While Motorola has been lax about giving the community deep access to the Moto X on certain other carriers (namely Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular), the company has had to refrain from allowing the same level of access on AT&T and Verizon. This is nothing new, with those two carriers being known for their distaste with letting wireless subscribers tinker with their phones.
It looks like Verizon customers might be getting a small break soon, though, as one developer — Justin Case of TeamAndIRC — has reportedly achieved root on their version of the Moto X. What’s more is that this apparent root method should also be applicable to the Motorola DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. There are a couple of caveats to note, though:
- The root isn’t permanent… yet. We still have a bit of ways to go before this is the root experience we’re all waiting for.
- Folks should hold off on installing any OTA updates, because doing so just might shoot down your chances of reaping the benefits of this breakthrough.
We should also note that this doesn’t necessarily make way for an unlocked bootloader, though with all of the unique features coming with the stock firmware of the Moto X you have to wonder who would want to get rid of all that by installing Paranoid Android or CyanogenMod.
In any case, this is an exciting development and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that “jcase” can come up with a fully capable method before too long. Be sure to follow Justin on Twitter if you want to make sure you’re kept up to date on everything regarding this situation.