Samsung Galaxy S4 already rooted before its official release


Well this didn't take too long! xda Elite Recognized developer Chainfire has managed to root the Galaxy S4 and his root seems to be legit, since enough developers tested it successfully  According to the developer, the device he managed to gain root access to was a Snapdragon 600 based S4 (GT-I9505), but while his root should work on the Exynos 5 Octa version (GT-I9500) as well, it seems there are issues with rooting this particular Galaxy S4 version at this time.

Here's what Chainfire mentioned on the xda forum regarding the rooting process:

In many cases, like previous versions of the Galaxy series, that is OK [rooting the device without actually testing it] because the way to root Samsung devices has been the same via repacking Samsung’s firmware package with su and then flashing via ODIN. While that old way worked, it doesn’t work on the new S4 as XDA Recognized Developer Odia proved in a thread similar to the original “root” thread.

[…] XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire began toying with the Qualcomm version of the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) back in early March, and immediately began to have issues with the “tried and true” process for rooting previous Galaxy devices. He noticed that while you could “inject” the su binary into the firmware, the device would immediately reboot when that same binary was executed.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 available (really who are you?) or you just want to learn more about the whole process then just visit this link. The rest of us will just have to wait until we get the real thing when its available (and root it afterwards).

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