Samsung Galaxy S Phones Get Root Hack Even Before US Release

July 14, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The entire lineup of Galaxy S smartphones from Samsung may not be available in stores in the US yet, but a root hack for the handsets has already been released. The root hack was initially developed for the international version of the phone and was later ported over to US based Galaxy S handsets.

Rooting the Galaxy S phones have been reported to be a simple process that only requires an update.zip file to be flashed by the handset users. The method has been confirmed to work on Galaxy S variants such as the Samsung Captivate on the AT&T network and the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile’s network.

It has also been reported that the root hack is expected to work on Samsung Epic 4G handsets on Sprint’s network as well as Samsung Fascinate phones on the Verizon network, when the two devices are launched in the US.

While the root hacks have only arrived for Galaxy S devices in the US, the international version has already received a custom ROM created by developers. The Samsung Galaxy S lineup are the latest among Android devices to get a root hack before its launch. Other Android devices such as the HTC EVO 4G and Nexus One had also been rooted by developers before they were officially launched.

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