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Bluestacks App Player hacked for root and Google Play Store access

The Bluetstacks Android app player is already a pretty cool little service: after its recent upgrade to Beta status, it can handle just about any Android app on a Windows PC. The beta can sync apps from your Android phone or tablet, or download them directly from third-party apps stores, but like Steve Austin, it can be so much more. Like any Android "device", if you want to make it better, stronger, faster, then you've got to root that sucker. XDA member xRepinsSporx did just that, and he's kindly showed the world how to follow suit. And yes, you can install the Google Play Store.

CyanogenMod decides root access should be optional

Devices running custom ROM's have always been rooted. This is just how things are in the world of Android. Root gives you full control and access to well, root of your device. The power is yours after rooting. Yes you read our title right, moving forward the extremely popular CyanogenMod 9 will no longer be rooted. It will instead be a simple option to enable, but for security sake it will be optional.

Modaco roots HTC One S, surprises no one

Ready for yet another pre-release root story? Noted Android ROM developer and modder Paul "Modaco" O'Brien has rooted the upcoming HTC One S, less than a week after doing the same for the big daddy HTC One X. Of course the HTC One S isn't actually available in any market just yet, but Android fans can rest easy knowing that they can do so the minute they get the phone in their hot little hands. The superboot method favored by O'Brien is in full effect, but HTC will need to unlock the bootloader first. There shouldn't be any problem with that, considering their recent developer-friendly stance.

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.