• Android Fans Want To Know: Can You Root the Priv?

    Android means a lot of things to a lot of people. Open source, lots of app options, and to some rootable, hackable, and all around flexible to run whatever you choose.

    That may not be the case for ALL Android powered phones but a significant amount can in fact run much more than just the version of Android it was released with.

    From the multitude of mobile OSes that are out there, most can be run on Android phones. Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, FirefoxOS, LuneOS, Cyanogen OS, and more all work on select Android devices.

    With BlackBerry's annoucement of the Android powered Priv, folks want to know if it too can be rooted.

    From today's Inside BlackBerry Blog post of how BlackBerry handled security for Android, we got our first peek into the idea that the Priv may in fact offer the default tools to enable developers in the rooting process.

    Take a look at this shot of BlackBerry's DTEK software above.

    Notice the line about Developer Options? If DTEK can detect whether developer options is disabled that likely means there's a possibility the developer options can be enabled too. And if they can be, that likely gives your computer access to USB debugging and the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tools which come with the Android development kit.

    What can be done with ADB? Lots and lots and lots.

    You're thinking, this doesn't exactly fall in line with BlackBerry security, right? It's not far fetched to think about BlackBerry giving users the option to do what they want with the device. Some prefer encrypted phones. Others don't care.

    Will there be Cyanogenmod for the Priv? Will the Open webOS project known as LuneOS get its first slider phone port since webOS on the Palm Pre? Will BB10 end development, get open sourced (like so many killed OSes), and be ported to the Priv in a couple years?

    The answer is actually 'maybe'.

    Huh. Crazy.

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