If you have already purchased a lovely new Samsung Galaxy S4 in the US, you may be wasting no time in frantically searching for a Galaxy S4 bootloader download, to explore the possibilities of unlocking the device. The device ships with a locked bootloader of course, but we have evidence that success has already been found on the AT&T Galaxy S4, albeit with one interesting twist.
The advantages of an open bootloader is there for everyone to see, with the opportunity of custom firmware and various recovery methods often proving too much for consumers to resist. Manufacturers are always finding ways to tighten up security so that custom carrier Android interfaces remain in-tact, but then again, consumers are also getting smarter by the day as we see in this latest instance.
Security researcher Dan Rosenberg is already claiming that the bootloader on the AT&T Galaxy S4 has been cracked open. He has provided a screenshot on his Twitter account to prove his claims, but while the next obvious step would be providing a public download – it doesn’t seem as straight forward as that.
He has provided a Q&A explaining that this is solely due to the fact that Verizon has yet to release their Galaxy S4, with a release likely to come on May 30. If Rosenberg were to release the information and download tools to the public, it would then run the risk of Verizon finding a patch to make sure this will not work when they release their version.
He has also confirmed that his current bootloader exploit is ‘highly likely’ to work on the Verizon Galaxy S4, so it looks like the extended wait until the end of May will be well worth it.
Just how bad do you want a bootloader download though? Are you happy with the current AT&T setup, or will you seek to install custom software as soon as the opportunity becomes available? Verizon may now have a race against time to improve their security anyway, in the hope that they are protected against any attempts to open the bootloader. We’ll keep you updated.