If you’re looking for an easy way to gain root access to your Android phone, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Universal Androot is an app that lets you root your phone with the click of a button. And doesn’t affect the bootloader, which means that you can unroot with another click. that means you don’t have to miss out on over-the-air software updates.
Universal Androot currently supports the Google Nexus One, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Dell Stream, Motorola Milestone, Motorola XT701, Motorola XT800, Motorola ME511, Sony Ericsson X10, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, Acer Liquid, and Vibo A688. While it’s called “Universal,” not every phone currently works. The HTC Desire, Legend, and Wildfire, for instance aren’t supported. Neither is the Samsung Galaxy S. But the developer seems to be releasing updates pretty frequently, so it might not be too long before we see versions with support for those devices.
I spent a little time this morning debating whether or not to root my Google Nexus One. Honestly, Google Android 2.2 Froyo brought some of the killer features I had been waiting for, including support for WiFi and USB tethering and the ability to use the LED as a flash light. But there are at least two things that you still need root access for: Overclocking your device and taking screenshots without plugging your phone into a computer.
So I took the plunge and rooted my phone this morning. It took just a few seconds, and after installing a screenshot app, I was able take screenshots of my phone simply by shaking the Nexus One. Pretty cool. To confirm that unrooting my phone was just as easy to unroot, I ran Universal Androot again, unrooted the phone and now shaking the device does absolutely nothing. Even cooler.
You can grab the latest version of Universal Androot from the developer’s site.