First, the HTC One X gets root before launch, and now the HTC One S follows suit using MoDaCo’s Superboot. Superboot is a script that you run on your computer when the device is connected via the USB cable that pushes all the necessary files to your phone to attain root.
The one caveat is that for this method to work, the phone needs to have S-OFF (which means the NAND portion of the device is writable) or needs an unlocked bootloader. As of this moment, none of the HTC One series of phones are available in the HTC bootloader unlock tool, but we’re hoping for that to change soon after launch. Once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, just run Superboot and you’ll be riding the root train!
Like the Galaxy Nexus before it, the One X by HTC is already seeing root thanks to superboot files released before well, the phone even sees a release thanks to MoDaCo. Basically it’s a script that you run on your Linux, PC or Mac computer when the device is connected via the USB cable. What the script does is push the necessary root files to your device without the need for all those fancy ADB commands. It’s not as easy as a one-click root method but it isn’t as much of a process as using ADB.
Given that Android 4.0 is running on the One X with an ICS kernel it shouldn’t be too difficult to get custom ROMs and recoveries onto the device. Even though the bootloader is still locked my guess is that it will be added to the HTCDev site sometime shortly after it gets released. So while we will have to wait for the phone to release here in April for the UK and Europe and on AT&T this summer for the U.S. it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to root the device right out of the box. Hit the break below to find the instructions to do so as well as the file to download. Enjoy!
Stop the presses! It looks like the Google Nexus S has just gotten a one-click root, and we’re here to give you the skinny. Paul O’Brien, Mr. MoDaCo himself, has released a new superboot that lets users flash the image, and – voila! – instant root access. We saw an adb-based root the day the Nexus S was released, but this makes it easier for those who have the Nexus S, but don’t want to get too technical.
For those who do enjoy the technical end of things, it’ll be nice to know that the single click method gives you full adb access to both files and folders, as well as adb remounting. Requirements for the Superboot are simple, only in that you need to check your “about” screen in the phone settings to see what version of Superboot you should be using.