Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014 at 06:00 am

SuperSU 2.01 Lets You Root the Android L Developer Preview the Right Way

Last week during the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote, Google unveiled the much anticipated and radically different Android L release. The very next day, Google made an early developer preview available for users to get an early taste of what L will eventually be like.

Many end users rocking the Google Nexus 5 or 7 ended up flashing this update, and this in turn lead users to want to root the update. But unfortunately, SuperSU was not yet compatible with Android L Dev Preview, so a workaround with a pre-rooted boot.img was necessary. Now, however, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire has returned from I/O and presents a new version of SuperSU that is able to handle the L developer Preview. And coming in at version 2.01, this latest update primarily brings support for the L developer preview.

As we talked about in the past, the Android L Developer Preview brings two changes that affect root applications: PIE and execution restriction for files stored on the /data partition. Curiously,  /system writes are still possible because the recovery context is still present in the L preview. However, it’s highly likely that this, as well as all of the other commits identified by Chainfire in the above linked articles, will be implemented by the time L is formally released.

If you wish to get in on the L Dev Preview root action, head over to the application thread and give the latest version of SuperSU a shot. And if you wish to learn more about this update and read Chainfire’s take on the changes and how they affect root apps, head over to his release notes on Google+.

Please note that if you rooted with the previous method and now wish to use SuperSU 2.01, you should make sure that you restore your original boot.img (or simply reflash the entire developer image) first.


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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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