Samsung Locks-Down Galaxy S 4 Bootloaders

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Remember when the Galaxy S III launched last year? When the Samsung flagship finally came to the US, most carriers got the handset with an unlocked bootloader; only Verizon’s was locked-down. That was upsetting, sure, but knowing Verizon, not exactly uncharacteristic, either. Since then, the playing field hasn’t exactly been trending towards more open hardware, so perhaps we should be just as unsurprised to get word that the Galaxy S 4 as it’s coming to all the US carriers is similarly locked.

Steve Kondik got the call out last night, warning users about the state of the bootloader on the AT&T GS4. His voice was followed shortly thereafter by AnandTech’s Brian Klug, echoing that, and adding in that this locked bootloader wasn’t exclusive to AT&T, and all US models were crippled in the same fashion.

This may be a result of carrier pressure, or could be tied to the Knox security software that was supposed to arrive with the GS4, but has since seen delays. In any case, it’s not going to bode well for the future of the phone’s development community, which is already off to a rocky start thanks to resistance from team Hacksung.

Source: Steve Kondik (Google+), Brian Klug (Twitter)
Via: GSM Arena

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!