New LG Optimus M (MS690) - Root Achieved!

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  1. edgchacon

    edgchacon Well-Known Member

    just for FYI...

    MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk = Virtual Card
    MobileBanking.apk = Mobile Banking
    MobilePosse.apk = MyExtras
    SNS.apk = Facebook for LG, Twitter for LG
    Boingo_Wo-Fi.apk = Boingo WiFi
    Mocospace-1.2.4.apk = Moco Space
    Uno_Demo_LG_MS690.apk = Uno Game
    PGA_Android.apk = Free Games

    These are just the ones I removed. I found that you can reinstall most using the normal reinstaller. But for SNS.apk it will not reinstall. I simply just copied the apk file back under /system/app and change the permissions to rw-r--r-- , rebooted and the SNS apps came back after that.

    Has anyone made a "backup image" of the full ROM just in case?

  2. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    If you are rooted (and I've not touched mine yet, will do that this weekend), when 2.3 Gingerbread comes out later this month -- will it be easy to install on our phones?

    Funny story -- Sony and LG both released Android phones in October. LG's is the Optimus and has Android 2.2 Sony's super expensive phone, the Xperia X8 had Android 1.6. Yes, released in October 2010 and two versions behind. Yesterday, owners of those phones were overjoyed Sony started pushing Android 2.1 to their phones.


    2.1 update

    Still not 2.2. Ours came with 2.2.

    Side by side comparison of the two:

    Android 2.3 will be publicly released this month, but I know it may be a few months before LG pushes it to us, so just wondering how hard it will be to install it ourselves with root?
  3. From what I've read rooting the phone will prevent over the air auto update, but you can manually make it update to the new OS.
  4. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but I've read when 2.2 Froyo came out back in May people with rooted phones were able to install it without waiting for the official manufacturer OTA update. (also because people wanted "stock" Android and not Motoblur and other OEM crap) Maybe because they installed a custom ROM that had 2.2 integrated?

    So, we would have to get a custom ROM with 2.3?

    I'm a newbie at this, I admit. But I read a lot.
  5. Jerkface80

    Jerkface80 New Member

    I'm glad this phone was so easily rooted, but has anyone heard any word on getting recovery? I tried looking around on XDA, but no luck there. If anyone finds any news on recovery, let us know!

    ChazzMatt- A lot of android phone manufacturers have a really bad track record of releasing updates anywhere near to when google updates. So when google releases updates, community developers will take the source and make custom roms WAAAAY before the manufacturers make their own updates (I guess bloatware takes forever to update!). But we need recovery on the Optimus M in order to flash new roms. Most people had 2.2 on their phones well ahead of the official updates thanks to the community developers.
  6. Kamex009

    Kamex009 Member

    Thank you guys ! , couldn't believe how easy it was to get rid of all that bloat/crapware that metro kindly gave us .... I love this phone, reminds me of when I had the iphone 2g, but 1000x better !!! specially the monthly cost !!!
  7. NICKtheRAT

    NICKtheRAT Member

  8. Jerkface80

    Jerkface80 New Member

    That shouldn't be a problem, but if you're really worried about it, just make a titanium backup of the programs, then use titanium backup to uninstall them. That way you can just reinstall them from the sd card later. But again, that shouldn't really be an issue. If an update gets pushed over the air, as long as you aren't running a custom ROM or kernel (or sometimes even if you are) you'll get the notification and the update will install. Along with all the bloat again...
  9. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    Praise be!!! An actual forum where there is active discussion about this phone. Bought one last week.

    Anyway in all honesty the Facebook app that comes already installed should be called Facebook Lite. The Facebook app in the market seemed more feature filled (example: Check in's seem non-existent in Fackbook for LG but was present in the Facebook for Android available in the market.).
    plumpy likes this.
  10. Yeah, LOL there is an app already made by facebook, yet LG feels that they should make their own version with less features. Do they plan on keeping up with all of the facebook changes and updates down the road? probably not.

    Just let us download the official app instead of giving use this limited app that cant be removed without rooting the phone.
  11. ballerznational

    ballerznational New Member

    can some one just tell me exact 123 instructions about how to remove metro easy wifi, metro extras, boingo wifi,and lg facebook and all the otha crap
  12. xboxhacker

    xboxhacker Member

    Thanks for the list!
  13. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't you need at least one of those Wi-Fi programs in order to connect to a Wi-Fi source?
  14. android has its own wifi management.

    The easy wifi app is something that metro added in.

    what its doing is constantly scanning for wifi hotspots. when it finds one it will flash a notification alerting you that there is one in the area(but it wont auto connect to them)

    also behind the scenes its getting the GPS location of hotspots that it finds and sending them in to some location where they have a big database of hotspot locations.

    android itself can do this with google but you have to turn it on. companies with large databases of hotspot locations can then enable devices to get their current location via wifi wouthout the use of GPS.
  15. edgchacon

    edgchacon Well-Known Member

    So I tested this app and it worked..pretty good. Until I noticed that my wifi got turned off afterwards. It wouldnt turn back on. I rebooted and it started to work after that...need to try BT tether see if that works w/o out messing with my connections.
  16. tekmac

    tekmac Active Member

    So if i was to root, i could just un-root it and everything would be good as new? and on the z4root type of your root your using, could we still be able to update our phones when the next android version is released??
  17. iedgarorozco

    iedgarorozco New Member

    What can i do if i root my lg optimus m? does it let me download apps for free? sorry im a nooby noob =]
  18. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    Rooting in Linux/UNIX terms is very much like system "Administrator" for Windows, "jailbreaking" for iPhone. It lets you do anything you want.

    On a locked-down corporate/school Windows PC you can't do anything the administrator has said you can't. At work, we are not allowed to install or uninstall programs, change screen savers, wallpaper, display properties. (Well, I can do some of that anyway, but that's another story. Shhh... ;)) Whereas if you ard admin, you can do what you want -- it's now YOUR computer. You OWN it. (This is where PWNED came from, it was a typo of "OWNED!" -- meaning this guy now had complete control of someone else's system.)

    On iPhone, control freak Steve Jobs won't let users download and install apps that he/Apple haven't approved. But if you jailbroke your iPhone, now it was YOUR iPhone, not Steve Jobs. You OWNED it and could install what you wanted. For a long time, Jobs wouldn't let Google Voice on iPhone, because it gave free phone calls and bypassed AT&T. Both Apple and At&T denied that was the reason, but insiders said of course that was the reason. It took the Feds investigating for Apple to recently approve Google voice. Whereas, two years ago jailbroken iPhone users could easily install Google Voice on their iPhone.

    Same with rooting on Android. Android is a more open system, based on Linux, but still manufacturers like Motorola (with their MOTOblur gui) and carriers like Verizon and now Metro put on stuff they don't want you to take off. Stuff that either helps them with branding or makes them money, one way or the other. So what if it slows down your phone and sucks up your memory? :mad: THEY don't care. Well, if you root it, you now OWN it, not them. :cool:

    You can do what you want.

    Earlier this year, when Android 2.2 came out many Android phones were still running 2.1 or even 1.6. Rooted owners could install 2.2, but regular owners had to wait for their manufacturer to push out 2.2. Sometimes it was MONTHS later, in some cases it never happened. Those people are stuck on 1.6. "Sorry, you want newer Android operating system, then you have to buy a new phone from us!"

    We have a phone with 2.2, but later this month Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be made public. LG/Metro will push it out to us, but when? Next April or May?


    We don't have an LED on our phone, but still rooting gives you complete control as it lets it totally be YOUR phone.
  19. Coop 5150

    Coop 5150 New Member

    I have just got my lg optimus s from sprint yesterday. I am unable to find the z root in the market. Is there any other way to get this app. Can someone help please.
  20. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    [APP] z4root - xda-developers

    Please keep in mind that while similar, the Optimus M and Optimus S are 2 completely different phones.
  21. youngblack91

    youngblack91 New Member

    ok ok... let me put this out here now.. im a super noob.. i juss got my optimus m and i stil haven sett anythin up cuz im tryin to learn the keyboard and ive gone ape#### tryin to root this thing...the guy at metro know how to do it but wants to charge m 50 bucks (he crazy) and it seems like everyone here has done it. i can find z4root in te android market. and idk how to do this thing. can someon please help seeing how i only join this forum just to learn this thing... PLEASE I BEG YOU
  22. just read the posts above.

    z4root is no longer in the android market.
  23. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    The z4root that is still on the market is not the original one. The description is in Chinese. Don't know if it's a fake or what but it ain't the original. If you want the original, I posted a link to it in the post above yours.
  24. alvthegreat

    alvthegreat New Member

    everytime i click on the attached file its brings me to a new webpage that tells me this "you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:
    1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation. "
    am i pressing the wrong thinng? like do i need something installed to open this file?.. ive tried it on 3 different computers and laptops.
  25. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    Go to this page and download it from the post I made.

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