Following yesterday’s exciting news that Glass is extremely easy to root, Google has released the Glass kernel source code. Glass being easy to root makes sense, Glass is basically a Galaxy Nexus. You almost look at a Nexus device and it roots itself. You only need to type a few commands, unlocking the bootloader and you’re pretty much set. No exploits. No Hacks. Anyways, now that the Glass kernel source has been published, Android and Glass developers can begin doing what they do best, customization.
Is anyone else excited to see the mods and tweaks that kernel developers will bring to Glass? As an avid custom ROM flasher, I can’t wait. To get started, head on over to Google Code and download the attached tarball.
While you were sleeping, noted ChromeOS hacker Hexxeh passed the night ripping apart the software guts of his Glass unit, and discovered a method for both getting shell, and root, on Google Glass. It started with him noticing a “debug” mode.
In the process, he discovered that there is a simple OEM unlock method included in the software:
Using ClockworkMod, motivated geeks could potentially use a similar method to rooting Android phones, by creating a custom recovery partition with the bootloader unlocked.
Previously, we’ve discussed how limited the initial Mirror API is; if roll your own ROM modding becomes the norm in Glass, we’ll quickly see that fall behind us as intrepid rooters push the limits of the hardware. Rooting and modding helped drive the growth of Android, and could be a catalyst to more rapid adoption of Google Glass.
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UPDATE: Googler Tim Bray checks in on the conversation: