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That was fast. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S5 won't be released for another two weeks, well-known developer and modder Chainfire has already rooted the phone. Well, at least one of the Galaxy S5s (S Fives? Galaxies S5? whatever), specifically the SM-G900F model, which seems to be the international GSM-LTE version. The root method will probably work with at least some regional and carrier variants.

To get root privileges, check out this XDA-Developers post for Chainfire's latest version of the CF-Auto-Root tool, flashable via a PC with Samsung's ODIN tool. At the moment it flashes a temporary modified recovery, then installs the SuperSU app, then re-flashes the stock recovery. The instructions are pretty simple, and should be easy enough to follow for anyone who's had experience with modifying Samsung's Android hardware before. Since CF-Auto-Root uses a modified recovery, it may not work with Galaxy S5 models made for carriers who habitually lock bootloaders and otherwise try to discourage aftermarket mods, like Verizon and AT&T. We'll see when the phone actually gets released.

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In related news, the Play Store version of the SuperSU app has been updated, presumably to the same build included in the updated CF-Auto-Root. According to the changelog for version 1.94, it also fixes force close issues for some Galaxy Note 2 models. Again, this may or may not need further work to be compatible with the myriad versions of the Galaxy S5 that will be available on April 11th.

Source: XDA-Developers via Chainfire (Google+)

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • BAM1789

    Pretty much this will be like every other Samsung device. Buy the Tmo version, root and unlock for other carriers (ATT). Then dump TouchWiz. Rinse, Repeat for every Samsung phone.

  • BAM1789

    Pretty much this will be like every other Samsung device. Buy the Tmo version, root and unlock for other carriers (ATT). Then dump TouchWiz. Rinse, Repeat for every Samsung phone.

    • Ishimaru

      The TMo version is bootloader locked. :(

      • Alex

        Really? Are all of them?

        • Ishimaru

          Only Sprint is the last one who doesn't.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Wow, I thought T-Mobile didn't lock bootloaders. That's surprising.

    • Somedude

      This shamesung aka samesong phone sucks. Don't buy it people. This is bad business.

    • tim242

      Verizon phones comes carrier unlocked. I like TW, thanks

      • BAM1789

        Bootloader is locked like the other guy said, and everyone knows you like Tw.

        • tim242

          You didn't say anything about the boot loader. You said unlock for other carriers.

          • BAM1789

            The whole point of my original post was for an unlocked bootloader. Though they are now all locked besides Sprint.

          • tim242

            Those days are gone, unless you buy the dev edition. The S4 never got its bootloader unlocked.

      • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

        So you like lag and bloatware?

        • tim242

          I don't experience lag. I delete or disable the bloat and move on. I don't obsess over such things.

  • Roh_Mish

    No update yet but that force close on my note 2 (International) was getting annoying.

  • PuzzledObserver

    I wish Chainfire rather rootes the Dell Venus instead of the S5 which is not yet released.

    • Mado

      Then give him one and pay him to root it for you. Oh and also pay a little bit extra because it is an Intel Atom device which is not exactly easy to customize. Otherwise, he and other developers have NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER towards any devices.

      • PuzzledObserver

        Thanks for the clarification. Of course, I understand the devs has no obligation. I just wish he could hack the Dell Venus. So succeeding rooting is CPU dependant? Or is it specific per device? Or per manufacturer?

        • Sam Hollis

          Yeah, it's involved with the software running on the device's mainboard. Different architecture, different technique than with ARM.

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Chainfire puts more focus on Samsung devices.

      • Ryan

        Only because Samsung devices are the de-facto standard due to massive marketing currently. I see more Galaxy devices than any other phone available and have once never seen a Moto X in the wild here. Seen the G Flex though, which surprised me..

  • tim242

    I'm glad to know root is easy. I'm picking my S5 up on launch day.

  • Bob Hart

    The 32GB Galaxy S5 went on sale in Korea yesterday in 4 colors ahead of government imposed sales bans becaused of illegal sales incentives offered by the major Korean carriers.

    On the 1st day of selling the S5 is about 920,000 Korean Won incl VATput will probably drop quickly

    On 2 year contract it's about 770,000 Korean Won

    The SM-G900S is offered by SK telecom,the SM-G900L is from LG telecom while the SM-G900K is from Korea Telecom.

    http://galaxys5store.co.kr/store/sub_01.html?NVADKWD=GALAXYS5&NVAR=DANAWA&NVADID=1157484205+0Ge1003wVNfh8Zi4005Y

  • calmdownbro

    Too bad he made no progress about KNOX.

  • Android Developer

    I don't get it.
    How did he manage to root a device that he still doesn't have?
    Or does he have one before everyone?
    Or did he download the firmware to some kind of VM and rooted it instead?

    What is going on?

  • hassan hassanine

    That was fast. Despite the actual fact that the Galaxy S5 will not be released for an additional 2 weeks. The root methodology will most likely work with at least some regional and carrier variants.

    http://acu-techno.com/guide-comment-rooter-de-samsung-galaxy-s5

  • hassan hassanine

    That was fast. Despite the actual fact that the Galaxy S5 will not be released for an additional 2 weeks. The root methodology will most likely work with at least some regional and carrier variants.

    http://acu-techno.com/guide-comment-rooter-de-samsung-galaxy-s5

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