Motorola Droid X gets rooted, its owners consume 5x more data than on any other Verizon smartphone

Well, that didn’t take long.

As it happens more often than not, rooting procedures for the newest Android smartphones are made available very soon after launch.

And it’s no different here. The Motorola Droid X, Verizon’s flagship smartphone (at least until the Droid 2 gets released) has now been rooted.

Although this does enable you to remove some of the apps that Verizon has preinstalled, you can’t run custom ROMs on the Droid X, as expected.

Still, this is big news for root enthusiasts.

Instructions, for those in the know, follow:

WE HAZ ROOTS!. Thanks to Birdman. Here is the directions.

Step 1: Set up ADB
Step 2: Push exploid to /sqlite_stmt_journals “adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals”
Step 3: type “adb shell”
Step 4: type “cd sqlite_stmt_journals”
Step 5: type “chmod 755 exploid”
Step 6: type “./exploid” and follow directions on screen
Step 7: type “rootshell”
Step 8: type in password “secretlol”
Step 9: your in root!
Step 10: mount your sdcard to pc and put Superuser.apk and su in the sdcard
Step 11: unmount sdcard
Step 12: in adb (make sure your still in root with the # sign) type in:
- cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
- cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su
- chmod 4755 /system/bin/su

your done! feel free to kill the bloat apps snd such ;

NOTE: it might be a smart idea to do “rm /system/bin/rootshell” after you have su and superuser in place as ANY program will have access to your root if you leave it (cause everyone will know the password)

If you feel comfortable following the above to the letter, you should have your Droid X rooted in no time. Of course, the usual caveats apply. Don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing and be prepared to transform your smartphone into a brick if something goes wrong.

If you don’t understand the instructions, it may be safest not to employ a ‘trial and error’ tactic, but have a bit more patience until an easier to use rooting procedure is available.

In other news, Verizon began trumpeting the fact that Droid X owners use five times more data than on any other smartphone they sell, without actually mentioning any numbers. This is, without a doubt, meant to prepare Verizon customers for the upcoming tiered data plans.

So it looks like those are a near certainty at this point. Enjoy your “unlimited”, soft-capped at 5Gb data for as long as you still can!

Via TheNextWeb and PaidContent

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Boostdscoob

    give credit where it is due, Birdman from is the originator of this root exploit.

  • Guest

    Depends on how “originator” is defined. Someone who grab, modify a string and then compile an open source C program?

    As far as I can find, the earliest appearance of the exploid.c source code was published by Sebastian Krahmer on his blog on 2010-Jul-15. Krahmer has mentioned the vulnerability used on 2010-Apr, though he is not the vulnerability discoverer.

  • Davdig

    yawn… who gives a crap about the droid X anyways? Big bulky POS.