At 6:00 PM EST today, Republic Wireless will be releasing an OTA update for its single- and dual-band Motorola Defy XT. While the update will bring a slew of enhancements to the device, it also brings a not-so-desirable "fix:"breaking the root exploit uncovered by jcase back in December. That means if you're already rooted, you'll lose root during the update process, and if you haven't yet rooted, the old method will no longer work. Bummer.

However, there's light at the end of the tunnel: jcase has already found a new exploit, rooted the device, and packaged a fully open source one-click apk named Cyanide that will do all the dirty work for you. This is indeed the easiest root process we've ever posted.

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

First off, you'll need to download Cyanide (Mirror) and transfer it to your device.  Once it's on your device, simply install it like any other apk (make sure "Unknown Sources" is checked). Launch the app, agree to the terms, and... that's basically all. The device will reboot two times. This is normal. It's supposed to happen. Don't freak out.


After the second reboot, SuperSU will be installed, you'll have root access, and all will be right with the world. It's seriously that easy.

Enjoy your freshly-rooted phone.