The advantages of having a rooted Android smartphone are endless. Many users can no longer live with a locked down device, and smartphones are being rooted as soon as they come out (sometimes even before). The newest root news revolve around the Motorola Droid 4, which can already hacked for all its root goodness.
This device was just released yesterday, and there is already an exploit available. Those interested in rooting their devices must always remember the usual disclaimer: Rooting your device can void your warranty/insurance, and there is a chance of bricking your device. This must be done carefully, and after reading instructions thoroughly. If something bad happens, the responsibility falls solely on your hands.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on to the details. You have Dan Rosenberg to thank for all of the hard work. This security researcher fell into a bit of a dilemma, though. After working endlessly to bring everyone a rooting solution for the Droid 4, he thought it would be fair for him to take $200 to buy himself a Motorola Droid 4. He would donate the rest of the money for charity.
It seems this was not acceptable by many Android users out there, so he decided to just donate everything to the American Red Cross. Personally, this guy is doing a great thing for the Android community. It doesn’t seem like a bad idea for him to get a bit out of it. At least a device – I mean, he was not trying to live out of this money.
Regardless, the exploit and rooting instructions are available straight from his site. So go ahead and check it out if you are interested in rooting your brand new Droid 4! You can also find the files there, so have at it. If you want to donate some money, just head to this site.
What do you guys think, though? Is it fair for this fine gentleman to get a Droid 4 out of his hard work? If not, then why?