Last week, a post on XDA appeared to claim that the Barnes & Noble NOOK Glowlight Plus e-Reader can now be rooted, meaning, enthusiasts can take full control of the device without having to resort through the extreme means that were floating about on the internet since the launch of the device a few months back. While the earlier method has been available for a while now, it involved having to open up the device and reroute some connectors before running a few scripts to open up the device for development. The cumbersome process meant that it was strictly for a select few, and most mainstream enthusiasts were left in the lurch. Now, if the latest post on XDA is to be believed, that is set to change soon, if the rooting method detailed on the Android enthusiast forum is anything to go by.
The single biggest advantage of Android over its competitors like iOS and Windows phones is the leeway it gives to developers, power users and DIY modders to play around with the system. Gaining root access is but one of the ways for enthusiasts to personalize a device to their heart's content. For those unaware of what 'rooting' an Android device is, or what it entails, the process refers to the gaining of root access on a device running the Android operating system. Root access on Android is the equivalent of gaining super user privileges on UNIX-like platforms, like the ones that are based on the Linux kernel, or earning administrative privileges on desktop Windows. While there are a number of ways to personalize Android, rooting an Android-based device is the first and foremost requirement for almost all major modifications to the stock ROM that comes with it.
Coming to the NOOK Glowlight Plus e-Reader now, the latest and simplest method to gain root access on the device includes enabling Developer Options (from Settings menu) by tapping on the build number seven times. Then, USB debugging mode needs to be enabled by going into the Developer Options sub-menu. The post on XDA advises users to then connect the device to a computer with a USB cable. With everything going according to plan, the e-Reader should show up on the computer in 'adb devices'. People wanting to actually go ahead with the root, will now have to extract the rootGLP.zip file with a file-decompression software like 7Zip, and run the rootnook.cmd batch file on Windows, or the rootnook.sh file on Linux-based desktop operating systems like Ubuntu or Mint. Of course, the method is still untested for the most part, so there might be a few unforeseen issues cropping up. Users will do well to use their discretion before going ahead with the procedure.