HTC, once considered a top company, has rapidly fallen behind tech giants such as Apple and Samsung in the leading smartphone maker race. The reason for this is probably the company choosing to churn out an incredible number of handsets, focusing on quantity rather than quality. Earlier this year, it was revealed by HTC that the Taiwanese company would now focus on its flagship devices only in 2012. They seem to be sticking to this plan with only three models, named simply- One X, One S and One V.
The One X and One S have been released in select countries so far. The devices have pretty cool specs, causing consternation among people who are unsure about whether they should go ahead and buy one of these or wait for the Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive. Both devices have been received well so far, and boast an industrial design, great cameras and reasonably good battery life. HTC Sense 4.0 has been improved as well.
Although it has only been a week since the devices have been released, the brilliant Android community has already figured out how to gain root access on one of the devices- the One X. Follow our step-by-step guide which is as follows to gain root access on yours if you’ve already purchased one. Please note that TechSliver is not to be held responsible if following the guide causes loss of data or damages your device in any way.
Before beginning with the rooting, make sure you have backed up your necessary data (contacts, emails etc) and your device is fully charged.
Here are the steps to root HTC One X.
Step 1: Unlock the bootloader for HTC One X by following the instructions on HTCDev.com [Link].
Step 2: Download and setup the full Android SDK [Official Website] or just fastboot for your operating system.
Step 3: Download Interim ClockworkMod (CWM) Touch Recovery and transfer this to the fastboot folder inside your Android SDK folder on your computer.
Step 4: Download CWM-Flashable version of SuperSU and copy this to /sdcard (root folder) on your One X.
Step 5: Connect your One X to your computer via USB.
Step 6: Reboot your HTC One X into Recovery mode. For this, shut down your HTC One X. Once it is completely turned off, press and hold Volume Down + Power buttons.
Step 7: Open up a terminal app (e.g. Command Prompt on Windows, Terminal on OS X) and type in the following command:
- fastboot flash recovery r1-modaco-recovery-clockwork-touch-endeavoru.img
- ClockworkMod Touch will now be flashed to your device.
Step 8: Now restart your One X and shut it down again. Boot into recovery again by following Step 6. You will be booted into ClockworkMod Recovery.
Step 9: Create a Nandroid backup of your device.
Step 10: When done with Step 9, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and choose the SuperSU.zip file you downloaded in Step 3.
Step 11: From the main menu, select reboot system now.
If followed properly, you now have gained Root access on HTC One X. Creating backups of your system using Titanium Backup and Root or explore those backups using Nandroid Browser or flash custom ROMs are a few of the many luxuries that you can now enjoy because of the root access on HTC One X.
Let us know if you run into any trouble or visit the XDA forums for further help.