Last Updated: Sep 03,2013
I tweeted to P3Droid asking him his thoughts. Here is the reply I got:
If that's true, that sucks.
while i doubt that retweet is true i do doubt it will happen soon... since its a near stock build of android there isn't much to need to root or unlock for compared to a non stock phone like the gs4 or HTC One...
atleast we got an awesome phone out of the box no tweaking necessary. root would be a nice cherry on top though.
My main reasons for rooting the GNex are all corrected on the Maxx so I really don't feel this as a big loss.
Removal of the on-screen nav buttons.
Widgets being visible in Nova's selection window.
Better throttling of the processor for battery life.
I root so I can install inverted apps. I use to root to flash roms and improve the os, but android has improved so much that stock works fine for me.
I was going to hold off on buying the Maxx until it was rooted but I really thought about that on the way home yesterday. The only reason why I wanted root so badly was because of backing up/restoring programs. Once I really thought about it, the vast majority of my apps don't have "data" per se; they just get installed and I set up preferences. My contacts are backed up to Google, and the two most important things (music and pictures) are all on an SD Card so they're easily copied to the Maxx once I get get. I have a game or two that I will lose progress on but honestly, I don't have time right now for games (haven't played some of them in months and months) so again, that's no big loss.
The point is, I don't need to wait for root because right now, I don't need it. If root is eventually achieved, great, if not, no loss for me.
i'd like adaway to work...and that needs root. i'm trying to use adblock plus with mixed results
adfree and tasker are the only apps i really want to use root for. this would be the perfect phone for me if we got root access. will probably trade it for something else down the road
dhacker 29 just tweeted today:
I've rooted every phone I've ever had, since the original iPhone.
No root here might be tough 6 months down the line, but for now, I'm not missing it too much.
There's a few obvious things I'm missing already, like bypassing the tethering restrictions, but with the ability to "freeze" the little bit of bloatware on the phone, and a relatively nice/clean vanilla android running on it (no need for ROMming), it hasn't been a deal-killer this first week of ownership.
One thing I *really* miss root on already, though, is Tasker! I was trying to setup some Tasker profiles that unlock the phone when I'm within range of my home WiFi, and re-lock it when I am out of range. They work, as long as I use a PIN instead of a pattern lock. Apparently pattern locks need root access to have this kind of Tasker control. :-(
That aside, for the general public who doesn't even know what root is, this is a fantastic phone. Good display, not HTC One great, but good, AMAZING battery life, and some really good features that we won't see on competitors for a while. Well done, Googlerola.
I need root to use wifi tether (still on unlimited). Also, I truly hate all the bloat that's on this device. I have "disabled" it all but it's still there.
I can only imagine what this phone would be like once it's rooted. BEASTLY! (ER)
Kinda the same for me. I want to REMOVE the bloat, just not disable it. If it's disabled, fine, at least it's out of sight/out of mind. Better than nothing, in other words.
Anyone think a bounty help get it going at all?
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