OTA updates are usually a good thing, but first impressions can be misleading. The just leaked Android 4.4 KitKat build for the Galaxy S4 seems good, but some behind-the-scenes changes broke SuperSU, making root access difficult. Ever the go-getter, Chainfire already has it sorted out.

The new flashable ZIP file is available from Chainfire's site – version number 1.89. CF-Auto-Root has also been updated to include the new SuperSU. This has been successfully tested with the leaked ROM on the GT-i9505, but should also be fine on other devices you need to get root on.

Chainfire is still undecided about adding this version to the Play Store as it is only for a single leaked ROM. Updating through Google Play will cause a binary update, which is a hassle for everyone. The Play Store rollout might have to wait for the official OTA to start hitting devices.

[+Chainfire, SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Jaime

    chainfire is the man

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  • Stanley Chan

    How about mobile odin? Ever root is working?

  • TheRunner024

    This guy works fast.

  • Fahad Beg

    how hasnt this guy been hired by Google. he's seriously a mastermind

  • hyperbolic

    What would we do without Chainfire...

  • Daire O Connor

    Anyone here who has flashed 4.4 wanna give an early verdict? Is everything working OK or is it not daily driver worthy?

  • dsfafdsfas

    I feel like I'm the only person who prefers Koush's superuser.

  • dana

    Help help help me