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posted by martyb on Wednesday August 25, @01:42AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the photo-bombed? dept.

https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-unlock-bootloader-broken-camera/

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 represent the best foldable technologies that Samsung can provide to its consumers. Needless to say, if you are in the market right now for a premium smartphone, the latest Galaxy Z lineup will surely figure in your list as a possible purchase option. While the hardware and software combo make these devices great for most buyers, advanced users and enthusiasts might still feel the need to unlock the bootloader and root these devices to unleash their true potential. Unfortunately, Samsung already makes it extremely difficult to have root access without tripping the security flags, and now the Korean OEM has introduced yet another roadblock for aftermarket development. In its latest move, Samsung disables the cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 after you unlock the bootloader.

[...] It is not clear why Samsung chose the way on which Sony walked in the past, but the actual problem lies in the fact that many will probably overlook the warning and unlock the bootloader without knowing about this new restriction. Re-locking the bootloader does make the camera work again, which indicates that it’s more of a software-level obstacle. With root access, it could be possible to detect and modify the responsible parameters sent by the bootloader to the OS to bypass this restriction. However, according to ianmacd, Magisk in its default state isn’t enough to circumvent the barrier.


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by fustakrakich on Wednesday August 25, @02:11AM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday August 25, @02:11AM (#1170624) Journal

    They kill their TVs too [blogspot.com] if they think you don't own it. Good way to kill the second hand market

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @02:18AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @02:18AM (#1170625)

      Yeah, saw that story. They are just flexing on us now, reminding us we will own nothing. And we will be happy... or go to the fun camp where they will teach us to be happy. Or else.

      • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Anti-aristarchus on Wednesday August 25, @04:04AM (1 child)

        by Anti-aristarchus (14390) on Wednesday August 25, @04:04AM (#1170659) Journal

        Could be worse. Could be a targeted soylentil, with no means of appeal. Or it could be Sony.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @04:22AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @04:22AM (#1170666)

          True. Soylentils are pretty damn powerful.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @04:50AM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @04:50AM (#1170676)

    Having to root your own hardware is obscene.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by pTamok on Wednesday August 25, @07:04AM (8 children)

      by pTamok (3042) on Wednesday August 25, @07:04AM (#1170693)

      It's not your 'own' hardware.

      You pay a fee to the actual owners to be allowed to use the functions of their hardware that they choose to allow to you.

      This is what the implementation of 'Trusted Computing' is all about. Oddly enough, Richard Stallman wrote about this some time ago* [gnu.org].

      *Original version (it has been updated) was published, I think, in 2002.

      • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Wednesday August 25, @10:06AM (6 children)

        by Opportunist (5545) on Wednesday August 25, @10:06AM (#1170744)

        Then they can keep their hardware and I keep my money.

        Let's find out who needs whom more.

        • (Score: 4, Touché) by FatPhil on Wednesday August 25, @10:36AM (1 child)

          They don't need you at all. Thanks for asking.
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        • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Wednesday August 25, @11:18AM (3 children)

          by PiMuNu (3823) on Wednesday August 25, @11:18AM (#1170768)

          As someone pointed out in another post, (some) banks require you to buy their hardware to access your bank account (2 factor authentication)

          • (Score: 2) by bart9h on Wednesday August 25, @12:04PM (1 child)

            by bart9h (767) on Wednesday August 25, @12:04PM (#1170777)

            You don't need exactly their hardware. There are alternatives.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 30, @08:07AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 30, @08:07AM (#1172257)

              for now

          • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @02:15PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @02:15PM (#1170821)

            Code calculators are a good thing. A dedicated device that is impossible to access remotely, neatly solves the account security problem in a low-price, low-hassle way.
            A bank that instead implements "authenticator" as a smartphone app, should be held fully liable for all hacks arising from that.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @06:39PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @06:39PM (#1170910)

        Nothing odd about it at all, and he wasn't the only one saying it.

  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, @04:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, @04:11AM (#1171075)

    Oh, so I can buy a new Smartphone where the Telescreen and Facecrime abilities are disabled? Useful!

  • (Score: 2) by engblom on Thursday August 26, @06:40AM (1 child)

    by engblom (556) on Thursday August 26, @06:40AM (#1171095)

    Samsung has been among the worst for a long, long time. I would never want a Samsung phone anymore. That said, the sad thing is that their competitors are also going to length to prevent you from rooting or loading a custom rom and they also load your phone with apps you do not want and can not remove. Are there any good alternatives anymore? What brand would you recommend me when I need to change phone the next time?

    • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Thursday August 26, @05:23PM

      by acid andy (1683) on Thursday August 26, @05:23PM (#1171206) Homepage Journal

      There's the Pine Phone if you want to be able to put the Linux distro of your choice on your phone. I'd say that would need to be more important to you than worrying about missed calls or texts due to various teething problems and you need to be willing to try and fix things yourself.

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