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Factory Images and Rooted Kernel Released For Google Glass

May 24, 2013 - Written By Chance Miller

For the few people that have Google Glass in their hands, the company is definitely encouraging them to use it and pick around inside the software. Google has held several mod sessions for its wearable computing device and has emphasized that it is up to developers to make Glass appeal to the average consumer. Lately Friday night, Google released some more tools that will make hacking and modding Glass even easier, but it does over a word of advice.

Google has released the factory images for the latest version of Glass, XE5. In addition to the set of factory image files, the search engine giant also included a rooted kernel, which makes the rooting process the easiest it has ever been. Google did warn that even though it is making the rooting process incredibly easy, do it will still void your warranty.

Rooting, unlocking, or flashing your Glass voids your warranty and can leave your device in an irrecoverable state. You will no longer receive OTA updates if you unlock or root your Glass. There is no guarantee that you will receive OTA updates even after flashing back to factory specifications. Proceed at your own risk.

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In order to root your Glass, you’ll want to download the XE5 Factory System Images to your computer, as well as the rooted kernel boot image. The process of rooting your Google Glass is eerily similar to the process used on Nexus devices, so if you’ve done that before, the chances of you messing this up are incredibly slim. Inside the zip file you just downloaded are the boot.img, recovery.img, system.img and userdata.img.

From there, all you have to do is run the following commands:

  1. fastboot oem unlock
  2. fastboot flash boot boot.img

If for some reason you want to restore your device back to stock, simply run the following commands:

  1. fastboot flash boot boot.img
  2. fastboot flash system system.img
  3. fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  4. fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
  5. fastboot erase cache

If you have Google Glass, be sure to let us know what you have done with it so far! Do you plan on rooting it? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: Google Developers