Google Pixel is one of the most exciting Android phones to hit the market in a long time, and with it comes the latest version of Android: 7.1 Nougat. With this new hardware and software, it was only a matter of time before one of the many developers in the rooting space achieved root on the phone. It seems the first root of the Pixel has been achieved thanks to Chainfire.

This root isn’t actually available to the public yet, but as is usually the case with Chainfire, that’s probably not that far off. There’s a catch for now, though. Chainfire says that this particular root shown in the below photo is “with verity disabled and modified /system.” The work isn’t stopping, however, with Chainfire saying that he’s “trying to get it working without this requirement.”

I’m not going to pretend to know what I’m talking about when it comes to the intricacies of rooting a phone, but it goes without saying that the below tweet is good news for you if you’re the kind of person that likes to tinker with the deepest parts of Android. Rooting, much like jailbreaking on iOS, allows you to customize your phone to a level even greater than what Android itself provides. Personally, I don’t need root on a phone like the Pixel.

But if you’re the kind of person that likes to be able to tweak without restriction, hopefully you’ll be able to do so on the Pixel very soon.

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