Unlocked: Insecure bootloader leaks for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III
If you were among the droves of people who picked up a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, only to find out with major disappointment that the device came with a bootloader locked down tighter than Fort Knox, the latest buzz from the Android development community is sure to turn that frown upside down.
Thanks to XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, there is now an insecure bootloader that can be installed on the Big Red S3 that allows you to flash custom ROM’s on your device.
The install method will not only root the phone, but it also flashes “Unsecure Aboot”, which basically unlocks the goodness we all knew was tucked deep down inside of the Galaxy S III before Verizon got its greasy mitts on it. Why they chose to make the first Samsung phone to ship with a locked bootloader the “Next Galaxy” phone was a complete head-scratcher to me in the first place.
Luckily, the development community never sleeps, and this is just another prime example of that fact.
One thing that’s important to note here, once you have unlocked your device, it is imperative that you do NOT install any OTA updates, as there’s a good chance your phone will turn from a beautiful, functioning piece of machinery into a useless brick with a voided warranty to go along with it.
If you decide you need to install an OTA, you’ll have to first flash the full ODIN stock restoration packages provided in this post.
Enough talk already, right? I know you’re dying to go get your unlock on, so here’s what you have to do. First, head over to Adam’s original post on XDA for the download and instructions. Next, be sure to thank him for his hard work.
Last, but not least, stop back to let us know how you’re liking your newly-unlocked Galaxy S III.