Rooted TV

It seems a webOS TV has been rooted.

A source informs us that instructions have been published on gaining root access to a webOS TV. This is much harder than on the old phones and tablets. When this was done on legacy webOS, there was a wave of enhancements and tweaks made available to phone users from webOS Internals and other developers.

The instructions can be found on the Russian webOS forums here: How to get Root rights on webOS 1.0-3.0: webOS TVs – Discussion (English Translation via Google).

As the thread itself notes, this creates the possibility of fiddling with your TV in a way that may turn it into a large, thin brick and will almost certainly invalidate your warranty. The general user should stay well clear of this.

At pivotCE we publish this for information only and recommend leaving investigations to those who know what they are doing or who can afford to wreck expensive television sets. We will watch to see if anything interesting emerges from this development.

Discussion thread on webOS Nation.

Image Credits: McZusatz & George Hodan.

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