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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. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tunerfreak View Post
      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
      I am not going to take sides here because I am biased. Haven't used a Droid. But check out the bold statement. I don't understand why people keep bringing this up. What is the difference if you can do it straight out of the box or if you jailbreak (which btw takes all of one to two minutes now) the device? The point I am making is there is a jailbreak. iPhones can have widgets and lots more. That is what this site is based on. You would have a point if we were not able to do this but we can. Backgrounds? iPhone users can do that too via jailbreak. So what if it takes me two minutes to jailbreak. That is probably the amount of time it took you to use settings to set up a Droid. So f'ing what?
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      And you might be able to get a cheaper comp with better "performance" but have fun dealing with viruses out the ***. I'm a film major, I make movies. There's no need for me to have anything other than a mac. You signed up to a MODMYI account, hmmmmmm I wonder what the I stands for

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    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      This is great news for all!!! Competition always rules, and the best one will be found.

      My $.02: I do not care for being stuck with proprietary hardware or software. As an IT pro myself, I think that Apple and AT&T are stupid in their past business approach with the iPhone and its service. This same thing happened to SLOW @SS 2 back in the day. And now we have better OS's because of it! Again, all of this competition will only create better products and service for all. I will definitely check out the Droid and Verizon at the end of my iPhone/AT&T contract and recommend everyone that has an iPhone to do the same.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      is this a droid forum?
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Quote Originally Posted by aekhamsouk View Post
      is this a droid forum?
      It seems to be. More people seem to be on the droids nuts than the iPhone. Goodthing I don't post here much- these members are ignorant.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      I am not going to take sides here because I am biased. Haven't used a Droid. But check out the bold statement. I don't understand why people keep bringing this up. What is the difference if you can do it straight out of the box or if you jailbreak (which btw takes all of one to two minutes now) the device? The point I am making is there is a jailbreak. iPhones can have widgets and lots more. That is what this site is based on. You would have a point if we were not able to do this but we can. Backgrounds? iPhone users can do that too via jailbreak. So what if it takes me two minutes to jailbreak. That is probably the amount of time it took you to use settings to set up a Droid. So f'ing what?
      Well said thank you sir!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Both phones are good and the majority of you are idiots is what I'm getting from this thread.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      I am not going to take sides here because I am biased. Haven't used a Droid. But check out the bold statement. I don't understand why people keep bringing this up. What is the difference if you can do it straight out of the box or if you jailbreak (which btw takes all of one to two minutes now) the device?
      The reason people bring this argument up is that these widgets were designed by the people who wrote the OS. There is a much lower chance of negative impacts on performance of the device as a whole, as well as being able to bring a device in for repair/replacement and not have to restore to a non-jailbroken FW beforehand.

      With some of the horror stories that I've read of people attempting to get service on a jailbroken device, having piece of mind is fantastic.



      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      And you might be able to get a cheaper comp with better "performance" but have fun dealing with viruses out the ***.

      (insert random pics of emo "artist")

      id LOVE to see what your ****** *** looks like
      You might want to try using a PC before spouting off the comments about viruses. Considering I've yet to have a virus on any of my Vista and 7 machines. Maybe you should spend a little less time surfing pr0n and a little more time on your screenplays. Anyone with a few brain cells to rub together can completely avoid viruses on their computer.

      Aside that, I just felt this to be the fitting time to inject some humor into an otherwise hostile thread. I find it fitting with the whole "0MGAR T3H VIRU53S H4VE ***X0R3D MAH H4RD DR1VEZ!!!"




      BTW: My $1200 rig will walk all over any Mac you own.

      <3
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      The reason people bring this argument up is that these widgets were designed by the people who wrote the OS. There is a much lower chance of negative impacts on performance of the device as a whole, as well as being able to bring a device in for repair/replacement and not have to restore to a non-jailbroken FW beforehand.

      With some of the horror stories that I've read of people attempting to get service on a jailbroken device, having piece of mind is fantastic.





      You might want to try using a PC before spouting off the comments about viruses. Considering I've yet to have a virus on any of my Vista and 7 machines. Maybe you should spend a little less time surfing pr0n and a little more time on your screenplays. Anyone with a few brain cells to rub together can completely avoid viruses on their computer.

      Aside that, I just felt this to be the fitting time to inject some humor into an otherwise hostile thread. I find it fitting with the whole "0MGAR T3H VIRU53S H4VE ***X0R3D MAH H4RD DR1VEZ!!!"




      BTW: My $1200 rig will walk all over any Mac you own.

      <3
      That is a funny comic there lol. Although i have a Mac and love it ^^ i also own a $800 rig that walks all over it. And i'm still adding stuff to it! I'm not biased one bit! I've got the best of both worlds
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Im done arguing. Take the two side by side and compare how much you can do with each and come to your own conclusion.
      while i think this guy is being a little closed minded about other devices, he made me think of something i wish would happen......i wish these sites like gizmodo, engadget, or phonedog would do the end all be all comparison of some of the big phones out there......and that would be a rooted whatever (pre, droid, hero) against a jailbroken iphone 3gs......when you get down to that level then i kind of agree that their isn't a device that can touch the iphone in terms of both capability and smoothness of the UI.

      there is literally only one thing i can think of that i want on my iphone that other phones have, and that is the way that android handles notifications.
    1. Tunerfreak's Avatar
      Tunerfreak -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      I am not going to take sides here because I am biased. Haven't used a Droid. But check out the bold statement. I don't understand why people keep bringing this up.
      because only a small majority of people with iphones actually jailbreak them. if you do then yes it dont matter but people dont compare phones based on weather they can do all that stuff after a phone has been exploited. yes it dont take long at all but there are a lot of people that are complete idiots when it comes to this stuff

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      And you might be able to get a cheaper comp with better "performance" but have fun dealing with viruses out the ***. I'm a film major, I make movies. There's no need for me to have anything other than a mac. You signed up to a MODMYI account, hmmmmmm I wonder what the I stands for
      you are the definition of a apple fan boy thinking that because you have a mac means you you dont get viruses. read up my friend there are plenty of articles on how apple could be more vulnerable than windows. the only reason you dont see that many viruses is because apples market share is so small compared to PC's. and now that apple is starting to catch up hackers have taken notice

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      It seems to be. More people seem to be on the droids nuts than the iPhone. Goodthing I don't post here much- these members are ignorant.
      you are the ignorant one sorry to say, you are the one saying apple is the end all be all when you clearly dont know what you are talking about
    1. crzyital7404's Avatar
      crzyital7404 -
      Droid sucks! lol, when u slide it up it feels like ur gonna break the phone.. the only thing it has is a good camera w/flash, which apple will out do on the next iphone.. I have a 3GS wit t-mobile.. i sacrificed the 3g data network for better phone service.. and ATT want $750 deposit cuz they are crazy and they know they are goin out of business once their contract is over with Apple..
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by crzyital7404 View Post
      ...and ATT want $750 deposit cuz they are crazy and they know they are goin out of business once their contract is over with Apple..
      You honestly think that's the reason you have a deposit?

      I would hope you realize that after a specified time under contract, you can request the deposit be returned, right?
    1. crzyital7404's Avatar
      crzyital7404 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      You honestly think that's the reason you have a deposit?

      I would hope you realize that after a specified time under contract, you can request the deposit be returned, right?
      It was a joke, I have bad credit lol.. but verizon only wants $400 so why would I pay more for worse service.. and i'm happy with t-mobile anyway and I know I would get it back..
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      You people are taking this too far. MOD MY I ...moar modding less arguing kthx
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I had a chance to use a Droid for a few days and I have to say I wasn't impressed. I am glad that they have rooted it tho.
    1. Atomi's Avatar
      Atomi -
      Quote Originally Posted by fletch33 View Post
      loved my iPhone but like my DROID and LOVE my NO DROPPED calls since i have had it from launch day and being in Amish country and my buddy sitting next to me with the iPhone has no 3G in fact no service and my DROID has 3 bars and 3G I LOVE THAT

      iPhone = great device but poor phone and i had the 2G, 3G, and 3GS

      i will be back to the iPhone if the 4G shows promise
      dropped calls are only in USA, i havent experienced a single dropped call in Europe
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      so if apple doesnt allow root access unless you jailbreak, then how can verizon say that "everything idont, droid does" false advertising. i would like to see what can be done with the droid in the right hands but im not getting one, im waiting until my contract is up next year and get the 4th gen iphone which in doubt should be much better than anything else on the market by then!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      so if apple doesnt allow root access unless you jailbreak, then how can verizon say that "everything idont, droid does" false advertising. i would like to see what can be done with the droid in the right hands but im not getting one, im waiting until my contract is up next year and get the 4th gen iphone which in doubt should be much better than anything else on the market by then!
      Keep in mind that the Droid is not the first Android powered device. There have been several other models running the OS as well. I can list out a couple resources that are good for checking out progress in Android development.

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      These are a couple sites that have quite a bit of information on Android powered devices currently.

      I think what people may be assuming about Android powered devices when they hear "open source" is that applications such as widgets are created by different companies. While unbranded HTC phones had a set group of widgets, those same ones may not have been available in a US market phone because the provider wanted to sell the phone with a different set of widgets.

      While you can quickly and easily install user modified widgets in .apk files, some are easier set up by including them in a "cooked" ROM so they are installed immediately.

      Imagine being able to install a non-Apple firmware. Even more advanced than "pwning" a .ipsw file, these custom ROMs allow any number of changes to be made. From a completely different dialer or implementation of the integrated Facebook client, these changes can be made on the level of the ROM itself before you load it on the phone.

      How nice would it be to create a custom FW for your iphone, throw it on a storage directory, then reboot the phone into a custom boot loader? From there you could decide if you just wanted to install the FW, or if you wanted to do a full factory wipe and reinstall? How would you like the freedom to install 3.0 or 3.0.1 again if you missed getting your hashes, or were never able to in the first place?

      There is something to be said about being able to not worry about signed FW from Apple, or their telling you exactly what you can and can't build on your phone. The jailbreak community has some fantastic minds, but imagine what more they could do with the type of access that the Android devs have on those phones.

      If anyone on these forums can't see a major benefit in such a thing, I don't know how to get them to believe anything about the possibilities of phones which are easily modified.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Both phones are good and the majority of you are idiots is what I'm getting from this thread.
      i see the moderators are top notch here also...

      what happened to being impartial when you hold a position of power?



      the droid will suffer from the same thing windoze mobile did.. too many freakin lame *** versions!

      i predict epic fail...

      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      It seems to be. More people seem to be on the droids nuts than the iPhone. Goodthing I don't post here much- these members are ignorant.
      here's to that!!