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Snapdragon US Galaxy S8 and S8+ can now be rooted by all with SamPWND

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

It's pretty funny how Exynos-powered Samsung devices used to be considered less developer-friendly, but it's now their Snapdragon counterparts that are getting harder and harder to crack. This was the case with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge last year, as well as the current Galaxy S8 and S8+. Some talented developers were able to get these locked-down Samsung phones rooted earlier this month. It's now available to the public, and it's (appropriately) called SamPWND.

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Snapdragon US Galaxy S8 and S8+ can now be rooted by all with SamPWND was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands-on: Battery Charge Limit for rooted devices does exactly what you expect

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Those of us here at Android Police have a lot of phones, and that's putting it lightly. It's not just because we like basking in the light of a dozen tiny differently calibrated displays (though that is one of the unofficial perks). We actually need different hardware and software configurations on hand to test and compare against. Between device compatibility for new apps, checking APK releases for differences, and test environments, our desks end up being monuments/graves to recent phone history.

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Hands-on: Battery Charge Limit for rooted devices does exactly what you expect was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s Snapdragon Galaxy S8+ (G955U) has been rooted, but it isn’t ready for prime time yet

Friday, August 11th, 2017

XDA is the living, breathing embodiment of the spirit of software engineering. At least, as applied to Android. And thanks to those fine folks, the inevitable march of progress has advanced yet again. XDA member BotsOne made two posts yesterday in which he confirmed that he and the others working on it were able to get read/write access to the system partition, and were subsequently able to install SuperSU.

That doesn't mean things are ready for the "average" root user (if there is such a thing).

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Samsung's Snapdragon Galaxy S8+ (G955U) has been rooted, but it isn't ready for prime time yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chainfire releases v1.0 of SuHide, a root-detection mitigation tool

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Users looking to hide their root status from being detected by things like SafetyNet now have one more option available, aside from Magisk. Chainfire, the original developer of the closed-source root solution SuperSU, has released v1.0 of suhide. This latest incarnation is "completely different from the old version," but should work about the same for the end-user. 

Those that have been seeking a means of hiding their root or ROM status from SafetyNet these days are probably using Magisk, as it's been regularly and quickly updated to work around Google's detection methods.

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Chainfire releases v1.0 of SuHide, a root-detection mitigation tool was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JRummy Apps, maker of various root tools, has been purchased by Maple Media

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Those of you who like to root and mod your phones have probably heard of JRummy Apps. Probably best known for its Root Browser and ROM Toolbox apps, JRummy has been a staple of the Android enthusiast community for many years now. It's now been purchased by a company that specializes in app acquisitions called Maple Media.

Even if you can't specifically recall the name "JRummy," it's not implausible that you've come across the developer's before.

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JRummy Apps, maker of various root tools, has been purchased by Maple Media was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk v13.3 released with fixes for the latest SafetyNet detection methods

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

This is becoming a common refrain, but Magisk has been updated to bypass SafetyNet, again. Just a few days ago Magisk developer topjohnwu told us that he was hard at work on a fix. While he wasn't able to provide a firm date at the time, he may have over delivered on his promise of "soon." The latest update, v13.3, escapes SafetyNet detection. Your Magisk Manager app should prompt you for an update sometime soon.

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Magisk v13.3 released with fixes for the latest SafetyNet detection methods was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Customize your rooted phone with Awesome Navbars, free for a limited period

Monday, July 17th, 2017

For those who like to tinker with their Android phones on a regular basis, the Substratum Theme Engine is a great way to style your rooted device with seemingly endless possibilities. It's based on code hidden within Android that's intended for use by OEMs to change themes in their skins, but this app now allows anyone to do this. Additional apps can be installed to work in conjunction with Substratum to change certain aspects of a device's theme, and that's exactly what Awesome Navbars does.

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[Deal Alert] Customize your rooted phone with Awesome Navbars, free for a limited period was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SafetyNet can detect Magisk again, but a fix is in the works

Monday, July 17th, 2017

If you are a Magisk user, and you fired up Pokemon Go or Android Pay today just to be met with an error message, you aren't alone. The game of cat and rooted mouse continues, as Google's detection methods have expanded again to catch Magisk 13.2, which is the latest version. But, Magisk developer topjohnwu expects to have things fixed soon. 

In a post made today over at XDA, another developer named Tobi@s took a quick look at the changes in SafetyNet and figured out a workaround.

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SafetyNet can detect Magisk again, but a fix is in the works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Bugfix v13.2] Magisk v13.1 released to stable with SafetyNet fixes and Android O support

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Yesterday prolific XDA developer topjohnwu released a new stable version of Magisk (v13.1) which includes all the changes from the beta release v13, like Android O support and a new SafetyNet workaround. With the latest update, you can go back to using the more advanced features of Magisk, while still hiding root.

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[Update: Bugfix v13.2] Magisk v13.1 released to stable with SafetyNet fixes and Android O support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk v13.1 released to stable with SafetyNet fixes and Android O support

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Yesterday prolific XDA developer topjohnwu released a new stable version of Magisk (v13.1) which includes all the changes from the beta release v13, like Android O support and a new SafetyNet workaround. With the latest update, you can go back to using the more advanced features of Magisk, while still hiding root. But most users won't notice any significant differences in this recent release, other than things just working. With all the recent SafetyNet changes, that's a fantastic achievement. 

The changes in v13/13.1 are in response to adjustments by Google last month that triggered SafetyNet if you were using Magisk outside core-only mode.

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Magisk v13.1 released to stable with SafetyNet fixes and Android O support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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