Verizon has really made a name for itself when it comes to their Android devices. Why? Because they are simply so against the 'open sourceness' of Google's operating system. They are one of the few carriers that decide to lock the bootloader of their devices, as it is the case with their Galaxy S4. For the ones that don't know, the bootloader is the lowest level on the system that runs all the codes on the operating system. If the bootloader comes locked you cannot flash anything Custom on your device without messing it up. This is Verzion's way of making sure users stick to their version of Android and don't start trying out any other version. But if you think about it, that's the whole beauty of Android, the fact that it is so customizable and opened. Meanwhile, this year we were surprised to see that also AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4 came with a locked bootloader, fact that happened to bother a lot of potential clients. However, one developer named Dan Rosenberg announced then that he has found a method to unlock the AT&T S4 bootloader but he will not release it to the public until Verizon's version is out on the market. Why? Probably because he didn't want to give Verizon the chance to patch their devices against this vulnerability. This time he announced on Twitter that he managed to install a custom recovery on the Verizon Galaxy S4, meaning he was able to unlock its bootloader. As you can see, he still didn't release the bootloader unlock method but he says he will soon. We are also looking forward for this, as are probably a lot of current and future owners of an AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S4 that want to customize their devices at their full potential.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool