Verizon's Galaxy S4 gets rooted almost instantly

Developers have rooted Big Red's Galaxy S4 right away, but how long will it last?

Devs have already gotten to the bottom of the Verizon Galaxy S4.
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Modders and ROMmers rejoice, almost as soon as it reached the hands of consumers, Verizon's Galaxy S4 has been rooted.

Instructions for rooting Big Red's S4 were posted on the xdadevelopers forum this week, allowing folks who want to take full control of all that sweet new hardware to do so and get the thrill of voiding their warranty at the same time.

Just a few short years ago, it seemed like a major milestone when each of these new Android devices were rooted for the first time. Now, directions for gaining root access comes almost automatically thanks to an army of developers and plenty of misgivings about the shackles placed on the operating system by carriers and manufacturers.

Of course, as the rooting rate has increased these past few years, carriers like Verizon have also ramped up the rate of updates that fly through the air, digital hammer in hand, all too happy to smash that root once installed.

So, joyous rooted Galaxy S4 owners, enjoy it while it lasts. You might want to also consider disabling over-the-air updates while you're at it.