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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.

S-OFF is now available for the HTC U11 via SunShine

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The root/ROM community in Android may not be as big as it once was, but there are still hardcore enthusiasts out there who refuse to buy any phone unless its software is modifiable. For those of you, there's good news - SunShine now supports S-OFF for HTC's latest flagship, the U11.

If you don't know what S-OFF is, it's essentially an unlocking of HTC phones' security that enables users to modify system partitions (and have them survive reboots) and flash unsigned firmware zip files (see this XDA forums post for a more detailed explanation).

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S-OFF is now available for the HTC U11 via SunShine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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