Speed and efficiency are two words that come to mind when I hear the name Chainfire, as the XDA root guru often has devices rooted before they are even released. Just one week ago, he successfully managed to root the newly arrived Lollipop powered Nexus 9 tablet, demonstrating how quickly he was able to achieve root on Android 5.0. And now just 7 days later, Chainfire has struck again, and has successfully achieved Android L root for 6 more Nexus devices.
The man is fast folks. As stated on his Google+ page, his famous CF Auto Root files have now been updated to work with Android Lollipop on the following devices:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 2012
- Nexus 7 2013
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 10
Remember that the files (as of now) that you will use to achieve root are all image files that require using Fastboot, not flashable recovery zips. After using Fastboot, a special boot image will load that will install SuperUser and nothing more. It’s also worth noting that for certain devices you may need an OEM bootloader unlock tool to successfully unlock the bootloader.
Chainfire also made a few key changes for this release, a few of which are:
- The new variants of CFAR have the SuperSU ZIP embedded
- A second included ZIP (if on Lollipop or newer) patches the current kernel to run SuperSU at boot
- Current CFARs have SuperSU v2.20 which is not currently available elsewhere and only has CFAR compatibility
If you’re interested in how Chainfire is achieving root, and to read up on a lot of interesting changes that he has noticed within Android over the years, be sure to hit up his Google+ page in the source link below. If you want to jump straight to downloading the image file needed to achieve root on your device, you can find them on the Chainfire CF root page via the link below.