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How to unlock, root Google Nexus 4, use custom recovery and more

The Google Nexus 4 is one of the first devices to ship with Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. But if you want to install custom firmware, run apps that require root access, or make other changes, there’s good news: The Nexus 4 is just about as easy to work with as earlier Nexus devices. […]

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Safestrap lets you load custom recovery on Kindle Fire HD (and eventually custom ROMS too)

Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire tablets including the Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 inch tablets have locked bootloaders. That probably doesn’t matter much if you plan to just run the operating system that came with your tablet. But it causes a bit of a headache for folks that want to load […]

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Kindle Fire HD hack: Bootloader bypass means custom recovery, custom ROMs coming soon

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet ships with a highly customized version of Google Android 4.0 that’s tied to Amazon’s app, music, book, and video stores. The 7 inch Kindle Fire HD has a 1280 x 800 pixel display and more storage than the original Kindle Fire… but unlike the 2011 model, the new Fire […]

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Update Google Nexus 7 to Android 4.1.2 without loosing root

Google recently started rolling out an Android 4.1.2 software update for the Google Nexus 7 tablet and some other devices including the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The update lets you view the home screen in landscape orientation on 7 inch tablets, and includes performance and stability improvements. But there’s one thing you might want to know […]

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TWRP 2.2 custom recovery gets even easier to use

A custom recovery tool for Android lets you make a complete backup of your device, replace your operating system, install updates, or make other changes that are hard to do from within Android. You can install them on most rooted Android devices with unlocked bootloaders. But custom recovery apps don’t exactly have a reputation for […]

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How to safely update a rooted Kindle Fire to OS 6.3.1

So you have an Amazon Kindle Fire running software version 6.3 and you want to have the latest security features, parental controls and other updates that come with 6.3.1. But your tablet is rooted — and you don’t want to lose root access. What to do? Actually it turns out there are two options. You […]

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TWRP 2.1 touch-based recovery available for nearly two dozen Android devices

TWRP is a utility that you can use to create a complete backup of an Android phone or tablet, install software updates, wipe cache, or make other system-level changes. It’s a custom recovery tool, much like the popular ClockworkMod Recovery. And like ClockworkMod, you’ll need a rooted phone or tablet with an unlocked bootloader to […]

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MIUI ROM is now available for the Kindle Fire – video

There’s a new version of Android available for Amazon Kindle Fire users that aren’t afraid of rolling up their sleeves and hacking the tablet. It’s based on the popular MIUI software which is already available for dozens of other Android devices. MIUI replaces the Kindle Fire’s version of Android with a user interface that looks […]

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Kindle Fire hacking update: Android 4.0 progress, custom TWRP graphics

Hackers have been making progress porting Google Android 4.0 to the Amazon Kindle Fire and making other changes to Amazon’s $199 tablet. Developer JackpotClavin has improved his early build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A few days ago he managed to add support for CPU scaling which improved battery life so that the tablet […]

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Pre-rooted Kindle Fire 6.2.1 software now available

This week Amazon pushed out a software update for the Kindle Fire. That’s good news if you were hoping for speedier performance, the ability to remove recently used items from the carousel on the home screen, and the ability to keep your kids from connecting to WiFi without a password. But if you’ve rooted the […]