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: Hacker Friendly?
7/11/2012 12:43:36 PM
My guess is they meant modders since hackers don't work with these. As for modders they love completely open phones since it does let them do anything they want, dev modders hate phones that have locked bootloaders since it means they can't change kernels or do any fun things on them. Working around a locked bootloader is not fun since if they are encrypted it's pretty much not possible to open them and change kernels (and that is where a lot of the fancy stuff comes from).
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