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12-10-2009, 06:48 AM #1
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.
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."
Image via Wired
12-10-2009, 07:21 AM #2
God that phone is ugly. How is Apple still 2 years ahead of everyone else?
12-10-2009, 07:31 AM #3
12-10-2009, 07:54 AM #4
Shouldn't this be posted on ModmyGstring or whatever the Android site is called? It is nothing to do with the iPhone.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
12-10-2009, 07:56 AM #5
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.
Last edited by brianlg; 12-10-2009 at 08:00 AM.
12-10-2009, 07:56 AM #6
The way I see it is, if you screw up your phone while playing with root access, your problem. Educate yourself before jumping in to things head first.
12-10-2009, 07:57 AM #7
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?
12-10-2009, 08:06 AM #8
still a feat for the phone that doesnt even have a serial cable port on the phone...
12-10-2009, 08:24 AM #9
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12-10-2009, 08:44 AM #10
iphone is still the best. But verizon is a lot better than AT&T
12-10-2009, 08:47 AM #11
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)
I was with verizon for years, but the iPhone is worth having even with the ****** service. It's not terrible, but compared to verizon it's definitely inferior. ATT will have to step up their game though and start adding more towers.
12-10-2009, 09:22 AM #12
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"i believe louisiana is the pelican state"
12-10-2009, 09:36 AM #13
and just for the record i had the iphone and went to the droid and glad i did
12-10-2009, 09:48 AM #14
12-10-2009, 09:49 AM #15
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..
12-10-2009, 09:50 AM #16
Rooting has been going on for a while even on android 2.0This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
12-10-2009, 10:10 AM #17
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12-10-2009, 10:17 AM #20
I have yet to hear about any cool stuff on the Droid like we have.. games running at practically N64 or PSone power? It might be "fast" but I doubt it has the same gpu-like capabilities.
What exactly does rooting a Droid let you do anyway? Do they have access to mod Android by default, or would something like SBSettings be a hack?