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Themer hands-on: the newest launcher for Android

Themer, the popular new app/launcher, has a waitlist approaching several hundred thousand people. The promise is simple: theme your device easily, making it appear fresh on a whim. Accomplished via a link to their MyColorScreen site, which houses various themes for you to use (as well as a tool to build your own!), Themer wants to make the fussy task of theming a device as simple as looking through a picture gallery. No wonder the wait list is so long.

LG G2 on Verizon and AT&T get easy root access

The LG G2 on both Verizon and AT&T are finally available this week. With Verizon opening up orders on their smartphone yesterday. For those curious as to if you'll be able to root the 5.2-inch quad-core powered smartphone, that's a yes. We already have an extremely simple root method for both carrier models, and more details can be found below.

Verizon Moto X root access proven possible

The Moto X is available with a wide variety of US carriers at this point, however your ability to tinker with the phone will vary depending on which carrier you have. Motorola does offer an option to unlock the bootloader, however that option is not available for those with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. But official paths aside, it looks like someone has managed to get past some of the blocks and has achieved root access on the Verizon Moto X.

NFL Mobile redesigned for 2013, blocks root users

The official NFL app for Android has been updated this afternoon with tons of changes. Now that football is here (finally!) we all need an app to stay up to date with the latest news, scores, and highlights. It appears to be replacing the Verizon NFL Mobile app, and the official NFL (2011, 12, 13) one has simply been renamed NFL Mobile, and aside from a nice redesign it's all bad news.

The Future of Rooting in Android

The announcement of Android 4.3 last month may have disappointed some people in terms of lacking the usual fireworks, but there was a change that caught some developers by surprise: the inclusion of SELinux as Android's security system. This seemingly small change has caused many an Android geek to worry not exactly about security but about the ability to gain privileged access in the future. The summary of it is that we'll still be getting root, but getting there will be different.

CyanogenMod considers removing the need for root access

Rooting an Android device is often associated with installing third party ROMs. And while that is a step in the process, you could simply root your device and keep the stock firmware installed and running. Those who root without using third-party ROMs likely do so for a variety of reasons. One of those is for backups. But it seems there is now some discussion about running CyanogenMod without root.

Verizon Galaxy S4 latest OTA update gets rooted, again

Verizon recently rolled out a software update to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that brought in new features as well as security fixes. However, the update also included patches to security exploits that previously allowed the phone to be rooted. Owners intent on rooting their devices can breathe a bit easier now that a new rooting method has been developed over at XDA.
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