Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone may have been rooted weeks before it launches

Details on how to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, the GT-I9500 edition, have been published on popular developer website, XDA developers. The instructions only work for the Exynos-based version of the smartphone, which uses the Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa, and cannot be applied to the GT-I9505, which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC.

In addition, it applies to the official firmware of the S4 (Android 4.2.2 XXUAMC6 Jelly Bean). The full details on how to proceed with the update can be found on TeamAndroid. Do proceed with care and be aware that no one other than you will be held responsible for any damage done to your device during the rooting.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched in March in an event held in New York and pay monthly deals for the smartphone start from as little as £37 per month on Three’s The One Plan.

The Korean Chaebol is also expected to launch a smaller version of its flagship handset called the Galaxy S4 Mini this week.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the very beginning until the launch (and beyond), including the rumours, the rehashed reports, the disappointments and the expectations. You can also read our hands-on of the Galaxy S4 here.