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 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3 Samsung TouchWiz UI


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