By Stephen Schenck | February 1, 2011 6:04 PM
The Dell Venue, the Venue Pro’s Android cousin, isn’t even in wide release yet, but tinkerers have already managed to develop a working process by which to root the smartphone.
If you like your phones big and heavy, you’ll probably dig the solidly-constructed Venue, which we praised for its build quality and great display. For a close look at what makes the phone tick, you should check out both our hardware and software review videos.
The ever-resourceful crew over at the XDA-Developers Forum has come up with a short series of steps you can take to try opening up your Venue. Initial attempts at rooting using existing apps didn’t quite cut it, but with a little preparation, you can reportedly get the phone to a root-ready state.
First, you’ll have to download the Venue PC driver from Dell, and install the software after hooking the smartphone up to your computer over USB. Once that connection is made, while still attached to your computer, you should be able to run the SuperOneClick rooting app to take control of your Venue. While not all users have reported success with this method, other say that the process is finicky, and that multiple attempts may be necessary. We also don’t know yet if this creates a permanent root, or if you’ll find yourself repeating the process again in the future.