Galaxy S III rooted already

Galaxy S III rooted already
Ugh, we know, finally! Right? How long does someone have to wait to get root around here… oh, the device is not out yet? While this isn’t the first device we’ve seen rooted before its actual release, there is some other interesting news that accompanies this achievement.

Over at XDA (where else really?) developer Chainfire has announced that he has already come up with a way to root the Samsung Galaxy S III. Unfortunately he is not able to share the “insecure” kernel because of concerns that it is traceable back to the individual that leaked it to him.

For those that are well versed in modifications, you’ll be interested to learn that opposed to the zImage Samsung has used for the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Note, this time around, it has decided to use the standard boot.img format. Chainfire also points out that the Galaxy S III uses a recovery partition, so recoveries can be flashed separately from the kernel.

While this was all tested on a release candidate of the Galaxy S III’s firmware, it is noted that there could be an upgraded firmware on the actual production device that may change things, however, Chainfire believes that even if that happens, it won’t change much.

He concludes his post by sending some slightly backhanded kudos to Samsung by saying, “Now, everybody say thanks to Samsung! I don't always agree with them, but so far they have been the first and IMHO still are the only high-end Android OEM who aren't complete [expletive] in the unlock department!”

source: XDA

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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31 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nice! :)

27. thelegend6657 unregistered

Someone please port the ROM of s3 to s2 ! Touchwiz nature looks a lot better than touchwiz 4 BTW make it i9100G bootable

29. Android2627

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

My Friend Bricked his One X Due to Non Removable Batt :o Thanks To sammy that there phones are ARE REAL ANDROID I MEAN BY Openness which Recent Company s Have Forget. all are Coping IOS I Think.. Its LaMe! Best example are are One X & Xperia S

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I told you it would be easy...

3. tkvdog

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Sweet!!!

4. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lovin it! the only reason i would root this phone is to remove the unnecessary bloat that will come with it.. from what it looks like ill be keepin stock ROM

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I want someone to come up with a otterbox or something to cover that ugly phone up

7. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

you think the GS3 is ugly??? nooo waaayyy :0 !!! (srcsm) well when you doo buy it jus get a cover for it :)

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I like the Nexus better for some odd reason

17. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

idk? the nexus is a bit to curvy, i honestly like the SGS3 design, but ill be for sure when i see it in person... who knows maybe you'll like it too

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think U NEED A PRETTY BOX FOR YOUR UGLY iPhone. At lease the GS III is BIGGER and sexier looking than your shytty iPhone

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why u need a bigger phone in your pocket trying to compensate something.. gadget?

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, a small screen.. :)

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

One of the biggest reasons I like high end samsung phones. They are very open to the mod community. Try to get HTC or Moto to be that open.. HA! Virtual high 5 to whomever at samsung decided to do that. :)

8. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

yea tell me about it!! it was a pain in the butt to s-off, root and super cid a sensation... i have an amaze now, umm yea im not doin it.. jus waiting for ICS from tmo

20. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@remixfa You seem to be happy lately :p You were also ecstatic about the droid flash drive :p Anyway, Samsung and Sony, both of them are the best in helping out devs :) That's why they are my main choices :)

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i started doing a good bit of reading on the droid drive. I had no idea those things existed. When I get some spare cash, imma buy one and throw it on the bedroom TV to make syncing and netflix/hulu a much quieter experience than right now. Got a launch day Xbox in there for streaming and its like having a mac truck drive around in the room.. OI!! :) Hey, I'm always happy when new tech comes out. :) I really only get pissy when i get bombarded with stupid trolls.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Try to get HTC or Moto to be that open.. HA!" Actually situation with HTC isn't so bad. :) http://htcdev.com/devcenter

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is that why u didnt want to show me how to root my DX?... remix?..

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, your DX has a locked bootloader. I pointed you to XDA if you wanted to read up on it, but its not as easy as others. Motos are good, but that super locked down crap they do drives me nuts.

15. phunkenstein

Posts: 2; Member since: May 18, 2012

HTC didn't use to be that open. They are now. Motorola is the problem-child, I guess you could say. HTC and Samsung both are pretty open to rooting...hell that's how they get some of their developers is the rooting community. PS: Remix, this is "phunkinc"...lost that email. You guys getting alot of questions about the GSIII in store?

18. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

htc is now more open. they got htcdev.com. its been quite a while now. get your facts checked, or some1 might call u fanboy.

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea but no s-off and they have a record you voided your warranty and can't truly reverse it like other root methods.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

When they provide easy S-Off without having to use XDA tools, you come talk to me. :)

12. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

About time... :p

13. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

That's why I love me Android!

16. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

can smell custom roms...awesome!

26. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

XDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

28. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

@remixfa Halo 4 coming this november :)

30. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You know all those videos and reviews showing how buttery smooth and functional the GSIII is? Now imagine it on the ROMs coming out of XDA. enthusiast devs>OEMs

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