Over the last week, Motorola rolled out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Moto X on Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. As with any OTA update from Motorola, this new update also breaks the existing methods to root the handset.
However, thanks to jcase, the developer of RockMyMoto and PwnMyMoto, Moto X owners can already enjoy root access on their KitKat running handset. The new root method – SlapMyMoto – does not makes use of any new exploit, but instead uses the old exploit itself with a slight workaround.
SlapMyMoto is currently in beta, so if you are not really desperate to get root access on your Moto X, I’d strongly recommend you to wait. If you do end up trying but are not successful in gaining root access, the developer recommends to flash back to the older Camera update software on your Moto X.
Head over to this XDA thread for the download link and flashing instructions. The steps are a bit tedious, and include flashing back to the older Camera update, so do make backups before proceeding.
Do drop in a comment and let us know if you were successful in rooting the handset using SlapMyMoto.