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New phone with root access?

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by cdysthe, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. cdysthe

    cdysthe Member
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    Are there any new(er) phones on the market which offers root access out of the box, or at least comes with a manufacturers approved rooting option/method?

  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The only phones that have ever come with root out of the box have been dodgy backstreet Chinese ones, and that was probably because they didn't care.

    Manufacturers don't generally approve an actual rooting method, because rooting means altering the system software, which also interferes with future over the air updates (and nobody wants to maintain 2 sets of OTAs for rooted and unrooted, never mind the fact that once people root they generally change other things). And of course the manufacturer isn't going to want to be responsible for everything that the user might get up to with root!

    But there are a number who provide official ways of unlocking the bootloader, after which you can just flash a custom recovery (if one has been made for that phone) and use it to root. Pixels are an obvious example, Essential were very open, OnePlus are unlockable. Sony always used to be (but it would have an impact on some of the media software, so caution needed), not checked recently. HTC have an official unlock, and since nobody's had an update from them for ages you don't need to worry about it interfering (sorry, couldn't resist!). Don't know much about Moto or LG. You won't get official support from Samsung (and US Samsung's are amongst the most hostile to root), and slightly surprisingly Nokia do not have an official bootloader unlock either.
    #2 Hadron, Apr 26, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
  3. Telyx

    Telyx Well-Known Member

    If I remember right, the OnePlus One (which came with CyanogenMod as its OS) had a really simple root method--a switch in Developer Options.
  4. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Oneplus were really cool about encouraging people to root their devices...
    I hope they still are.. but i've not got one of the new shiny ones
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  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    It's been a while since they've been CM-based, but they are I believe still pretty open for development.
  6. Jfalls63

    Jfalls63 Android Expert

    Root friendly with lots of development, Pixel and OnePlus.
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  7. bcrichster

    bcrichster ROMinator

    And don't forget Motorola's.. working on some Bliss Oreos & Pie for some Moto:
    E4, E4+
    E5, E5+
    G6, G6+
    G7, G7+
    Z1, Z2, Z3

    Heres a few current ones, Lol. Just stay away from Verizon Wireless and the phone should be doable for Root/ROM/TWRP suggestions stated above.

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