Chainfire is well-known for bringing a unique approach to the way we handle Android devices when it comes to customizations. Yes, that could be easily expected from the developer who created the infamous root method for Android – SuperSU.
Chainfire also has some other great tools and apps for root users:
- 500 Firepaper,
- DSLR Controller and much more.
He launched a new website at firmware.mobi, where you can find official firmware for a variety of devices. It also simplifies the process of using CF-Auto-Root, if that’s your goal.
Chainfire announced the website on Google plus, stating that the current collection is mostly made up of Samsung and Google firmware — that which is readily available through official sources. The developer also said that the site is open to user-uploaded firmware, but noted that this is something that could easily be exploited and will be shut down should it be abused.
The site doesn’t host files for all phones—it’s mostly Google and Samsung devices because it’s easy to get those from official sources. The site links to official and other trusted download sources in addition to the files hosted by Chainfire. You can sign in with a Google account and upload firmware files for other phones, but Chainfire says he’s watching for abuse and will shut the feature off if necessary.
Firmware.mobi contains all of the stock images Chainfire has been able to get his hands on over the years (which is a lot). How it works is simple, just open the website and search for your device.
A list of files including their MD5 and SHA-1 hashes and file size will be available for you to peruse. Users can submit their own files and folders too! If you find that a device isn’t in the repository but you have the files for it, simply submit them through the option labeled “Dropbox” on the home page.
Currently, only the desktop version of the website is available. When you visit the site on your phone, you are greeted with a prompt stating that the mobile version/app is in the works.