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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Receives Root at Long Last
In the world of Android, there are some devices that are in a world in between tablets and phones. Their only purpose in life is to claim a market that has long been dominated by Apple’s iPod line. Sometime last year, Samsung decided to try and dive into this market with a portable device dedicated solely to become a media and gaming pocket center to remove Apple from its current throne. They did so by releasing the Galaxy Player series of devices. Their appeal was the fact that they catered to an audience craving for more screen real estate than what the iPod offered, at a lower price. In fact, they also catered to people who wanted to stay in the same size factor but without having to spend a small fortune for portable music. Oh, and they run on Android.
Much as it is the case with most Android devices, they are not easily customized as they are shipped locked, thus preventing users from making more out of them. Most of the Player’s variants have already been rooted without issue. However, the 4.2 variant has been root deprived for several months after its release. Well, if you have one, XDA Forum Member alice90 just granted your latent wishes for root. He has provided a stock rooted ROM that can be easily flashed via Odin (following the instructions in the thread).
One word of advice, there are people who have reported that WiFi behaves weirdly after root. The dev is currently looking into it, so it is in your best interest to understand that you may end up losing some functionality once you finish the procedure. Please leave some feedback for the dev if you happen to do this.
This ROMs are for the North American aka US devices (YP-GI1CB), if you have an international device (YP-GI1CW), you should go to this thread which was created by our good friend zebluk.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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