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Android L: More devices, root and no CyanogenMod

A few days after the upcoming Android version L was presented and previews for the Google devices Nexus 5 and 7 (2013) were published, the source texts for Android L have now appeared in Google's Android Git repository - and not just for Nexus 5 and 7 (2013), but also for the older Nexus 4, 7 (2012) and 10. It is therefore quite possible that Google will soon provide Android L firmwares for these devices as well.

However, the source texts that have now been published are not complete; among other things, device-specific hardware drivers are apparently missing. It is not possible to build a functional firmware for the older Nexus devices from the source code. Nevertheless, the early publication of the Android L source texts is a significant innovation: Until now, Google had only made the Android sources available well after a new Android version had been released.

L too unfinished

However, the CyanogenMod developers do not want to rush to Android L and start working on CM12 yet. However, this is less due to the incomplete source code, but rather to the fact that Android L is still too unfinished: The CM developers expect even greater changes to Android L, so that it would probably be in vain to adapt CyanogenMod to the pre-release version of Android L now. The CM12 development should only really start when Android L is ready.

Android hacker Chainfire has meanwhile built a version of its SuperSU tool for Android L and integrated it into its autoroot images. This should make it possible to obtain root rights in the system during the Android L preview on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. As usual, he warns of the associated risks and problems - and points out that the finished Android L will probably contain additional security measures that will make rooting even more difficult. (odi)

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