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Samsung Note 8 or newer locked bootloader is winning

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Man I thought after a while things might change but Samsung really has a clenched fist on the bootloader of the Note 8 and now the 9 is emerging and I don't see any relief. Android has certainly changed a lot since I started with it. Is it this bad with other android devices too? Miss the good old days when you could rom up your phone whenever. Now I have been out of it so long I'm afraid to try anything. The xposed modules IMO were a big step forward because you could do similar things the rom devs were doing but still keep the device stock for the most part. I still have some of those features being non rooted but it just isn't the same anymore. Anyone feel the same?

 

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We all knew that it was over several phones ago. The S7 was locked tight also. I every once in a while cruise XDA for the S9 too see how and if any progress has been made in rooting or ROM development on the US versions. But to no avail nothing. Nothing worth trying or permanent.  And with the advent of all this lock down and no modding I have seen forums like this one, ModMyMoto, Howard Forums, and others just die or sections of them just get wiped out. I used to have almost 1000+ posts and How to threads (On ModMyMoto.com) that I created on rooting and hacking the Moto RAZR. I was the person there that destroyed phones to see what I could do. It was fun. But those days are over.

 

The days of the "Leaked Tools" from Samsung and Motorola and others have come to a halt also. For a while employees were able to sneak out the programs that were used to make and modify the OS, and put them on torrent sites. Digital security check points have halted that. What you still find is the software that retail outlets use. Example is ODIN. That is what a retail store uses to just flash phones. Very easy to take. But very limited.

 

And with the death of the sites and forums came the dwindling support of independent free lance program writers. The ones that filled the gap between us and the giants. To make it easy to use such tools to mod phones. 

 

A couple of giant sites dedicated to providing custom ROMS have also gone the way of the dinosaur. Either shut down or purchased by one of said phone giants, so they could freely use the software or parts of it in their phones.

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It's sad really. It was good times while it lasted. I do the same thing and check xda periodically.

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Yeah, things got screwy with Samsung phones back around the S5/S6 as far as rooting goes, I've been advising people against them ever since if they want to tinker with modding phones.  It is sad to see all these old sites going the way of the dinosaur.  The end of an era.  

 

Hell, these days I only root my Pixel XL for Substratum theming, and only because Pie won't allow me to use Andromeda (rootless Substratum).  

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I'm still running android 7.1.1 by means of a package disabler I used to kill the system update processes because a root method was found for that version but the whole only charging to 80% has had me on the fence. Almost a year later and I am still not sure I want that to occur. My phone has been acting a little screwy lately so I was thinking it might just be time to take the update.

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It was crazy good back in the day when you could flash a Rom almost every day of the week it seemed like. Well at least I don't need a charger everywhere like the isheeples do, and they really do. If you are on an iPhone right now I would suggest you find a charger because your phone is going dead

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