Just a week after Google released the Pixel and Pixel XL, the handsets have been rooted by Chainfire. Thanks to the new security measures and changes in system partitions introduced by Google on the Pixels, gaining root access on them turned out to be slightly complicated.
Last week, Niantic rolled out an update for Pokemon Go for Android that prevented the game from running on rooted Android devices. A workaround to get the game up and running using Magisk was found pretty quickly, but the process was not really straightforward and required one to manually toggle root access on/off before running the game.
Samsung’s Galaxy devices are easily among the most popular Android devices out there, but despite their popularity, Samsung devices are not exactly developer friendly. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are no exception in this regard and since they come with KNOX, rooting the handsets means you will be voiding their warranty.
Being a Nexus device, it is pretty easy to root the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. However, the process involves unlocking the bootloader of the handset that leads to a complete data loss, which can be cumbersome to many.
One of the advantages of owning the OnePlus 2 is that it is very easy to root and has a flourishing developer community surrounding it. The handset is almost as easy to root as a Nexus device, so if you are looking for a device to tinker around with, but don’t want to spend a fortune on, the OnePlus 2 is your best bet.
Many people argue that rooting an Android device nowadays is unneeded and irrelevant because OEMs have toned down their UIs. While it might be true to a certain extent that OEMs have improved their UI skins by leaps and bounds, I don’t think that rooting has lost its relevance in the Android ecosystem.
While rooting any recent Samsung device is relatively easy, it comes with a catch: the warranty of the device will be voided.
The unlocked, non-branded variants of the Galaxy S6 come with an unlockable bootloader that makes gaining root access on the handset easy.
The HTC One M9 might not be as impressive a handset as the Galaxy S6, but it still has one major advantage over the it — an unlockable bootloader. This makes gaining root access on the handset easier as well as allows third-party developers to easily create ROMs and mods for it.
Sony is relatively open towards the third-party Android development community and ships all its devices with an unlockable bootloader. However, in the United States, the company had to give in to the wishes of T-Mobile and Verizon and release the Xperia Z3 with a locked down bootloader.