Everyone's been looking forward to the Cherry Mobile Flare since it was announced. I've been to several kiosks / stores myself asking for scheduled date of availability. They all say the same thing: it will be available by the 2nd week / mid month of November. That's only 12 days away so all we have to do is wait.
But one does not have to do this waiting passively. I, for one, want to be ready for when the Flare comes home with me so I've been reading up on it (or rather the A9+) and I've found instructions on how to root the 4" Android 4.0 ICS phone. :)
These steps will, most likely, work on the Flare IF it truly is the rebranded Karbonn A9+.
Disclaimer: Attempting to root your device will void your warranty. Any damage to your device that occurs because of rooting will be all on you.
According the Gaurav Gahlyan of Droidiser, you'll be needing two programs to root your Flare / A9+. Download UnlockRoot and PdaNetA350 first.
Then follow the steps (as outlined by Gaurav here): link updated 11.20.12
- Enable USB debugging on your device by going to Settings > Development > USB Debugging.
- Install Pdanet
- During its installation, it will ask for your device's manufacturer. Select "Others" and confirm the driver installation when a few pop-ups appear regarding whether you trust the application.
- Connect your device to the PC using USB cable. Don't turn on either USB tethering or USB Storage. Just connect it as is.
- Open UnlockRoot downloader you downloaded above, it will download about 10 MB of data. UnlockRoot will be installed once the download finishes.
- Start UnlockRoot and click the big green ROOT button.
- Let the process complete, make sure no power interruption occurs during this process.
- Once the process completes, your device will reboot.
- Congratulations! You've rooted your phone!
To whomever attempts to do this, please let me know how your attempt goes. :)
UPDATE: I got myself a Flare (One of the last people to be able to buy at the FlareDay event at SM North Annex. :)) I thought I could hold out on rooting it for a week, but decided to try it out. :) ROOT SUCCESSFUL. 11.19.12