Jul 13 AT 1:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 41 Comments

Root hack for Samsung Galaxy S also works on U.S. versions

Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup has yet to arrive in U.S. stores, but it looks like all their devices will be easily rooted thanks to a hack discovered on the international version. Russian developer LeshaK of Samdroid was the first to gain root access on the Galaxy S (i9000) and the community over at XDA-developers has taken his work and ported it to the U.S. versions of the phone.

Gaining root access is as simple as flashing an update.zip file and it has already been confirmed to work on the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. Only a single modification to the update script is required for each device so this should also work on the Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate when they arrive.

Paul O’Brien of Modaco has already created a custom ROM for the international version, but it has yet to be tested on any of the U.S. models. All the Galaxy S devices are nearly identical so future ROMs should be compatible with minor tweaks.

Now that Google has released the source code for Android 2.2 and Samsung released their code for the Galaxy S, it should only be a matter of time before the community has a stock version of Android 2.2 up and running. Given that this phone is coming to all four tier 1 carriers in the U.S. (and a couple regional ones), I expect a sizable development community will support this device.

Via: XDA-developers

Source: Samdroid.net

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  • http://Website Darkseider

    I smell an upset for the Droid X. Fully rooted custom ROMs and all? Hell the Droid X just dropped down on my list of devices.

    • http://Website Danix180


      Stock Froyo!!! That’s great news.
      I can’t wait to pick up my Captivate on Sunday.
      Bye Apple world!

      • http://Website Sharukh007

        I’m with you, getting rid of iPhone in August, but want to stick with AT&T because coverage is good. Captivate FTW!

  • http://Website s15274n

    Best news I’ve read since I heard of this phone coming out a few months back. CM6 on this phone, Good Lord!

  • Alan Reboli

    I am stoked about this. If there is a community backing like the G1, this will be my next device. But we’ll see, it’s a bit too soon :)

    • http://Website Fahad

      You have to realize that this phone will probably have even greater support than the G1 seeing how it’s being launched in over a 100 countries. For me there isn’t a doubt in my mind that this is my next phone only 2 more days left till the Tmobile release =) I’m stoked.

  • Zijan08

    I m just getting into the android scene. Anyone know what forums I can go to, to learn more about hacking Android and custom ROMs ect? Thanks in advanced!

    • http://Website Fahad

      This should be the only site you need as far as learning about android development


      Find a phone you like and check out the development sections.

    • http://Website miglop

      go to xda-developers.com the best site for hack/rooting android devices

    • http://Website Savage Dragon

      Xdadevelopers is good, but I would suggest Androidfourms.com as a starter. Androidforums has a lot of laymen in there talking about the phone while XDA is a bit more technical so you may want to get your feet wet before you dive headfirst into the deep end

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    I think this will cause a lot of samsung haters to eat their words. While there is no guarantee that Cyanogen will be porting CM6 to the Galaxy S, there’s a good change that another ROM cooker might.

    touchWiz 3.0 is not bad in any way (trust me, I have used it extensively on the original Galaxy S), but a lot of Android fanatics simply want stock Android. If the rooting process is as simple as

  • http://Website Darkseider

    Like I said earlier the Droid X is now playing second fiddle to the Fascinate on VZW. There is no way anyone, well anyone who likes all that is root, is going to get a Droid X over the Fascinate now. Seeing that they are nearly feature identical aside from HDMI out on the Droid X there isn’t much difference overall. Motorola really screwed the pooch on this one. Hopefully when the Droid 2 and Droid Pro are due out the news will be better for them. Otherwise Motorola will never see another penny from me.

    • http://Website Derek

      When is the Fascinate coming out on Verizon??!!?

    • http://Website Gee

      I mentioned this below but how much of a advantage is it really? The Samsung Galaxy S has so far been incapable of running unofficial ROMs — at least from what I’ve read. All customs ROMs have to be based off of Samsung’s official Galaxy S ROM’s — kind of ruins the excitement of rooting for me. If I root, it’s 50% about unlocking functionality and 50% about getting to upgrade to newer Android builds without having to wait months for the manufacturer to get on it’s s***.

      I really want to get the Galaxy S but Samsung has never had a great reputation with software.

  • http://Website boast

    fantastic news! i get my Vibrant on thursday. hopefully we see froyo ROM by saturday.

  • http://Website Stella

    This is GREAT news! I’m so ready to get my hands on this phone on Thursday. My only hope now is Cyanogen creates a ROM for it.

  • http://Website AndroidKing

    “this should also work on the Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate when they arrive.”
    Should work? Cool.

  • http://Website John

    This is great! I can’t wait to root my Captivate when I get it Sunday

  • http://Website WHEN

    Nice! But when is Verizon getting this phone!!!!? I thought it was supposed to come to all major carriers in July, but there is no news for Verizon! I’ve been waiting to jump on the android Bandwagon forever, but honestly getting a high end phone on Verizon has become an excercise in pure frustration. I really wanted the Nexus One, then that was canned. So I thought I would get the Incredible, very cool, but it is back-ordered until eternity. The X looks nice, but I would prefer the Incredible or the Galaxy S, so now here I am waiting for a Galaxy S or get an Incredible which will ship sometime in August. It’s getting ridiculous.

    • http://Website nastysquar3d

      Amen. I wish Verizon would give us a launch date already.

      My g/f is looking for a new phone and I pointed her towards the Incredible, but then they delayed shipments (again). So now I’m steering her towards this. Granted she’ll never need / want to root her phone but it’s nice to know that the possibility exists if she / I would feel so inclined.

      I have the original Motorola Droid (which I love) running CM6 and it’s fantastic. It’s a shame that Motorola is making, in my opinion, poor decisions regarding the Droid X (way too big, locked bootloader, ninja/moto blur) because I really like the build / call quality of the Droid.

      • http://Website WHEN

        There’s something rotten in the state of Verizon. I just saw a “leaked” version of the Verizon summer catalog and the Samsung Fascinate is NOT IN IT!!! WTF?

  • http://Website Gee

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember hearing that the drivers/kernel are either encrypted, unusable, or simply unavailable. Meaning that while you can root the Galaxy S and put custom ROMs, you still can’t put unofficial ROMs (like Cyanogen) on it without expecting to break a lot of functionality.

    That means that you WONT be putting Froyo on it until Samsung officially releases the ROM which can then later be modified. And if Samsung moves away from the Galaxy S after that update, you’ll never see a fully functioning Gingerbread ROM. Ever. That’s a hard pill for me to swallow.

    Again, correct me if I’m wrong. I’d really like to know for sure since the hardware (Epic 4G in my case) is much better than my EVO 4G.

    • http://Website t-readyroc

      Can you post a link to where you read that info. I’m very interested to follow up on your points.

    • http://Website CurrentWeb

      I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m pretty sure you are wrong. The Galaxy S (and the US branded versions) have all been rooted. All the released versions have been confirmed to be able to run ROMs other than stock, and MoDaCo has already released a ROM for the international Galaxy S. Then again, what do you mean by there being a difference between ‘unofficial’ and ‘custom’. I’ve always found them to be used interchangeably.
      Then again, I could just not be understanding you’re post. Oh well…

    • http://singletone.com Charles Singleton

      It has to be in the ROM. A hack app to put the phone mode in ‘PC Studio Mode’ will allow the phone to take firmware.

  • http://Website scril

    This is good news and all (boo manufacturer UI’s) and certainly makes the galaxy s more appealing than the droid x but how does a phone this tricked out spec wise not have a camera flash! I’ll certainly stick with my nexus for now until someone comes out with a stock android phone that is more powerful and has EVERYTHING the nexus has. Anything less would be a down grade. EVO and incredible don’t count because they are no more powerful and HTC sense is unusable when you are coming from vanilla android. The technology is there…the first manufacturer to put it all together in one device will sell them like hot cakes!

    • Gee

      I’m with you there. My ideal future is this:

      Techcrunch was right when they reported that Gingerbread will bring a major UI/UX upgrade that’ll prevent manufacturers from including custom skins. Since manufactures were using skins as differentiating points, they’ll only 1-2 other ways to differentiate and compete. One is to just pump out the best hardware possible which would be awesome. And two, create amazing AOSP themed software and widgets.

      That would be sweet. I think MS was right when they chose to forbid custom UI’s/skins in WP7.

    • http://Website SGS

      friend listen, camera (led) flash is absolutely useless. If you think it helps in dark, you’re wrong, it does’nt. Well it might help a little, but the picture’s will still be WAY too poor to publish anywhere.

      If you want it for flashlight, then meh.

  • http://Website kenny

    So what are the chance of getting an unlocked version of the Sprint Samsung Epic 4g? I know all the carriers are getting a Galaxy S but the Epic imo is the best one fo sure.

    • http://Website Camden

      I believe the Epic will only run on Sprints network, but I could be bring. It’s not like the GSM versions that can be unlocked and ported to another network fairly easily.

  • http://www.nuacco.net/resources leads

    What a great news to hear

  • http://Website rtimi

    If rooted do you loose all of samsung apps and stuff or rooting it just makes it faster.

    • http://na sardeenz

      you don’t loose any samsung apps and it doesn’t get faster. Rooting gives you the ability to install non-market apps and install custom roms, have full control over the os, etc. Think of it has having full permissions to do anything on the phone, but nothing will be lost, unless you decide to delete it.

      • http://Website superkid

        that’s a wrong definition in a lot of ways. you can install non market apps without root.
        root gives you administrative privileges is pretty much it. then there’s different types of root accesses these days. the htc desire doesnt have nand root so isn’t full root like the G1 but more like the tattoo.
        root can make your phone faster if you delete unwanted apps, but that could have consequence’s.

        @ rtimi, if you learnt how to use google you would have found it instantly..

  • http://Website Suave

    *** Detailed Instructions on how to Root your Samsung Galaxy S Android Smartphone ***
    1. First things first, you must download the correct drivers to get your samsung phone to be recognized by your computer. You can get them here. http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/mobile/mobile-phones/t-mobile-phones/SGH-T959ZKATMB/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=support
    You will need to click on “Software” under the downloads area to get the driver. Extract the files and install driver manually. If you don’t know how to do this, you shouldn’t be trying to root your phone! Plug your phone into your PC and make sure all the drivers get install and there are no issues in your Device Manager.
    2. Download the Adroid Developer SDK from the link above or go to http://developer.android.com and install to c:\AndroidSDK
    3. Download the Update.zip file here http://theandroidsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/SGH-959-Root-Update.zip
    Make sure you rename it to Update.zip and place this in the C:\AndroidSDK folder
    4. Unplug your phone from the PC and go to Apps ->Settings->Applications->Development and turn on USB Debugging. This will allow you to use the SDK package we downloaded earlier. Plug your phone back in and open a command prompt. Type the following commands:
    cd \
    cd AndroidSDK\android-sdk-windows\tools
    adb push Update.zip /sdcard
    adb reboot recovery
    5. At this poing your phone should be rebooting into recovery mode and you can use the volume keys on the phone to scroll to “Reinstall packages.” Use power to select what you have highlighted.
    6. It should reboot again after updating and you will have the Root App now.
    7. Anyone want to tether? Of course you do! Go here http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ and select the option for HTC Legend. This will work with the Samsung Galaxy S. Download and install the latest package.

    Thats it..congrats!

  • http://Website Gautier

    Anyone know if the Galaxy 3 GT-I5801 have been rooted?

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    Eh so what, we here at work gutted the installed SW on Galaxy and installed our own architecture. For purposes only we know Bwhaaahahahahahaaaaaaa

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    Which groups are known for putting out legit root cracks? I don’t want to download something that’s going to wreck my phone, or install malware, and I’m not sure who has a reputation for putting out good software.

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    i have tried rooting my phone with Z4root and it doesnt work at all help please

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