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Galaxy S5 Developer Edition on Verizon Now Available for $599

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We first reported that a Galaxy S5 Developer Edition for Verizon was on its way after a listing for the device went live on Samsung’s site back in early April. Unfortunately, we had no information to provide on when the phone would be available, but assumed it would only take a couple of weeks. Over the weekend, the “Coming soon!” sign changed to “Add to cart,” meaning it’s now available. 

For $599 off-contract, the tinkerers in the building can pick-up Samsung’s 2014 “regular” flagship phone as a Developer Edition. The phone should come with an unlockable bootloader, giving you the freedom all Android phones should include out of the box, but don’t, because carriers and their partners loathe you. OK, that’s somewhat of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

The listing for the phone is a bit odd, though, as there is no price listed until you add it to your cart. Once in your cart, you can see the full $599 price, along with a mini-questionnaire about your developer ways.

The phone is exactly the same as the model sold directly through Verizon stores in terms of specs, the only difference is again, that unlockable bootloader.

Interested in picking one up?

Samsung Link ($599)

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  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    $600 with no updates and only 16 GB of storage? No thanks.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I will never
    take a chance on Verizon. I have Galaxy S3 for which I chosen Verizon as a
    carrier but still waiting for KitKat 4.4 update in it. It is already available on
    Sprint. Verizon is always late to offer updates. So I better not to choose it
    now. I will definitely look to purchase it from AT&T or Sprint. According
    to me the only thing which is little annoying in Galaxy S5 is flap on its
    charging pad. Well, not an issue as they are also offering a wireless charging
    case that means through which I can charge Galaxy S5 by simply placing it on wireless charger . Thanks for the update! Cheers!

  • TheDrunkenClam

    If they can offer developer editions, why does VZW refuse to offer Google Play Edition devices?

    • Alexander Z Great

      Samsung only sells a few of them. Nothing to get excited about because they aren’t supported by Samsung or Verizon. I had the dev note 3 and after a short time I realized it was a waste of money and sold it. I bought the retail one so I can have kit Kat. Sammy should pull the plug on selling these. Junk!

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      Maybe you should ask Google that question.

  • Artimis

    So the GS5 Dev edition is $599 but the GS4 Dev edition is still $649?

    Doesn’t make sense….why would last year’s model be $50 more?

    • jamdev12

      Cause it’s a classic.

    • LikeABoss

      Anyone know if you can get a dev edition as an upgrade?

  • Christopher Garofalo

    Lol so since the bootloader is unlockable obviously voids the warranty right? So what happens when you get one of those faulty cameras that have been floating around? I’d by this but that camera issue is totally stopping me.

  • Tuan Dang

    I like how this is $600 while on tmobile the phone costs $660…..

  • MichaelFranz

    I really wish Dev Edition devices are treated like normal retail devices and got updates. I would even go as far as to implement some process where these dev edition devices get testing code first so that way the updates can be tested by end users and bugs reported in. now granted you would have to make sure to agree to have your phone unrooted and locked when testing an update. Kind of like how moto does it. I would be 100% on board with buying developer editions each time. The ability to lock and unlcok root and unroot and being able to test the latest and greatest would be a nice catch.

    • DevS4Owner

      The way they unlock the Retail S5/S4 to make it a Dev S5/S4 is through the ABOOT partition. Each phone has a different ABOOT, which is created specifically for that phone – based off the phone’s unique ID number. Sending an OTA to the Dev S4/S5’s would mean they would have to create unique OTA/update for each device owner.

      • MichaelFranz

        im sure a way to develop it could be made, Not to say just right now based off how aboot partition works. Short of that the majority of the software is the same. You could regitser your device to have a package made for your phone etc etc. my point is that it is possible and would probably sell more dev edition devices

  • mcdonsco

    For some reason I woke up this morning thinking I should see if the S5 Dev or gpe version is out yet; found it immediately on samsungs site so i thought it had been out for a while, then came here and now see that it was just released…strange.

    I thought Dev editions were stock android like gpe though, oh well…I guess I’ll wait and see if a Verizon gpe hits.

  • Mark

    Will this actually get official updates and images? I hear the S4 developer edition doesn’t get any updates from Samsung. Not even images to do it manually.

    • flosserelli

      Considering it is on Verizon, and considering Verizon’s update history, you may get one update during ownership of this device. But that’s if you are lucky.

      • DevS4Owner

        Nope. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Samsung’s Dev Devices do not get updated OTA or via KIES.

        • flosserelli

          Well, there ya go.

    • MichaelFranz

      nope, supposedly what you get is what you get. its get abandoned which sucks.

    • Rob Mounts

      They will take the same stand that they have on the Note 3 Dev Edition.It is neither supported by Verizon or Samsung. Samsung did not even release factory images to return it to stock … nothing. We have a couple of very hard working devs that have kept us going full steam ahead. The bootloader came unlocked.

      • Mark

        That sucks, I guess I’ll stay away from Samsung if I’m getting developer editions. I’m currently using a developer edition Moto X on Verizon just so I can get root for Tasker. Too bad the back is an ugly white though. It’s the only reason why I have a case.

        I wonder how HTC is with their developer editions.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Much Speed.

    Now time to move on to complaining about why there is no 32 JIGGA BYTES! WHY SAMSUNG? WHY?!

  • e_droid

    Waiting for that new Moto X+1 (or whatever they are going to call it).

  • Andrew Merewitz

    I could sell my S5 I got on contract through VZW for $550 on ebay then get this for just $50 more..hmmm

  • flosserelli

    “…giving you the freedom all Android phones should include out of the box, but don’t, because carriers and their partners loathe you.”

    Not an exaggeration at all, especially for VZW, who absolutely hate their customers (but love their money). If I was buying one, I’d use the questionnaire/survey to tell VZW that since I am paying full retail, I should be able to do damn well what I please with it.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      Oh I can attest to that hating customers. Telling folks that they can NOT use a prepaid phone on their contract plan until the prepaid has been active on prepaid account for 6 months. What if joe consumer didn’t buy insurance and destroyed their phone?
      also the money quote from the CEO (google) ‘the friction we have put in place on upgrading to a new smartphone has helped our companies’ bottom line’.

      • flosserelli

        Yeah it’s “friction” alright, with no lube. I got tired of being raped every month and switched to T-Mobile. Equal (or better) service in my area, for 40% less.

  • Bob

    This is news… as of 2 days ago.

    • flosserelli

      DL is usually behind other news blogs over the weekends because the DL guys have other priorities during that time.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        If they need weekend coverage. I’m available. Hey KELLEN OVER HERE. IF YOU NEED WEEKEND COVERAGE I’M AVAILABLE!

      • Bob

        Sorry it was 3 days ago… Friday morning.

        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2738999

        Anyone doing journalism (calling DL this is a stretch I know) knows that there is no rest in this world and they are on stage 24/7.

        • flosserelli

          Why so angry? You know, there are many other android blogs for you to get your daily fix. Maybe you should relax and take a break from it.

          • Bob

            My response…

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com Intellectua1

      Nobody with a decent life works weekends.

    • Jason Downing

      This is a useless post… as of 40 minutes ago.

  • Cameron Laudick

    What about Google Play Edition? Is that a possibility?

    • T4rd

      It’s definitely a possibility.. just not for Verizon.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com Intellectua1

    I’m now waiting on the S5 Prime or the G3 I’ve never owned an LG phone but wouldn’t mind checking it out.

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    I just ordered two of them. About time dev editions came. Wish Verizon would sell in store.

    • Mike Dippel

      Why?

      Samsung and Verizon will not release the Odin files for these devices……hence leaving you stuck on 4.4.2 forever unless you want to mix and match firmwares

      • teeerex

        WRONG….you know that’s not true! Somebody somewhere will always have something for unlocked phones. I was waiting until the developer edition came along, but now am waiting for a bit. The One+ looks interesting to me.

      • DevS4Owner

        Agreed. Being a DevS4 owner I have never seen an OTA update, KIES update or firmware posting for the phone. What you get is what you are stuck with essentially, unless you jump from one custom ROM to another.

  • htowngtr

    Meh

    • flosserelli

      Ditto. Still not interested in it…Next!

  • The Narrator

    I’ll pass. I did buy a red bull this morning though.

  • Anon

    Does this come with all of the horrible Verizon bloatware still?

    • flosserelli

      Yep. The only difference is the DE has an unlocked bootloader. But a debloated rom will probably be released in a few days.