Rooting an Android smartphone or tablet lets you delve deep into the core of a device’s file system, which can then be modified to perform a number of functions that simply cannot be achieved at stock level. It seldom takes long for root access on a new device to be gained, and where the Samsung Galaxy S6 was only introduced at the beginning of this month, the first two models (SM-G920T and SM-G925T) have now been rooted via Chainfire even before the devices hit shelves next month. Further details can be seen after the fold.
Model numbers SM-G920T and SM-G925T translate to the T-Mobile U.S. Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, respectively, meaning that both the flat and curved-display editions of the device on T-Mobile are now catered to by Chainfire. It’s a significant first step, although it is precisely that – a first step – and with plenty more would-be Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models doing the rounds, there’s still much work to be done.
As these things tend to transpire, though, it’s likely that CF-Auto-Root’s adding of the aforementioned handsets will open the floodgates, and in the not-so-distant future, other flavors of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be permitted to join the party.
In revealing the news on its official Google+ page, Chainfire does encourage users to reside on the side of caution. Specifically, the release notes highlight that the root may interfere with Samsung’s secure KNOX infrastructure, which could have a subsequent effect on mobile payments:
Before actually rooting though, consider that KNOX will likely be tripped, and there’s a good chance untripped KNOX will be required for phone based payments.
If you’re okay with that, and are happy to press ahead with rooting, then you can do so by pointing your Web browser over to autoroot.chainfire.eu – when you get your hands on the device(s) of course. If you are not familiar with gaining root access, or have relatively little experience in this field, than you may wish to hold off for, particularly since, should anything go awry, you’ll end up damaging an expensive, new product.