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Motorola Milestone 'jailbroken' already

Milestone gets rooted over in the US
Milestone gets rooted over in the US

Motorola and Android's newest, most cutting-edge device, the Milestone, has been rooted already, meaning all the power of Android can be exploited.

Similar to iPhone jailbreaking, rooting allows (well versed in hacking) users to exploit elements of the Android operating system that may have been locked down by the carrier.

Over in the US, where the phone is known as the Droid, this means multi-touch support has been unlocked, where Verizon had disabled it on commercial devices.

Ha ha ha - we've got multi-touch...

While in the UK we're allowed to use the multi-touch system, but in the future it means that members of the hacker community will be able to offer some cool additions to the device when the same thing is achieved on the Milestone.

Obviously, this will bring its own risks - it's very much recommended that you don't 'dabble' in hacking without knowing what you're doing, as you can easily end up with an inoperable phone.

Still, good to see the likes of Cyanogen (who posted the updated root, which was originally discovered by Zinx Verituse) and the hacker community are still going strong and keeping our favourite gadgets free and easy to use.


Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.