One of the biggest reasons anyone buys an Android device is the customisation options it offers. While most options are changeable, the system settings, by default, require root privileges. Just a week after the launch of LG's Nexus 4, developers on XDA have managed to open the proverbial insides of the device and have released a root for it.
XDA developer HQRaja has posted a method that he deems is safe for everyone, including absolute beginners. Since the root has been released, there has also been an official Nexus 4 version of ClockworkMod recovery released. ClockworkMod recovery helps you edit the inner-features of rooted devices, such as changing ROMs or flashing new system apps.
According to XDA, steps for rooting the device basically boil down to unlocking the bootloader, flashing an insecure boot image and then using the Android Development Bridge (ADB) to push BusyBox and Chainfire’s SuperSU to the device.
Rooting is almost always one of the first things that a new Android device goes through. Back in May, the Samsung Galaxy S III got rooted before the device was launched. Apparently, the process was incredibly straightforward and a lot simpler, compared to previous Galaxy phones. The root was performed on the release candidate firmware of the S III.
In late October, through a blog post, Google had announced the latest devices in its Nexus line-up, along with a new flavour of Android - version 4.2. The new version is still named Jelly Bean. A revised version of the Nexus 7 tablet, a new 10-inch tablet called the Nexus 10, and Nexus 4, LG's offering with the Nexus branding, were announced today by Google on its official blog.
The Nexus 4 is Google's latest smartphone, developed together with LG. It has a quad-core processor, a crisp 4.7-inch (320ppi) display, and with wireless charging you just set the phone down on a charging surface to power it up, no wires needed. This device too runs on Android v4.2 said to be the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, the company has reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture shots up, down, and in every direction to create 360-degree experiences that you can share on Google+. You can also add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.
Android v4.2, which is featured on the Nexus 4 brings other great goodies. These include Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard — thus adding the functionality of the Swype keyboard into the stock Android keyboard. Android v4.2 also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos, and play games right on a Miracast-compatible HDTV.