Root exploit for Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 now available

by: J. Angelo RacomaApril 27, 2013

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If you’ve just recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 and you want to root your device, then you’re in luck — at least if you have the US version and other variants that run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. XDA Developers’ “drbliss” has published a recent root exploit originally meant for Motorola devices — aptly called “Motochopper” — which also works on the Galaxy S4.

The only limitation is that the exploit works only on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-powered devices, including those that are co-branded by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. International variants that run Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chips will not work with this root exploit.

The process is simple: download the Motochopper archive, have the latest Samsung USB drivers on your machine, and ensure you have USB debugging turned on. Windows users then need to run the supplied run.bat batch file, while OSX and Linux users should run the supplied Shell script.

A word of caution, though: no custom recoveries or stock images are available for the Galaxy S4 at this point. This means you might have a hard time fixing your device in case you brick or soft-brick it. Also, drbliss warns that OTA updates might remove the ability to regain root access through this exploit (until another one is discovered).

But given that Samsung’s flagship series usually gets the most active development amongst enthusiasts, we think it should only be a matter of time until developers release custom recoveries, custom ROMs and stock ROM images, so tinkerers and tweakers can more easily play with their Galaxy S4.

So while Samsung mobile head J.K. Shin says it should not matter whether your Galaxy S4 runs on a Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa chipset, it should make a difference if you’re planning to root your device at this time.

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  • John Smith

    Get the phone through sprint!

    The 4G is arriving in all the cities and it’ll be there eventually (only argument why Verizon would be better is coverage). But the truly unlimited data from Sprint and the things that you can do with the S4? Whew that’s a smartphone users dream! Literally! At least it’s mine lol but Maybe I can help you save money on what’s in your home send me an email. :)

    • Corey Deane

      I’m really stupid when it comes to tech so help if you could please. I’ve read the exynos 5 chip is faster than the snapdragon 600 andtheonlyreason Samsung uses both is for supply issues and the exynos 5 doessupportLTE so will a gs4 with a exynos 5 work on say T-Mobile and be supported bytheir LTE? any helpon this subject would be greatly aappreciated.

      • das

        its down to the modem drivers shipped with the phone ,the drivers for the modem determines what RF bands itll work best with