By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 06, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
The highly-anticipated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is not even out yet, but it was already rooted onto the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
While Google has yet to officially roll out its new cycle of Android, the purported 4.3 version made its way to the Samsung Galaxy S4 variant with stock Android.
In what may be the fastest root time ever, the folks over at XDA Developers (of course) report that XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire already managed to adapt his SuperSU root app for Android 4.3, based on the recently leaked 4.3 firmware.
"A recently leaked Samsung firmware based on Android 4.3 (JWR66N for those keeping track) has been found to work pretty darn well on the original TouchWiz-laden Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4," XDA Developers reports. "However it was not rootable until today, and therefore somewhat less viable of an option for those who can't live without their root applications. Cue XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire and his modified version of SuperSU, which is specially adapted for use with 4.3."
Chainfire announced the exploit in a Google+ post, explaining why a modified SuperSU is absolutely necessary. Here's the great difference between a regular version of SuperSU and this version, as Chainfire explains it:
"For this root, SuperSU is running in daemon mode (new feature), and launched during boot. The daemon handles all su requests, and while this should mostly work just fine, some apps may expect their su session to be running on the same branch on the process tree as the app that launched the session."
As the developer further notes, it remains unclear at this point whether the protections in place come from Android 4.3 or are "Samsung's doing." All features are reportedly "fully operational."
As usual with rooting and/or custom ROMs, however, keep in mind that any such moves carry some risks, and users alone are responsible for whatever occurs during such procedures. This means that those who decide to go through with it do so at their own risk. Read carefully what Chainfire explained in the post and follow the instructions closely.
Those who don't want to take any chances, meanwhile, will just have to wait until Google officially rolls out its new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It shouldn't be long now.
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