With any new Android device - smartphones and tablets alike - the first thing that people are on a lookout for is ways to customize it even deeper. Now, in the world of Google’s open source operating system, root access is usually the first base that you have to cover to reach somewhere on that front, and that’s exactly what we’re going to teach you to do in this post for the new Nexus 7, also labeled Nexus 7 2013.
The Droid DNA is a monster of a phone that successfully raises the bar for manufacturers looking to release a new flagship device. When it comes to sheer horsepower, the mighty Android from HTC simply blows away a lot of competition – all the way from its mind blowing high-res screen, to the CPU that it employs, to the sensors and ergonomics that it carries.
Google and LG may only have announced the Nexus 4 earlier this week, but the Android community is by far the most dogmatic in its quest to tweak and mod every aspect of the search company's firmware, and already, a method for unlocking the device's bootloader is ready and available; more details after the jump!
The Nexus line of Android smartphones is known for the pure Android experience that they offer, their direct support from Google and, more importantly for flashaholics, unbridled support from the Android developed community. These devices often get rooted and have a custom ROM ready before their public release. The latest example of this is the Nexus 7 tablet that has its bootloader easily unlocked, root access easily gained and custom recovery easily flashed.
The Nexus Q is one heck of a weird gadget. The "social streaming" thingamajig has the heart of a Android smartphone with it's dual core processor, powerful graphics 16GB flash storage and 1GB RAM, but the features of a severely crippled Apple TV. It is somewhat similar to the Apple TV in that it can stream content using an Android smartphone or tablet as a remote (Apple TV does this with mobile iOS device or a Mountain Lion based Mac), but the problem is that it costs nearly thrice as much, streams content only from Google Play’s limited library and YouTube and can't even be used without an Android device. The gadget has received mixed reviews so far.
It's certainly been a great past week for those who like modding their devices. Two separate rooting methods have allowed boatloads of Samsung and Motorola devices running Gingerbread to be rooted using the same simple methods, and now, those running almost any HTC Android device can unlock their bootloader without jeopardizing that all-important warranty.
While we’ve already published a post on how to root Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.0.2 ICS using Chainfire’s CF-Root, a new toolkit has been released today that makes unlocking and rooting a one-click process. Details and instructions available after the jump!
HTC has long been known as a great alternative to Apple’s monopolistic dominance in the smartphone world. In a bold new move, the company is now opening up its Sense interface, as well as its bootloader, to third-party developers.
It hasn’t even been a day since Google Nexus S hit the Best Buy’s shelves in US and it’s bootloader has already been unlocked. For those who don’t know, unlocking the bootloader allows you to go into custom recovery mode so you can install custom ROMs like Cyanogen Mod etc.