The Google Nexus line has been extremely popular in regards to community developer support. Many were optimistic the Pixel line of smartphones would follow suit. Unfortunately this has not been the case due to high costs and system complexity. As a result, community developer support has been somewhat limited on Google's latest flagship line including the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, but that may be changing as of this afternoon. Thanks to Magisk version 14.4 root is now possible on the Pixel 2 XL.
The original Pixel presented a few challenges due to the complexity of the software and community developers weren't familiar with the new A/B partition system. Most of them had to learn the intricacies of the system before custom recoveries or root methods could be released. The file-based encryption presented another layer of complications for some developers, further delaying a root.
Despite the fact developers have had time to learn the details of the system structure, there are still reasons for slow community developer support on the latest generation of Pixel smartphones. Currently, only an alpha version of TWRP is available because the Pixel 2 uses a new embedded secure element chip from NXP, causing the decrypt feature to fail. A fix is currently in the works, but for Magisk, it took longer than normal to arrive on the Pixel 2 XL since it uses a totally different cmdline than any other device.
Once that information was discovered, the problems were resolved and root was achieved. Credit goes to XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor topjohnwu.
Magisk for the Pixel 2 XL begins with version 14.4, but the developer has only tested it on Android 8.0. However, he believes it will also work on the 8.1 beta also. If you want to run Magisk 14.4 on your Pixel 2 XL, follow the instructions on the forum at XDA.
Are you planning on rooting your Pixel 2 XL now that Magisk 14.4 is available? Drop a comment below and let us know.