Recovery? Check. Root? Check. Android One Ready for Lift Off!
In the last few weeks, we have been written quite a lot about Android One devices. There’s plenty of good reason for this, as Google has released the first batch of Android One devices produced by Karbonn, Spice Mobile and Micromax. As a cherry on top, all of them have publicly available kernel source, which isn’t too common for devices running chipsets made by MediaTek.
Owners of these pretty much identical and pocket-friendly devices in India now have yet another reason to be happy. XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15 managed to port ClockworkMod recovery to every Android One device available. This also means that Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream Uno can be rooted easily. Custom recovery and root access open the door to custom ROMs, kernels, tweaks, and basically everything that the XDA community has to offer.
At this moment, ClockworkMod recovery is unable to mount the external SD card, but this issue should be fixed pretty soon. To flash the recovery, you need to unlock the bootloader by entering the magical fastboot oem unlock command and follow the instructions provided in the thread.
This is indeed a milestone in the development for Android One platform. It’s just a matter of time when we should see some source-built custom ROMs as well. But meanwhile, you can flash the recovery image and root the device by visiting the ClockworkMod Recovery and rooting threads.