The year was 2012. A mere two days before the alleged Mayan apocalypse—and about nine days before people stopped making tired old jokes about it—we got wind of the Developer Edition of the Galaxy Note II for Verizon. There were three differences between this handset and the version you could buy in the carrier's stores: it had an unlocked bootloader, it's unsubsidized, and it was not available for sale yet. Even though the locked version had been available for nearly a month. Oh, and it's still not out yet.


Here's the timeline:

  • September 26th, 2012: Galaxy Note II first released internationally.
  • October 24th, 2012: Galaxy Note II lands on T-Mobile, first U.S. carrier to get the phone.
  • November 29th, 2012: A month after T-Mo, and two months after the international release, Verizon gets the Galaxy Note II
  • December 19th, 2012: We catch a glimpse of the Developer Edition for the first time.

Today is February first. Four months after the international release, and a month and a half after Verizon got its airwaves all over the handset. We still have yet to hear anything about the launch of this phone that, unless Samsung has some surprise in store, should be the exact same hardware, but without a locked bootloader.

We're not sure if Samsung just doesn't think it's a priority to get this dev edition out (which would be weird... why bother making it in the first place?), or if Verizon is pushing to keep it off the market for some period of time. No matter what, though, it's taking an awful long time.

So, Samsung... what's up with that?

Source: Samsung

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Casen Brashear

    Blame Verizon.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      words to live by

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I would that it has everything to do with Verizon -- the hardware of the dev edition is the same. The only difference is the software inside.

  • Elias

    I smell a pissed off CDMA customer on AP's staff. ;)
    CDMA is dumb, but I guess if I were tied to a cdma carrier for some reason (coverage, unlimited data), I'd keep an old Android just to tether and supplement it with a N4. Friend of mine just did that, but got the N7 instead of N4, and is very happy.

  • Rick Fisher

    Did a dev version of the S3 come out? I looked into that once a couple months after it was released but it wasn't available so I gave up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.allen.5895 David Allen

    Why should they release a developer edition. Adam has already taken care of their "locked" bootloader for them.

  • chris2kari

    This is killing Android for me. Being locked into stagnation.

    This is the old handset manufacturer ethos - they sell you a half baked handset.
    When you complain about bugs or ask for feature improvements they tell you to throw the perfectly good hardware in the trash & buy another handset.

    This is where Apple turned the old ethos on its head & part of the reason it was & still is so popular.

    Sorry to be blaspheming on this site :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.moch.10 Chris Moch

    It's hiding out between the Thunderbolt ICS update and the individual phone plans they use to offer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I thought having an Exynos makes it less developer friendly. XD