Universal root arrives on Android

Xda-dev member Shaka Huang (aka shakalaca) has coded an (almost) universal rooting utility for Android smartphones.

As Whitson Gordon of LifeHacker notes, Universal Androot is capable of rooting numerous Android devices with just a few taps and does not require a PC or “troublesome,” complex hacking.

“Whether you’re stuck with a phone that requires the long, scary root method or you have a one-click-from-your-PC method available, Universal Androot is the best new way to root your phone,” explained Gordon.

“All you need to do is download the app to your phone, install it using the package manager, make sure you have ‘Unknown Sources’ checked in Settings > Applications, open it up and hit Go Root.”

It should also be noted that the utility allows users to execute a Soft Root, which roots the device for only a single session.

And of course, after rooting, users can easily download and install root-specific apps such as Wireless Tether and install customs ROMs with ROM manager.

Supported Devices:

  • Google Nexus One (2.2)
  • Google G1 (1.6)
  • HTC Hero (2.1)
  • HTC Magic (1.5) (Select Do not install Superuser)
  • HTC Tattoo (1.6)
  • Dell Streak (2.1)
  • Motorola Milestone (2.1)
  • Motorola XT701
  • Motorola XT800 (2.1)
  • Motorola ME511
  • Motorola Charm
  • Motorola Droid (2.01/2.1/2.2 with FRG01B)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 Mini (1.6)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
  • Acer Liquid (2.1)
  • Acer beTouch E400 (2.1)
  • Samsung Galaxy Beam
  • Samsung galaxy 5 (gt-i5500)
  • Vibo A688 (1.6)
  • Lenovo Lephone (1.6)
  • LG GT540 (1.6)
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1305

Not Supported:

  • Google Nexus One (2.2 FRG33)
  • Samsung i9000/i6500U/i7500/i5700
  • Motorola ME600/ME501/MB300/CLIQ XT
  • Motorola 2.2 FRG22D
  • Archos 5
  • HuaWei U8220
  • HTC Desire/ Legend/Wildfire (/system Soft Root)
  • HTC EVO 4G/Aria
  • SonyEricsson X10i R2BA020
  • myTouch Slide