Originally Posted by dynomot
Are you sure jhawkkw? Our boot loaders were unlocked, it's just these new firmwares that have it from what I can gather. I'm not saying your wrong, but it would be nice to know who to grumble at before firing off an email to a CEO.
I'm absolutely sure - this lays at Samsung and not Google.
Google is only responsible for Android and only for Nexus devices at this level.
Samsung phones run TouchWiz, an Android variation based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Anything hardware-specific to a given device comes from the device manufacturer - device drivers, the kernel, and the bootloader - along with security and update policies.
Your gripe is with Samsung.