Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013 at 02:30 am

Jcase Roots Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat Update with SlapMyMoto

After a fortuitous change of heart no doubt due to the influence of its new parent company, Motorola is now becoming one of the good guys. Along with their newly found acceptance of third-party developers, the company has also been pumping out KitKat updates for its flagship  at an impressive pace. We were first shocked to see the Verizon model receive the first non-Nexus KitKat OTA update. Not too long after, we saw the T-Mobile and AT&T variants follow suit.

One thing is always a bit troublesome when upgrading Android firmwares, though, and that’s reacquiring root access. Thankfully, this has proven no major challenge for XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase, who has managed to root the Android 4.4 update on the Moto X using what he is calling SlapMyMoto. SlapMyMoto is essentially a modified version of the previously covered RockMyMoto, an exploit package that was originally created to root the Moto X after it had received the 4.2.2 camera update.

It is important to note that SlapMyMoto is currently in a BETA release. What this means to end users is that while the root method works, it involves a rather convoluted procedure. In other words, non-techy users would be best served by holding off for now, while jcase readies a more permanent solution. But if you try this and you run into problems, jcase recommends flashing back to the 4.2.2 camera update. That said, this process is more risky than previous versions. And of course, don’t accept any OTAs after using this root method.

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting root access on your newly KitKat-laden Moto X, head over to the development thread to get started! Again, please keep in mind that this root method isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you follow the steps properly, you’ll be rewarded with a freshly rooted piece of that KitKat bar.

[Many thanks to jcase for the heads up!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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