The HTC One X gets rooted, even before being released. We’ve seen devices getting rooted in no time at all earlier, but rooting a device before the official release in down right wicked. The One X is shaping up to be HTC’s flagship device, running the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and sporting the second generation of SLCD with an HD resolution at 1280 x 720 on a 4.7” screen. Best of all, the device will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The root for this monster of a device comes in from PaulOBrien over at Modaco, who has released a modified boot.img called Superboot for the device. More on it and how you can root your HTC One X, after the break.
According to PaulOBrien:
“Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you’re done!”
The important thing to realize here is that:
“The superboot image is also ‘insecure’, allowing you to use ‘adb remount’ as well as having full ADB root access to your device until such time as you reboot after running this process (it’s a non permanent ADB root as it’s a ‘fastboot boot’ and not a ‘fastboot flash’).”
Now that you understand what you’re dealing with, here’s how you can root the One X.
Disclaimer: Please attempt this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips won’t be responsible in case your device bricks or any other damage occurs due to this method.
- To begin, download the Superboot package from the link above and extract the contents.
- Put your device into bootloader mode by turning off the phone first, and then powering it on as you keep the Volume down key pressed.
- Connect the device to the computer via USB.
- If you’re on Windows, simply run install-superboot-windows.bat.
- For Mac, open a terminal, navigate to the extracted contents and enter the following commands:
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
- For Linux, open a terminal, navigate to the extracted contents and enter the following commands:
chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh
For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at Android@Modaco.