A group of hackers at the XDA community have developed a workaround for jailbroking Google Android OS that rung T-mobile Android G1 Phone. As always, take caution before proceeding. Basically anything you type into your keyboard is also being run in a hidden console with root permissions. More information regarding that at the bottom of this post. But, to get root access, do the following:
- Turn on your phone’s WiFi. This gives your phone an IP you can reach it at.
- Restart your phone
- Type telnetd and press enter – Yes, it will start up a Contact search, do not worry about this, just type telnetd and press enter (the enter button on the keypad).
- Download an Android Telnet client (I have one on the Market) and connect to localhost.
- you now have root!
“Jailbreaking”, a popular term popularized by Apple’s iPhone, means “getting full (root) access”. Why exactly would you jailbreak an open source device based on Linux? Google has locked down several portions of the phone’s Linux-based OS to secure the system from malicious scripts or applications. However, this lock down incited anger and a feeling of betrayal from many open source and free software backers, who said that people should be able to have full control over their phones.