Mobile security is constantly evolving and Google and big Android OEMs have been improving their security year after year and that?s a great thing for us mobile phone users. For people who want to root their devices though, this becomes a bigger hindrance since security is tougher to crack especially for the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5. XDA members started a collection going to help encourage people to find a way to root their devices. The amount is now valued at over $18,000 and the famed developer George ?Geohot? Hotz has stepped up to the plate with a working root method. The great thing about this root is that it?s not just limited to the Galaxy S5 but should work for almost every other Android phone out there.
The main reason why people root their Android devices in the first place is to be able to make system level changes. Think of it as running an administrator account on your computer. In the past, rooting a device was quite easily done. In fact, other devices like the Nexus phone could be unlocked and rooted in a few minutes. Security is much more locked down these days though and some devices will need a lot more tinkering with before it can be rooted. Other devices like Motorola and HTC have official support for bootloader unlocks (this allows rooting).
The tool developed by Geohot is called Towelroot and it differs from all the other standard root methods currently out there as it uses an exploit to root phones. Users simply need to install the APK from Geohot?s site and then run it. Most devices that are running Android 4.2.2 or earlier can be rooted with this method. That includes practically Samsung?s entire recent lineup like the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 as well as all of LG?s newer flagship iterations like the G2, G3, and the G2 Pro.
Towelroot is based on a Linux kernel vulnerability and that?s a bad thing from a security standpoint although that is the access point that is being used to be able to root devices. Simply downloading the APK and running it will root your Galaxy S5.
Disclaimer: Rooting your phone will most likely void your warranty and we at The Bitbag will not be held responsible for any problems that may arise due to this. We won?t be liable for any damages that might occur during the update process. We want to make that clear upfront so that you know exactly what you?re getting yourself into. Also, it is important that you only download Towelroot from its official page to ensure that no malware is included in the installation package.
Photo Source: Towelroot official website
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