Android was always considered as a mobile operating system. While phones and tablets are over 95% of devices running Android, developers put lots of effort to make Google's OS available for other platforms. You've probably heard of Bluestacks, which brings the Android world to PCs, Macs and TVs. The American company is just one of the many brands that ports the Android OS to personal computers. In June 2014, the Console OS team launched its Kickstarter campaign for a system that...
Root Android L Developer Preview on the Nexus 5 and 7
Are you running the Android L Developer Preview? If so, your day’s about to get a little bit sweeter! This test firmware was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) yesterday. And in the time since, we’ve put it through its paces to see just how far Google has come in releasing this new test firmware. But do you know what else has been accomplished since then? Yep, you guessed it. Root has been achieved.
If you’re running the L Developer Preview and you’ve been dying for root access, you can now get your fix in thanks to XDA Recognized Developer savoca, who rooted the test firmwares and shared how to do so within just a couple hours of the L Developer Preview release.
The root procedure is fairly easy, but there are a few prerequisites. First, you’ll need to have a custom recovery installed. So after installing the L developer preview, go ahead and flash the latest version of your custom recovery of choice. Then, flash Chainfire’s SuperSU. Finally, head to your device’s bootloader and fastboot flash the appropriate boot.img for your device.
Users will be quick to note that root access doesn’t quite work as it did in the past with regards to system write access. This seems to be due to the previous root app breakage originally described by Chainfire with regards to the need for new security contexts. This is why certain apps can write to /system and others cannot.
What are you waiting for? If you’re running Android L Dev Preview on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, head over to this post to get your root on!
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