Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jkeene reports: AlphaRev and Unrevoked combine to Create S-Off Super Tool!

HTC has long been a player in the Android game. If you have ever rooted one of their many phones you should be familiar with S-Off. If not here is the quick and dirty. HTC ships their phones in S-On mode, this means that the NAND portion of the phone is locked and you cannot gain permanent root or access certain parts of the phone. When S-Off is achieved the NAND portion of the phone is unlocked and custom programs can now be written over it since the phone will not be looking for signature images on the firmware. AlphaRev and unrevoked have long been players in the HTC rooting game and now they have joined forces to help the entire Android community!

This programmer union has produced a tool they are calling simply Revolutionary. I don't think they could have picked a name better then that. This one word describes both the program and the driving force behind its creation. HTC changed its policy earlier in the year and started shipping their phones with locked bootloaders. In a wonderful show of solidarity the Android aftermarket community rose up as one and protested so much HTC could not help but notice. The policy has since been retracted. However there is a whole generation of HTC phones that have shipped with these locked bootloaders. Revolutionary has been created to allow the end user to root any of the phones supported with one tool and one tool only. The list of supported phones is quite long and should have alot of you excited out there. The software currently available on their site is a developer preview that is still having some bugs worked out. However if you have the skills or the gear to try it out on your phone its up for download here. The site has a list of all supported phones, a changelog, and download links for drivers and the Linux and Windows versions of Revolutionary. This software is living up to its name! So check out the site and keep an eye peeled for a final release so you can unlock the full potential of your HTC phone!

List of supported devices-

  • HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001, 1.02.0001
  • HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
  • HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
  • HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
  • HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000 (Gingerbread only!)
  • HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
  • HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000, 1.11.0003
  • HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012, 1.18.0000
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000
  • HTC EVO 3D GSM (shooteru) 1.49.0007
  • HTC Thunderbolt (mecha) 1.04.0000, 1.05.0000
  • HTC EVO 4G (supersonic) 2.16.0001
  • HTC Sensation (pyramid)
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter)
  • HTC EVO 3D GSM (shooteru)
  • HTC myTouch Slide 4G
  • HTC myTouch Slide 4G (doubleshot) 1.44.0007

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