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US variants of Galaxy S4 ship with locked bootloaders

30 April, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
US variants of Galaxy S4 ship with locked bootloaders - read the full textCyanogenMod developed Steve Kondik has confirmed in his post on Google+ that the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a locked bootloader. As you may know, an unlocked or unlockable bootloader is imperative if you want to run a custom ROM on a device. Without that you are stuck...


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-30 14:25 from MVfw - click to readThereby invalidating your hardware warranty. That is the real point here. Why should loading different software on hardware I own invalidaate the hardware warranty?

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  • 2013-04-30 15:25
  • p%n8

Locked bootloader first of all if u don't buy your phone straight up why cry and whine about a locked bootloader the phone is not yours til the contract ends then u should be able to do what u want to with the phone

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  • 2013-04-30 15:24
  • IEUj

> In reply to Jbird . @ 2013-04-30 14:09 from vLyx - click to readWhat precisely a custom ROM has to do with monitoring I cannot see. Even Apple were found to monitoring people a few years back on a stock iPhone. That is dwn to individual applcations and the networks ultimately.

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  • 2013-04-30 15:22
  • p%n8

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-30 14:54 from mgi7 - click to readThe ROM is not equivalent to the BIOS. The BIOS is the equivalent of the recovery partition. If the stock recovery partition allowed for the installation of any ROM then why would I ever need to change it? The vendors created that problem themselves. I do not need to change the BIOS on my PC to install a different O/S. Why should the recovery partiton not allow me to load up a custom ROM. Were the bootloader unlocked and were the Stock recovery to allow installation of any ROM then why should I not be permitted the option or are you suggesting PC vendors should ship them with a BIOS that does not allow you to install any O/S other than the one shipped it with and no service packs until they so, which of clourse could ne months after it is publicly available. You seem to be advocating that locking down everything is a good idea. I'm afraid I beg to differ. It is about choice. Anyone be it installing a custom ROM on their phone or a different O/S on a PC should have that permission. After all I am the owner of it.

Lets not also forget that overclocking a PC by changing BIOS settings is taken for granted on most PC's. Even Dell ships PC that are overcloked now. Using your logic I am not allowed to do this because the PC vendors should stop me as I cannot be trusted.

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  • 2013-04-30 15:09
  • p%n8

> In reply to PL2 @ 2013-04-30 13:31 from p%n8 - click to readYou are wrong.
Who says these elements should be exposed to the user with such customizable levels?

You cannot reprogram the Bios software on your Motherboard in your PC right?
Why not??? You bought it!!!

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  • 2013-04-30 14:54
  • mgi7

> In reply to PL2 @ 2013-04-30 13:24 from p%n8 - click to readBut even that can be jailbroken.

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  • 2013-04-30 14:25
  • MVfw

LOL AdaM Outler@ XDA will find a way to unlock the bootloader similar to the Verizon GS3 and Note2.

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  • 2013-04-30 14:16
  • tAWM

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  • 2013-04-30 14:11
  • vLyx

> In reply to PL2 @ 2013-04-30 13:24 from p%n8 - click to readI don't need anyone to monitor me, its the case with custom ROMS

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  • 2013-04-30 14:09
  • vLyx

more evidence that sony is the only company that cares about customization. all of their phones can be unlocked, no problem

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  • 2013-04-30 14:07
  • ibnH

i cant get it!!!!!!!

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  • 2013-04-30 14:01
  • vxt3

> In reply to Ar-Abe @ 2013-04-30 10:40 from sSPs - click to readYou dude just said nothing, lol.
How can you "let the ppl do what they want", if you lock their device and w/o root rights?!? thinking meng, keep it up.

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  • 2013-04-30 13:48
  • 0vPM

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-30 11:46 from PGXj - click to readAgreed. The mobile industry gets away with this because most people are ignorant of what it really means. In PC terms it the equivalent of Dell telling me I cannot install a different operating system, or even have Admin rights on my own brand new system, becasue that will invalidate the hardware warranty. In the PC market that would be totally unacceptable but becuase of people's ignorance the mobile vendors get away with it. I see no justification why I should not be able to install what ROM I like on a device I own.

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  • 2013-04-30 13:31
  • p%n8

> In reply to Jbird . @ 2013-04-30 12:14 from YQRp - click to readSo in other words the more locked down and non user configurable the better? The iPhone is the most locked down device you can get.

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  • 2013-04-30 13:24
  • p%n8

Thats y i love apple

All the way to iPhone 5s

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  • 2013-04-30 12:14
  • YQRp

Coming from the S3 and having bought every single HTC since the HTC Hero, i'm glad i went with the HTC One this year, not saying the S4 is a bad phone but the One this year is the logical choice, people are going to have Iphone sheep syndrome though and buy it in droves, for people in the know who use custom roms and are in the dev scene, there is only one clear choice and thats the One, news like this article is just supporting that theory, not to mention the fact that the hardware is the same in both phones, so why bother with the S4? For touchwiz and a few gimmicks? I don't think so.

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  • 2013-04-30 12:11
  • TkAX

> In reply to Samdung @ 2013-04-30 09:43 from 39mn - click to readSo your saying, dont buy samsung because of the 2% of people who root their phones, are unhappy?

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  • 2013-04-30 12:05
  • thpp

Sony and Google are the only good vendors left. :-)

I for one wouldn't buy anything from HTC, Samsung or LG because of how locked down they happen to be.

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  • 2013-04-30 11:58
  • bEKN

Samsung pays me more for telling people that WPs have no games and apps. Which is weird because they make a
windows phone. But we are updated with an email as what to say each month. Mainly the focus has been WP

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  • 2013-04-30 11:52
  • uBS6

watch this lg optimus g! why people switching to lg now a day...

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  • 2013-04-30 11:50
  • t78y

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