This morning we reported that US Galaxy S4’s have locked bootloaders. Well it appears this afternoon that Gotta Be Mobile has confirmed with Sprint that their Galaxy S4 will shipped with an unlocked bootloader. That’s great news for those on Sprint looking to pick up the Galaxy S4 and mod their device.
It is confirmed that the AT&T Galaxy S4 bootloader is locked, and now that the Sprint bootloader is unlocked, it’ll be interesting to see what the other carriers do. We’re pretty certain that Verizon will lock theirs down tighter than ever before, as usual with Verizon devices. T-Mobile may allow theirs to be unlocked, as they are doing whatever they can to keep their customers happy.
In the past we’ve seen our favorite Android developers have found work arounds for unlocking the bootloader on different devices. And I’m sure it won’t be any different this time around. What’s interesting here is that the device on Sprint is shipping with an unlocked bootloader, not an unlockable bootloader. Even Nexus devices don’t ship with an unlocked bootloader, it’s just super easy to unlock it.
So what does this mean? Well basically you can do anything to your Galaxy S4, of course that voids your warranty. But if you don’t like TouchWiz, that means you can easily flash CyanogenMod or another AOSP ROM similar to AOKP and CyanogenMod. This will definitely make the developer community happy. We’ll be checking out the other variants to see if they have unlocked bootloaders as well, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe.
How many of you were looking to pick up the Galaxy S4 on Sprint? Are you more inclined to purchase it now that we know the Sprint variant of Samsung’s 2013 flagship has an unlocked bootloader? Let us know in the comments below.