!"
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tunerfreak View Post
      do you even know what you are talking about? the droid can do just about anything the iphone can. just because the iphone has "100,000" apps and the android market does not yet dont mean anything since the iphone has been out longer. stop being an apple humper

      and just for the record i had the iphone and went to the droid and glad i did


      Tried it after submerging my 3GS in ince tea last week. Didnt knwo the iphone would survive. It did and though i liked the Droid there were a couiple apps i couldnt live without. No Sirius and no Slingplayer were dealbreakers for me. The hard keyboard wasnt impressive either.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      The bold statement means you agree the iPhone is better.

      Does the droid have a music player as good as the iPhone's IPT?
      Does the droid have half the apps the iPhone does?
      Does the droid have a cydia store on TOP of the app store?
      The droid has an actual keyboard, but its so ******* flimsy.

      The droids advertising claims that it isnt as attractive as the iPhone, but it's fast. The 3GS is just as fast.. so what does that leave the droid with? Being ugly.

      The droid is comparable to a BlackBerry. Only I'd take the BBTour over the droid any day.

      Can you sync the droid to iTunes? I'm not sure, but I highly doubt it.

      The droid can't do half, a quarter, probably even less than that, of what the iPhone can.

      I'm sorry to hear you switched.

      I would stop being an apple humper, but they release the best products. You get what you pay for. Apple > Windows. Always, forever.

      Have fun with your droid..
      Alright I'm gonna break this down into multiple parts.

      Does the droid have a music player as good as the iPhone's IPT?
      Does the droid have half the apps the iPhone does?
      Does the droid have a cydia store on TOP of the app store?
      The droid has an actual keyboard, but its so ******* flimsy.
      First of all, you're arguing over which one has a better music player? The "iPod App" on the iPhone does what it needs to do, and does it fairly easily but I wouldn't say it's really any better than any other music playing app that does it's job on any other phone, moot point.
      Second, you're arguing about apps when the App Store has been out since 2008 with media hype all over the place so of course it's going to have more apps, you're just trying to throw together random arguments against the Droid, another moot point.
      Third, Cydia ISN'T on top of the App Store, get your facts straight.
      And lastly, I haven't handled a Droid myself but I have heard that the keyboard can be a little lackluster so there might be an argument behind that.

      The droids advertising claims that it isnt as attractive as the iPhone, but it's fast. The 3GS is just as fast.. so what does that leave the droid with? Being ugly.
      The Droid advertisements doesn't say it's unattractive, it just says that motorola isn't pre-occupied with putting out a product cool and hip like pretty much every phone company in the market.

      The droid is comparable to a BlackBerry. Only I'd take the BBTour over the droid any day.
      The Droid is actually more comparable to the iPhone than it is the BlackBerry, the Droid and iPhone are both touchscreen smartphones that can (arguably) replace a laptop for almost any function that the average user might need, the BlackBerry Tour on the other hand is just a rebranded BlackBerry Curve 8900, which although not really as capable as Droid or iPhone, it's a decent phone none the less.

      Can you sync the droid to iTunes? I'm not sure, but I highly doubt it.
      Though this could matter to some people who are fanatics about the state of their iTunes library, it doesn't make a difference to me at all. I use Windows Media Player 11 for all my music listening needs, and I just use iTunes to sync my songs to my iPhone, other than that it doesn't get used at all. In fact, if Apple would let you just drag and drop your music onto the iPhone that'd be ideal, because it's a pain in the *** having to sit through a sync when I could just be dragging files onto a folder. I'm not really too sure how the Droid handles adding music to it but I'd imagine it'd be drag and drop. Regardless, this is really just a matter of preferance, it doesn't really deal with reduced functionality.

      The droid can't do half, a quarter, probably even less than that, of what the iPhone can.
      This is completely false and you're doing the community a huge disservice by openly spreading such lies, take your fanboy goggles off please.

      I would stop being an apple humper, but they release the best products. You get what you pay for. Apple > Windows. Always, forever.
      HA. Best products? You get what you pay for? (Oh and you're comparing a company to an OS instead of comparing Apple to Microsoft ) If you really got what you paid for, the most baseline Apple computer would be a pretty much top of the line computer, capable of running cutting edge games for I'd say at least 2 years without any sort of trouble. Instead, you get components that are worth significantly less than what Apple is selling them for, but they're housed in a "sexy and sleek" shell, so maybe that's where the extra cost comes in In all actuality, Apple is charging you so much money for the OS. This is really a shallow business tactic and Apple should just stick to producing software and allow it to be installed on any PC, just like Windows, because then you wouldn't have to pay $2k+ for $1k worth of computer components. This wouldn't do a lot for Apple's image as being the cool and different choice though because it'd be more easibly accessible to your average joe :/ So, Best Products? Maybe their mobile media players and arguably their phones, perhaps, but their computers? Average parts with an overpriced OS.

      Opinion:
      OS X > Windows 7?
      Windows 7 < OS X?

      Fact:
      $1k Windows 7 build > $2k Mac Pro (with same parts)

      Happy flaming, and disregard any typos, grammatical errors, or missing words, I'll be damned if I'm proof-reading this post
    1. symple's Avatar
      symple -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Has always been the truth sadly
      ATT has the best phones and worst service.
      Verizon has the best service and worst phones. (although I did love my BBTour when I had it.)

      Guess that's why I using mine on T-MOBILE. They even have a technical support department to assist with the iphone.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Quister View Post
      2 Years ahead? Most of Apple's designs are straight rips of Braun products from the '60s..
      I'd like to see proof from that statement.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I always found it pretty lolful that the Droid commercials are always crazy about how fast Verizon's 3G is, and then you've got a news article like this: Engadget Labs: The best mobile data carrier in America -- Engadget
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post

      The Droid advertisements doesn't say it's unattractive, it just says that motorola isn't pre-occupied with putting out a product cool and hip like pretty much every phone company in the market.
      Yet, they are pre-occupied with straying ppl away from the phone that they are obviously in competition with. If they really don't care about it being cool or hip why are they going after iPhones? Why not just make your product and if ppl buy it they do and if they don't oh well?
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Geeze you guys... a news article comes out about the Droid on an iPhone site and an all out war starts.

      There are ups and downs to each phone. I like quite a few of the features that the android OS does natively.

      I personally choose the iPhone because

      1. The Apple App store may have more shovelware than anyone else but they also have superior applications and games

      2. The iPhone has THE best hacking community when it comes to smartphones.

      Pretty much everything that Apple left out, jailbreaking covers. When it all comes down to it, its all about units sold. The iPhone dominates the market right now.

      I have seen exactly 2 Palm Pre's and 1 Android phone in the real world. And by real world I mean outside of a store... being used by someone. Everyone else either has a Motorola Razor or an iPhone.

      The iPhone has the majority of the market. So there is going to be better support. You can make a phone that is a super-computer, but if it doesn't have any support then it is useless.

      JMO, and everyone is entitled to their own.

      tim
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      The iPhone was released in June 2007. That's 2 years..
      He doesn't mean literally 2yrs... He's referring to technology being 5 years ahead. There is no other phone that has a touch screen intuitiveness like the iPhone. Even the closest ones are still not up to par.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      "Additionally, a successful hack also means you can gain access to widgets and skins that would ordinarily be "off-limits" to the Droid."
      I thought the great thing about Android was it was open source so anyone could add to it.

      "Needless to say, unlocking will probably void your warranty and might put you in violation of the carrier's terms of service agreement."
      I think they might want to check out the Supreme Court ruling...

      T-Mobile and AT&T fought the lawsuit all the way to the nation’s high court. The two carriers, on the GSM network, are accused of unfair business practices by locking down their phones to their service plans. Last year, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington listed cell phone unlocking as one of six new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      God that phone is ugly. How is Apple still 2 years ahead of everyone else?
      Ugly? Hardly. Your opinion means just about ... oh nothing.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      1. This isn't an iPhone and has no place here.

      2. This is old news. If you insist on reporting off topic stories, at least do them when they break and have the slightest shred of relevance.
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I always found it pretty lolful that the Droid commercials are always crazy about how fast Verizon's 3G is, and then you've got a news article like this: Engadget Labs: The best mobile data carrier in America -- Engadget
      I switched to droid, and never looked back. Verizons network in Allentown PA is far faster than AT&T and its not even THAT populated compared to a major city.

      If the iPhone comes to verizon ill switch back to the phone.. until then, I am really happy with the droid.

      I pull around 2.5 mbps on my droid... 800kb on the iPhone 3Gs. So for me, not in the same league network wise.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tunerfreak View Post

      now what the iphone does have over the droid is better GUI, wider support of products, sleeker design, virtual keyboard is better IMO, multi-touch which is on the droid but disabled except for overseas and certain apps because motorola is afraid apple will sue them because they claim to have come out with it first or something.

      the droid is definitely not an iphone killer, in fact i doubt there will ever be an iphone killer. the only thing that will kill the iphone is apple
      You know i was going to say something because i thought you were the average android fanatic but because of this last paragraph i must commend you. At least you made you comparison fair when distinguishing between both models. However, don't for get that you can't root right out of the box. Their rooting is just like our jailbreak (to mod your phone in a way that is not available out of the box).

      But other than that gj!

      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      Is this you by chance?




      In no way do you "get what you pay for" with Apple. You pay a premium for a hyped product. Take any Mac, take 1/3 of the price, and you could build a computer that will have more than double the performance. You are completely talking out of your ***.
      Hey tha's what you look like? Damn dude lol. So you can build a comparable PC with better specs and with Mac OS X installed on it? Just because someone likes apple products doesn't make them a fanboy...just depends on the extent of their loyalty.

      funny *** pic though lol
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      iphone is def better than the droid but come o now... WINDOWS 7 > mac ox
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      Is this you by chance?




      In no way do you "get what you pay for" with Apple. You pay a premium for a hyped product. Take any Mac, take 1/3 of the price, and you could build a computer that will have more than double the performance. You are completely talking out of your ***.

      .
      You're just ******* hilarious aren't you? If you dont like apple or iDevices, get the **** off this website..