Last month Samsung announced the Galaxy S5, with plans to release it in mid-April. While you (im)patiently await for the handset’s arrival, we have some good news: it appears that the device has already been rooted!
The latest root method comes to us from well-known developer Chainfire and is designed with model SM-G900F in mind. As Chainfire puts it “there’ll be a lot of models, but I believe this will be the most common ‘international’ model”. It’s possible that this root method will also work with at least a few other regional and carrier variants — though we really don’t know for sure just yet.
So what’s involved with Chainfire’s rooting method? In order to get it working, you’ll need the latest version of the CF-Auto-Root tool, which can be flashed to your device via Samsung’s ODIN tool on your PC. Basically what this does is temporarily modify your device’s recovery, it then installs the SuperSU app and finally re-flashes recovery back to stock.
For more details on what’s involved, you’ll want to head over to the XDA developer forum. As for the CF-Auto-Root tool? You can download it by clicking here. Of course, the usefulness of this root method is currently pretty limited as the Galaxy S5 has yet to officially ship — at least outside of South Korea. Still, we have to admit it’s always impressive when root methods surface ahead of the formal arrival of a new Android device.