The world of Google Chromecast users is divided up into the Haves and the Have-Nots. By this, I am of course referring to whether or not a particular user was lucky enough to attain root access before the device updated itself to the root-blocking build 12840 OTA.
Earlier today, the Chromecast started receiving an OTA update to build 16664. No, this version does not bring back root access by way of a vulnerable bootloader. Rather, it offers bug fixes, stability improvements, saved volume preferences, improved IPv6 support, and improved DNS robustness. Now when dealing with a device in such a precarious situation where root is no longer attainable, you’d generally be faced with a choice: stay rooted and possibly be one step behind when it comes to updates, or go back to the official firmware and say goodbye to root. But thanks to the folks at Team-Eureka, this is a no brainer for rooted users.
Earlier today, Team-Eureka released an update to their Eureka-ROM and rooted stock ROM, both rebased on the latest 16664 OTA. And as we mentioned before, Eureka-ROM adds quite a bit of functionality to your Chromecast such as root shell access, alternate DNS servers, custom whitelists, and a web-based control panel. But if root access is all that tickles your fancy, they offer that as well.
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