The 'unrootable' G2 meets its match, gets hacked

An Android modder has finally found a way to root the stubborn T-Moblie G2 smartphone.

If you've been hoping that someone would find a way to jailbreak the supposedly "unrootable" T-Mobile G2, your wish has come true. XDA Developers forum member "Scotty2" discovered a way of rooting the T-Mobile G2 phone with VISIONary (a hack similar to Greenpois0n, but for Android).

Originally, the device could only be rooted with VISIONary temporarily, because HTC had put a safety mechanism NAND lock in place specifically to deter hackers. The NAND lock stops the RAM in a phone being modified. In other words, you were able to jailbreak it, but the phone would revert itself to factory defaults if you tried to take advantage of the jailbreak. But thanks to the forum, not only has a hack been found, but also member "Unforgiven512" wrote out a detailed how-to guide for anyone wanting to attempt the hack for his or herself.

To achieve this hack, you would still use VISIONary, which will hack in temporarily. In addition to VISIONary, though, you will need to add a couple more files to the device before it will be rooted permanently.

The guide also comes with a warning to G2 users too: getting the hack even slightly wrong could result in a totally bricked handset. But the general consensus on the developer forum has been success with the root codes. And according to the XDA board, the hack will not work on any other device, or "fix... world hunger".

So G2 users, if you are brave enough to give the root a try, get hacking and see what cool things you can get running on your phone.

via Hack A Day]

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