Koushik Dutta, best known for developing Clockwork Mod recovery, has been very busy lately; first releasing his new Carbon backup application earlier this year, and now releasing a brand new Superuser application.
Koushik states that his motivation for developing a new Superuser app lies in the belief that applications dealing with rooting should be open source, so that they can be opened up to independent scrutiny over security issues; which is certainly a very good point. He also wants to allow ROM developers to more easily integrate Superuser with their developments, which open-source again deals with quite nicely.
So what features does this have over the current Superuser or SuperSU standards? Well most obviously is the new, sleek looking user interface, which is fully compatible with 7 and 10-inch tablet displays. There’s also a pretty impressive features list, and some brand new ideas which might just convince some users to make the switch. Koushik’s Superuser includes:
- Pin protection
- Manifest permission support
- Per app configuration
- Request timeout
- Proper Tablet UX
- Full multi-user support for Android 4.2
One of the more notable new features that Koushik wants app developers to start taking on board, is the ability to detect whether apps downloaded from the Play Store inform users that they require Superuser access. For additional security you can set Superuser to automatically block any applications which don’t explicitly state that they require root permissions, preventing malicious software from trying to gain additional permissions.
The only drawback appears to be that some users are finding that the app is missing some of the more advanced features available in other versions. But with regular updates there are sure to be improvements over the coming weeks.
Providing you already have root access, you can easily install Koushik’s Superuser app through the Google Play store free of charge. Installation of this apk will automatically remove any other SU binaries and superuser.apks from your handset. Otherwise he’s put together an update.zip file which you can flash through your recovery manager.