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DROID XYBOARD root works on all current Moto 2.3 and 3.0 devices

Good news, Motorola modders: the root method developed for the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 should work on just about every current Motorola device out there. The developer of the XYBOARD root method (among many, many others) Dan Rosenberg said that the exploit, which he calls "Motofail", should work on Motorola devices running Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Since that encompasses pretty much every Motorola device released in the last six months, it's a major boon to the community.

New Nook Tablet root method requires just a MicroSD card and a reboot

The Nook Tablet has become notoriously difficult to mod, thanks in no small part to Barnes & Noble's decision to ship it with a locked bootloader. Various software updates have closed root methods already in use, making it more and more difficult for modders to do what they wish with they hardware they bought. Thankfully, XDA member Indirect has combined a series of hacks to create a root method that launches directly from a MicroSD card, which boots directly into ClockworkMod Recovery.

Rooting exemption to the DMCA set to expire, EFF fights for permanent solution

Did you know that your right to root your Android phone is actually protected by U.S. copyright law? It's true. In a 2010 revision to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption that made modifying copyrighted software legal for the purposes of unlocking phones. This was mostly aimed at the iPhone (as Apple was trying to establish a legal precedent for suing its own customers at the time) but the exemption applies to any cell phone, including all Android phones sold in the United States. There's just one problem: the exemption wasn't permanent, and it's set to expire later this year.

Galaxy Nexus, Kinect and projector combine for a wall-sized Android interface

Android is surprisingly scalable - it works well on smartphones and tablets and is even passable as a desktop OS when loaded onto x86 hardware. But who among us hasn't longed to make their Android phone's interface 50 inches diagonal and throw it up on a wall? Well me, for one, but an industrious modder has done just that, outputting the video from a Galaxy Nexus through a projector and combining it with the Xbox Kinect motion control gadget. The result is a huge version of Ice Cream Sandwich, not only projected onto a wall but controllable by "touching" the enlarged interface.

HP TouchPad CM9 Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ready to download

The CyanogenMod team showed off a near-complete version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad earlier this week, and now you can try it out on your own hardware. CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 is ready to download and install via RootzWiki (currently experiencing uptime issues), though at this point it's far from finished. While the basics are in place, including Android 4.0's much-improved tablet interface, a host of early bugs will discourage all but the most dedicated of modders.

Galaxy Nexus gets ClockworkMod Recovery with on-screen touch controls

This shouldn't really come as a huge surprise to most folks and I've been wanting something like this for a while now. Being able to control my recovery with the Nexus One ball or myTouch 4G trackpad it was only a matter of time before someone made on-screen touch controls like Ice Cream Sandwich. That is exactly what we have here -- ClockworkMod Recovery Touch Alpha.

2-click Windows root and unlock method developed for the Galaxy Nexus

As far as we're concerned, if you went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on launch day, you have a responsibility to unlock that bootloader, root Android and get cracking with some custom mods and ROMs. Even though the process isn't terribly difficult, there are a good number of steps and checks, and not everyone is up for the challenge. Those of you who have been holding off for an easier method can thank "WugFresh" at GalaxyNexusForum.com, who's developed an easy Windows application that automates every step of the unlock process on Windows.

MIUI for the HP TouchPad enters beta, download it now

Though it's almost impossible to find an HP TouchPad at this point (at a reasonable price, anyway) the Android mod community is still rolling full steam ahead on the abandoned platform. Though the MIUI version of Android isn't as far along as CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad, it's reached the beta stage first, aftera short alpha introductory period. You can download MIUI for the TouchPad over at RootzWiki.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus modification will change your softkeys and their color

For Galaxy Nexus owners that just picked up their device from Verizon, you may finally have a reason to root your device. Yes, rooting does void your warranty - but it opens a world of new available features. Even though Verizon’s Nexus is fairly new, development has been progressing at an excellent rate. We recently discussed a battery mod compatible with the Android Revolution HD ROM for the Galaxy Nexus, and now there is a softkey mod that adds a “Search” softkey pictured as a magnifying glass to the right of the bottom menu buttons.
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