November 20, 2012

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 rooted to crack open Jelly Bean

Let's go straight to the root of this one: the Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 have been rooted ready for you to take control of Jelly Bean's secret settings.
Fans of tinkering and tweaking have been all over the new Nexus phones and tablets since they went on sale last week, and Addictive Tips' Haroon Raja has posted the first method of accessing the root settings of the Nexus 4. That was then joined by a new version of ClockWorkMod Recovery, which makes it easy to adjust the phone's settings, flash the system or change ROMs.
To root your Nexus 4 phone or Nexus 10 tablet, either use ClockWorkMod or go the long way round by unlocking the bootloader, flashing an insecure boot image and then manually transferring root files onto your phone via the Android Development Bridge.
Rooting means accessing the core settings of your Android device to take even more control over your phone or tablet. By diving into the core settings you can do cool stuff like overclocking your processor, adding custom apps or versions of Android, and unlocking features of your phone that are denied to you by The Man.
Remember, though, that rooting is done at your own risk, so remember to back up your phone first.
For more on rooting your Android kit, here's how to root your Google Nexus 7.
The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 sold out almost instantly, leading many phone fans to question whether Google had deliberately limited the supply of phones and tablets at the much-trumpeted bargain prices.
Have you got your hands on a Nexus 4 yet? Have you rooted your phone? What's the coolest thing you've done to your rooted phone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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