Samsung Galaxy S III to be modder friendly with Download Mode

Samsung Galaxy S III to be modder friendly with Download Mode
One of the big questions that is asked whenever a new Android device is about to be released is just how friendly that device will be to potential mods, hacks, and developer customizations. A new video makes it look like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III may be quite friendly indeed. The video from the recent Samsung Unpacked event which revealed the Galaxy S III to the public shows the device being put into Download Mode. The video is in German, but you can clearly see the device booting into Download Mode. 

This is especially good news for those of you who love to mess around with your devices by rooting, hacking, installing custom ROMs or kernels or anything like that. The device will still have the standard Recovery Mode, which would be used after rooting to flash any custom ROMs, kernels, etc., but Download Mode acts as a sort of safety net during this process. Download Mode is for getting back to stock, and is most helpful when you've screwed up and partially bricked your device, because even a soft-bricked device can still access Download Mode in order to reset back to the stock firmware. 

Now, of course, we just need Samsung to release the source code for the device so developers can get cracking on all the custom ROMs and kernels that we'll want. 


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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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55 Comments

1. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

thats pretty cool! - D

44. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

its unbrickable !!! haha :P

45. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

To some extent, yes.

48. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

YAY... One must be ridiculously foolish or an extra-ordinary talented geek (intentionally) to be able to brick this device...

49. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Not really. A lot of things could go wrong while updating FW or flashing. Like a cable gets unplugged, or some very anxious fellow forcefully updates with less than 10% battery. Who knows? A lot of times you can go back to stock. But what if it's not turning on? No buttons are working? The device has it's safety features but don't rely heavily on it. Too bad if you brick your long awaited SGS3.

51. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Or you could just have a hammer and/or a glass of water.

54. robinrisk unregistered

Or be lazy and update your Galaxy S I from 2.2 to 4.0 without changing bootloaders, in which case your phone turns on to display nothing on the screen but random pixels. The only way to brick those phones is messing with the Bootloader.

2. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

The joys of open sourced android....

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that is only available to geeks.. yes indeed..

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's available to anyone who wants it.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's available to everyone. Each individual can CHOOSE whether or not to take advantage of it.

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

an average consumer would not know you can customized Android.. or install stuff on it... just because is available for everyone doesnt mean everyone takes advantage.. of it

13. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The point is its available, unlike certain other platforms that do not offer that choice. Of course, for the average consumer, Android already does all he needs, and since Gingerbread does it smooth as greased butter.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that can be said about plenty of things even on Apple's side of the tracks. i'm sure there's a lot of people that don't use their iPhones to their full potential.

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

How DARE you mention CHOICE!!!! Have you lost your mind!?!?!?

10. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

It's available for everyone, maybe people with chicken's brain that might have problems understanding that Android is OPEN !

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I know is open but you mom doesnt know..

14. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Yes, when you turn it on, in the agreement everyone can read and accept ASOP terms and conditions :D

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

don't know exactly what is your deal.. is well known that only geeks or sons of geeks. root phone... the majority of Android phones are never rooted or customized.. so just take my comment like it is.. if your is rooted good for you...

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not much of a majority. A very large minority actually does root/mod their phones to some extent. A lot more than you might think. The point is, if you want to do it, its easy. You dont have to be a hacker/modder/experienced person to do it. Download mode is incredibly easy to get to, and thats just the fail safe incase you screw up. I know we have had these conversations before about your DroidX or whatever it was. You should have taken 20 minutes to read and learn from XDA. You would have been surprised about how incredibly easy it can be to mod the phone (depending on which phone you have). With a samsung, you literally just download an app that says "click to root", you click it.. its rooted. You download clockwork mod from the market for free.. then you are able to install any ROM you want. Does that really sound hard? I bet even you, Gallito, could figure it out. I have my doubts about Taco though.

39. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Geek? The only skills you really need is the ability to read and follow directions. After about 3 hours of reading i could root,unlock, install roms, and recover from bricks.... Not much to it. In 3 hours i became a geek because i could read......

52. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So you can't read and write galli, mmmm, u need Common sense. And need to take ESL course?

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So after rooting u can over-clock this to 2.0 cpu speed. browsing rendering page's will be much better than standard....

47. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why the hell do you want to overclock it ? the s3 is already a very fast device

53. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Power is never enough, It's there use it, that Extra 35%. Would make a quite big difference, Just like when u buy a car u can raise the Engine management unit and get that extra 35% ov torque and Bhp.....

56. thelegend6657 unregistered

For example yiu bought a bmw m3 . it has 400hp and you are using it for daily driving , should you spend extra effort to tweak it so that it gain 600-700hp or even 1000hp with that terrible turbo lag ?

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

German is funny.

29. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Es ist sehr lustig ;)

6. GeekMovement unregistered

ahh i'm waiting for the states version to be announced. Please come to Sprint soon. I wonder how different the designs will be on the different carriers this time or if it will stay the same as international.

30. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I heard a rumor that its coming first to Sprint...

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