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Verizon's version of Samsung Galaxy S III comes with locked bootloader

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Jul 2012, 11:43

Considering that other variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III are easy to root, fingers are being pointed at Verizon for the locked bootloader that comes with the carrier's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III making it harder, but not impossible, to root...

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posted on 07 Jul 2012, 18:05

27. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

he meant thishttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-Galaxy-Nexu s-may-not-be-considered-a-developer-device-any-mor e_id26573/

and this is google response for the first link i showed uhttp://www.droid-life.com/2012/02/03/google-issues-statement-regarding-cdma-nexus-devices/

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 17:01 2

24. alekso9 (Posts: 40; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

f**k you Verizon...

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 17:07 1

25. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I like Verizon's service, I'm VERY happy with my RAZR, But they sure are NAZI's sometimes....

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 17:43 4

26. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

Really people? Your really mad because of a Locked bootloader? Did you forget the Gal Nex had a locked bootloader and the found a way past it. Their going to do the same thing for this device. Besides most of the people on Verizon don't care about bootloaders better yet know what it is. This is for mostly the tech savy one's! You mean to tell me that you would actually leave a carrier because of the fact that you can't unlock the phones bootloader?? That almost sounds as stupid as a Verizon customer leaving going to T-Mobile because of reception issues...yeah that stupid. The reason you keep Verizon is for reception not because the bootloader is locked (What??). Realitation (my word) Check. Think about that for a minute!

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 03:34

35. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

The G Nex bootloader is about as wide open as it can get. That phone can be used for development purposes.

Any Nexus bootloader is easily unlocked.

Its the encrypted part that makes things harder on other phones.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 18:33 1

29. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

Here you are guys...just what I told you:


posted on 07 Jul 2012, 18:47

31. Mannequinsdenial (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 May 2012)

too cool.:)

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 19:37 1

32. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I've been following that on XDA and Rootzwiki very closely. Yes, they have gotten root access, but the bootloader is still encrypted. That means very limited romming, no custom kernels.

Just ask moto users - their options are very limited compared to others.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 03:36

36. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly....root and recovery isnt the same as having the bootloader open.

Root and recoveries are almost always gonna be available for most Android phones.

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 10:07 2

45. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

True. Rezound was a PITA device until HTC finally unlocked the bootloader. That was about 3 months after the device shipped. In the meantime, nothing really happened on the phone. We had temp root that inconsistently worked and would be gone after a reboot.

We had some great devs trying their hardest to open it up as much as they could, but there was only so much they could do. When HTC unlocked the bootloader, it allowed for development but it wasn't without challenges. You could get custom kernels and ROMs then, but the kernels were a pain in the butt.

It wasn't until we got S-OFF thanks to the Juoponut team that the device became really fun and things began to flourish.

While yes, the device eventually was blown open, it was hard not be jealous of the GNex users that had what we finally got right out of the box with a simple fastboot command.

Verizon is really getting annoying with this crap.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 03:42

38. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Honestly...they day we here an Android phone cant be rooted at all.....is the day we start worrying. A locked, encrypted bootloader isnt as bad as some make it.

I went from a Droid 1 to a Droid X1, then RAZR, then had a G Nex for a few weeks....so I now whats its like on both sides of the fence.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 18:45 1

30. AngryApplcpCustomer (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

DF334, the bootloader was locked but not encrypted. Encrypted bootloaders have been known to be unlockable by hacking as far as smartphoneones go. It can be rooted, however it will be limited.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 00:48

33. iblackdroid (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Can somebody please explain to me what a bootloader is and what difference it makes whether it is locked or not? Thanks much appreciated

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 03:38

37. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

tedkord explained it good on pg1.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 00:50 1

34. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

who effin cares...people find the dumbest reasons to not like something. be happy that they got the phone at all. "oh, I can't root this phone? well Im switching carriers then." the embodiment of stupidity. just when you think the complaints couldn't get any more ridiculous...

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 17:19

41. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

Verizon sucks elephant balls all day long. I am glad I kicked them to the curb for Tmobile. At least now I get pure 4g coverage in a 4g market and my reception is legendary. Verizon couldn't accomplish this feat on my Galaxy Nexus so they got dumped. Tmobile and it's 42mpbs make Verizon LTE network look like horse bleep..

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 06:51 1

43. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Since for the most part Rezound and RAZR owners had less reception issues....ever think it was your phone? I know Verizon LTE is having growing pains...but still.

But...if T Mo really is better for you....you made the right choice. Ppl need to stop chassing phones and start chasing carriers that offer better service. AT&T might be better than Verizon in my area.

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 10:10 1

46. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Agreed. I've owned both a GNex and a Rezound and the Rezound got far better reception than the GNex. What really convinced me that the GNex's reception sucked was when I was sitting in a building with my friend. My GNex had no data signal - I could sorta make a call and get text but that was it. She was on an old Incredible and had a fine 3G signal. She was surfing with no problem. So there I was with a brand new phone and no data and she was just fine on a 2 year old phone.

Dumped the GNex the next day and went back to my Rezound. Problem solved. :)

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 16:25

49. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

Yes sir I have chased phone forever now it has to be about carriers and actual service. I know the footprint of tmobile is weak compared to Verizon we all know that. But I am just shocked that I can use my Galaxy S3 in ways that I couldn't use my Galaxy Nexus. In New York City Tmobile is great I don't know why but I am happy and will be staying with tmobile period. Plus I can purchase a true NEXUS from the Google Play store come November and that will replace my lost Galaxy Nexus from Verizon. But I have a funny feeling I will be getting the Galaxy Note 2 before the year is out...

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