I know enough about tinkering with Android phones to be able to root, flash custom roms, etc., but apparently not enough to avoid falling into the trap of taking the stock 4.3 OTA update on my Galaxy S3 (I535) a few months ago. So I've inadvertently got myself stuck with a bootloader that can't be unlocked. I have a couple of questions for anyone who knows more about it than I do: - What exactly is going on with this? I know previous OS's have had locked bootloaders, and those have been cracked, so is it just the case that this one is encrypted and/or somehow harder to unlock than previous ones? Or is it just that devs are more interested in cracking newer phones, and no one cares about the S3 anymore? - Obviously, I not only can't flash roms, but I can't flash any kind of zip at all, because I can't install a custom recovery. Is there a workaround for this, in order to copy the files from a zip over without having to boot into a recovery? - I'm up for an upgrade soon, but I want to make sure I don't fall back into this trap with a new phone. Is it Verizon's doing, in which case I should go with a different carrier? Or is it Samsung, in which case I should go with a different brand? Or are all the major manufacturers doing it nowadays, in which case I should just get a Nexus of Moto? Thanks for your help in advance!