Those of you who actually managed to get your hands on an enTourage eDGe dualbook ebook reader/tablet/notepad device thingy (it's been in low supply lately) and have been waiting for it to be rooted just got your wish. Colin O'Dell and myself with the help of Sean and Jamezelle were able to root the eDGe, with full adb access.

How We Did It

No exploit or hack was needed. We were able to decipher the developer's debug password and use it to enable adb, which just so happens to be running as root.

What It Achieves

This root finally opens the eDGe to developers, enabling the debug bridge and allowing root apps to be used. The possibility of the Android Market being ported to it, over-clocking, and a Froyo based ROM in the near future are real. Hopefully we will see some devs jump on this very interesting device.

Kernel Source

In related news, with a little prodding from the Android community on Twitter, enTourage has also finally agreed to release the kernel source code for the eDGe, as required by the Linux kernel GPLv2 license, meaning developers can start working on eDGe-specific advancements, such as increased battery life, modified CPU clock speed, and bug fixes.

Root Instructions

To enable root access via adb:

  • Go to Settings -> Development - > Turn Debug On of Off
  • Enter 89985b36B7906bFfF and click ok.
  • That's it, your device now has root access over adb.

To install Superuser white list, and allow root apps you must push some new software to the device.

  • Download edge.zip and unzip it. And run the following commands with adb.
  • adb shell busybox mount -o remount,rw /system
  • adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
  • adb push su /system/xbin/su
  • adb shell busybox chmod 04755 /system/xbin/su
  • and reboot your device.

More to come as we play with the newly achieved root, so stay tuned.