Google is making a lot of, let’s say interesting changes in the Pixel smartphone lineup, and that’s caused many in the Android community to raise questions about the device. We already knew the Pixel had an unlocked bootloader, except on Verizon, but many have still questioned if they would be able to root it. Now a Google spokesperson has confirmed that information.
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Speaking to WonderHowTo, a Google spokesperson had the following to say regarding rooting:
Yes, Pixel owners who purchased the device from the Google store will be able to root their devices. Pixel phones purchased from the Google store will ship with an unlockable bootloader.
So there we have it. Yes, you’ll be able to root your Pixel smartphone. Obviously, we’ll have to wait for developers to get their hands on the device to get a root method working, but at least we know for a fact that it will be possible.
It is worth noting that Google specifically mentioned Pixel owners who purchase the device from the Google store will be able to root. Of course, this is due to the fact that Pixels sold through Verizon will ship with locked bootloaders.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Google’s new “seamless update” process won’t take away the issues that come with rooting and OTA updates. The Google spokesperson later confirmed:
Rooting involves modifying partitions on the phone. If the partitions are modified the OTA will fail to apply.