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Verizon Galaxy S III stock firmware image released

Verizon's version of the new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone is starting to slowly reach the hands of consumers this past week, with pre-order shipments finally arriving for a lucky few. Today we have some good news in the form of a stock firmware image of Verizon's model. This means all you hackers can go to town and feel safe knowing you can easily get back to stock.

Samsung Galaxy S III rooted already

The brand new Samsung Galaxy S III hasn't even hit the shelves yet and it's already been rooted. Thanks to the awesome and well known XDA Developer Chainfire we now have full access before the phone is even commercially available. The only issue with achieving root is the fact he doesn't have the device in-hand for testing, but the process should remain the same come release day.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 rooted

Ah, root. It's a sort of coming-of-age test for an Android device, in that brief (and sometimes nonexistent) gap between a phone's retail release and the point at which the modder community beats it into software submission. The time has come for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the mild refresh to one of the most successful 10-inch Android tablets out there. Thanks to the folks at XDA, you can now get both root permissions and a custom recovery on your shiny new tablet.

AT&T, Rogers HTC One X rooted

AT&T customers are still pretty upset at the arbitrary locked bootloader on the HTC One X, but at least they can do some basic modifications: root has been achieved. XDA Developers member Kenneth Penn has posted a one-click root solution for the LTE version of the One X, and it should also work on the phone headed for Canadian carrier Rogers as well. You'll need a Windows PC and a basic understanding of Android, but as far as root process go, it's relatively easy.

WiFi Tether back in the Play Store – for now

It's been quite a while since mainstream wireless tethering apps were available in the Android Market/Google Play Store, presumably because US carriers aren't keen to see free alternatives to their paid services. The most popular third-party tethering app, WiFi Tether for Root Users, has mysteriously re-appeared in the Google Play Store - you can download it for free right now. Who knows how long it will stay there, but in any case, we're happy to see it return.
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