Samsung Offers Hacker Friendly Version of Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon
July 11, 2012 9:57 AM
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Developer edition can be purchased directly from Samsung
There are a lot of smartphone users out there that prefer Android because the operating system is open and much easier to hack and mod. If you're one of these Android fans that likes devices that are easy to tweak to suit your own wants and needs, Verizon Wireless is getting a new, highly hackable smartphone from Samsung.
Samsung will be offering a special developer edition of the
Galaxy S III
exclusively on Verizon through its developer portal for $599. That means you can't simply walk into a Verizon store and purchased the phone; you have to purchase it through Samsung. If you have a Galaxy S III on another carrier such as AT&T, this isn't such a big deal because you have an unlocked bootloader already.
The problem is that Verizon locks the boot loader on its version of the S III so users can't customize the device on the Verizon network. Samsung is selling the unlocked S III on its developer portal getting around that Verizon bootloader chokehold. Samsung is aiming the device at enthusiasts and professional developers, and is selling the device in conjunction with Verizon Wireless. That means there is no funny business going on.
Samsung says the special version the phone will be sold through developer.Samsung.com for $599 when it is available. Exactly when the device will be available, however, hasn't been announced. What we do know is that should you break the device loading your own software, it's not covered warranty and you'll be on your own. Samsung also offers multiple warnings that only experienced users should try to put their own software on the S III.
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RE: Why can't there be one phone for all?
7/11/2012 10:48:34 AM
The problem isn't just the chip, it is the antennas needed for the different frequencies these things use.
LTE does have the problem that Qualcom tends to have a leg up on baseband technology and thus most LTE phones in the US either need to use a Qualcom Krait with LTE built in (also has CDMA and HSPA+ in the chip, just not the antennas) or pay for the baseband chip that does all signal stuff only and Qualcom isn't giving much of break. Also, yes, having a baseband processor and a different general processor is less efficient, which matters with how power hungry LTE is on its own.
Both Samsung and Nvidia are taking steps to have the baseband processing for LTE inside their CPUs in the future, but it is taking them both time - Qualcom has been doing basebands for years, and owns about 80% of the market of smartphone baseband processors.
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