The brand new Samsung Galaxy S III hasn’t even hit the shelves yet and it’s already been rooted. Thanks to the awesome and well known XDA Developer Chainfire we now have full access before the phone is even commercially available. The only issue with achieving root is the fact he doesn’t have the device in-hand for testing, but the process should remain the same come release day.

This is good news that Samsung hasn’t changed their stance or views on locking down devices, because it appears to be very simple to root the Galaxy S III, unlock the bootloader and be ready for whatever developers and ROM flashers want. According to Android Police Chainfire has an early kernel version and was able to easily modify and repack it, then manually install SuperUser and it’s a done deal.

Unless this is just an early leak that has changed Samsung has used a much easier kernel for developers to work with, although as usual Samsung’s bootloader does have a counter that will detect and monitor the kernel changes. After originally holding out on releasing the leaked kernel Chainfire has now released it via the XDA link below for those wanting to get their Galaxy S III hands dirty. The kernel could change by release date, and US carrier branded devices might be a bit harder to attack but until they are released we’ll just have to wait and see.

[device id=2435]

[via XDA]

  • COOL!!!

  • Mo

    Noob question

    What is rooting?

    • George Beutel

      Rooting is gaining Root Access, which is locked by default. This lets you push manual updates to devices such as new Android versions that the lazy Carriers don’t both to push or customer ROMs such as CyanogenMod.  There are also different apps that cannot work unless your device is rooted because the device is locked out from apps being able to use certain features of the phone by default.  For example tethering can be done without your carrier knowing after your device is rooted.  Carriers will normally charge you for tethering so the simple act of rooting your phone can save you money.  I personally wouldn’t buy a device that cannot be rooted.

    • Dnt worry! I dnt know it either! 

  • DE

    Sure, risk hosing your phone, voiding your warranty, and the ability to receive and install automatic updates……….for the sake of being a total geek when you already have an awesome device. Pointless.

    • George Beutel

      You only risk “Hosing” your phone if you can’t read instructions. For warranty, you can unroot your device and make it stock again, so you can then send it in for warranty repair. Auto updates are a joke and take much longer to get to you than doing it yourself. A lot of the time you have to wait months for the carrier to push auto updates, if they even do it at all.

      If you want to call these devices with stock bloatware “awesome” then they are stellar once they are rooted and the crapware is removed. There is no reason that NASCAR TV or any other apps that I don’t want or use should be forced to be put on my device. As phone storage increases so does the bloatware.
      If you are unable to read and follow instructions then I don’t recommend rooting. So DE – YOU should probably stick with Stock since it sounds like reading and technology might be a little beyond your ability. For everyone else who wants to get the most out of their device root that thing and install either plain Android or a custom ROM like CyanogenMod.

  • Its great……..I’m getting my Galaxy S3 on 30th of may according to amazon 🙂