It is hard to believe that the Galaxy Note 4 has been out for half a year already, and we still do not have root for the Verizon and AT&T variants. Unfortunately this is the case. There was plenty of warning by security experts like JCase who urged would be Note 4 buyers to just buy a Google Play Edition or Developer Edition device instead of relying on a root method to come out. There were still many who ran out and purchased this device on day one hoping that like always there would eventually be a root method. The waiting game commenced. A handful of exploiters took a look at the device and deemed it unrootable early on. The discussion has pretty much died on the Verizon Note 4 side of things but discussion of root on the AT&T Note 4 is still going strong. If root is achieved on one variant it will likely be the same for the other variant. At any rate there are still people actively looking for exploits. The Bounty continues to grow at an incredibly slow pace. The Knox Free Root method total for both variants of the Note 4 combined has finally reached $14k, but many pledgers are withdrawing their pledges stating that they have just given up on root and traded their devices for more root friendly devices. Who can blame them?! While there may be an exploit that can be found there will likely never be a bootloader unlock method just like with the Galaxy S5 which means there will not be custom roms. The bootloader is locked down tight and the only way to unlock it is to have the appropriately signed keys. You would think that these keys could just be "leaked", but it has been stated that these keys are autogenerated and stored by a computer and are never seen physically by humans meaning they could never be leaked. While I'm not sure if this is truely the case it seems plausible. Even if we do get root we may not see SafeStrap recovery since Hashcode has stepped away from the Android mod community. The best recourse we have now is to beg and plead someone who has had prior success with exploiting the unexploitable. If $14k doesn't get the attention of GeoHot I'm not sure what will. It was said that there wouldn't be a way for GeoHot to root the GS5 by some well known security experts. They were all shocked when Towelroot was released. Maybe we can get a trend going on twitter, #GeoHotPleaseRootTheVerizonNote4. Could he ignore that?! What I am trying to say here is that the state of root for the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is bleak. Is it impossible? I can't say that it is with certainty, all things are possible. Is it likely... not very. Will root come out as soon as this editorial is published... probably. What are your thoughts on this subject? Have you given up on root for your Note 4 and traded it in for something else, or are you still holding out hope? Have you discovered that you don't really need root now that you have been without it for nearly half a year? Lets get this conversation stirring again!