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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. Ruskiboy's Avatar
      Ruskiboy -
      The arguments here are retarded, childish ignorent and hypocritical at best.

      Now I'm not going to argue which is the better phone because frankly I don't wana be drawn down to the level of idiots and be beaten with their experience. Frankly you picked which phone you got because the sum if its features appealed to your needs. Even if one is better then the other who gives a crap? Just because it's better dose not mean that it's more useful to the end user! But for the record I own an iPhone and live in Australia so we don't get the ****** AT&T issue.

      But on another note the argument for Driod vs iPhone in the "unlocking/rooting" is hypocritical on the part of Droiders.

      Android is open source yes however the Drioid is a private product owned by Motorla and Verizon and as such not yours to modify thus basically making it's software closed off to public modification in the exact same way that the iphones os is closed to modification. In other words it's the same sh!it but with a different smell.

      Will jailbreaking/unlocking an iphone void your warranty? Yes. Can rooting/unlocking your Droid void your warranty? Yes.

      Can you after jail breaking add more features/customise the os on an iphone? Yes. Can you after rooting add more features/customize the os on your Driod? Yes.

      If the process goes wrong can you brick your phone/be charged by your service provider? iPhone=Yes Droid=Yes.

      Even if the OS is open source changing the functionality of a privately owned software such as the apps that run on your Droid is illegal (and yes that includes making them run on phones that are not made to have them run by default) The same applies for hardware so adding multitouch makes you just as "criminal"

      Ultimate difference between Droid and iPhone is simple. By rooting a Droid you're violating the service provider and hardware makes rights. By jailbreaking a iPhone you're also doing that but at the same time you're also violating the closed os platform.

      Thus in the end rooting your Droid makes you a dirty criminal just like the rest of us iPhone users! Get off your open OS high horse and STFU.

      Thank you that is all.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Yeah, two years ahead (can you not read?). What other phone out right now can do what the iPhone can? And have over 100,000 apps available. And congratulations for Braun, I didn't mention the iPhone's design. I said the Droid is ugly (it is.. watch their OWN commercials, they basically claim they are ugly).

      I'm sorry you're stuck with Verizon. But be honest, there isn't (and hasn't been) a better phone out than the iPhone.
      Fanboy alert!!
    1. Masterz1337's Avatar
      Masterz1337 -
      Having both used the iPhone and Droid, I would agree that the droid can pretty do much anything the iPhone can. What it isn't is as polished, easy to use, and well, fun. One of the biggest things you can look at is the browser compared to Safari. There's no contest there, it's a uphill fight to view webpages on the droid, while with the iPhones multitouch and polished UI and graphics make it so simply easy to use. The keyboard on the Droid is a joke too, It's far easier to type on a Blackberry, Sidekick, or iPhone.
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      Wait a minute..... "Access to widgets that would be off limits to the droid?"

      I thought the whole basis on the Droid and Android platform was you can write an app to do anything?
      The OS is open. Moto is the one limiting it.

      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..

      iTunes is the qorst music program ever. There is alot of "you can't do that" with that program. Damit i want to drag my 2 new songs into the phone without 20 steps. I want to be able to play my music on different computers. Why didn't you tell me I had duplicate songs when I was syncing! easy software to use huh...


      Admit it, you would love to have the screen of the droid. You would love the high resolution cam on the droid. and the memory card reader. and replace the battery when you need...and...

      Copyrights and patents are preventing other companies from making really cool iPhone killers.


      Some people here seems to be hard core apple fans. They will believe anything apple tells them and sells them. Apple loves people like that. it seems like these hard core apple fans really are weird people. When something non apple comes up on this site, they go crazy and say the darnest things. isnt that cute? they feel really threatened or something. they can't think straight. they make arguments that arent fair or dont make sense at all. Wow, 5 pages of response post for this topic alone. Someting is churning up inside.

      Man, do some research before trying to make an argument. There is a member, i think his name is tooslo or something like that, but this guy really does his research and provides backup when he argues something. He provides links and everything. He is really good. I dont want to mess with him. These other people, i dont know what to say. they just say whatever and refuse to be logical.


      Just wanted to let ya'all know. i've noticed, after alot of reading, that alot of people who have at least windows have a higher number of thanks per post compared to those who have only macs.

      enjoy.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      all good and gravy....but last i checked this is modmyiphone not modmydroid.....lately ive noticed this forum going off target....are we all really that bored with the iphone? sure, i like new technology as much as the next techno geek....but seriously...its been getting sick lately.
    1. Ruskiboy's Avatar
      Ruskiboy -
      This tread makes me facepalm and want to curbstomp babies
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      all good and gravy....but last i checked this is modmyiphone not modmydroid.....lately ive noticed this forum going off target....are we all really that bored with the iphone? sure, i like new technology as much as the next techno geek....but seriously...its been getting sick lately.
      I honestly hope that it's not just me, but a forum dedicated to the modification of iphones/ipods can benefit from seeing that there are people attempting to work on other devices as well.

      Knowing this, you could consider each of these user bases to be a faction. Hell, it's obvious there is enough hostility to make that case. Allowing the end users who jailbreak their devices to better understand that there is a very large contingent of people who want to improve the usability of their wireless device.

      I personally can't see why anyone would be upset at the idea of bringing some of these communities together. It's quite obvious that Poetic Folley believes this to some degree considering the grouping of "ModMy" sites which cover the idevices, Moto and Android phones.

      In the end, it's competition that drives innovation. Seeing how others are pushing forward with device technology can give ideas to developers, modders, etc to push the abilities of the idevices. Even within this thread, there are people stating that some of the things that are available on the Droid are done quite well.

      I understand that Apple enthusiasts are a very unique kind, but it's also important to not allow your userbase to stagnate and become complacent. I wouldn't argue that has happened at this point, but why risk it happening?

      Another option would be to just create a non-Apple news section as well. I could see this benefiting since there could be discussion about other carrier news. Example: Just recently, the first LTE call was placed. This is huge news for the cell industry as a whole, but unfortunately there really isn't a place to discuss that here.

      Bah, I need my coffee, I'm not on the ball this morning.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Isn't that what the ModMyGString section is for?
      We all know that people mod other devices, if I want to find out about them I look in the relevant places, this is not relevant to the iPhone and should not be under iPhone News IMHO.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Isn't that what the ModMyGString section is for?
      We all know that people mod other devices, if I want to find out about them I look in the relevant places, this is not relevant to the iPhone and should not be under iPhone News IMHO.
      Are you positive that every person who comes here understands that there is a link at the top of the page leading to another site?

      What about the people who are just learning about jailbreaking? Couldn't a thread such as this, which discusses the possibility on another phone help them better understand exactly what it means to jailbreak a device?

      I understand that you're only playing devil's advocate, but I like to think that I've made a fairly strong case for an occasional news topic such as this.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So you think we should get the news from Windows Mobile as well? Why?
      This is an iPhone specific site and should be kept as such.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      So you think we should get the news from Windows Mobile as well? Why?
      This is an iPhone specific site and should be kept as such.
      I believe I answered your questions in this post.
    1. HayWire's Avatar
      HayWire -
      This is great news! i ROOTED my g1 back when I had one, when I get my droid I will most certainly be rooting it as well. It just adds more customization, even beyond what the already open platform allows. I really, really can't wait for 2/27/10 so I can get my hands on one! Gunna be a long few months!

      I love my iphone, but the droid just works flawlessly with my many google services I use. I'm not saying the iphone doesn't, it just seems more natural on the droid. I downloaded google voice onto a test phone at a store and it works just like the native texting app. Freaking sweet.

      The only thing I need to decided is if i want to go the moto route, or the htc eris.

      But, This is fabulous news!!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by HayWire View Post
      The only thing I need to decided is if i want to go the moto route, or the htc eris.
      Personally I'd consider the Moto phone, mainly because the specs are in it's favor.

      The Eris shares the same "guts" for the most part as the HTC Hero and Sprint Hero, which is why you haven't seen Android 2.0 for it yet. HTC is working on getting the Sense UI properly working in a 2.0 environment.

      Either way, some people are really going to love the Android and some people will really love the iphone. The beauty of this all is that there are choices. While this doesn't mean you can bring any phone to any carrier, having more options will only be good for the phone industry. Pushing both hardware and software innovation will bring (hopefully) better devices to the market.

      You can be sure that Apple has been keeping it's eyes on where Android is going. With the massive influx of available Android handsets, more people are going to be purchasing them, and it will create a much larger community for pushing the boundaries of the Android OS. Hopefully this will get Apple in gear to realize that they can't just rest on their laurels and remain king of the phone market.

      David is coming, and in time we will see if he can slay Goliath.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      I honestly hope that it's not just me, but a forum dedicated to the modification of iphones/ipods can benefit from seeing that there are people attempting to work on other devices as well.

      Knowing this, you could consider each of these user bases to be a faction. Hell, it's obvious there is enough hostility to make that case. Allowing the end users who jailbreak their devices to better understand that there is a very large contingent of people who want to improve the usability of their wireless device.

      I personally can't see why anyone would be upset at the idea of bringing some of these communities together. It's quite obvious that Poetic Folley believes this to some degree considering the grouping of "ModMy" sites which cover the idevices, Moto and Android phones.

      In the end, it's competition that drives innovation. Seeing how others are pushing forward with device technology can give ideas to developers, modders, etc to push the abilities of the idevices. Even within this thread, there are people stating that some of the things that are available on the Droid are done quite well.

      I understand that Apple enthusiasts are a very unique kind, but it's also important to not allow your userbase to stagnate and become complacent. I wouldn't argue that has happened at this point, but why risk it happening?

      Another option would be to just create a non-Apple news section as well. I could see this benefiting since there could be discussion about other carrier news. Example: Just recently, the first LTE call was placed. This is huge news for the cell industry as a whole, but unfortunately there really isn't a place to discuss that here.

      Bah, I need my coffee, I'm not on the ball this morning.
      i do value your opinion. and you have initiated some valid points in your responses.
      however, you being a good example here of my own, is that your not an avid iphone user by your own admission. alltogether you still come to this iphone communtity to gather valuable information for your own growth. in turn for my own stability in learning and understanding new platforms i can also go to other sites dedicated to non apple jailbroken devices to gain growth as well.
    1. crzyital7404's Avatar
      crzyital7404 -
      Droid Does.............SUCK!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      i do value your opinion. and you have initiated some valid points in your responses.
      however, you being a good example here of my own, is that your not an avid iphone user by your own admission. alltogether you still come to this iphone communtity to gather valuable information for your own growth. in turn for my own stability in learning and understanding new platforms i can also go to other sites dedicated to non apple jailbroken devices to gain growth as well.
      It's not exactly true that I only come here for my own growth. While I visit many other forums dedicated to just about everything under the sun, my wife and several friends have come to rely on me for assistance with their devices.

      Because of this, I feel a need to better understand the functionality of their devices, as well as technology as a whole. Because of the rapidity of news stories, it's quite easy to pick and choose the RSS feeds that I might find of interest and comment on those threads.

      Since I have a job that allows me to multi-task, I use that opportunity to learn about whatever currently holds my interest. Some days it's cars, SQL development, video games, phones, etc.

      That being said, I also can't help but troll topics every now and again. Usually I validate it as playing devil's advocate, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I enjoy spurring discussion.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      i do value your opinion. and you have initiated some valid points in your responses.
      however, you being a good example here of my own, is that your not an avid iphone user by your own admission. alltogether you still come to this iphone communtity to gather valuable information for your own growth. in turn for my own stability in learning and understanding new platforms i can also go to other sites dedicated to non apple jailbroken devices to gain growth as well.
      I go to Engadget for my valuable information... I come here to watch the on going circle jerk. It provides tons of entertainment. Like that emo guy who posted his pic. LOL
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tunerfreak View Post
      the only thing that will kill the iphone is apple
      Agreed. And unfortunately, they are doing a pretty good job of it.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      It's not exactly true that I only come here for my own growth. While I visit many other forums dedicated to just about everything under the sun, my wife and several friends have come to rely on me for assistance with their devices.

      Because of this, I feel a need to better understand the functionality of their devices, as well as technology as a whole. Because of the rapidity of news stories, it's quite easy to pick and choose the RSS feeds that I might find of interest and comment on those threads.

      Since I have a job that allows me to multi-task, I use that opportunity to learn about whatever currently holds my interest. Some days it's cars, SQL development, video games, phones, etc.

      That being said, I also can't help but troll topics every now and again. Usually I validate it as playing devil's advocate, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I enjoy spurring discussion.
      youve really prooved my point exactly. youve come here for iphone news. nuf said.
    1. danielwray's Avatar
      danielwray -
      i know this thread is old but how did it go from iphone vs droid to windows vs mac? droid uses linux you guys

      EDIT Battlecrushr: i will not insult people