Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy SIII with an Unlocked Bootloader Coming to Verizon
Since it was announced in the past week or two that the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Verizon network would have a LOCKED BOOTLOADER, there has been plenty of comments sent to both Verizon and to Samsung. There has been heavy criticism all around. And to be honest, rightfully so. There is no reason we should see any device launch with a locked bootloader anymore. What’s worse is, not only is the bootloader locked on Verizon’s Galaxy S3, but it’s encrypted. This only makes it harder for developers to get into the device to be able to root and bring us all the goodies we like to have and have come to love with the community available stuff.
After so many complaints, Samsung was basically left to deal with everything themselves and to hopefully do something to make everyone happy. Well, it seems they’ve done just that. Samsung has announced today that a version of the S3 in which they are calling the “Developers Edition” will be coming to Big Red soon. This version is basically no different than the version already available except for one major thing. Yes ladies and gentlemen, you guessed correctly, it will have an option to unlock the encrypted bootloader. Can we all say YAYYY! Huge round of applause to Samsung for doing this. Probably one of the smartest things they have done and ever will do if you ask me.
Now I know this goes without saying, as we all know that unlocking the bootloader on your device or rooting it will void the warranty on your device immediately. So if you screw it up, you know it’s all on you to fix it. Verizon nor Samsung will be sending you a new replacement device for free if you’ve gone and done either of the above mentioned things. But with all the how-to’s out there on XDA-Developers, RootzWiki and other places, the chances of anyone needing a replacement device while trying to root their device is next to none now days.
Now I know many of you are already asking the question….Where can I purchase one of these bad boys. Have no fear, the information is right here. The Developer Edition will be sold online directly from Samsung. When the device is available for purchase, it will be sold through the Samsung developer portal at developer.samsung.com for $599.
I’m sure this is great news for so many of you out there who were upset to hear that the Verizon version would have an encrypted and locked bootloader. Again, I would say let’s give a huge round of applause to Samsung for making this decision. Maybe they will learn from this and ALL future devices will have the option to unlock the bootloader without having to go through all of this hassle.
Which will you be buying ? Is it important to you that you have a device that you are able to unlock the bootloader on ? If so, let us know below in the comments section and let us know if you feel this was a smart move by Samsung or not.