CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...
Sony Xperia Z2 Rooted!
When the Sony Xperia Z2 was announced at MWC this year, many were quick to label it the ideal Android device. Although the Z2 primarily delivers incremental specsheet updates over the Z1, it also fixes its predecessor’s main fault by delivering a substantially better display. As such, it’s no surprise that the Z2 will find itself in many pants pockets in 2014.
So now that you’ve gotten yourself a Z2 or are eagerly awaiting your device to arrive in the mail, what”s the next natural step to take? Rooting it, of course! And thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, that’s now possible.
Rooting the Z2 is actually quite simple. You first need to unlock your bootloader. After that, you flash DooMLoRD’s kernel and reboot. And just like that, you can now enjoy the awesome world of root.
Now before you go do this on your own device, there is one major caveat to keep in mind. There is currently no way to backup the TA partition on the Z2. And just as we’ve seen on other Sony devices, unlocking the bootloader will irreversibly delete the DRM keys housed within. However, the camera does still work after unlocking the bootloader.
If you understand the ramifications of losing your TA partition DRM keys and want to root your device, head over to the original thread to get started.[Many thanks to jasonwsc for the tip!]
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