The Samsung Galaxy S4 Has Been Rooted

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Has Been Rooted

Today’s the day the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in-store at various telco outlets and what better way to celebrate the acquisition of your fancy new Android-powered gadget than rooting it for added flexibility?

The good news is you don’t have to wait, with Ausdroid providing all the files and instructions you need to crack the device open — well, on the software side anyway. All you need to do is download an archive, updated some drivers (if required) and run a batch file / script, depending on your desktop operating system.

If you plan to root your S4, feel free to comment. Being stuck with an iPhone 4 at the moment, I’m curious as to the main benefits of rooting an Android device — the S4 in particular.

Achievement unlocked: Galaxy S4 rooted [Ausdroid]


  • A rooted phone allows you a similar freedom as a jailbroken iphone, such as install unapproved apps, delete otherwise mandatory carrier bloatware, and install security/privacy apps that require root access. It also allows you to do things for free that carriers often charge extra for like using your phone Another advantage is that you can install a custom rom (e.g. cyanogenmod) which frees you from samsungs software design choices.

    • Just have to put it out there, you could always installed unapproved .apk

      The installation of the custom ROMs are probably the biggest part of rooting. There’s nothing like getting rid of those annoying company overlays (TouchWiz I’m looking at you), and installing pure Jelly Bean goodness 😀

      • Custom ROMs probably have to be the best part of rooting. Not only is it great to get rid of all that bloat, but it also brings new life to older devices. I have an original HTC Desire running a stock Jellybean with no problems, when HTC wouldn’t even update the Desire to Gingerbread because it can’t handle GB and Sense at the same time. It also solved the problem of the Desire having nowhere near enough memory; thanks to being able to have rooted devices use space on the SD card as if it were system memory.

  • Rooting Android doesn’t add the same benefits as jailbreaking iOS as the features are already open in Android, but the main advantage of rooting is giving you access to system level files.

  • Technically its been rooted since we got an inferior processor…

    But I get the feeling we’re not talking about the same type of ‘rooted’ here 🙂

    • It’s hard to quantify ‘inferior’ when you’re talking about multicore processors, because it depends on how the OS handles parallel processing, the clock speed difference and what you plan to use the device for. Desktop CPUs are a good example, where for gaming the i5 is recommended over the i7 because the extra cost of the hyperthreading is almost never used.

      Not to mention, the Qualcomm chips are far easier to write drivers for than the Exynos. From memory, one of the big ROM makers basically gave up on trying to make it compatible with the S3 Exynos processor. So for me, I’d much rather the quad-core Qualcomm.

      • I guess the biggest ‘do not buy’ point for me, is the S4 isn’t really that much of a step up from the S3. It has its improvements for sure, but to me, it’s the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s. If you’ve got a 3 and you’re content, there’s not REALLY that much reason, however if you’re on an SGS1 or 2? The leap up would be phenomenal.

          • Lucky me by the time my S2 contract runs out the S5 (or whatever the phone is by then, next april) will be due for release, that’s 3 generations, should be a major improvement by then, but I have to say Jellybean on the S2 *REALLY* improved my phones performance.

          • Indeed, that’s the kind of upgrade that does get me excited, I’ll be getting the S5, so we’re definitely comparable in that sense! It’s just that now with phones, we’re seeing less and less reason to do singular generational upgrades and more reasons to skip 1 – 2 generations.

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