One of the biggest frustrations of dealing with Verizon, if you're someone who likes to tweak their phone, is that the carrier insists on locking the bootloaders on its phones that otherwise would not be locked. Samsung has offered Developer Editions of its phones in the past, including the Galaxy S III, largely to avoid that problem and appease the dev crowd. Today, that tradition continues with the Galaxy Note II which has now appeared on the company's site in a similar hacker-friendly model.


Samsung hasn't announced pricing or availability for this model just yet, but if previous patterns hold, you can expect this to take a bit of a toll on your wallet, as it's going to be sold off-contract and unsubsidized. Once a date and dollar figure gets attached, we'll bring that info to you. Of course, if you've already purchased a Galaxy Note II, locked bootloader and all, XDA has got your back.

Source: Samsung via Phandroid

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  • Lennatron

    Samsung supporting the developer community :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1327710403 Nhan Than

    That's for the Galaxy S III. Not the Note 2

    • Alec Ritter

      The Verizon GS3 doesn't have the verizon branding on the button, it is also more oval shaped.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1327710403 Nhan Than

        Yeah, AP fixed the image right after a few others pointed out.

  • NexusKoolaid

    Looks like a 32gb model is available and you can see pricing if you follow the Shop link - $599 for 16gb, $649 for 32gb.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Correct image and link are up now.

  • http://twitter.com/jasgalda Taffer

    I hope they remember to get rid of that VZW home button.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    Wow. Still has that home button branding. Weak.

  • Rob Rowald

    yeah but the specs are wrong, unless VZW has gone GSM:

    NetworkFrequencies and Data TypeGSM Quad Band: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS Quad band: 850/900/1900/2100Data SpeedGPRS/EDGE

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Probably a placeholder. I imagine they'll correct it once it goes up for sale.

  • Quryous


    Nice gesture, but where is the 64GB version. No developer that I know of would want a 16GB version.

    • gibs0

      Developer edition phones don't need 64GB of storage because on a development unit, you're not storing 100,000 pirated songs.

  • Nathan J

    If it's unsubsidized, it should lose the "Verizon" branding on the Home button. Just saying, that's there because Verizon pays for over half the cost of the phone. If they're not doing that, their name needs to be off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheAlienGuy Anthony Abraham Sanwo

    This isn't needed anymore it's been hacked to bits ---> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2043636

    "This device is now unlocked to the point of development board status. We have hardware debugging. We have the ability to flash code to run directly on the processor. "

  • roebling

    Samsung Galaxy Note II Developer Edition--Coming NEVER!

    The promised Verizon developer edition of the Galaxy Note II has been killed, it appears, before it was ever born. The web site is down.