Geohot's Towelroot can root most Android devices including the Galaxy S5

Himanshu Arora

Posts: 902   +7
Good news for AT&T and Verizon customers who want to root their Galaxy S5 devices: renowned XDA developer Geohot, the guy who unlocked the first iPhone and hacked the Sony PS3, has released a new tool called Towelroot that can...

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insect

Posts: 349   +132
Will it work with the s3?
There are about 50 ways to root an S3 at the moment. Which way will depend on whether you've received OTAs (over the air updates) or not - if not, it's way easier because there are more "bugs" in the Kernel to exploit. I rooted mine one-week after release. Check XDA forums.

Does not work on my S4 Active. Just saying.
I'm wondering you received an OTA after the exploit was found a month ago?


Just as a side comment, if you ever plan to root/use your phone for it's full potential (I.e., use root-based security [which means you can remote brick if ever stolen], remove bloatware, tether your phone, etc.) I recommend disabling OTA's the second you get it. Telecom companies push out updates to fix rooting methods almost immediately (yet they still won't let you get the latest Android version until a year later....). Either that or pony up the extra money for the developer edition (which by the way, isn't more overall, just more up-front - when you buy at a subsidized price (I.e., $100), you pay the remaining $500 in your monthly bill over the term of the contract. You could also just pay $600 up front for the dev. edition and not pay back the "loan" each month).
 

HiDDeNMisT

Posts: 220   +14
There are about 50 ways to root an S3 at the moment. Which way will depend on whether you've received OTAs (over the air updates) or not - if not, it's way easier because there are more "bugs" in the Kernel to exploit. I rooted mine one-week after release. Check XDA forums.



I'm wondering you received an OTA after the exploit was found a month ago?


Just as a side comment, if you ever plan to root/use your phone for it's full potential (I.e., use root-based security [which means you can remote brick if ever stolen], remove bloatware, tether your phone, etc.) I recommend disabling OTA's the second you get it. Telecom companies push out updates to fix rooting methods almost immediately (yet they still won't let you get the latest Android version until a year later....). Either that or pony up the extra money for the developer edition (which by the way, isn't more overall, just more up-front - when you buy at a subsidized price (I.e., $100), you pay the remaining $500 in your monthly bill over the term of the contract. You could also just pay $600 up front for the dev. edition and not pay back the "loan" each month).

Yes you are correct. I receive the OTA. Dam I had completely forgot about it. Oh well. Looks like I am going to have to wait till I buy a S5.