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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

 

The application in question is called 'EngineerMode,' which is intended to be used in factories to confirm that the device is working properly.

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OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

XDA’s One-Handed Mode app makes it easier to use your giant smartphone

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

While large displays can be beautiful, using them in everyday scenarios can be anything but. This is particularly the case if you're holding yourself steady on a bus or train with one hand while browsing your smartphone with the other on a daily basis. To address this potential hazard, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and other manufacturers offer a one-handed mode on some of their phones, and now a new XDA app called (wait for it) "One-Handed Mode" is bringing the helpful feature to any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher.

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XDA's One-Handed Mode app makes it easier to use your giant smartphone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk v14.3 beta released with new ‘Invincible mode’ fix for root loss, among other changes

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Magisk was previously updated to support Google's Pixel devices, as well as any other phones that might use the recently-implemented A/B partitioning scheme. But, there was one hiccup. It turns out that the Magisk daemon running in the background can die, leading to a temporary loss of root, and it doesn't get restarted. But this latest update, v14.3, introduces a new "Invincible mode" that should fix all that.

The issue was widely reported, and even we were affected.

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Magisk v14.3 beta released with new 'Invincible mode' fix for root loss, among other changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices

Friday, October 13th, 2017

This May, Netflix started blocking rooted and unlocked devices from downloading the company's app on Google Play. It was an unfortunate restriction that locked out many people and stirred up a lot of anger. Over the last week, some of us at AP have started noticing the app reappearing, even though our devices still don't pass SafetyNet/Google Play device certification.

Not all of us are seeing the Netflix app return. My own bootloader-unlocked Pixel XL still adamantly refuses to show the app listing, but Artem's is more than happy to oblige.

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Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SamFAIL roots Snapdragon Galaxy Note8 without tripping Knox

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The age-old tradition of rooting Samsung's latest flagship continues. In this case, it's the Galaxy Note8, and it took developers about a month. For some perspective, that's much less time than we had to wait for root on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Based on this progression, I predict that the next Samsung flagship should be rooted just a bit before it is released. /s

The Note8 is rootable via XDA member me2151's SamFAIL utility, and (as you'd expect) there are plenty of caveats.

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SamFAIL roots Snapdragon Galaxy Note8 without tripping Knox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chainfire announces the end of his involvement with SuperSU

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

It has been just over two years since Chainfire announced the sale of root tool SuperSU to a newly formed company called CMMT. Despite some initial fears, this transfer of ownership hasn't negatively impacted users, and SuperSU is still chugging along. However, Chainfire's two-year contract with CCMT is running out, so it's time for him to move on. To what? Lots of things, probably.

According to Chainfire, part of the deal was that he'd remain involved with SuperSU for two years as CCMT took over development.

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Chainfire announces the end of his involvement with SuperSU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SuperSU hits the 100 million downloads mark

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

SuperSU is an app that any rooted user will know, even if you don't use it. I have fond memories of it from my days rooting and ROMing every device I could get my hands on, and it would appear that I'm not the only person who feels this way — SuperSU just hit the impressive 100 million downloads mark.

If you don't know, SuperSU is an app to manage the root functions on your device.

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SuperSU hits the 100 million downloads mark was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk and Magisk Manager updated to patch boot images without root, installing itself without custom recovery

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Root users should be universally familiar with Magisk, and yesterday both it and the associated Magisk Manager were updated to v14 and v5.3.0, respectively. There are a ton of changes, but the headlining features from these updates are improvements in Samsung device compatibility, a new beta channel for updates, and the ability to patch boot images without root. That last one is a biggie, as it'll let you install Magisk both without a custom recovery and without already being rooted. 

There are a few caveats.

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Magisk and Magisk Manager updated to patch boot images without root, installing itself without custom recovery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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