Rooting your Android phone is a rite of passage. It unlocks the functionality that separates Android from iOS and opens a realm of almost infinite customization. Replacing the entire operating system is possible on a rooted device. So, given the benefits, why aren’t Android phones rooted from the factory? Even those sold by Google, like the Nexus 4 and 7, require root after purchase. Why is that the case?
The makers of CyanogenMod, one of the best custom ROMs based on Android, announced on Wednesday that CyanogenMod will be turned into an app you can download and install from the Play Store on unlocked devices.
It is common knowledge that the best way to customize your Android device is to flash it with a new ROM. It is also wrong.
So, the brand-new Galaxy S4 has just started retailing! And as most early adopters, one of the first things I wanted to do with my new Galaxy S4 was of course to root it. This post shows exactly how I’ve done it. The root exploit I used was released by XDA developer cofface. It is not a foolproof procedure, and it does involve some trial and error. The exploit itself offers two rooting methods, only one of which actually worked for me. So, caveat emptor! The good news is that I did end up with a rooted phone, and so can you.