Chainfire has officially rooted the Google Pixel, but there's an important quark to be aware of

Chainfire has officially rooted the Google Pixel, but there's an important quark to be aware of
The Google Pixel is one of the hottest Android phones on the market right now. The device certainly is a far cry from what Google started a few years ago with the Nexus brand, but there's no doubt that the phone is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ones that currently exists. T-Mobile recently announced that they'd cut the unlocked price of the phone in half if you use the phone on their network, so if you've been waiting to get one, now might be a better time than ever.

One of the standout features of the Nexus brand was the fact that they featured unlockable bootloaders and that they could easily be rooted without too much hassle at all. There was some concern surrounding the new Pixel handset about this issue, but Google quickly reassured the world that both the Pixel and Pixel XL can easily be rooted. The phone's only been in stores and out of the pre-order stage for a week, and someone has already successfully rooted Google's newest phone.

Not just anyone, though. Ultra-popular developer Chainfire to be exact. Chainfire took to Twitter to share a picture of a Superuser request layered over the home screen of his Pixel, but there's one rather important caveat to be aware of with the way that Chainfire went about rooting it. As it stands, DM-verity needs to be disabled in order for root access to work on the phone. We've been reassured that Chainfire's working on a solution to get this kink worked out, but do keep that in mind before setting out to root your own device.

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Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wow, Chainfire goes at it, again. Cyanogen should be cooking up a custom ROM for the new Pixels with it's featureset baked in - already!

2. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

You could explain what DM-verity is. Not everyone here knows it. Very bad article

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

My thoughts exactly! Tell people what the benefits are in the article instead of making me do a Google search. I'm lazy!

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I was thinking the same thing...

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"The purpose of dm-verity is to implement a device mapper target capable of validating the data blocks contained in a filesystem against a list of cryptographic hash values. If the hash for a specific block does not come out as expected, the module assumes that the device has been tampered with and causes the access attempt to fail." https://lwn.net/Articles/459420/

6. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

People who root/rom their phones knows what DM means!! Most others don't care about rooting!!!!!

7. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Really? Because I've rooted phones before, and I've never heard that terminology.

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Damn Ferengi.

9. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What would any sub-atmic particle have to do with rooting a phone?

10. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

I'm still worried about the quarks! Those hadron making particles seem to get into everything. Quirky thing, those quarks.

11. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

You beat me to it, but are you sure they didn't mean this quark? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark_(dairy_product) Kind of messy, though.

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