May 11 AT 8:27 AM Nick Gray 29 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets rooted in less than a day

What happens when you hand out an unreleased Android tablet to 5,000 developers at Google I/O?  Google was probably hoping that all 5,000 developers would get excited about Honeycomb and start creating new apps to take advantage of the tablet UI framework.  But that’s not what’s happened so far.  It’s been less than 24 hours since Google handed out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and @_mrbirdman_ and a few others from have managed to gain root access.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 appears to be a fairly simple process.  Simply mount the tablet’s file system, adb a zip file and then reboot the tablet.   We have not tried this ourselves yet, but it sounds like a few people have been able to replicate the process and successfully gain root access.

Has anyone here managed to root their Galaxy Tab 10.1 yet?  Be sure to let us know how things go.

Via: Phandroid

Source: AllDroid

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Tom


    • http://Website AnnoyedAndroid

      Hey Jerry,
      I can root your iPhone by sending it a script wireless = Security FAIL.

      With Android I have to have a wired connection and purposely enable a debugging port to root.

    • http://Website Mark

      didnt take long, androids got a lot of security holes and issues…

      • http://Website eViLrAcEr

        Rooting =/= security holes unlike your iShit.

  • http://Website me

    Whats the UI like? touchwiz?

    • Juhani

      The UI is vanilla Android Honeycomb. No touchwiz, phew.

    • http://Website Hans

      The only stuff Samsung added were widgets, from what I know.

    • Nick Gray

      I just spoke with Andrew from and he mentioned that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was handed out at Google IO is pretty much stock. He spoke with a Samsung rep who mentioned that the Samsung widget addons will hit the retail Tab 10.1 via an OTA update after the tablet launches.

  • http://Website Jeff

    Does it has hdmi out? And usb 2.0?

    • http://Website dylan

      it has the same connector as ipods.

      • Nick Gray

        Not so much. The galaxy Tab 10.1 connector uses the same proprietary adapter as the Galaxy Tab. It may look similar to what Apple uses on the iPod or iPad, but they are not compatible.

        • http://Website Kurt

          I think his point was that it’s some stupid backwards proprietary piece of crap adapter.


    that doesnt surprise me…lol

  • http://Website Eric F

    I wish bloggers and the media would stop saying “rooted” for everything. When I log into my linux server as root I have not “rooted” my server. I have simply logged in. Sure, I’ve gained root permissions on it, but generally when people say something was “rooted” it means that a security hole was used and unwanted root access was gained.

    I took a quick look at the zip file in question, there is no security hole exploited. Samsung’s recovery is OPEN to user updates to the system filesystem. I hate articles like this because users can’t tell the difference between Samsung releasing a product that is commendable in that they are *officially* releasing a product that users can support themselves with custom ROMs as opposed to releasing a closed product with poorly written security.

    Samsung should be commended (assuming that this same recovery image is the one that lands on the final product as well as the limited edition IO gifts) and users should be told which companies are doing the right thing instead of keep saying “rooted”.

    Thank you

    • http://Website Matthew

      Dude, calm down. saying something is “rooted” is a faster way then saying “a security hole was used and unwanted root access was gained.” the way it’s phrased doesn’t change what it does. Don’t get too hyped up on nothing.

      • http://Website Eric F

        That’s my whole point. There is no security hole. But saying it was rooted makes it sound like there was and people like you have no idea what’s actually happening.

        • http://Website Kurt

          If you get upset every time people don’t understand technology, you’re going to have a very angry life.

        • Nick Gray

          I’m sorry if you don’t like the term, but we’re been using the “rooted” term in Android blogging since the G1 first came out. It may not be the correct tern since a security hole was not used to gain root access, but more people who are interested in gaining root access don’t really care if it was through a security hole or not. They simply want to know that root access was achieved through a specific process.

          • http://Website Eric F

            Hi Nick, thank you for your response. Besides what other posters would have you believe I am not upset or worked up, I just have an interest in making hacker-friendly OEMs rewarded with positive press. Couldn’t a headline like “Samsung’s hacker-friendly 10.1 allows easy root access” convey the right message in a way that’s understandable to users still? I don’t want to single out either obviously given that other sites usually make the same mistake.

            Again, my issue isn’t with using the word “root” but from not differentiating between the two different cases of: #1 some kind of modification being made to a device that was released in a way that officially permitted it, and #2, a device that was released by the OEM with the intention of locking out some kind of modification but hackers managing to get around those security measures to do it anyways.

            Think of devices with unlocked recovery images OR devices that support fastboot oem unlock, or Sony Ericsson’s website code unlockable as “user unlockable”, and devices like Droid X etc that have to have a security exploit in order to modify the system image and need to be “rooted”.

            I don’t expect anything to change honestly, but thanks for reading.

          • Nick Gray

            I completely understand where you are coming from. There are a lot of users out there who purchase devices based on how easily it can be rooted. I honestly wish more manufacturers would adopt SONY Ericsson’s new stance and allow give developers and advanced user the tools and direction needed to gain root access.

          • SBS

            It’s less the use of the term “root” and more the overall tone of you post.

        • Scott Kellum

          By default root permissions nor the files that support those permissions are included on any android device. “rooting” writes this support to your device, witch then allows you to simply login.

    • http://Website Anil

      Your comment makes sense. i dont understand Why people down voted this comment.

    • http://Website Some dude

      Rooted doesn’t mean what you think. I agree that we need to commend people doing it right, but if you add superuser permissions to something that didn’t already have it you have achieved root level access in the UI at that point. Just because there is nothing there designed to stop you from accessing the root doesn’t mean you can natively. The word makes perfect sense in the way it’s used here and you’ve failed to give a more appropriate one. Your server has superuser access natively, the tablet doesn’t, hence you can’t buy it, download a terminal emulator, type SU and gain permissions.

      Your just looking for a reason to complain. The suggestion of giving credit is great, but the word rooted doesn’t actually carry the connotation you suggest, especially to the novice user.

  • http://Website Scoch

    Thank you Eric F, this is information.

  • Mike

    It is great that it is rooted

  • http://Website kdp

    Lol at this article, then the comments, then responses from the author.. real ignorance assuming your readers don’t care about proper terminology and journalism. I do so I’ll now be unsubscribing to your blog due to your offensive generalizations about your readers.

  • http://Website Quentin

    Spoilers: The bootloader on the device was unlocked.

  • HackNet

    This site is turning into TIPB.COM aka TrollVille.
    People please stop arguing over a word…. and lets work together to find a better word. lol

    Lets call this article “Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 intentionally leaves the back door open to 3rd party devs again.”


    We are looking at this word “Root” through different eyes. Most of the users here on this site are on the receiving end, so whatever process that goes on between the developer and device is clearly not understandable in their eyes. All they know is that they purchased a device, brought it home, went online and “rooted” that little monster and installed custom roms.

    Now, for people like Eric F and I, and many others that slither around in these sites for lulz, understand the word “root” defines a different meaning. It does not mean little Ricky working out of his parents garage did some hackery and broke through the poorly designed security hole that Samsung missed to patch properly, It just means that Samsung is holding the winning cards and they will let you take a peak at it gain more customers. open.source?