The new Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen. (2014) added quite a lot of changes in terms of hardware, such as the much wider and stunning Full HD display, a 2.5 Quad-core Krait processor, 13 megapixels camera, which will beat its predecessor when it comes to overall performance. This new Moto X (2014) has been released officially in some countries, it has several variants to support 3G or 4G networks of different carriers around the globe, it’s sold in the US with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
However, the Verizon (XT1096) and the AT&T (XT1097) variants of Moto X 2nd Gen. are comes with locked bootloader and SIM-locked too, while the T-Mobile variants (XT1095) are fully unlocked, which mean the bootloader is unlockable via Motorola’s official unlock program, you can even put a SIM card (GSM) from other carriers, this version of Moto X is also known as the Pure Edition.
For Android enthusiasts who desire to have root on Moto X (2nd Gen) 2014, it seems you should decide on a Pure Edition version. Mainly because with an unlockable bootloader, we are not only going to get superuser access, but also a chance to flash custom ROMs over it someday. For Verizon/AT&T Moto X users, there are only two options, switch to Pure Edition or hold back until the root can be acquired.
For those who are interested in getting root on the new Moto X (2014) Pure Edition, here we list some of the stuff that must be well prepared before unlocking and rooting.
- The Pure Edition of Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.)
- The proper USB and ADB drivers for Windows.
- Adb and Fastboot files for Windows.
- Modified boot image file by jcase.
The new Moto X (2014) Pure Edition root with modified boot image
Actually, there are two methods to gain root, first by making use of CWM recovery, the second option by using a custom boot image developed by senior recognized developers – jcase. We think that the 2nd method is much easier, since it can be achieved without flashing a custom recovery, we only need to boot it.
It’s quite easy to perform, but for those who are curious, here we give the overview.
- Make sure the Moto X’s bootloader is unlocked.
- Extract the modified boot image from jcase (pure2014sb.zip), then place the “pure2014sb.img” in the same folder where you put the fastboot files.
- Reboot your phone into bootloader mode.
- Connect the phone to the PC via USB cable.
- Boot the modified boot image from fastboot folder.
fastboot boot pure2014sb.img
- When the device boot up, install su and quickly reboot it once again.
- Install SuperSU from play store and run it.