Jan 5th, 2011

It didn’t happen as quickly as your typical Android device, but the Logitech Revue with Google TV has been rooted. Root will give you access to the full GTV file system, henceforth allowing you to sideload apps, muck around in the system, and do other things you just couldn’t do otherwise. The catch? This isn’t your daddy’s software root. It requires some pretty serious hardware hacking and deft skills with a soldering iron.

That’s right, root requires that you solder a pair of leads onto the motherboard to connect the Revue to a terminal program and upload a start-up script courtesy of the box’s UART1 port. In other words, don’t mess around with this unless you really think you have what it takes, or else you could be looking at a useless piece of $300 equipment. Tons more info is available over at GTVHacker.

If you don’t even have a Revue to root and happen to be meandering around CES, Logitech is giving away 360 units free of charge (read: it’s a prize!) over the next few days. Just watch Logitech’s Twitter for the word on hunting down your very own.

[via CrunchGear, BGR]