Yes, it is true, the Verizon variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 has already been rooted. This is probably one of the fastest solution ever found for a Verizon device. The root is easy to apply and, the best thing about it, is that it can be applied without needing to ‘factory reset’your smartphone.
Rooting a device is a process that is easy to apply and it’s usually applied by those users who want to benefit from the full Android experience. If you root your phone, you will end up installing root-based applications, install custom Recoveries, kernels or any other customization file you want.
Verizon locks the phone’s bootloader to prevent any developer from tampering with the phone’s OS, but, it seems like someone did some work and manage to eventually unlock the firmware. At the end of this post you will find a guide that teaches you how to successfully flash a new kernel, run ODIN and Motochopper’s tool to root the phone and after that you will need to flash the stock kernel again. All these will offer you full root access for your device.
The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 is a beautiful device that comes with a 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 1.9 Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal SDcard that can be expanded up to 64GB using microSD, 2600 mAh, 13 MP camera with tons of new S camera features, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Nature UX 2.0 interface. This is a great device and for users who want to get rid of the Touchwiz-based interface, you will have to root the phone.
Motochopper is the tool designed to work with Verizon Wireless Galaxy S4 and offer the possibility for users to apply new custom ROMs for their devices. At the end of this post you will find a guide that teaches you how to successfully apply root.
Rooting a Verizon device usually forces users to ‘factory reset’ the OS, while this Motochopper tool and the modified kernel installation will prevent that for you.