While just a week ago we were getting worried about the HTC EVO 4G LTE’s release, due to a customs debacle that delayed US shipments, the good news about Sprint’s new flagship are now coming in packs.
Less than 24 hours after the first units should have started shipping to those of you who pre-ordered the phone, the independent Android developers community has itself made the device more accessible to the masses.
That’s right, folks, there’s already a root method available for the EVO 4G LTE and it’s pretty simple and straightforward. The entire step-by-step guide on how to root (and unroot) the new handheld can be found on this XDA-developers forum thread, started by Senior Member zedomax.
The root method used is the same one that made the ICS Asus Transformer Prime rootable back in the day, and only involves installing a couple of drivers and then running a small script. Linux and Mac users will be happy to find out that they don’t even have to install drivers, but just unzip a file and run a basic script.
According to zedomax, the root process “can’t brick your phone in any way” and is completely safe, but then again, if you don’t want to say goodbye to your brand-new device’s warranty, you should think twice before doing this and installing any kind of root-enabled apps.
Also, if you have trouble following written instructions, zedomax has been kind enough to put up three video tutorials with clear step-by-step instructions on how to root the EVO 4G LTE using Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, or OS X. Check out all the clips below, and, if you’re one of the lucky first users of the EVO 4G LTE, handle the root with care!