If you are obssessed with rooting and you own a U.S. model of Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you will probably want to hit your head into the wall because root is not yet possible.
While Samsung has provided unlocked bootloaders for most models like T-Mobile and Sprint in the past, this year Samsung has decided to lock the bootloaders on ALL U.S. models. While they have not given a reason officially, Samsung may have done this to prevent people from rooting intentionally.
What is wrong with this picture is that Samsung is taking away people’s freedom to root their phones. In fact, this should be illegal as it’s like selling consumers cars but the hood is locked so consumers cannot access the engine compartment. As ridiculous as it is, perhaps it may be time for FCC to chime in Samsung’s latest affairs to determine in fact what they did is illegal.
The funny part about this is that all other manufacturers such as LG G5 and HTC 10 both come with unlocked bootloaders which possess the same Snapdragon 820 found on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. In fact, LG and HTC provide bootloader unlocking tools for anyone who wants to root their phone. It’s clearly not Samsung’s choice but the consumers. And as well as Samsung may have done in the past few years, it’s source of interest and growth may have somewhat relation to its open source community, the people who mod Samsung phones and made our own culture with it.