Now this is something you don’t see every day – XDA member Northmendo released an automated rooting tool and ADB installer, to help Mac users get the most of their Android devices. So, if you’re one of those fellows that can’t make up their minds between the dark side, err, I meant Apple, and Android, you can now go on and mess with your Android phone, without requiring access to a Windows or Linux PC.
Before you get too excited, you should know that BreakDroid is very new and that the tool has only been tested on a handful of Android devices. Nevertheless, Northmendo announced that he is working on expanding the tool’s usability and is actually looking for volunteers to test his creation.
Here are the devices currently supported by BreakDroid:
- Kindle Fire
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Galaxy Nexus
- Galaxy Note
Northmendo is looking for testers for the last two devices, so if you have the guts and the necessary Mac, feel free to drop a line on the BreakDroid thread from the XDA forums. Your effort will certainly be forever appreciated. Or, at least, you’ll know you did a good deed this week. Besides the four phones that are “officially” supported by BreakDroid, the tool is, in theory, compatible with any phone that can be rooted using GingerBreak, psneuter, or zergRush.
What can BreakDroid do?
As the tool’s developer specifies, BreakDroid is not an entirely new tool, built from the ground up, but rather an automation of existing applications and techniques. Still, its importance should not be underestimated. Until now, Mac users had few options when it came to simple rooting tools for Android, and had to delve into complicated, manual operations.
The new BreakDroid rooting tool for Mac lets you automatically root your Android device, and in addition, it provides automatic ADB set up and installation of the Android SDK. Keep in mind that this is an Alpha release, so don’t expect flawless functioning or a full feature set.
As always, make sure to back up and be aware of the consequences that rooting has on device warranty. But if you read so far, you probably know about all that, so I’ll stop the nagging right now.
Happy rooting and let us know if you tried BreakDroid!