Galaxy S5 Developer Edition for Verizon incoming

Those who make it a habit to root and make other software modifications to their smartphones are aware of that evil thing called a locked bootloader, which prevents users from making system-level changes unless they are okay with voiding their warranty. Samsung devices don’t typically have a locked bootloader, but carriers like Verizon make exceptions in order to “protect the user experience.” Thankfully, Verizon has offered developer editions of flagships with unlocked bootloaders in the past, and the carrier is about to do the same with the Galaxy S5, which went up for sale globally today.

The Galaxy S5 Developer Edition for Verizon has showed up on Samsung’s website, hinting that it could be made available to consumers soon. The price tag isn’t mentioned, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $599-699 for the device. As usual, an unlocked bootloader will be the only difference on the developer edition compared to the standard model, meaning things like the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 16MP camera, fingerprint scanner and Android 4.4 KitKat will remain intact.

Anyone looking to pick up the Galaxy S5 Developer Edition?


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3 years 17 days ago

Unlocked bootloader and bloatware free are two great benefits, but you are still stuck on Verizon’s network, you are still going to be dead last on software updates AND you paid full retail for a 16GB only device. No thanks.

What I want is for Samsung to wise up and offer their global version with AT&T LTE radio’s so users can get what they want from the international market and use it here.

3 years 17 days ago

A locked bootloader isn’t the only difference between the Developer version and the carrier version. There will be a lot more carrier installed applications on the non-dev version…aka bloat. The dev version should be the pure Samsung experience whereas the carriers will add tons of useless…err I mean helpful apps.

3 years 18 days ago

“As usual, a locked bootloader will be the only difference on the developer edition (…)” Well, I thought the Developer Edition would have the unlocked bootloader and the normal version has the locked one. So what is right now?