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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Has Been Rooted Before It's Even Available

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Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S 4 isn't even on the shelves yet, but a team of dedicated tinkerers over at XDA Developers has already managed to root the thing.

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That means that those who can't resist getting under the skin of their phones will be able to do so immediately with the new S 4. One small caveat: the root only works (so far) with handsets packing the Exynos 5 Octa (rumor has it, some S 4s will initially ship with a Snapdragon 600 chip instead).

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If you're so inclined, you can find the necessary files over at XDA Developers. As ever, though, be careful, and probably don't bother if you're not at least vaguely confident about seeing the process through—because a bricked phone isn't much fun to play around with. [XDA Developers via Android Community via Engadget]

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craigcrmcleod
CraigCRMcLeod

Well because Samsung has a setting that you can simply tick called allow unsigned apps. The only time you ever need to root, is when you want to change roms. So really users already have the freedom to do as they please on their devices in a safe, simple way.

Rooting has not been a major requirement for Samsung users for about 3 and a bit years now. Rooting is only something Apple slaves truly have a valid need for.