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11th July 2014, 07:14 AM   |  #1  
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I'm a Nexus user, and have been for a while. This is my first non-Nexus Android device in a few years. Now, my understanding of Samsung is that Odin can be used to flash pretty much anything, including bootloaders. So, why is the S5 not unlocked? What is preventing Odin from being used to convert the regular S5 to the developer edition, simply by replacing the bootloaders?

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11th July 2014, 07:30 AM   |  #2  
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I'm a Nexus user, and have been for a while. This is my first non-Nexus Android device in a few years. Now, my understanding of Samsung is that Odin can be used to flash pretty much anything, including bootloaders. So, why is the S5 not unlocked? What is preventing Odin from being used to convert the regular S5 to the developer edition, simply by replacing the bootloaders?

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11th July 2014, 11:43 AM   |  #3  
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hope u find a solution
13th July 2014, 06:37 AM   |  #4  
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I'm a Nexus user, and have been for a while. This is my first non-Nexus Android device in a few years. Now, my understanding of Samsung is that Odin can be used to flash pretty much anything, including bootloaders. So, why is the S5 not unlocked? What is preventing Odin from being used to convert the regular S5 to the developer edition, simply by replacing the bootloaders?

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Because bootloaders are device-specific. For the purposes of this discussion, the S5 retail edition and S5 dev edition are different devices. I'm in your boat - my last phone was a Nexus 5. I switched carriers for better service (boo, Sprint), and I'm happy with the S5 for the most part, but there are definitely a lot of things that I miss about the N5. Easy flashing is one of them. If the Moto X+1 launches later this month at a Nexus-ish price point like I've been hearing, I will almost certainly sell the S5 and buy one.

And yes, I realize that the Verizon X+1 will most likely have a locked bootloader as well. But it'll also have (mostly) stock Android and (probably) speedy updates. Not knocking the S5 by any means, but I'm definitely a stock Android guy.
13th July 2014, 10:48 PM   |  #5  
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As much as I'd hate to admit it, because I've always run CyanogenMod, I'm not sure I'd need it. I'm kinda starting to like what they've done with TouchWiz. The camera app is amazing, ultra power saving mode, the fingerprint scanner...

I miss the customization and performance tuning, but rooted TouchWiz seems like what AOSP should've been. And if TouchWiz was more user-customizable, what custom ROMs should've been. I remember TouchWiz from the Froyo days...never thought I'd like it more than AOSP.

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