September 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
When the Moto X was released, many were upset to learn that despite Google’s positive influence during development, the device was still not truly open. And let’s be honest, there were never any false pretenses about the state of Motorola’s state of developer friendliness. However, it looks like master hacker and XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase has done it again.
Not too long ago, jcase created MotoRoot for the Droid lineup. This used the previously covered Android bug 9695860 to gain system user. Then, a symlink attack created by jcase himself was used to obtain root access. Today, however, a better solution has appeared.
Courtesy of jcase once again, PwnMyMoto begins by using bug 9695860 (just like its predecessor) to gain system user. It also uses the symlink attack featured in MotoRoot to gain root access. New to PwnMyMoto, however, is what happens next: After gaining root, a bootloader vulnerability is exploited, allowing for write protection on the /system partition to be bypassed. And in the process, the stock recovery is removed, preventing unwanted future OTAs from interfering with the rooted state.
Naturally, any unauthorized modification carries with it an inherent risk. However, if you wish to root, you must take these risks in order to free your device. To get started, head over to the linked threads below. Congrats to jcase on the great work once again!
[Many thanks to jcase for the tip!]
Just 14 days ago, we announced that we had given the Moto X a home here on our forums. While the device may not exactly pack the highest specced internals, it offers several software perks enabled by its low power ancillary cores. Now, we are a happy to report that GPL-compliant kernel source has finally been released for the device.
Source is currently available for the T-Mobile (XT1053), AT&T (XT1058), and Sprint (XT1056) models. Curiously, the Sprint model was included, despite not yet being available for purchase. This is in contrast to the Verizon model, for which source code is not available despite its imminent launch.
This is the first important step towards aftermarket development on the Moto X, and we can’t way to see the custom kernels that will come from this. Head over to the Moto X Sourceforge page to get the sauce, and head over to the Moto X forums to share in the development work that will inevitably follow.
[Via: Android Police]
So the much anticipated Moto X launch has come and gone, and many power users were left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Packing a 1.7 GHz dual-core variant of the Snapdragon S4 Pro and a 720p AMOLED panel, the Moto X is certainly not in the same category as the class-leading flagships of 2013—or even 2012. Though with two ancillary processors working in tandem with the main CPU to process specialized tasks, the device’s X8 “Mobile Computing System” is certainly its standout feature.
The LG G2, on the other hand, is every bit a flagship device. The device, which as yet to hit store shelves, features a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC. The Snapdragon 800 is comprised of the new Krait 400 processor and the Adreno 330 GPU. The G2 features a 5.2″ 1080p True HD-IPS+ LCD, weighing in at relatively dense 424 ppi, and all of this is packed into a relatively thin 8.9 mm chassis.
Do either of these devices have what it takes to make you part with your hard earned cash? Let us know what you’re looking forward to in your next phone in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get in on the discussion: