The reborn T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung only hit retail on Wednesday, and it’s already ripe for some superuser fun, as the smartphone has been rooted, with the full guide posted at the XDA-Developers forums.
Finally shedding its designation as a simple messaging-phone, the newly mature Android smartphone is getting the same sort of hazing treatment given to most such devices upon their debut, with tinkerers descending on it with their digital crowbars, looking for a way to force their way in. It didn’t take long, with techniques known to work on other Samsung devices performing here without issue.
Automated tools may end up working, but for now there’s a simple script you can follow using the Android Debug Bridge and the rageagainstthecage tool. By maxing out the Android process limit, the ADB process, which starts as root and normally steps down its privileges, can be prevented from doing so and remain as root. From there, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump to make the rooting permanent.
Hopefully this means we’re not too far off from seeing the first custom ROMs for the Sidekick 4G. For the full guide to rooting, with links to the needed files, check out the thread over on XDA.