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SuperSU is redundant and awesome for root users

For anyone who's rooted their Android phone or tablet, the SuperUser app is a familiar and friendly face. If you don't know what it is, it's that "Droid and crossbones" menu that pops up to allow you to confirm or deny root permissions. After several years as the de facto standard, one XDA member named Chainfire aims to dethrone it with a much-improved application, SuperSU. (Yes, that stands for "Super SuperUser".)  The free and paid app adds a bevvy of new features for advanced users, and it's available on the Google Play Store right now.

Sony Tablet P rooted just after AT&T release

Well that didn't take long. Just five days after Sony's unique Tablet P landed on American shores for the first time courtesy of AT&T, someone's given it the Android Rite of Passage and rooted it. In a bit of a departure from the norm, it's not coming from XDA or RootzWiki, but from a little site called Pocketables and a couple of users named "condi" and "BluechipJ'. It's pretty simple as far as Android root processes go: connect via ADB, run a little custom code and you're good to go.

HTC One X gets root and superboot before release, courtesy of Modaco

The early life of an Android smartphone tends to go something like this: speculation, then rumor, then pre-production leak, then marketing leak, then date and price leak, official announcement, release, and finally (usually about five minutes after the first dev gets a hold of it) root. With highly anticipated phones like the HTC One X, this can happen even faster, and indeed that seems to be the case. Noted ROM developer and general modder Paul "Modaco" O'Brien has already released a superboot package for the HTC One X.

Google Wallet now displays warnings for rooted phones

Oh boy. After taking considerable heat from the privacy and security community over cracks in Google Wallet, the company updated the NFC payment app to close a security loophole. That apparently didn't do anything to close the vulnerability for rooted devices, discovered in February. Instead of address the problem for rooted phones, Google seems to be sticking by its recommendation the rooted users not install Google Wallet. In a fit of expediency, they're making sure that root users know their position: Google Wallet now displays an "unsupported device" warning message when run on a rooted phone.

Verizon tells the FCC that locked bootloaders are awesome

If there's one thing that's sure to tick off an advanced Android user... well, it's probably an iPhone user who thinks Siri is "innovative". But if there's another thing, it's a needlessly locked bootloader making root access and custom ROMs on an otherwise excellent device. Case in point: Verizon's stance on the DROID RAZR, and pretty much all of Motorola's devices and anything else they can get away with to boot. In a recent and seemingly unsolicited letter to the FCC, Verizon explained its position and reasoning behind requiring its OEM partners to lock their bootloader (in some cases). The reason? Why, it's all for you, of course!

ASUS Transformer Prime gets ClockworkMod Recovery

Well folks, that sure was fast. After ASUS released their official bootloader unlock tool only hours ago, the amazing developer community we all love and trust have already released ClockworkMod Recovery for the quad-core powered tablet. It is available now and will require a few ADB commands but for those interested this is good news.

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.

Motorola DROID 4 rooted already, get it now

The Motorola DROID 4 QWERTY keyboard slider has only been available for a few days and was just released late last week. Thanks to those awesome developers it appears that we already have a full root method for the device, as well as a script to make the entire process simple for those looking for a little root access.

Surprise: you don’t need root to break into Google Wallet after all

So there's some considerable hubbub surrounding Google Wallet at the moment, after an independent security researcher was able to create a rooted app that bypasses the PIN lock in the software. You can see Google's official response just a few stories down. But now another party, the self-styled Smartphone Champ, has discovered another way to get into a private Google Wallet account, no root required. Technically this is more of a lopphole than a crack, if only because it uses Android's default setting to achieve access. The gist is that all you need to do to wipe the security PIN is to delete the app's stored data via the Settings menu, essentially resetting it to the state it was in when you downloaded it from the Android Market. This is a common Android function and is even recommended sometimes when an app is misbehaving. Wipe the data, re-launch the app, and you (or anyone who has your phone) can access Wallet, associate it with your Google account (without entering a password) and set up a new PIN. Then they can spend the money at any online or retail store that accepts Google Wallet - all without root. Watch as Hashim demonstrates: [youtube Rh1ytHrhj2E] This is a much bigger problem than the previous leak, because anyone with physical access to your phone has the ability to do this quickly and easily. The problem lies with Google Wallet's authentication system: though funds are added into your account and virtually "kept" by Google, the authentication is linked to a single device, not your account. Compare this with any banking app, which keeps your account password connected to your username. Odds are overwhelming that Google will address this loophole very soon. In the meantime, the best way to stay protected while using Google Wallet is to set up a PIN or lock pattern on your device itself - without the PIN or pattern, a thief would have to completely wipe your phone to access any apps or data. [timeline] [via 9to5Google, via AndroidandMe]