Want to earn a cool $18,000 or even more? A bounty has been placed on anyone who can root Samsung’s latest flagship model for the Verizon and AT&T networks. As of this writing the bounty now stands at $17,960.00 (Verizon – $10,045.00, ATT – $7,915.00) and may increase as more people make pledges.
Verizon and AT&T customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S5 have no way yet of rooting the device despite it being released more than a month ago. Rooting the S5 is possible as customers from other carriers have already gained root access of their device since launch date. Root access however has eluded customers of two biggest carriers in the US which is why a bounty over it has been placed.
XDA-Developer forum member Demiurge7 started a thread called “[BOUNTY] New Root Method Exploit” and writes “As the logical (and expected) progression from the S4, the S5 is locked down tighter than a drum – and the consensus on this device is that root would be worthy of higher accolades, than what root and unlocked bootloaders would have garnished in past Galaxy devices.”
“I would like to personally offer a $500 bounty to the first person able to find or create a method, exploit, or unlock that allows us to fully root and provide the necessary steps for rooting the Verizon (and now, ATT) Galaxy S5 here on XDA.”
Other members quickly joined in with some pledging in as low as $10 to as high as $4000.If you are interested in claiming this bounty and have a working knowledge in exploiting Android smartphones then check out the requirements below.
- Be the first person to create or find a method to achieve the following: (Exploiting a fully stock VRU1ANCG build to gain root access)
- Make a post in this thread with the following: (Proving it works with appropriate photos and/or screenshots)
- Providing full step-by-step instructions for which anyone else can follow
- Wait for at least one member to follow the same method and confirm it works the same on their fully stock device with VRU1ANCG build
- Claim your bounty via PM from pledger
A disclaimer is also included which states that “Please be advised that if Verizon or Samsung is to release an official method of unlocking the bootloader (extremely unlikely but must be accounted for) prior to any member of XDA’s submission, this bounty automatically becomes invalidated.”