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Samsung is treating U.S. unlocked device owners like second-rate citizens

Not too long ago, Samsung began selling their mobile phones direct to consumers here in the United States via either samsung.com or the Shop Samsung App. This was great news as taking out the middleman (carriers) is always welcome. Customers are, of course, still free to buy a carrier-branded phone from any number of carriers...

Opinion: Why End User Devices are Locked Down For Security, and Why They Have To Be

I started cutting my teeth on Android here on XDA back in the days of rocking a Kyocera Zio . The goal back then? Finding out how to block those irritating calls almost everyone gets from an auto-dialer. Since those days we have seen Android grow and most definitely mature, and I have loved the journey. Just as...

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bootloader Has Been Unlocked

Verizon has a storied history with regards to bootloader unlocking - namely, they hate the very idea of it. For years now, Verizon has maintained that preventing you from unlocking your device's bootloader is for your own benefit. In a letter sent to customers who filed a complaint with the FCC, Verizon states that: "[A]n open bootloader could...