Unlocking and rooting your new Android smartphone or tablet has been a trend since Android first debuted back in 2008, allowing general users to make use of permissions and files within their devices to have them run however they pleased, and break them however they pleased. Rooting is, however casually it’s discussed on any forum across the Internet, a serious, risky, and sometimes difficult process. Many different developers have created toolkits for users of various skill levels and devotion levels, from ‘I have to have root to uninstall this lousy carrier add-on’ to ‘let’s root another, because rooting is what I do even if I don’t use the device or really need it rooted’, and many users benefit from being able to root their devices. The latest addition to the easier method of rooting is an app and program called KingRoot, from King Team over on XDA Developers.
According to the thread for the team’s app and desktop program, KingRoot is “the one-click root tool for almost all devices”, and it seems to be just that. The app, which works from the smartphone, directly inserting necessary SuperUser binaries into the proper partitions and sub-containers within a device, is one of the many easy-to-use root methods, but this one attempts to do something that doesn’t happen very often: true compatibility. The King Team has a few links on their thread in XDA’s forums, and they contain the numerous compatible and working devices that are fully compatible with the app and method. Currently, the lists are for Samsung and HTC, as well as some Nexus and miscellaneous international pure Android phones. The process also works with versions of Android ranging from 2.0 up to Lollipop 5.0, as well as some versions of 5.0.1 and 5.0.2, as well as 5.1 and 5.1.1 in some cases.
The process is reported to work on some of the more locked-down devices, such as almost any Verizon Android phone and some of the latest Samsung hardware such as the ever-popular Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, as well as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. While the idea and service seem to work great and well, the China-based King Team have yet to have an English language UI for the desktop interface, which is a fallback method for phones that should be supported but the app fails for whatever reason. So, if you’ve been wanting to root but either don’t know or don’t want to know the technical details and processes, you might want to pull up Google Translate and give this a try.