Google Nexus 4 rooted two days after release

The Google Nexus 4 has been rooted by hackers, despite only being out for two days.

User HQRaja from the XDA Developers forum has discovered (and shared) a method for rooting the new Android smartphone.

Rooting is similar to jailbreaking in that it allows the user to gain access to the operating system’s substructure, bypassing any restrictions put in place by the manufacturer’s hardware and/or software. Once an Android phone has been rooted, users can replace the OS, or install software or change settings in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be permitted. Overclocking the phone’s CPU is also a possibility.

Many users of Android phones with third party user interfaces (Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense, for example) do so in order to switch to Google’s “stock” UI. But of course, being a Google-branded phone, the Nexus 4 uses that UI already.

The information at XDA should be sufficient for anyone with a basic experience of rooting to do so on his or her Google Nexus 4, but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. Rooting a phone can void the warranty, or worse, make it completely inoperable.

Assuming you’re one of the lucky people that managed to buy a Google Nexus 4 before it sold out, will you be delving in and rooting it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: The Next Web

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