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Bootloader Locked. Regarding Root for U.S. S7

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Lsdemon, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Lsdemon

    Lsdemon Lurker
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    Hello everyone.

    It appears Samsung has locked the bootloaders of all U.S. variants of the phone potentially by request of U.S. carriers. Basically, they have taken ultimate control over what software is allowed to run on your device. Alongside their security features, this means that even if you want to install an application with root permissions and custom functionality, you can't.

    It's not likely they will do anything, but as a customer I believe purchasing a device means you should have final say over what software is installed and what apps are allowed to run (Especially in the US, freedom bro?). Samsung believes they have final say. Bloatware, ads, tracking software, they choose, not the device owner. If this doesn't bother you then fine, have a nice day :).

    If you want Samsung to at least address this, and why this is only the case with U.S. devices, there's an angrily worded albeit self explanatory petition - (https://www.change.org/p/samsung-unlock-boot-loaders-s7-s7-edge) addressed to Samsung and T-Mobile requesting to at the very least provide the option to users to have control over their device.

    Prior to this year, AT&T and Verizon were the only carriers to have bootloader lock policies regarding certain devices that they sell. It appears the trend is catching on and those of us that value third party software are losing out here in the U.S. Samsung has already provided an optional bootloader unlock to S7 users in China and South Korea but they absolutely refuse to release it in the U.S.

    If you are curious and want more info I suggest googling topics on the Galaxy S4 bootloader as that was the first to be locked, there are also various articles talking about it.

    T-Mobile's CEO John Legere has commented on twitter saying that they're looking into a potential solution. Other carriers haven't said anything yet. You can try tweeting at him, by the way, @johnlegere. It's better than nothing, but without more users being concerned, it'll likely fall by the wayside unfortunately. We're just asking for an option for those of us that want it.

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  2. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    That won't be Samsung locking down the U.S. carrier minority variant models.

    That will be your own carriers doing it to you I am afraid. 195 countries in the world haven't got locked bootloaders as it is not Samsung's policy to do so.

    As you correctly state Lsdemon, after AT&T and Verizon introduced it on the S4, S5 and S6, it was only a matter of time before the other U.S. carriers followed suit with their individual models.

    See, also...

    Galaxy S7 Edge (Exynos) root

    Galaxy S7 (Exynos) root
    #2 ironass, Mar 22, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
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  3. rkkeller

    rkkeller Android Enthusiast

    Considering 99% of people will not root or even heard of rooting, not really a big issue I doubt.
  4. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    True, but that is about 200,000 - 300,000 disappointed users. It would be nice for U.S. users to have the same freedom of choice as the rest of the world wouldn't you agree?

    Just one of the nice things about rooting is that when Samsung or your carrier stop supporting your phone, you can root it and install up-to-date custom ROMs to extend its life and keep abreast of security updates. My neighbour has my old Galaxy S2 that I had in April 2011 and is running Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, quite happily on it. :)
    #4 ironass, Mar 23, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2016
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  5. dan409

    dan409 Well-Known Member

    Not to mention that those 200,000-300,000 users can have a lot of influence on friends and family when it comes to recommending a new upgrade or phone purchase.
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The Samsung Galaxy S7 release date was March 2016. Features and Specs include a 5.1" inch screen, 12MP camera, 4GB RAM, Exynos 8890 Octa processor, and 3000mAh battery.

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