04-26-2013 05:58 PM
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  1. smooth3006's Avatar
    So im hearing on xda the s4 at&t model has a locked bootloader and we cannot root. Anybody know if thats BS? If so ill probably take mine back and get a htc one instead.
    04-24-2013 02:04 PM
  2. gruppe3942#AC's Avatar
    I have not heard either way. But definitely would like to know.
    smooth3006 likes this.
    04-24-2013 02:05 PM
  3. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I know that both the US and International versions have already been rooted, so I would assume that it isn't true
    satannik likes this.
    04-24-2013 02:11 PM
  4. pirarre's Avatar
    Here's the link: Samsung Galaxy S 4 review

    Scroll down to where it says, "New Features" it states Samsung has confirmed the bootloader is locked. But who knows, Engadget also said the HTC One Bootloader would be immediately re-locked when it was released...and it's not
    04-24-2013 02:22 PM
  5. pirarre's Avatar
    Double Post
    04-24-2013 02:26 PM
  6. smooth3006's Avatar
    FYI the US verion has not been rooted. Only the overseas models. I read koush or however you spell his name confirmed the bootloader is locked tight.
    04-24-2013 02:27 PM
  7. pirarre's Avatar
    I know that both the US and International versions have already been rooted, so I would assume that it isn't true
    Not saying I don't believe you..but do you have a link with this info? I didn't anyone had a S4 yet except the reviewers. I'm thinking about picking this up on my other line. But if it is locked down, I'm gonna pass.
    04-24-2013 02:27 PM
  8. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Not saying I don't believe you..but do you have a link with this info? I didn't anyone had a S4 yet except the reviewers. I'm thinking about picking this up on my other line. But if it is locked down, I'm gonna pass.
    FYI the US verion has not been rooted. Only the overseas models. I read koush or however you spell his name confirmed the bootloader is locked tight.
    Here is the link I found about the Qualcomm being Rooted

    Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor Gets Rooted Successfully: Here
    04-24-2013 02:30 PM
  9. smooth3006's Avatar

    I was told to not try that method on the at&t model or it may brick.
    04-24-2013 02:33 PM
  10. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I was told to not try that method on the at&t model or it may brick.
    You should post this on the XDA forum and have one of them try it and confirm it lol
    04-24-2013 02:35 PM
  11. Raptor007's Avatar
    From the Galaxy Note threads on XDA a while back there was a team working on cracking that root and they got it, then Verizon rolled out a patch and they flipped them the bird and cracked it again. Not sure how bad this one is, but if its going to be this problematic I am glad I am waiting for the 32GB version because there would be no getting the tweaks to swap memory around or anything else.

    The really irritating thing is Samsung should be supporting their users who want to root and perhaps the developer edition will be along soon after launch, but perhaps it will be months later.
    04-24-2013 05:50 PM
  12. smooth3006's Avatar
    a few users got their s4's today and i quote one user:

    "The bootloader IS locked. Notice WRITE PROTECTION: Enable".

    as soon as mine comes tomorrow im exchanging for the htc one.
    04-24-2013 06:01 PM
  13. 318sugarhill's Avatar
    I am an HTC guy who will be switching to the S4. With Samsung and Motorola, a locked bootloader did not mean that you could not root. I'm sure root will be available quickly. HTC however, you need an unlocked boot loader to root. But they have a separate security level (S-on or Off) that would be need to flash roms easier and get to the radio's. I know the Verizon S-3 was rooted before the bootloader was cracked.
    04-24-2013 06:02 PM
  14. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    a few users got their s4's today and i quote one user:

    "The bootloader IS locked. Notice WRITE PROTECTION: Enable".

    as soon as mine comes tomorrow im exchanging for the htc one.
    Really damn that sucks, is this only the AT&T version?
    U getting the Developers Edition of the HTC One?

    I'm sure there will be a workaround eventually
    04-24-2013 06:28 PM
  15. smooth3006's Avatar
    Really damn that sucks, is this only the AT&T version?
    U getting the Developers Edition of the HTC One?

    I'm sure there will be a workaround eventually
    To be honest i dont know what ill be doing. No i wont pay full price for the one. I called at&t and they dont have any 64gb models, there all backordered.
    04-24-2013 06:46 PM
  16. Raptor007's Avatar
    Hoping there will be a developer edition of the GS4 for AT&T, since I am waiting anyways for the 32GB version and with luck root will be resolved by the time it arrives.
    04-25-2013 07:43 AM
  17. JL84's Avatar
    You guys not buying a phone because its locked are so funny. I can't understand it being such an importance of buy or return lol
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    04-25-2013 02:35 PM
  18. Nonya76's Avatar
    I don't understand. Why is a locked bootloader such a big deal? Isn't it only a matter of time 'till its unlocked as well? I went through this with the HTC One X, so is it different this time??
    smooth4lyfe and TheOtherBill like this.
    04-25-2013 03:20 PM
  19. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    You guys not buying a phone because its locked are so funny. I can't understand it being such an importance of buy or return lol
    I don't understand. Why is a locked bootloader such a big deal? Isn't it only a matter of time 'till its unlocked as well? I went through this with the HTC One X, so is it different this time??
    Lol exactly!! Some people smh
    TheOtherBill likes this.
    04-25-2013 03:21 PM
  20. Podunks's Avatar
    Lol exactly!! Some people smh
    Same... With my Nexus 7 it would be completely different as that is an entertainment device. But for my phone... Dont care.
    TheOtherBill likes this.
    04-25-2013 04:36 PM
  21. 318sugarhill's Avatar
    It's not whether its locked or unlocked for me......it's about the ability to root. The boot loader unlock doesn't concern me unless root is not happening until its unlocked. Root is vital to me. The inability to completely back up and restore without root is androids biggest flaw. I shouldn't have to reenter 100 wifi passwords when I switch phones. That's system data that should be able to be saved from phone to phone. I shouldn't have to setup all my email accounts when I purchase a new phone. Those are all things you can do with root. It shouldn't be necessary to root to do those things, but it is, so I need root. I also tether my unlimited plan on the road, so I can't live without it.
    vietalogy likes this.
    04-25-2013 04:41 PM
  22. Raptor007's Avatar
    I have confidence root will be achieved and will happily donate to any bounty being set up for a qualified developer (team) that is skilled in cracking these bootloaders. I hope Adam Outler is going to get one or gets one from bounty/donation so we can achieve root.
    gruppe3942#AC likes this.
    04-25-2013 05:50 PM
  23. Podunks's Avatar
    I have confidence root will be achieved and will happily donate to any bounty being set up for a qualified developer (team) that is skilled in cracking these bootloaders. I hope Adam Outler is going to get one or gets one from bounty/donation so we can achieve root.
    Ditto.
    04-25-2013 11:08 PM
  24. Nonya76's Avatar
    In a few weeks, I am almost positive this will be a non issue.
    04-26-2013 02:28 AM
  25. wallstreet123456's Avatar
    I agree that this phone will be able to be rooted. Since it is one of the most sought after phones for 2013 some very smart people will be working on it.
    04-26-2013 07:24 AM
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