Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for 2nd Generation of Moto X has been released some time ago, just a little late when compared with the Pure Edition models that have received it beforehand. It’s normal, because almost all of the carrier-branded phones should go through a carrier certification procedure which would add additional time.
Although it’s late, but we can get the root Lollipop update for Verizon and AT&T Moto X 2014 (XT1097 / XT1096), this is very good news because finally you can also experience superuser privileges on this device.
As you may know, some US released Moto X 2014 doesn’t have an ability to unlock its bootloader via the official Motorola site, only Pure Edition (XT1095) device has it. A device with locked bootloader limit its users to mods their own device, that’s why root is quite difficult to obtain on AT&T and Verizon models. Until finally a new utility called Moforoot is developed, mainly to offer root for the bootloader locked device.
The MofoRoot originally developed for the Motorola Droid Turbo, but it also can be used by several other devices, including the Moto X 2nd Gen. The root procedure is quite difficult to accomplish as it requires us to flash a system image and we also have to buy a license to use the Mofo tool worth $20. If you have no experience in adb and fastboot, chances are you’ll run into a little trouble.
But you need to remember, the Mofo tool still has limitations, it does not disable the write protection. It’s mean, you can only flash unsigned system images, not the boot image or the recovery image, so there’s no recovery or a custom kernel for now.
If you really want to get root on Verizon or AT & T Moto X 2014 running Lollipop Android 5.0.2 and ready to pay the Mofo license, you can read the guide here on xda-developers forum.