The Pixel and Pixel XL will be rootable, Google confirms

If you are an Android fan with a knack for tinkering with tech, you may have been worried about the rootability of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL. Amidst early rumors that Big G's first in-house developed phones may not be as keen to grant you root access as previous Nexus devices, many people became frustrated at the notion of Android losing its openness. Worry not, however, as Google has confirmed first hand that the Pixel and Pixel XL's bootloaders will indeed be unlockable, which in turn would make the phones possible to root. If you made your purchase from Google's online store, that is, as Verizon-exclusive units will have their bootloaders locked permanently.

The folks over at WonderHowTo have reached to Google to inquire on the matter and got official confirmation from Google spokesperson Iska Saric:

Unlockable bootloaders mean that the floodgates for custom recoveries and auto rooting tools will be wide open on day one, and developers will no doubt get cracking on it immediately.

Unfortunately, rooted Pixel phones won't be able to receive OTA updates, which is a huge downer, but this has been the case with Nexus devices as well. Rooting entails modifying partitions, and if the update utility detects modified partitions, OTA updates simply fail to apply.

via WonderHowTo



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

2. Bankz

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3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"Unfortunately, rooted Pixel phones won't be able to receive OTA updates, which is a huge downer" you are installing a custom rom and get updates directly from the developer. There is no need for OTAs.

4. swarai

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Exactly, the only ota I care about is from cyanpopblisstipsystalk remix. Thank you

5. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Such bs the VZW sold ones have permanently locked bootloaders. If only Google offered 24 month financing. I would try this phone but I'm not giving Google a thousand dollars all at once for the 128 pixel xl. And even if I did, would the Google sold ones for sure even activate on VZW?

6. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

They do offer financing ya bozo. And they do work on Verizon. Yeesh

7. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

They do offer yes they will activate on any of the 4 major carriers.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Ok, once I saw the photos and the stabilization, this article definitely put the pixel back on the map for me. OnePlus 3/4 vs Pixel 128GB...

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