Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader can be unlocked with new tool

Published: August 16, 2012

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III rear

Many Verizon customers were a bit peeved when it was revealed that the big red carrier's version of the Galaxy S III features a protected bootloader while models from other operators didn't. Unsurprisingly, the Android hacking community took it upon itself to try and unlock the Verizon Galaxy S III's bootloader, and now it appears that that's finally happened. The arrival of the bootloader unlock is thanks to a unsecure version of the bootloader that's been leaked. The tool necessary for the job is said to work "wonderfully" with Linux and OS X, but there's also a way for Windows folk to get in on the fun. A post over at xda-developers contains everything needed to unlock a Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader.

Last month, Samsung announced plans to offer a developer version of Verizon's Galaxy S III that would come with an user-unlockable bootloader. After making an appearance on Samsung's website in mid-July, though, we haven't heard anything about the device since. Now it looks like Verizon Galaxy S III owners that aren't afraid to do a little tinkering no longer need to keep an eye out for the Galaxy S III Developer Edition. As is usually the case with these types of hacks, you should only go through with it if you're comfortable with doing things like unlocking bootloaders. We here at PhoneDog aren't responsible if you decide to try this on your Galaxy S III and end up borking it. If you do go through with the unlocking process and are successful, our comments section is a great place to celebrate your freshly-unlocked bootloader.

Via Engadget, xda-developers

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