Two new tablets, including one which hasn’t even gone on sale yet have already been rooted, meaning users can install apps which require deep access to system settings. That includes apps for backing up or restoring your apps and system settings, apps for managing your memory or storage, or the ability to replace the software that came with your device with custom firmware.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is due out on June 8th, but Google started handing out tablets to the 5,000 attendees of the Google I/O conference yesterday and it didn’t take long for someone to figure out just how easy it is to root the tablet. Basically all you have to do is copy a file to your tablet, reboot into recovery mode and run the zip file.
Of course, it’s only that easy if you’ve already downloaded the Android Software Developer Kit on your computer and feel comfortable using ADB. If you need more detailed instructions, you can head over to Android Police.
The T-Mobile G-Slate from LG just went on sale this month, but a member of the xda-developers forum managed to root one recently and has posted the software and step by step instructions you need to do the same thing — although the walkthrough assumes you’re using a computer running Linux. Rooting the tablet will likely be much trickier if you’re using a Windows computer.