New exploit enables rooting even on Android 4.1.2-running Motorola Droid Razr HD

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The Android ecosystem is known for its being relatively “open” compared to other platforms which make power users, hackers and the boys and girls of the developer communities gravitate towards it. This is because with just a little tinkering, you will get access to the numerous personalization and customization options offered by the Android platform. But if you happen to be a fanboy of Motorola smartphones, you know that getting access to these options is not as easy as it sounds.

As it stands, Motorola handsets have a history of being locked down as tightly as Fort Knox thereby making it difficult to really maximize these handsets in terms of personalization and customization. Despite that, the enthusiastic hackers of the developer communities have always found a way to get around these obstacles. For example, Dan Rosenberg (aka djrbliss) has recently announced that he already managed to crack the code of several non-OMAP Motorola handsets. In fact, he already released the method with which users of Motorola Droid Razr HD, Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx, Motorola Droid Razr M and others can use to unlock the bootloaders of the abovementioned devices.

The bootloader unlock method for the said devices however requires that you have root access to your handset first. If you happen to have a Motorola Droid Razr HD for your mobile weapon of choice and have recently lost root access to your device because you took advantage of the recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update rolled out to the handset, don’t you feel left out on the cold.

A couple of days after Dan Rosenberg released the bootloader unlock method, he is at it again but this time around, what he released is a new exploit that will enable a user of the Motorola Droid Razr HD get root access to the handset regardless of the version of Android it is running – even if it is the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for that matter.

In addition to the Motorola Droid Razr HD, Dan Rosenberg also confirmed that the said root exploit will also work on other Motorola handsets and these are as follows:

  • Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
  • Motorola Atrix HD
  • Motorola Photon Q
  • Motorola Droid Razr M

Going back to the Motorola Droid Razr HD, the handset was released in US shores by Verizon and it packs impressive components in its internals. The handset relies on its QualComm MMS8960 SnapDragon chipset to power its operation while a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor gets support from a full gigabyte of RAM in generating the computing power required by the handset. The Motorola Droid Razr HD comes with 16GB of internal storage but this can still be expanded using its microSD card slot. As for its display, the handset sports a 4.7-inch SuperAMOLED HD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels while its camera department features a main 8MP shooter at its back panel and a secondary 1.3MP snapper at its front bezel.

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