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Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7


If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday.

Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android kernel to your device, and then flashing the SuperSU ZIP file through a custom recovery.

Why is this necessary? The new security protocols in Android 5.0 make this approach necessary, otherwise root simply isn’t achievable.  At this point, we’re probably only a few weeks away from a proper launch of the end-user builds of Android L, at which time you’ll have to flash back to a stock image anyway. It’s likely that the root tools will need another update at that point, but until then, this should get you through.


Source: +Chainfire.
Via: Android Police.


  1. Does this mean custom kernels and fancy things will be needed on the stock releases too or is this just an issue with the dev release?

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