One of the biggest advantages held by Android is its deep level of customization and the openness of the platform. Unfortunately, most carriers don’t share the same love for Android’s open nature. For the Samsung Galaxy S4, that means that both the AT&T and Verizon versions of the handset feature an unlockable bootloaders. The good news is that one developer has now found a method for unlocking the bootloader, for both AT&T and Verizon!
When AT&T brought out the bootlocked Galaxy S4, Dan Rosenberg quickly went to work discovering a bootloader unlock method. Rosenberg also said that the method would probably work with Verizon’s version of the S4, and so he waited off on releasing the unlock instructions until the S4 arrived to the Big Red. The idea was that Rosenberg feared releasing the method too early would give Verizon the chance to patch the handset ahead of its official launch on May 23rd.
The wait is nearly over folks! On Monday Rosenberg took to Twitter, proclaiming custom recovery had successfully booted on Big Red’s S4. Rosenberg also shouted out special thanks to a “helpful tester”.
Sweet news for Galaxy S4 fans wanting a bit more control over the destiny of their new phones. Now the big question is when the method will be released. Rosenberg doesn’t give a specific date, simply saying will be released “soon”. Odds are you can expect it within days after Verizon releases the GS4.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to developers like Dan Rosenberg that work to fight off carrier attempts to keep us in chains. You have to wonder though, why do carriers even bother at this point? Sure it stops the less-tech-savvy folks from messing with their phones, but it only further angers a very vocal modding community. Not to mention that it usually doesn’t take too terribly long for developers to find a way around the carrier’s attempts to keep the phones locked (though that’s admittedly not the case for all smartphones).
Anyhow, great news for would-be owners of the AT&T and Verizon versions of the GS4.