HTC Droid DNA rooted ahead of official release

by: Andrew GrushNovember 15, 2012


The HTC Droid DNA isn’t in stores until November 21st, but that isn’t stopping the modding community from already finding a way to get the phone rooted ahead of its official release.

So what’s all involved? Apparently, you start by unlocking the bootloader using the HTC bootloader unlock tool. From there you will be able to use fastboot to flash a modified kernel that will allow root access, you’ll also use fastboot for flashing the ClockWorkMod recovery. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading and flashing the root file.

The early modding success already seen with the Droid DNA certainly makes this 1080p phablet even more exciting than it already was. For those that need a refresher, the Droid DNA not only has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, it is also powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio, a 2020mAh battery and wireless charging. As for the OS, we get Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+.

Keep in mind that even though the phone is somewhat open now, Verizon could eventually lock it down further through an update. All we can do is hope that they don’t bother to do so. What do you think, are you excited for the HTC Droid DNA or not?

  • Fahad313

    yes i am very much excited for HTC Droid DNA

    • leoingle

      that battery doesnt have me excited.

      • matty1323

        From all the reviews i’ve read the battery is average and will get you through a full day with moderate to heavy use. I’m pleasantly surprised with how well that Super LCD3 technology seems to handle battery consumption.

  • Kyt

    all the pluses on it has me willing to overlook the 16gb/no SD limitation.

    • leoingle

      its not that i’m really worried about, its that battery.

  • I still can’t get past Verizon AND HTC’s bad history of updates. 4.2 has some amazing upgrades and with these jokers track records, I would say the stock 4.2 won’t be available until spring early summer 2013 by which we could be at 4.3 about to release 4.4 at I/O 2013. I know you can go the ROM route but even the freakishly smart CM or Paranoid Android guys will still need 4 to 6 months to get a stable nightly going.

  • I have been suffering along with my HTC Incredible 2 for close to two years. I I chose this phone because the Thunderbolt didn’t have the same hardware and looked to be a little more locked down. I boy was I wrong. The Incredible 2 has been behind the power curve in every way. I REALLY hope the DNA is a little better. I’m stuck with Verizon so the Nexus 4 can’t happen for me (I began life with the Nexus One and loved it).