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Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Coming Soon to Verizon

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Tinkerers, a developer edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on the way and it’ll work on Verizon’s network. Like past Galaxy devices that fall under the “developer edition” tag, it’s only marked as coming soon and without a price tag, even though today is the global launch day. Most carriers are selling the device at full retail (which is how you’ll have to buy this) for either $599 or $649, so set at least that much cash aside if this is the phone for you. As far as a potential availability date, I’d give it at least a couple of weeks, maybe even a month. 

For those not familiar with the developer edition series, just understand that this is Samsung’s attempt to appeal to those who like unlockable bootloaders and the freedom to do as they please with a phone (like flash custom ROMs). Unfortunately, these phones don’t always see the best support in terms of updates. You are paying a premium for a device with an unlockable bootloader, and that’s about it.

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  • Richard Rubinkowski

    Does anyone out there know what colours the s5 comes in?

  • http://hagure-metaru.net/ Hagure

    Wow………NOW you tell me, after I just pulled the trigger. Are bootloader locks ever broken? If I’m looking to run AOSP, is it worth staying with the non dev edition?

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  • joe

    “Unfortunately, these phones don’t always see the best support in terms of updates.”
    That sucks. I didn’t know this. Thanks for the info.

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  • TheDrunkenClam

    If Verizon is so willing to allow developer editions, why the hell can’t they give us a Google Play edition?

    • Adrynalyne

      Because they don’t have control over the software bloat put on them.

    • jdhas

      ^ This.

  • SpikedRed

    Whatever. See the Galaxy Note 3 Developer’s Edition for Verizon that’s been on backorder since they released it? Yeah, NO THANKS.

  • lensgrabber

    I loved my S3. I would love a S5, however, with the anti-dev feeling Samsung gives i just don’t see giving them any of my money.

  • DevS4Owner

    I have the Galaxy S4 Developer Edition phone. I would stay away from this device if you are expecting updates and any sort of help (or just plain knowledge – Samsung tech support was even unaware they sold a Dev phone) by Samsung. To date the original Galaxy S4 dev owners who bought the phone while it was still on I545OYUAMDK (original firmware similar to I545VRUAMDK) are still stuck there. There only way people have seen the DevS4 with any newer build on it (i.e. I5454OYUEMJ7 or I545OYUEMK2) is because they have purchased it more recently. Samsung updated the builds on the DevS4 phones only in their online store before folks purchased it. You have owners of DevS4 phones running different builds – because of when the phone was purchased. OYUAMDK people are stuck there. Given, they can run ROMs and such, but there is no such thing as an OTA or KIES update for their phone. I know the point of having a Dev phone is to run custom software, but it would be nice to get sort of Dev-Phone-specific updates for the phone. And Those with the DevS4 phone on I545OYUEMJ7 and I545OYUEMK2 have to also deal with KNOX and the limitations of running only TouchWiz ROMs. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a Dev Device. The DevS4 also came loaded with the same bloatware. BTW, I545OYUAMDK is the same exact build as I545VRUAMDK, just that a special “key” was sent to the phone to make it a Dev Device (there were reports of Samsung turning unsold Retail S4’s into Dev S4’s in order to sell them by using this special “key” method) – Likewise I545OYUEMJ7 is the same as I545VRUEMJ7, just bootloader unlocked and I545OYUEMK2 is the same as I545VRUEMK2, again, just bootloader unlocked. Unless Samsung has changed their tune on this one, I would save your money and buy a Dev Device from another manufacturer.

    My 2 cents and what I want to pass on to those considering this phone.

    • CaptainCaleb

      TL;DR

      • j

        I read.. Samsung doesn’t update sold Dev Editions devices, and you’re on your own.. they do update dev edition devices to newer software before their sold, meaning they don’t sell outdated software. And obviously they update non dev editions.

        makes some sense I guess.

        • j

          they’re..

          doh

    • PrDawg

      This post is misleading. If bootloader is unlocked can run AOSP, newer versions of software and remove knox. The only real change in the firmware on S4 was the lockdown and Knox addition.Know many S4 unlocked phones on MDK running 4.3 and waiting on official 4.4 to upgrade.

    • joe

      That sucks. I guess you’re better off getting a Google Play Edition if it exists. Although, some actually do like some of the TouchWiz stuff.

      Question about these developer editions. If you get a Verizon one, is it SIM locked to only Verizon? For example, can I go to Europe, put in a SIM card from a European carrier and use it there assuming the bands are compatible and/or these are global devices (ie. at least have LTE work). Also, is there a different level of SIM locking? For example, can I use non-US SIMs in non-US countries but I can’t use AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs at all?

  • Guest

    I don’t understand the point in having a developer edition of a phone, why not just do something like sell a developer license online and let you unlock your current phone. I’m sure companies are tired of having to plan all these variants.

    • DevS4Owner

      Doesn’t work that way. With Samsung Phones, they are unlocked at Samsung before sale. With other Manufacturers, i.e. Motorola, an unlock key is given to you which is specific for only your device. Therefore, you cannot sell or buy a key or license which could work for your phone.

      • moelsen8

        i’m sure there’s no reason it couldn’t, though, if they wanted to head that route.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Because the carriers won’t allow it. The reason these Dev Phones especially exsist for US Carriers is because they don’t want you to be able to have an open device on their network.

      • JoshGroff

        Clearly that isn’t the problem, otherwise they wouldn’t even be an option. I assume it has more to do with insurance than anything else.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          They’re an option that’s out of bounds. Higher Priced and not readily available. As in you’ll never be able to walk into a carrier store, or buy one from a carrier on their website. They keep it at arms length intentionally is what I’m saying.

        • Adrynalyne

          Its not a matter of open devices, its a support and warranty matter.

          They don’t want people trying to get warranties and support help on modified devices. So rather than give a choice, they removed the option altogether.

    • PrDawg

      They are holding tight to that hash key.

  • Drooooid

    Does the dev edition ship with stock android or touch wiz?

    • Ken Bosse

      touch wiz

    • DevS4Owner

      See my post – likewise the Galaxy S5 Dev will have the same build as the Retail Dev S5 (KNOX, bloat and all), just bootloader unlocked.

      • Drooooid

        Oh…no interest in this then. I much rather have a Google Play edition. Any chance one would come to Verizon?
        Maybe its not necessary. I’m running a GPE ROM on my S4 now and its flawless!

  • Guy Pierce

    Who cares about the S5. We want more G3 Rumors!

    • The Narrator
    • pyro74boy .

      I care about the GS5 thank you very much. LG is a copycat company. LOL

      • Guy Pierce

        Great then go make posts on the previous 12 posts on the S5 today. Also, I’m pretty sure Samsung is the one getting sued left and right. Which is not to say I hate Samsung as I had the GNex for two years and loved it… Well, other than the fact it was on the charger all day. Lastly, they all copy each other. It comes down to makes it better and right now Samsung/S2/S3/S4/S5 is no different than what sn’APPLE’ products are. My LG battery crushes the S4 and S5. One last thing… You can keep your Touch Wiz.

        • pyro74boy .

          Yeah Samsung is getting sued by Apple because they are losing mega amounts of money to companies like Samsung. This patent infringement garbage that Apple has been claiming makes for a great coverup story and people like you might be dumb enough to believe this B.S but not me. Samsung is hated so much because everyone and their mom is losing money to Samsung in the smartphone space. Before you start to accuse me of being a fan-boy I was using many different phones from all the different manufacturers and they where all full of problems and then I got a Samsung GS3 and the difference in terms of overall user experience was the difference between night and day no joke. Please don’t make me laugh because trying to compare a Samsung smartphone to an Apple phone is like compare a high-end AMG Mercedes Benz to a Ford Escort. LOL

          • Guy Pierce

            Samsung is a great company except for the last four Galaxy S phones. They put small upgrades on it and call it all new. HTC is doing the same thing with the HTC One. Never said you were a fan-boy now you’re just putting words in my mouth. And FYI I despise sn’AAPLE’ as a company. You mad bro?

          • pyro74boy .

            When did I put works in your mouth? and when did I say that you called me a fan-boy? The key word here Is when I said [BEFORE.] If you’re going to try to call someone out on something then get your facts straight first because you just walked yourself into that one LOL BTW what is it that you seem to think that I’m mad about?

          • Guy Pierce

            Words in my mouth 3… 2… 1… pyro74boy “Before you start to accuse me of being a fan-boy”

          • pyro74boy .

            BEFORE does not mean you did. The reason why I made that comment about you in the first place was just in case you had any ideas of calling me a fan-boy so you can’t accuse me of putting words in your mouth based on just that one statement alone. LOL

          • Guy Pierce

            So you ASS-U-ME-D i was going to call you a fan-boy. That makes sense.

          • pyro74boy .

            I assumed that you might yes but that’s still not putting words in anyone’s mouth. We can argue this back and forth until we are both blue in the face but the fact remains that you tried to call me out on something and failed. BEFORE does not mean you did.

          • Guy Pierce
          • pyro74boy .

            Is that really the best you can do? LOL

          • Guy Pierce
          • pyro74boy .

            You mad bro? LOL

          • Guy Pierce

            LOL! Nope just got busy at work.

          • pyro74boy .

            It looks like the new LG G3 is going to have a 2K display.

          • Guy Pierce

            http://media3.giphy.com/media/ROrOMfAlLbLfG/200.gif

            This is great news. Thanks for the update. Should be 4K!!!

          • pyro74boy .

            2K on a smartphone is still insane.

          • Guy Pierce

            I know it is. But can you image how far LG would separate themselves from the competition if they did use 4K. I would gladly spend a little extra for that. But 2K still amazing!

          • pyro74boy .

            Yes this is true. and that would be AMAZING if they would be the first to come out with 4K as well. But on a phone? I don’t even have a 1080P TV set around here. I have a 720P but that’s it. Must of the people I know don’t even have 1080p TV,s so this would be amazing if LG does this. I think I’m going to have to cancel my order on the GS5. LOL

          • Guy Pierce

            HAHA I would if I were you. The battery life on the LG is amazing. Agree with you as well in respect to that I don’t think the naked eye could even see the difference between 1080p, 2K or even 4K. The only thing that may be noticeable would be font readability and resolution and slightly enhanced colors. Sure will kick sn’APPLE’ crap. You also beat DL’s rumor post about a 2K display. Nice!!!

          • pyro74boy .

            Yeah I’m also an Apple hater myself and can’t stand them and wish they would have died with Steve Jobs LOL

          • Alexander Z Great

            Old news!! They must be copying Samsung..oh wait you’ve been talking just hardware.

          • pyro74boy .

            You again. You assumed I was talking about software the other day and that was on you not me. Then you tried to use my own words against me by quoting me and trying to put words in my mouth at the same time and you still failed. All companies copy each other to a point and I NEVER ONCE was trying to deny this. What a sore loser you are. LOL

      • Alexander Z Great

        How does LG copy Samsung? You have no clue what you’re talking about. Both Samsung and LG get software from a third party. That’s how they both end up with similar software.

        • pyro74boy .

          When I went to the AT&T store and was comparing the Samsung Note 2 to the LG Optimus g pro I thought I was looking at the same exact phone until I noticed on the spec sheet that it was an LG phone. The last time I checked Samsung had this design before LG did.LOL It was very stupid of you to make such a stupid claim that I have no clue what I’m talking about when many people who have seen these two phones had the same feelings as I did. So who really has no clue as to what their talking about moron? LOL

          • Alexander Z Great

            Again you didn’t read what I wrote to the fullest. Both companies buy the same software from a third party. So then they put the software on their phones and that’s why they are so much the same. People assume Samsung is the the original and LG copies. The reality is they both shop at the same software design place. Google it goof. You don’t have a clue!!!

          • pyro74boy .

            Yes I did and you got owned because I was talking about the hardware not the software but more importantly then that Samsung brought this hardware design to the market before LG did and yet you still have the nerve to claim that I have no clue what I’m talking about. Even the store manager and other people who worked their agreed that these two phones looked very much alike so I laugh at your failed attempts at a comeback because I’m not the only person who feels this way about LG and even experts agree with me so are you going to say that they also have no clue as to what their talking about? Do yourself a favor and quit embarrassing yourself and digging a bigger hole because you got owned.

          • Alexander Z Great

            “I care about the GS5 thank you very much. LG is a copycat company. LOL”
            You said this. That’s what I commented on (replied to). If I see somewhere in there your referring just to hardware then I’m wrong. Owned? Embarrassed? Lmao! Hardware and specs? They all copy each other to some degree.. later. I’m not playing your game anymore. G2 doesn’t look like a s4 or s5. Most the phones released around the same time have the same hardware and specs. Peace out!

          • pyro74boy .

            You can try to talk your way out of this all you want but the fact remains EPIC FAIL on you. Long story short you tired to call me out on something and you failed. Quote me saying that I said software in my first comment on this topic I posted? You can’t because I NEVER did. You’re trying to put words in my mouth. It’s not my issue that you did not know what I was talking about. I hate people like you because you always think that you know what your talking about but you don’t. You would not last one single day working in a phone store with that attitude. I called them a copycat company and then you assumed I was talking about software. EPIC FAIL ON YOU. ASSUME NOTHING UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.

          • Alexander Z Great

            I’m not trying to talk my way out of anything. LG doesn’t copy Samsung hardware or software. Ask Apple..putz gtfo

          • pyro74boy .

            Samsung brought the design of the Note line of phones to the market first and then LG copied the look of the Note 2 if this is not copying then please by all means tell me what is?. LOL

          • The Narrator

            Another samsung try hard. Can’t accept the fact that Samsung fails while LG succeeds.

          • pyro74boy .

            Oh really is that a fact? It seems to me that Samsung is the largest handset maker in the world in terms of sales so what is it that Samsung has failed at?. Someone has large amounts in LG stock or maybe is on LG,s payroll for making such a stupid statement LOL Think before you speak.

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