Verizon Locks-Down Galaxy S III Bootloader
If word of Verizon’s weird WiFi-as-a-notification scheme didn’t have you shaking your fist in frustration at the carrier already, we’ve got more some news from new Galaxy S III owners that might be just the thing to get you riled-up. Unlike the GS3 handsets for everyone else, Verizon’s model apparently has a locked bootloader.
As a consequence, there isn’t yet any known way to root the Verizon Galaxy S III. While a locked bootloader is a major roadblock towards seeing that realized, there’s a flurry of activity over on the XDA-Developers forums that might lead to some sort of solution.
One promising avenue concerns a user who picked up a supposedly-new Verizon GS3 that may have already been successfully re-flashed before he purchased it. Right now, devs are waiting to see if a dump can be made, and something learned from that handset’s software.
You can bet that everyone’s eyes are going to be on the next Samsung Android to hit Verizon, to see if this trend continues; we’ve got a bad feeling that it might.